Anne Hathaway once played Mia Thermopolis, who underwent a makeover under the guidance of Queen, Clarisse Renaldi, played by Julie Andrews in The Princess Diaries. Before she was swept up in movie magic, Mia Thermopolis looked a mess. Her hair was a frizz ball before it looked like it was sleeked down by a Garnier commercial, or something equivalent. Paolo, anyone? Her eyebrows looked like they hadn’t been waxed, well…ever. Plus, her dorky glasses shaded her gorgeous caramel eyes and pearly-white teeth. Of course, we’re sure her character’s confidence levels also had something to do with hiding her polished smile.
Confidence is the key to a successful makeover in real life and though the idea of a movie-makeover seems great, what with all the fanciful lighting and upholstery, we must remember that it is just that. Media producers go through a strain of work to be able to take these characters from drab to fab in a near-minute montage sequence during a movie. What seems like a second of your time that has faded away over a bucket of popcorn, a tall diet soda and wince of admiration, likely takes hours during the hair and makeup process that happens between takes on set.
We must also remember that these women are actresses and that their faces were likely already gorgeous pre-character makeover. In fact, odds are that these ladies underwent a make-under before transforming themselves into princess equivalent beauties.
Take the classic, She’s All That example, where Freddie Prinze Jr. takes a wallflower, played by Rachael Leigh Cook, and attempts to turn her into the high school prom queen because he had placed a bet with one of his buddies that he could. Prinze Jr. plays jock, Zack Siler, and Cook plays the shy, arty-girl, Laney Boggs, in the film. Of course, Cook was already gorgeous before filming and the removal of glasses and putting on sexy clothes does not automatically put you into the category of ultimate hottie (or Freddie Prinze Jr.’s new love) in real life. Genes and Hollywood magic are certainly helpful.
According to Entertainment Weekly, “Cook’s transformation was almost a makeover-parody. How much work is it to pluck a girl’s brows, remove her glasses and giver her a pair of heels?” The concept is highly elongated in the film and is unrealistic as a result.
Let’s be real, Cinderella had a Fairy Godmother to help her.
Cady Heron via Mean Girls, had a Regina George and we’re not sure we want one of those, though we must admit- Rachel McAdams as Regina and Lindsay Lohan as Cady were both mega beautiful in the film.
We’re reasoned that one of Gretchen’s (played by Lacey Chabert) secrets in her “hair full of secrets” was that they all had a killer hair and beauty team waiting for them at their trailers.
Entertainment Weekly says that Heron’s transition from the home-schooled life in Africa was not as jarring for herself or for viewers as was her transition into the high school physicality, “like a haunted mask—the mascara and a short skirts had an almost-mystical power over Cady’s nice-girl tendencies, revealing her inner…well, you know.”
Movie makeovers may seem fabulous, and in fact, they are, but sometimes they’re a bit overdone and are overly-fantastical. It is the movies, after all. So, what’s good to remember is that they should probably just be valued as something that is fun to watch.
Making over yourself starts from the inside and works its way out in the real world. You may not have a makeup team to assist you, or a fairy godmother or even a Paolo, but you do have a positive internal environment we recommend starting from — your inner confidence.
When you have positive feelings about yourself, they emulate onto caring for your outer self too. We recommend sticking to a continuous full body makeover plan if you want to see results. If you’re having problems with your skin, seek out a new citrus smelling acne medication like Neutrogena Grapefruit scented Acne Cleanser, for treatment purposes and the smell. If your makeover goal is to get toned, try picking up a Tracy Anderson workout DVD. Seriously, her core routines are amazing! Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan. Attempting to get that 360-watt smile? Try an at-home teeth-whitening kit. Do what makes you happy, because another key aspect to a successful long or short term makeover is having fun with it.
If you’re looking for a more simple at home makeover, picking up a new shade of lip gloss at your go-to drugstore is usually enough to put you into fresh vibes, making you feel like you’ve grasped a bit of movie magic. Who knows? You may just be able to wear that tasty new shade to a summer blockbuster.
So here’s to you, Beautiful, and your quirky envisions of a better, brighter, made-over self. May the myths of the movie makeover be ever in your cosmic real life favor. Just don’t compare yourself to them. That’s not you!