‘Party’ of eye-catching beauty in don’t worry darling
The couple claim that thanks to director Olivia Wilde’s openness, they are free to express their vision. Thorisdottir says:
“What I realized with this film is that there is a difference between working with a female director and a male director. Olivia understands our language and what we can and cannot do to achieve certain things. She is very open to all ideas and not only me but everyone gets to shine. She always knows when to intervene and when to back off.”
For Leigh, this is crucial in creating a retro look, which always requires a delicate balance. Leigh says:
“When designing a hairstyle inspired by the 50s and 60s, it is easy to turn actors into boring, conservative housewives. After reading the script and talking to Olivia, it was clear she wanted to make Project Victory a visual feast. We had to bring in all the glamor and sexiness of the ’50s and ’60s and remove the overly rigid, fussy aspect. She wants women to have fun and freedom and always look great.”
This means that the female characters will “call out” the most gorgeous female stars of the time. Margaret (KiKi Layne) appeared with short bangs like Bettie Page, Violet (Sydney Chandler) was the embodiment of Twiggy and Mia Farrow’s gamine beauty with pixie hairdo and deer eye lashes. Meanwhile, Bunny (Olivia Wilde) is a “hybrid” between Bette Davis and Rita Hayworth with sharp eyebrows, seductive lips and fiery red pin curls.
“I wanted the hairstyle to have nice structure and waves but also wanted to make sure the wig still had plenty of movement and bounce,” Leigh said of Olivia’s wig in the film. The red color on this wig was created from four different fiery shades, with the goal being Hayworth in the role of Gilda (1946).
Alice’s outstanding image in don’t worry darling
“From the plot and the costume design, we had to make it clear that Alice was different,” said Thorisdottir. “Even in this fantasy world, she’s not like other perfect, traditional wives.” In terms of both style and attitude, Brigitte Bardot’s ’50s French sex bomb becomes the muse that inspires Pugh’s character.
Her bangs are artistically tangled. Leigh used Kevin Murphy’s curling set, Sachajuan hair powder covered at the roots, Oribe Dry Texture Spray and Tresemmé to hold. The hair is styled in many of the typical styles of the Bardot icon, from puffing the top of the head to tying it back at the nape of the neck. Black accessories create a great contrast against Florence’s blonde background.
The hair follows the character’s development
Naturally, the work of stylists also includes male characters. Leigh took inspiration from Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra, mixed with Jack’s liberal character, for Styles’ hair. Leigh says: “Harry’s natural hair has great volume and texture, so my job is easy.”
The Don’t Worry Darling trailer makes it clear that Alice and Jack’s perfect facade will fall. Leigh says:
“As the cracks in their idyllic lives begin to appear, Alice’s hair will burst out just like her inner emotions. When happy, her hair is voluminous and stylish. When things went awry, her hair fell flat and lifeless.”
Warm natural makeup
Makeup must also be in harmony with all to show the character’s nature. For a healthy glow to Pugh’s skin, Thorisdottir moisturizes to de-puffy eyes before adding a layer of Kat Burki’s vitamin C face cream. Then, she blends a few drops of moisturizing serum into Giorgio Armani Luminous Glow foundation to create volume. Natural coverage, bright from within. Finally, for an extra “warmth” look, she blends “coral and peach” onto her cheeks and lips with a creamy blush and matte lipstick.
As the film progresses, Thorisdottir also flexes its muscles to better suit Alice’s appearance in her dark moments. In one climactic scene, Alice is a far cry from before, wearing very little makeup with dry, flaky lips. Thorisdottir said: “Florence is as tough as a soldier. She is always ready to accept the character’s visual developments.”