Monday, October 22, 2012

Keira Knightley as ANNA KARENINA

Even with mixed reviews, most critics seem to agree that the film is beautiful, thoughtful and lined up for a boat load of Oscar nominations. I think Keira is a perfect Anna - alternately charming, haughty, and dispirited. She raises her game under Wright’s direction, as her work in Atonement and Pride and Prejudice have already confirmed.

Directed by John Wright, the film is one of many adaptations that have received the original work of Leo Tolstoy (1877), between film and opera. Anna Karenina, tells the story of an aristocratic Russian woman who lives a romance with a man not her husband, which will be bring her many problems. According to the actress Keira Knightley, this version will be “more dramatic”. Knightley has worked in the past with director John Wright with great achievements, which shows the chemistry between the two to give life to certain movies. 

Anna Karenina Make-Up

Anna Karenina is an iconic Russian beauty from Leo Tolstoy’s eponymous novel. Set in the late 1800s, a time when upper-class women avoded cosmetics almost entirely, the makeup look focuses on shadows rather than colours for a minimalist finish.

"I was delighted with the make-up on Anna Karenina…We were able to create a palette that both contrasted with and complemented the Russian backdrop," said Knightley. "It helped to make me feel like a Russian aristocrat, and at the same time a modern woman 
to whom we can all relate."

Knighley's make-up artist, Ivana Primorac, was usinf Chanel makeuo to creat the look. She was mizing Chanel's Vitalumiere foundations to create a darker shade for the star, who needed to appear more olive-skinned for the film. "We changed most skin colors of the actors in Anna Karenina for different reasons, so we had to find bases in many shades that were also very sheer and light reflecting wich is a look [director] Joe Wright particulary wanted. 

"We used Vitalumiere Aqua and Vitalumiere Creme which offer great coverage and a smooth texture, but also have strong light reflecting pigments. I used a lick of Le Blanc de Chanel on every character - it was the final veil of the make-up."

Primorac also explained how she created such natural-looking eye make-up looks for Knightley in the film.

"I used Chanel's Le Crayon Khol in Ambre liberally to elongate Keira's eye and create real depth - I rubbed it onto the back of my hand and then applied to the eye area with a brush to create very subtle shadow and also used it to create shape and real definition," she revealed."I used the Illusion D'Ombre shadows in an aubergine and a taupe/amber colour for all of the female characters to create the nude make-up look, but to accentuate their eyes. All the girls had full eye make-up on but we carefully chose the neutral colours to create shadow and definition with an authentic and not obviously made-up look." 


Keira Knightley is on October Cover of Vogue.  Photographed by Mario Testino. Fashion Editor Grace Coddington. Makeup by Stephane Marais. Hair by Julien d'Ys

Keira Knightley is also on UK Bazar cover. Shot by legendary photographer Ellen Von Unwerth and styled by Cathy Kasterine. Makeup by Sam Bryant. Hair by Malcom Edward 

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