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Tilda Swinton in Trainwreck: Here's the scoop on her transformation

Here’s the scoop on her transformation

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Famous for her avant-garde style and bare-bones approach to beauty, Tilda Swinton is unrecognizable — and shockingly conventional — as Dianna, the ruthless editor at a raunchy men’s magazine in Trainwreck. “She’s over the top, over-tanned, and does everything in the biggest way,” says makeup artist Kyra Panchenko (A Most Violent Year) of the actress’ transformation. “Tilda kept saying in her cute accent, ‘I’m a hot mess.’”

The first step toward achieving the Oscar winner’s makeover was a daily, hour-long session with self-tanning cream, followed by “layers and layers” of bronzers on her face and décolletage. “She’s [normally] translucent, and we turned her the color of a coconut shell,” says Panchenko.

The next order of business? The natural redhead — who normally wears her hair cropped and icy blond — opted for a custom shoulder-length topper by wig maker Alan D’Angerio (Working Girl). Just don’t ask for this shade at the salon. “It’s very over-ombré’d,” says Panchenko of the color. Translation? “Filthy blonde, I guess.”

Pachenko then turned her attention to Swinton’s eye makeup, swapping her trademark barely-there look for dark and dramatic smokey eyes. “She said, ‘If I’m going to put makeup on, I’m going to put on the most eyeliner I can,’” Panchenko says. “We spent a lot of time on the eyes.”

And if you think Swinton’s look seems somewhat familiar, you’d be right. The 54-year-old — who was given creative control over her character’s look by Trainwreck director Judd Apatow and star Amy Schumer — decided to style herself after former Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld (below).

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Think head-to-toe black leather, sleek 4-inch stilettos, tousled hair, and kohl-rimmed eyes. Says Panchenko of Swinton’s on-camera look, “We had a little bit of Carine happening in a very respectful way.”