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'Dallas Buyers Club's Oscar Nominated Makeup Was Done On $250 Budget

Makeup artist Robin Mathews, who is nominated for an Oscar for her work in 'Dallas Buyer's Club', says the film only had a makeup budget of $250 -- not per day but for the entire 28-day production.

Mathews had to transform Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto from near-death AIDS patients to relatively healthy-looking people for parts of the movie sometimes up to five times each day.

"It's the most under-budgeted movie I've ever been a part of shooting," Mathews tells 'Vanity Fair'.

Because of the budget, scenes were shot wildly out of sequence so it was her job to transform McConaughey and Leto's looks for the scenes to complete filming in just 23 days after they each lost up to 40 pounds.

"We had to take them back and forth from their sickest look to their healthiest look, up to five times in one day," Mathews says. "They maintained that 40-pound weight loss throughout. So when you see them in the film, and they look like they're 25 pounds heavier and healthier because of the medication, that's just makeup."

She used "dental plumpers" to McConaughey's cheeks to make it look fuller and used makeup to emphasize the body's contours or individual bones.

"I lined the trailer walls with pictures of skulls and skeletons and looked for the bones I needed to draw in. I basically highlight and contour every bone or tendon, and sometimes veins, that I can find in their entire body. It's full body makeup."

"There's one look for the AIDS patients where they develop this rash called seborrheic dermatitis. And I couldn't afford to buy prosthetics, I didn't have the time to make prosthetics, I didn't have any help, so I had to figure out a way to do that. I wound up using grits and cornmeal, because it was affordable. As a matter of fact, I had to borrow them from my mom's pantry, because we didn't even have enough money to buy them."

"It's just so hard to wrap your head around it," she says of her Oscar nomination. "You're just sitting here, stunned a little bit, happily stunned."

February 20, 2014 |

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