12 Times Makeup Artists and Costume Designers Made Unforgivable Mistakes
Dozens of costume designers and image experts take part in the creation of movies. They think up characters’ styles and make sure the costumes correspond to the epoch shown in the flick. But occasionally, even professionals make mistakes, while directors intentionally turn a blind eye and don’t notice inaccuracies, preventing the film from looking as spectacular as possible.
We at Bright Side analyzed famous films and checked them for the presence of these kinds of inaccuracies. Surprisingly, we found quite a few blunders made by prop experts and makeup artists.
Head in the Clouds
The film takes place in the ’30s, but the character played by Penélope Cruz shows the audience her natural eyebrows, despite the fashion trend of those years. Charlize Theron was luckier in this sense — obviously, the makeup artists did their best to make her brows correspond to the standards of that epoch.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
In the scene where Lara Croft comes out of the water, we clearly see a translucent dark spot visible from under her makeup. It’s Angelina Jolie’s famous tattoo that makeup artists tried to hide.
The Tudors’ costume can’t be imagined without a codpiece, though the creators of the series decided to abolish this small piece of clothing and elongated the trousers.
Another mismatch in the series is Anne Boleyn’s free-flowing hair, which should actually be collected and styled with the then-popular headgear known as the French hood. In some scenes, Natalie Dormer appears in the headgear, but it has the wrong shape.
The Edge of Love
In one of the scenes where the main characters are fooling around and lifting their legs up, we can see flesh-colored shapewear on Keira Knightley. However, the flick takes place in the ’40s, a time when tights, as we know them, haven’t even been invented yet.
Despite the fact that the movie takes place in the ’60s, the costumes and the appearance of the main characters correspond to the ’80s way more. Jennifer Grey’s character walks around with free-flowing hair, while Patrick Swayze gives preference to the mullet hairstyle, which would become trendy a bit later.
In the flick, Janet Leigh’s character wears a strapless, cone-shaped bra, which totally corresponds to the fashion of the ’50s. However, they hardly knew about the existence of such a thing in early medieval Scandinavian society.
As a rule, the coifs popular in the nineteenth century were worn outside. In order to prevent the headgear from flying off in the wind, its ribbons were tied under the chin. But in the movie, we see a totally different situation. The hat’s ribbons on the main character in the recent on-screen version of Emma are either tied weakly or are about to become untied — yet the girl manages to miraculously keep the coif on her head.
The Virgin Queen
Over the course of the entire series, Tom Hardy’s character keeps appearing in an open doublet which, at those times, was comparable to an unzipped fly in modern times in terms of the degree of indecency.
One Million Years B.C.
The action of this movie unfolds in a fictional prehistoric era — the characters have to survive while fighting with giant insects, dinosaurs, and lizards. While men, more or less, correspond to our idea of what our ancestors looked like, the women in the movie actually look quite funny with their plucked eyebrows, beautifully styled hair, perfect makeup, and smooth skin.
In the movie, servants bring Marie Antoinette incredibly beautiful mules, and we can notice a significant difference between the left and right shoes. But the queen died in 1793, long before a “pair of shoes” was created, and moreover, long before they started to use different templates for left and right parts of shoes. Of course, this movie also intentionally gave the queen a pair of blue Converse shoes in her collection to emphasize her as a young girl trying to find her place in the world.
The female characters in the movie are gorgeous, but there are some inaccuracies in this movie as well. In those days, Greek women would gather their hair in a bun after marriage, but in the movie, the actresses appear with loose curls.
The costume designers of this flick missed one important fact when creating the costumes. The plot takes place in the ’20s, the last decade where young men’s silhouettes boasted straight designs without waistlines, lacking any hint of a neckline. In order to correspond to the androgynous image, women would wear special underwear. However, the movie’s creators focused on Jessica Biel’s body shape and put tight outfits on her.
Have you ever noticed inaccuracies like these? What do you think about them?