The quaint notion that beauty comes from within has never troubled the
image-obsessed world of movie stars.
So who better to lift the veneer of A-list starlets than the unsung heroes of
Hollywood, charged with ensuring a flawless finish no matter how unpromising the
A survey conducted among leading make-up artists has revealed the reassuring
news that not every actor is blessed with perfect skin, and a third lie about
An increasing number of stars are reliant on the dark arts of the powder
brush to maintain their unblemished image, it confirmed.
While the likes of Scarlett Johansson, voted the most naturally beautiful
actor for her "flawless" skin, get by on a minimum of maintenance,
three-quarters feared that their wrinkles, liver spots and crows feet threatened
Fifteen per cent of actors said spots, boils and blotches were as big a
concern as learning their lines, the make-up artists said.
And with rapid advances in visual technology, a growing number of celebrities
are worried their complexions are about to come under even closer scrutiny by
Sandra Exelby, chairman of the National Association of Screen Makeup Artists
and Hairdressers (NASMAH), and a veteran with 30 years' experience in the
industry, said that many stars already fought shy of getting too close to the
"I have been told by production companies that some of the big actors coming
to the UK from America have a 'no close-up' clause in their contracts, people
who are maybe getting on a bit," she said.
It is not just the women who need touching up behind the scenes. Male stars
are regulars in the make-up chair, as not all match up to the dermatological
heights of Orlando Bloom, star of Pirates of the Caribbean, regarded in the
industry as having the best male complexion. The survey, conducted by NASMAH on
behalf of Telewest, rated Kate Winslet, who starred in Eternal Sunshine of the
Spotless Mind, the second most natural beauty for her "classic English rose"
looks. Third was Catherine Zeta Jones.
The spectre of high-definition television has sent anxiety levels soaring in
the industry, it was claimed. The format, which increases lines on screen from
365 to between 750 and 1000, is currently used in the filming of nature
programmes like The Blue Planet or major sporting events such as the football
World Cup and the Olympics.
The result is a picture up to five times more detailed.