By Ashley Kowalewski Blogger Beauty Secrets Part VI: Today, sharing…
By Deborah Fulsang
QUESTION: Did you notice that any of the actresses, or the witches as characters, had a favourite perfume?
BAKER: I do work with actresses that do that—buy a fragrance per film—and I do that too. I’ll wear a fragrance for the film, and when I want to go back there I can put it on. Isn’t that funny how that works? You know, I think Michelle [Williams, who plays Glinda, The Good Witch] and I actually discussed it. I also work with actresses who will request a certain fragrance—they design their character around the smell, and it does the same thing for them. I’m a huge fragrance person and I love that idea. Even the fragrance that I chose for this film was the same way: very clean smell to it.
QUESTION: What fragrance did you choose for the film for you?
BAKER: It’s called Carthusia—the manufacturer is Italian. The particular fragrance was Via Camerelle. You’ll find it’s very clean—it’s not soapy and it’s not sugary—it’s very clean. I hadn’t thought about it until you brought [this] up, so thank you for bringing it up to me.
QUESTION: Why did that scent feel right for this film?
BAKER: Probably because I was doing Michelle’s makeup and then the citizens of Oz—I needed to make a distinction between the citizens of Oz for Glinda, who lived under her rule, and then the citizens of Oz who live under the evil witch’s rule.
[Director] Sam Raimi wanted the distinction between those citizens. And while I personally loved the look of the citizens, and I thought their looks were staggeringly beautiful, I made the looks for Glinda’s people who were poor and didn’t have everything—they didn’t have wealth and beauty and fine fabrics and all that—[but] I really did want their looks to please us.
There’s a part of the movie—this is a basic story of good and evil—and I look at the world around us and think this is the story that we need to see, this is the story we need to come back to.
BAKER: I think that it did, because even though it’s clean, it’s complicated. I think that in that world of ‘I’m going to be happy and life is good,’ it can be complicated, but it’s still clean. I can be pretty deep in my thinking.
QUESTION: What’s your go-to fragrance?
BAKER: I’m changing all the time. I have a trail of fragrances. I wouldn’t say that I have a go-to. I just bought a Serge Lutens one for this time. I tend to wear cleaner things that sit well with people, so that my fragrance isn’t really into their space [when I’m working as their makeup artist].
QUESTION: And how many fragrances do you own?
BAKER: Probably about 25. And ones that I’ve picked up for a film, I really can go back and put it on and be right back in that film. [Baker has worked on many movies, from Footloose and Hick to 21 Grams, Conviction, Charlie Wilson’s War and Spider-Man 3.]
QUESTION: That’s so interesting that you choose a scent for each film.
QUESTION: What kind of fragrance would Oz: The Great and Powerful wear?
BAKER: Well, I think he may have to change. He’d have to start with one fragrance, or without any, and then come into another one—I think that’s a better way to see Oz. Oz comes into his fragrance, which is a bit of our story. He’s going to find a fragrance.