Behind the scenes: Sucker Punch makeup

I’ve always been curious about the magic that happens behind the scenes of film and TV, particularly the makeup and hair styling that transforms our actors into their on screen characters.

Recently I was contacted by the publicist for Leslie Graham, a ‘Hollywood’ makeup artist who had recently relocated to Australia (and now the Program Coordinator for TMT School of Makeup ). Luckily for us, Leslie was happy to give a backstage makeup breakdown for one of the makeup looks she did for the film ‘Sucker Punch’.

behind the scenes…

Sucker Punch backstage photo used with permission from the makeup artist

 To achieve a similar look you can use the following-

  • Brush on a pale liquid base and powder with a loose no colour translucent powder.
  • Darken brows with a black eye shadow like Mac “Carbon”.
  • Line the eyes with a wide cat eye line with Mac’s fluidline “Blacktracks” top and bottom of the eyes. Line the inner rim of the eyes with a black pencil.
  • Airbrush charcoal grey across the eyes with Mac micronized makeup.
  • Glue on a set of full strip lashes long and curled.
  • We used a professional product called “Glitter Glue” by Ben Nye dotted on with a brush in a tear stream shape under the eye.
  • Use large gunmetal grey or purple glitter to lay into the glitter glue with a brush.
  • Finish off the look with a deep wine coloured lipstick like Mac’s liner in “Vino” and lipstick in “Faithfully Yours”.


From the press release:
Leslie Graham is one of the top make-up artists on the Hollywood circuit and has worked on some of the world’s most beautiful faces including Tyra Banks and Rachel Hunter. She has also created the iconic looks of some of our favourite characters. Her recent film credits include; Sucker Punch, The Tron Legacy, Twilight: Eclipse and Twilight: New Moon. Leslie’s next challenge has bought her to Australia where she will train a new generation of artists in her craft at The Makeup Technicians School of Makeup. To learn how personalise your look TMT offers Personal Use courses the first Saturday of every month. Space is limited, so book early!
note: Sucker Punch backstage photo was used with permission from the makeup artist
Posted by on Jul 7th, 2011 in Interview, Miscellaneous | 2comments

2 Responses to “Behind the scenes: Sucker Punch makeup”

  1. Uylasyu says:

    Hey, re makeup, do you have any suggestions on how to create the cateye look with makeup? I have tried a few times but been not very successful unfortunately. Thankyou!

  2. jeniffer says:

    Your content is great, thank you

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