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The White Queen – Behind the scenes hair and make-up

We’ve had so many wonderful comments on Kirsty Mitchell’s White Queen pictures in Wonderland, and I thought I’d share some of the behind the scenes pictures of the hair and make-up.

Please click HERE for more pictures, and a description on how everything else was made.

The Queen’s hair and make-up was heavily based on Elizabeth 1, the look had to be very sculpted, regal, and intricate to echo the rest of her outfit (made by the photographer herself!)

Here was the main make-up influence:  

The hair took many days of playing around to figure out what would work best, the texture had to be intricate, but after having a go at plaiting, the hair just didn’t seem right.  I remembered doing a basket weave on hair years ago, and after a whole afternoon of work, here are the results: (pardon the picture quality!)

Hair detail

Mock-up of hair

The hairpieces had to be positioned onto model Ashley’s head on the day, after I made small pincurls in her fringe.  You could also see the base of the make-up here:

I then built up the make-up with deeper colours and added more contrast to keep the look dramatic.  Ashley has the most amazing icy blue eyes, and they just popped against the white liner (MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in Pure White) and deeper, earthier shading (MAC Eyeshadow in Copperplate).  She is quite fair, but I wanted to make her skin paler by mixing white body paint into a light foundation.

The hair had to look quite frosted, and I remember using a LOT of white hairspray to get the texture and colour right.  I used a lot of padding to bulk out the hairpieces as her hair was quite short, then wedged the crown in the middle.

It was an amazing experience creating this look, especially since it has been so much work to get everything ready for the shoot (the costume and props took months to create!)  The pressure was most definitely on for the hair and make-up to be spot-on.

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