We reached out to Lesley Vanderwalt, the film’s hair and makeup designer, to talk about the inspiration behind the looks and how she managed to keep the hair and makeup in place during all that action (i.e., explosions, car rides, and desert sand flying around).
What was the inspiration for the makeup looks? Did you use any references?“The script was the main direction and, of course, George. [The makeup and hair team] worked very closely together to create his vision of the postapocalyptic wasteland. I looked at the environment these characters came from, which tribe they were part of, and what they would have available to them. I referenced the oil fields in Angola, the workers of Salgado, the rubbish heaps in the Philippines, and other bleak environments. I also looked at African tribal and Indian religious festivals and Polynesian and Maori scarification.”
How did you create the looks for some of the main characters and what specific products did you use? “We looked at the background each character came from—what they did with their days, weeks, and months in that toxic environment and what position they held. George and Nico [Lathouris] had written backstories on all the characters, which was a great help. We tried to re-create with makeup and clays what they would have had available to them in their everyday life. As in most civilizations around the world, they had their individual tribes, and I used different designs to denote status within those tribes.”
Were there any challenges to doing the makeup? “A lot! The desert is always a difficult environment to work in, with temperatures [in the negatives] in early mornings to over 40 degrees Celsius in the middle of the day, and back to freezing at night. Not to mention sandstorms and the very, very occasional rain film crews invariably seem to attract. The dust created every time the vehicles set off was immense, and it was an ongoing battle we had to deal with as all of our white Warboys would come back with a tan after a run! Another ongoing battle was the prosthetics that would rub off during stunt sequences. This required constant upkeep by the artists.”
Whose makeup took the longest to create? “Miss Giddy. We would start by applying the Tinsley tattoo transfers the day before, and [actress Jennifer Hagan] would sleep in them. This application took, in all, a total of six hours. It also included a wig, done beautifully by Anita Morgan. Slit’s makeup, which was applied by Sean Genders and Jess Reedy, and Nux’s makeup, which was applied by Elka Wardega and Brydie Stone, had to be done on a daily basis and took two to three hours to do. The Immortan, when his back is revealed at the beginning of the film, was also a long one.”
Source : Daily Beauty Reporter