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15+ Times When Movie Creators Thought Almost Everything Through, Except the Makeup

Movies are a product, created by many different people: editors, actors, writers, directors, costume designers, and makeup artists. This article is about makeup in movies. Because sometimes, actors are great, the camerawork is amazing, but something still feels off — this is probably a makeup problem.

We at Now I’ve Seen Everything understand that everyone makes mistakes, and we still love these films.

The Help (2011)

In The Help, there’s one bad wig — the curly hair of Emma Stone’s character. In some scenes, it’s really obvious that the hair is fake.

The Hunger Games (2012)

In the first film of the popular franchise, Katniss had to fight for survival in the forest, but it wasn’t reflected on her face at all. For the most part, she had a perfectly even skin tone, and eyeliner. Even her lips were fine, despite her thirst.

Bird Box (2018)

During the entire movie, the character of Sandra Bullock had simple makeup, including mascara and eyeliner. But every time she needed to leave home, she had to wear a blindfold.

X-Man: Dark Phoenix (2019)

It’s always hard to create makeup for impossible characters. So, with the character of Jennifer Lawrence, it was difficult to find a matching bright-red wig for her blue skin. The red hair looks out-of-place, and it seems that the wig is about to fall off.

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

To portray the sick Ron Woodroof, Matthew McConaughey had to do some serious preparation. He lost 50 pounds. But while McConaughey was doing very good work, the makeup artists didn’t think everything through. Ron had a disease that was slowly killing him, but his teeth remained pearly-white, and there were no bad gums or ulcers on his lips.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

After a fierce fight, Black Widow somehow still had a perfect makeup: her cosmetics were still in place, and her face wasn’t sweaty at all.

Burlesque (2010)

The character of Cher made a few attempts at doing Christina Aguilera’s makeup and that resulted in makeup that only a professional artist could do.

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Even though the entire plot is based on the transformation of the main character, it’s hard to believe that nobody would notice that something was off about the cute old lady. Nobody could ignore the impossible amount of beauty products and makeup, the unrealistic nose and wrinkles, and the young eyes.

The 100 (2014–2020)

The moment when civilization survived 2 apocalypses, the main character Clarke wakes up from cryo-sleep with carefully done eye makeup. Where would she get that in a situation like this?

Salt (2010)

In the film, Angelina Jolie’s character is a natural blonde, but the wig looks terrible. Her hair looks completely unnatural, and more like Barbie-doll hair.

Lost (2004–2010)

The characters of the iconic series survive a place crash and end up on a deserted island. And even in these circumstances, Kate and other female characters have eyeliner, plucked eyebrows, and no hair on their body.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Uma Thurman’s character’s hair length and styling changes several times within one scene.

Thor (2011) and The Avengers (2012)

During his work in Thor, Chris Hemsworth had to lighten his eyebrows, which looked ridiculous. In one of the interviews, the head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, says he’s sorry, “We were like, ’Thor is blond! He has to be blond!’ And Hemsworth was great and awesome and pulled it off, but there are a couple of shots I watch and I’m like, oh my God, that poor guy, we made him freaking dye his eyebrows! That’s ridiculous!” But the worst part is that in the next film, his eyebrows are much darker.

Joker (2019)

Arthur dyes his hair green without lightning it first, so he dyes brown hair successfully, which would be impossible in real life.

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Even though the makeup team did a great job with Edward himself, the elderly character of Winona Ryder looks like a young woman, artificially aged.

Titanic (1997)

Even though Rose looks great, and the makeup artists highlight the already beautiful facial features of Kate Winslet, the social class the character was from didn’t have such bright makeup at the time. And only suffragettes had red lipstick, as a protest.

Even though all of the movies in this compilation are good, according to critics and viewers, despite the makeup flaws, everyone is different and they have different opinions. For example, the author of this article really likes Rose’s makeup. Maybe you have something to add about a film from this article? We’re looking forward to your comments!

Preview photo credit Titanic / Paramount Pictures
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