Meryl Streep, a 60-year-old award-winning actress doesn't quite look like the mirror image of the famed TV chef, but with her head of brown curls, crinkled eyes, wide smile, and faint dusting of powder, she utterly becomes her. With some help from a longtime friend, makeup artist and hair stylist - J. Roy Helland since early 80's.
"He's a collaborator in everything she does, and the hair and the makeup is just part of it. I think he's an extra pair of eyes for her in every single way," said "Julie & Julia" director Nora Ephron.
"Meryl has a very angular, almost chiseled face, very strong cheekbones. The nose is quite dominant, with nice, full lips. But I think an awful lot of Meryl's look comes from within her, and what she's portraying," said Engelman, governor of the makeup and hair stylist branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. "I think what works so well is the makeup doesn't jump out at you. You don't want to see a set of lips walking into the room, and an actress behind them," said Engelman, Cher's primary makeup artist since 1986.
In "The Devil Wears Prada" Streep's magazine editor has a white poof of hair and icy, strong eyes to complement to her high-fashion wardrobe. "She looks very refined in 'Prada,'" Engelman said. "The eyes weren't overly made up but they were very strong, like they were looking for you, those piercing eyes."
"It's this thing called acting. Many actors could do this, but Meryl has the chops to do it, and the guts to really go for it," said Ephron. "It's a combination of her hair, her makeup, her clothes, her height, it's everything." read more www.examiner.com