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From Krrish 3 To Sanju, Makeup Artist Clover Wootton Has Been Transforming Actors

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  •  July 7, 2018

One thing that has stood out in the blockbuster biopic Sanju is the crazy, uncanny resemblance of actor Ranbir Kapoor to Sanjay Dutt. Besides the body transformation that Kapoor underwent, it were the efforts of makeup artist Clover Wootton that made the reel look real. 

The British prosthetic and makeup designer started her journey of transforming Bollywood actors as an assistant in movie Krrish 3.  Since then she has worked on movies like PariRangoon, Bajirao Mastani, Shivaay, Haider, and Phobia.

Clover’s prosthetics brilliance was recently witnessed in the movie Sanju. Every movie is a challenge but Sanju became even more difficult for her. Wootton hasn’t grown up watching Bollywood and Sanjay Dutt’s evolved personality over the years wasn’t something she was aware of.

“[Sanju] was challenging, because I never grew up watching Sanjay Dutt. I spoke to the crew to understand their views on him, and watched some old footage. Finally, we got something that worked for Ranbir’s face and fit the script,” shared Clover with Elle India. She also added that the experience was even more interesting as it was to develop a character who is well-known in the country.

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“What is interesting is that I got a chance to change the face of someone who is already well known,” she said.

Clover was a fine arts student in the UK and got a chance to become a part of the film industry when she got the opportunity to assist a makeup artist while she was travelling through India. “I met a French prosthetics team on that film, and later worked with them in Paris, before training as a make-up artist. Then, by a stroke of luck, my prosthetic teacher was offered Krrish 3, and I was called in to assist him. After that, I just decided to continue working here.” she recalled.

The art student has always had bodies as her inspiration. She shared, “I’ve always liked bodies. I also do figurative painting, which teaches you to observe and concentrate on form. I love watching surgery shows and seeing bodies at their most visceral and vulnerable, plus anything that documents the ways in which it changes after death — I’m quite macabre in that way.”

What’s in the makeup master’s kit? “My kit is fairly standard, but my studio is a haven of old limbs, fake nails, and teeth. I must have over 15 types of (fake) blood to create different effects, like scratched, clotted, splattered, arterial — it’s all a bit gory,” shared Clover.

“My kit is largely cruelty-free and vegan,” she added. If you want to give a make-over to your kit and go animal-cruelty-free, she has some options to match your needs. “You don’t have to go for the big names that test on animals. Instead, try brands like Becca, Kat Von D, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Nudestix, and Lime Crime. I use lip pencils from OC Cosmetics, vegan brushes from Eco Tools, and base makeup from Cover FX and Hourglass. You can look out for Too Faced, Tarte and NYX for affordable basics,” she suggested.

H/T: Elle India

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