Daring stories. Dazzling sets. Impeccable costumes, hair and makeup. The Oscars, despite a difficult year, are back to celebrate the best in cinema. The 93rd Academy Awards not only recognizes talented actors. It is also a ceremony honoring artistic and technical professions. Makeup, hairstyling and fashion are under spotlight scrutiny as the world tunes into the event to see the latest in fashion and beauty trends.
And when it comes to skin care, the trend is to possess a glowing, healthy complexion. That’s why Eminence Organic Skin Care was thrilled to supply products to the set of Hillbilly Elegy, a movie that is nominated for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling for 2021. Directed by Ron Howard, the film includes Oscar-nominated actresses Glenn Close and Amy Adams, as well as Freida Pinto, who was already a huge Eminence Organics fan! If you want to see what cleansers, toners, and other products these actresses used on set, keep reading.
Hillbilly Elegy: Makeup & Hairstyling
Back in May 2019, when the movie was filming, Eminence Organics received an email from Jamie Hess, one of the makeup artists working with Eryn Krueger Mekash, the film’s makeup department head. Jamie mentioned that “between the glue, prosthetic removers and the weather, keeping everyone’s skin in tip top shape [was] of utmost importance,” explaining that she recently discovered Eminence Organics and was “absolutely in love with it!” After providing some information about the stars’ skin types and concerns, the Eminence Organics team created custom regimens for each star to send to the set.
"Proper skin prep is invaluable for a good make up application," Jamie told Eminence Organics. "Since discovering Eminence Organics skincare, I have seen the benefits of these products both personally and professionally and how they can transform the skin. They will remain a staple in my personal and professional make up kit."
Based on the best-selling memoir of the same name, Hillbilly Elegy follows J.D. Vance (Gabriel Basso) as he comes of age in an impoverished Ohio town. J.D.’s mom (Amy Adams) falls into a drug-addiction spiral, leaving him in his grandmother's care. Freida Pinto rounds out the ensemble of the Netflix adaptation as the Yale Law School student who dates Vance.
Thanks to the talents of Jamie, Eryn, Patricia Dehaney (hair department head) and Matthew Mungle (prosthetic designer), the Fatal Attraction star Glenn is unrecognizable as the family matriarch, Mamaw. Her transformation involved a prosthetic stomach, low-rise jeans, boxy Reebok sneakers, oversize glasses and frizzy dark hair. Similarly, Amy is completely transformed into her character with the help of a team comprising hairstyling, wardrobe and makeup.
As Eryn describes in her article published on the Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild blog: “I orchestrated a very precise application and timing with Jamie so that our actors wouldn’t be waiting long for the others to be ready. Glenn’s application started in wig prep with Patti, then she came to us. Jamie applied the right ear and I applied the left. While Jamie painted Glenn’s hands, I started to apply the nose. As soon as I got the nose glued down, Amy would come in for wig prep with Patti.”
When it came time to the transformations on set, makeup artists added a silicone nose and gelatin ears to Glenn’s face as well as age spots, blotchiness, freckles and veins. Despite the less than glamorous transformation, the cast and their complexions were kept healthy with Eminence Organics products. Needless to say, we will be tuning in to see the results of the Oscar winners on Sunday, April 25!
Unveiling Skin Care Products To The Stars
As Jamie told Eminence Organics: "I am so proud to have been part of the makeup team on Hillbilly Elegy and I loved having the Eminence products to use on my talent!" In light of this success, here are some of the most-loved products that were sent to the set. You might find something new to add to your skin care collection.
Rice Milk 3 in 1 Cleansing Water
The Rice Milk 3 in 1 Cleansing Water allows you to cleanse, tone and remove make-up in one step, making it easy to see why this product is suitable for those with packed schedules.
This nutrient-rich rice milk hydrates and moisturizes the look of skin while tightening the appearance of pores. Antioxidants and vitamins derived from fresh pomelo juice provide an even, youthful-looking appearance.
Wildflower Cleansing Balm
Ideal for all skin types, the Wildflower Cleansing Balm transformative gel balm transitions to an oil cleanser when massaged into skin and a purifying milk when emulsified with water. The natural botanical oils attract excess oil and debris, melting away impurities and makeup, including eye makeup.
Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser
Wash away impurities, remove surface debris and experience smooth skin with Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser. This multi-action exfoliating cleanser is infused with exotic monoi. Monoi is a delicately fragrant Tahitian oil that hydrates and firms the appearance of the skin.
