When we first heard about the sci-fi action film Jupiter Ascending—in which Mila Kunis goes from toilet-scrubbing housekeeper to intergalactic royalty—and saw images of the wild hair and makeup from it, we had to find out more. The movie’s release date got bumped, so we waited, and waited. And now that it's finally premiering this Friday, we're giving you behind-the-scenes peek at Kunis’s bejeweled bridal look (that's it above), which took about ten people over a month to create. Here's the scoop on how they did it.
• The headpiece began as a 3-D printout, which jeweler Lorenzo Mancianti then used to build a “branchlike structure out of piano wire,” says costume designer Kym Barrett.
• The flowers were decorated with about 500 clear and red Swarovski crystals. “We wanted them to look like dew, as though the flowers had just bloomed,” says Barrett.
• The back of Kunis’s head was ornamented with roses that hairstylist Lesley Smith individually cut and formed out of fake hair, and then pinned into the crown. “I used hot glue,” she says. “Other than that, there were no products at all.”
• "We considered bleaching her eyebrows, but she would have been unrecognizable,” says makeup artist Tracey Levy. “That was her anchor to being the same girl."
• Levy blended red and gold M.A.C. eye shadows around Kunis’s eyes in a soft, round, doll-like shape.
• To give Kunis’s skin a milky iridescence, Levy highlighted her cheekbones, the bridge of her nose, and her Cupid’s bow with Chanel Illuminating Powder and smoothed M.A.C. Strobe Cream, a shimmery lotion, on her body.
• Levy painted Kunis’s top lip matte red and her bottom one a deep magenta (Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro lipsticks in 400 and 504), then glued a fuchsia crystal on her bottom lip.
Gorgeous—though I'm guessing she might go for a more subtle look for her (eventual) wedding to Ashton Kutcher.
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PHOTO: COURTESY OF WARNER BROTHERS