Natural Beauty by Lernert & Sander featuring Hannelore Knuts
Dutch artistic duo Lernert and Sander embrace the urge for cosmetic overkill in their surreal short Natural Beauty. Makeup artist Ferry van der Nat and his assistant Vanessa Chan helped to execute the vision, slathering a host of Ellis Faas products on Belgian beauty Hannelore Knuts, who was recently named the new face of Swiss fashion house Akris. Lernert & Sander began collaborating in 2006; since then they've done everything from melt a chocolate bunny with a hairdryer to repurpose household appliances as sex toys in the name of video art.
Objective of the shoot was to apply 365 layers of makeup in one day to see how much is needed to go from a natural look to an outrageous one. The shoot took them nearly nine hours non-stop to apply all the layers to Hannelore’s face for which they used seven bottles of Foundation S103; two bottles of Creamy Eyes E107; three Milky Lips L205 pens; and two bottles of Blush S301. All together 228.40ml of makeup.
During the shoot Hannelore was fixed between panels for the whole shoot, so everything she ate or drank came from a straw: juice, and a granola and yogurt mix.
The directors first tested a 100-layer session a few days before on our intern, who is a man. They wanted to make sure that this amount of makeup wouldn't kill a person. It didn't kill their intern so they trusted everything would be fine on Hannelore. It didn't kill her, but she looked a little bit droopy.