Stone Crop Hydrating Mist
The Stone Crop Hydrating Mist is a revitalizing and healing toner for all skin types, particularly uneven skin types. It increases your skin’s hydration level and leaves it looking smooth and moisturized. It is cruelty-free and formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, animal by-products, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan.
Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist
A collagen boosting toner with Natural Retinol Alternative and Swiss Green Apple for all skin types, especially mature. The Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist will make your skin feel smoother and help it to appear tighter thanks to the energizing boost of fragrant neroli oil.
Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant
Achieve a bright and radiant-looking complexion with our Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant. Rice powder absorbs oil while lactic and salicylic acids remove dead skin cells. The strawberries and rhubarb infuse the skin with antioxidants.
Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Concentrate
Use Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Concentrate to resurface and refine pores for a refreshed appearance. The mangosteen in this leave-on concentrate promotes radiance while the Lactic Acid Complex removes and prevents buildup.
Serums & Oils
Facial Recovery Oil
Freida Pinto first stopped us in our tracks in the breakout hit Slumdog Millionaire, a role which earned her MTV Movie Award and BAFTA nominations. Interviewed by New York magazine, the actress called out our Facial Recovery Oil as a product that keeps her skin healthy. Freida explains, “This Eminence oil is amazing. I’m constantly getting makeup done, taking make-up off, and rubbing my skin to do so. The Facial Recovery Oil is great for rebalancing my skin and keeping it clear and hydrated.”
Bamboo Firming Fluid
For tighter looking skin, our Bamboo Firming Fluid is the answer. The strengthening agents of bamboo and coconut deeply hydrate with the help of a Natural Retinol Alternative and Swiss Green Apple.
Bearberry Eye Cream
Rich with antioxidants, the Bearberry Eye Cream contains bioactive ingredients which hydrates the appearance of skin around the eye. Meadow eyebright, hop and bearberry reduce the visible signs of aging. Bearberry Eye Cream is created with Biodynamic® ingredients from Demeter International Certified Biodynamic® farms.
Marine Flower Peptide Eye Cream
Marine Flower Peptide Eye Cream is a hydrating and rich eye cream that minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles so that your skin maintains long-lasting hydration. Red algae extract is nutrient rich and contains vitamins, minerals, and amino-acids to reduce the look of wrinkles and fine lines, while Botanical Hyaluronic Acid from beetroot helps hydration and smooths the appearance of the skin. You can apply this day and night to improve puffiness and the appearance of dark circles around your delicate eye area.
Herbal Eye Make-up Remover
This pH-balanced make-up remover is formulated with cucumber, lavender, calendula and chamomile to soothe even the most sensitive of eyes. Herbal Eye Make-up Remover contains lavender and chamomile extracts which both revitalize, calm and balance the skin.
Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer
If you’re concerned with your skin starting to lose its suppleness, Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer is designed to help the appearance of your skin instantly tighten and lift. Coconut, shea butter and grape seed oil combine with green apple technology that offers lasting age correction.
Monoi Night Body Cream
Monoi Night Body Cream is an ultra-rich night body cream with our exclusive Anti-Aging Complex leaves skin looking denser, firmer and smoother. Argan oil is an antioxidant that softens and moisturizes while evening primrose oil and shea butter both moisturize and revitalize the look of the skin.
Oscar-Winning Eminence Organics Fans
In case you needed more recommendations, here are some reviews from other Oscar winners.
Firstly, Laura Dern, who won an Academy Award for Marriage Story, is an Eminence Organics fan! Laura considers our Coconut Firming Body Lotion one of her "beloved staples," as shared in an interview with the New York Times.
Laura also told Vogue about the Clear Skin Probiotic Masque: "I love this masque by Eminence ... it is this probiotic masque and it leaves the skin feeling so good ... literally it feels like it's cleaning my skin ... "
We also can’t forget another talented Oscar-winning Actress Marcia Gay Harden who won Best Supporting Actress in the movie Pollock. We were thrilled when Marcia stopped by our Vancouver office while filming Fifty Shades Darker. Our President and esthetician extraordinaire, Boldijarre Koronczay, gave Marcia a custom Eminence Organics facial using the Bamboo Firming Fluid, Facial Recovery Oil, Firm Skin Acai Cleanser and Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream for Face & Neck. Marcia jokingly asked Boldijarre to marry her immediately, and commented: “… my skin is fabulous! … I have such admiration for all that you're doing.” She quipped: “Boldijarre, you give new meaning to the phrase ‘skin in the game!’”
Who's your favorite Oscar-winning Eminence Organics fan? Let us know in the comments or on social media.