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Jennifer Lopez: 'Maid in Manhattan'

By Karen Infantino

Lopez looks less glamorized in "Maid in Manhattan."

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(InStyle) -- Once upon a time there was a beautiful single mother from the Bronx named Marisa Ventura (Jennifer Lopez), who worked as chambermaid in a swanky Manhattan hotel.

One day a rich and handsome senatorial hopeful named Christopher Marshall (Ralph Fiennes) mistakes Marisa for a fellow hotel guest. The two spend an afternoon together and he sweeps her off her feet. Then Marshall invites Marisa to a black-tie gala, and her look goes from dust cloth to diva.

Though she's not sporting glass slippers, she's dripping in Harry Winston diamonds and vintage Bob Mackie. "'Maid in Manhattan' is a Cinderella story," says costume designer Albert Wolsky. "But everything that we did until she falls in love," says hairstylist Melissa Yonkey, "was very simple and clean."


"Marisa's a woman who doesn't really focus on herself," says Yonkey, "because she focuses on her son." For Lopez that meant removing the highlights from her hair. "She's not all glamorized," she adds, "but we didn't want to make her unattractive and dowdy."

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So, Yonkey started by applying Kérastase Substance Constructive leave-in conditioner to Lopez's damp ends, and then misted Leonor Greyl Algues et Fleurs spray conditioner for moisture.

She then sprayed Phytovolume Actif Maximum Volume spray throughout Lopez's hair, set individual pieces in stand-up pin curls, and dried with a diffuser. She used a Mason Pearson brush to separate the waves once the hair was dry, applied Phytostyle Finishing Gel and pulled it all back.

A quick mist of Phytolaque hairspray and Kérastase Voile Protecteur hair gloss almost finished the look. "She would sort of twist that bun up with her fingers and wrap it around," adds Yonkey, "and we just stuck very little tortoise hair combs in there to keep it natural."


Boccia applied a thin line of Fresh Eye Contour pencil in Chilean Hazelnut to just the top of Lopez's lash line and then wet a bit of Fresh powder eye shadow in Coal Crystal to top it. Make Up For Ever shadow No. 35 was used in the crease. She curled Lopez's lashes with a Shu Uemura curler, and then finished with a coat of Shu Uemura mascara in Basic Black.


The reason Lopez's look was so clean and simple for most of "Maid in Manhattan" was, well, simple. "Marisa's a mom," says makeup artist Margot Boccia, "and she doesn't have much time."

Boccia started with a custom blend of Make Up For Ever Face & Body liquid makeup in Nos. 2, 12 and 18. Blush was a combo of Shu Uemura pink 02 and Amber 81. She finished the look with a light dusting of powder by Skin by Alison Raffaele. Boccia lined and filled in Lopez's lips with Hard Candy Super Good lip pencil in Digital, and then applied a bit of MAC Plink lipstick.


Wolsky designed Marisa's entire wardrobe (with lots of input from Lopez herself), including the two maid uniforms she wears during most of the film. "She knows what she likes," he says, "especially things that are closely fitted to the body. Nothing loose and drapey."

So when the script called for Marisa to "borrow" a designer outfit (pictured here) from the closet of a hotel guest, the actress and Wolsky agreed on head-to-toe Dolce & Gabbana. Simple jeans and sweaters made up the rest -- some of which were "five or six years old," says Wolsky. "I just wanted her to look real," he adds, "as if she had bought the clothes from stores in the Bronx."

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