Unlike their princess counterparts, fairytale villainesses have always held a special sort of intrigue—partly due to their mysterious, rarely explained pasts. That’s exactly why we’re more than a little excited for Maleficent, Disney’s remake on the classic Sleeping Beauty tale with a focus on the dark, spindle-loving fairy herself, played and produced by none other than Angelina Jolie. If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ll know that Jolie’s Maleficent is the epitome of beauty in its most terrifying form: razor-sharp cheekbones, sinister green eyes, and blood-red lips bring to life an ominous look that’s much darker than the cartoon fairytale we grew up watching.
We got the chance to speak with the show’s main prosthetics and makeup man, Arjen Tuiten, and asked him to share his secrets. From the biggest challenge on set, to how he really created those sky-high cheekbones, he spilled everything that went into transforming Jolie into the great and terrible Maleficent.
Click through the slideshow to learn the secrets behind Jolie’s fairytale transformation!