10 spellbinding examples of fairy-tale-inspired makeup

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 14, 2012

What is special effects makeup for, if not to make creatures that only existed in myth and fairy tale come to life? On this week's episode of Face-Off, the contestants try to conjure the fairy-fantastic—and here are examples of some of the wizardry that set the stage.

Beastly (2011)

The latest adaptation of that classic "Will she love me even if I look like a hideous monster?" tale starred pretty-boy-of-the-hour Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) and Vanessa Hudgens.

Beauty and the Beast (1987-1990)

Perhaps the richest version of this legend—primarily because it had three TV seasons to tell its complex, thematically rich story—set the action in present-day New York City and turned Ron Perlman into a lion-esque knight of the underground.

Enchanted (2007)

Susan Sarandon needed all the makeup they could provide to turn her Queen Narissa into a dermatological nightmare of a crone.

Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

While not the first take on the doomed Quasimodo, Charles Laughton nailed it, thanks in great part to makeup design that softened his bulges and in so doing heightened the tragedy.

The Witches (1990)

While not based on the classic Grimm fairy tales, this movie adaptation of Roald Dahl's stars Anjelica Huston as the Grand High Witch, who rules over every other witch in the world.

Aquamarine (2006)

While Daryl Hannah might've ushered the mermaid into the modern age with Splash, the costume-makeup technology improved somewhat by the time Sara Paxton strapped on the fins.

The Company of Wolves (1984)

Director Neil Jordan (Interview With the Vampire) took the Little Red Riding Hood story and injected a whole mess of adolescent sexuality and crazy werewolf action.

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Terry Gilliam sounds like the perfect dude to make a comic fantasy about two brothers (Heath Ledger and Matt Damon) who con hapless villagers into thinking that there are real monsters plaguing their hometown—until they stumble upon the real deal, right? Well, if you've seen this debacle, then you know the answer.

Labyrinth (1986)

Leave it to Jim Henson to pull blithe fantasies from our collective subconscious and make them manifest ...

The Lord of the Rings saga (2001-2003)

... and leave it to Peter Jackson to draw forth the hideous nightmares.

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