Oscars 2011 Beauty: Skilled Bad Hair & Makeup in The Fighter

Lesa Hannah, Beauty Director at Fashion Magazine, looks behind the beauty scenes of The Fighter (nominated for 7 Academy Awards)
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Lesa Hannah, Beauty Director at Fashion Magazine, looks behind the beauty scenes of The Fighter (nominated for 7 Academy Awards)
Melissa Leo in character for The Figher (left) and at the 2011 Golden Globes

Melissa Leo in character for The Figher (left) and at the 2011 Golden Globes

I read Lesa Hannah's terrific story on the hair and makeup in The Fighter, then went to see the film. Amazing. I mean, just look at Melissa Leo here, in her Oscar-nominated role for Best Supporting Actress, and in her 2011 Golden Globes get-up.

Sure, I remember exactly how to make my bangs stay straight up -- blowdryer+hairspray (I didn't have to backcomb). But now I'm in awe of the hair/makeup duo behind The Fighter's bang-on small-town look of the early '90s. Johnny Villanueva and Donald Mowat (Canadian!) are beautygeeks of the highest order: it takes mad skillz to disobey every instinct to make pretty, and to keep it real rather than stray into caricature.

The sisters in The Fighter: "Back then, all girls cared about was the front," says hairstylist Villanueva

The sisters in The Fighter: "Back then, all girls cared about was the front," says hairstylist Villanueva

Villanueva put an '80s salon history to work – "back then all girls cared about was the front" – while Mowat's strategy included zero moisturizer, eye cream or primer, textures that were "a little bit hard," and "unfortunate lip colours."

Get all the details on the inspiration and execution in Lesa's Oscars 2011: The beauty of The Fighter on FashionMagazine.com. A. Maze. Ing.

UPDATE: for exclusive details not included in the published story, visit More How-To Hair & Makeup Details from The Fighter.