• Anonymous:  Roland Emmerich‘s controversial political thriller — starring Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, Rhys Ifans and David Thewlis —  tackles the Shakespeare authorship controversy during Queen Elizabeth’s reign. The scale, scope and historical period was a huge undertaking for makeup department heads Bjorn Rehbein and Heike Merker. Both say the biggest challenge was recreating the otherworldly beauty, hair and makeup of Elizabethan times. “Today we worship the sun, but in that period, women wanted their faces to look like the moon; pale, shimmery and round,” says Rehbein. Women and men of nobility all wore makeup and pigments that contained harmful chemicals to get that deathly pallor.

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