Makeup Students Share Their Favourite Looks from The Huntsman: Winter's War

By VFS Web Team, on April 25, 2016

The Huntsman: Winter’s War opened last weekend and reunited audiences with a mirror-obsessed Charlize Theron. It’s hard to imagine a world in which Charlize is insecure about her looks, but it’s also a world where a giant creature that is half polar bear, half tiger is ridden like a horse, so…

The sequel, and sort of prequel, in the live-action series based on Snow White has been receiving rave reviews for makeup and costume design. Strong leading actresses (Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, and Jessica Chastain) set against a fantastical backdrop means there’s plenty of inspiration for the design team. And did we mention that Chris Hemsworth reprises his role as the huntsman? Also an inspiration.

To get an insider’s perspective, we sent two Vancouver Film School Makeup Design for Film + Television students to see The Huntsman over the weekend. Keep reading for their favourite looks!

Guest post by: Lil Gundersen and Lily Bostanabad

The Huntsman: Winter’s War fills us in on the events leading up to Snow White and the Huntsman. The Huntsman is an action-packed love story that has a strong male and female lead and two evil queens. What fairytale would be complete without them?

What stole our attention away from the story were the enchanting looks of the characters. There were three characters in particular that made an impression on us: Queen Freya (Emily Blunt), Ravenna (Charlize Theron), and Sara (Jessica Chastain). The gorgeous makeup, hair, and wardrobes complimented each woman so well. Our favourite part of the movie was when Queen Freya’s powers first came out and she was transformed into the Ice Queen. Her hair turned to a shimmery silver-grey. Styled and accessorized by Francesco Alberico, his choices suited her fair and natural skin perfectly. Queen Freya’s appearance, along with her beautiful gown, really helped bring her icy character to life.

Equally as impressive was the look of Freya’s sister Ravenna. In the film, Ravenna regards herself as ‘the fairest of them all’ and dresses to suit her fiery character. Throughout the movie, we see her wearing gowns of metallic gold. Enzo Angileri styled her hair in extravagant braids and paired it with gold accessories. Her makeup followed along with the theme and we saw her with black and gold smoky eyes, and a glowing face.

Sara, the strongest female huntsman (and a badass one at that!), wore her hair differently from the two queens. She had a more natural appearance — youthful and clean — and she was often doused in blood and battle wounds. Her interesting wardrobe matched her strong personality, and she was rarely seen in the movie without her trusty bow and arrow or weapon of some sort.

Equally as impressive were the prosthetics and hair work on the dwarves played by Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Sheridan Smith, and Alexandra Roach. The actors really brought their personalities to the roles. Each had personalized elements, including prosthetics and facial hair, to make them look believable as dwarves.

Alongside the principle cast, the looks of the huntsmen, the children, and everyone you see in the movie are great characters that really give that extra something to the movie. It wouldn't be quite the same without them!

Thanks, Lil and Lily!

We’d also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the VFS grads from Foundation Visual Art + Design and 3D Animation + Visual Effects who worked on this film. They are:

Samson Wong (Cg Environments)
Sean Lewkiw (Cg Supervisor)
Stavroula Ioanniti (Compositor)
Vivek Karmarkar (Compositor)
Joao Bogossian (Digital Compositor)
Alberto Landeros (Digital Compositor)
Eric Wong (Lighting Td)
Alec Geldart (Matte Painter)
Oliver Seemann (Matte Painter)
Janelle Day (Visual Effects Coordinator)
Woo Jo Jeon (Visual Effects Line Producer)

Congratulations, all!