Exclusive: We Spoke With the Genius Behind Heidi Klum's Epic Halloween Costumes
When we think of celebrity Halloween costumes, Heidi Klum instantly comes top of mind. She's the unofficial (but might as well be official) queen of Halloween, and she upstages all other costumes with her completely transformative prosthetics, makeup, wigs, etc. Take, for example, her insane geriatric costume, or that time she was a skinned human body, or last year's unforgettable Jessica Rabbit costume—all three of which Mike Marino of Prosthetic Renaissance—the top prosthetic company that's worked on countless high-profile films—helped create.
We caught up with Marino to learn more about how he helped craft some of Klum's most insane costumes and what he has in store for her costume this year (spoiler: we couldn't exactly crack him—it's still a big secret). Keep scrolling to learn more about the insane process that it takes to build Klum's costumes and how the whole thing comes to fruition below!
"I began working with Heidi through the recommendation of Bill Corso, who had done her makeup before for her muscle suit. Mike Fontaine and I helped assist him when we made Heidi into an old lady. So when Jessica Rabbit came around, Bill just passed on the job because he was too busy with film work, and we were in New York already, so we took over the makeup chores for Heidi," Marino tells us.
What's just as intriguing as the costumes themselves are Klum's imagination and participation in the creative process. Specifically, in regards to last year's voluptuous Jessica Rabbit costume, Marino says the initial idea was all the supermodel's: "Heidi came up with the idea and she was wondering if it would be possible to do. I thought it would be if we made it a hybrid of realistic and cartoon, and it worked out pretty good." Pretty good? We'd say Marino is being a bit modest here, especially considering the building process took a whopping two months.
Considering how much time goes into prepping these magnificent costumes, you can only imagine how much effort and elbow grease it takes to remove them. According to Marino, it depends on the complexity of the costume. "For Heidi's [Jessica Rabbit costume], it took two hours to remove because there were so many appliances on her face and body that we had to remove them with special oil and hot towels and take it off very slowly. You can't just rip it off like you see in the movies sometimes, or you will injure the skin." In that case, we assume Klum doesn't party too hard at her annual Halloween parties—she's got a whole two-hour removal process when she gets home!
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Though Marino has become widely known as Klum's Halloween makeup guy, he's done some remarkable, jaw-dropping prosthetics and makeup for major Hollywood films like Birdman, Black Swan, and I Am Legend. When asked which one of his celebrity prosthetic transformations was his favorite, Marino cited The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. "We enjoyed working with Ben Stiller on Walter Mitty. We got to age him and Kristen Wig rapidly. He also had a mountain-climber Arctic look where we made him have a big chin and a super-straight nose. Green Room was also cool. We got to do some pretty gory stuff and work with a great director."
If you're dying to know what Klum's planning to be this year, sadly, Marino didn't spill the beans. "We have something really cool and different planned. We can't say anything about her costume; you'll just have to wait and see on Halloween!"
Sigh. The suspense is killing us! Luckily Marino posted a sneak peek of step one of the process in the video above to curb our appetites, though it still doesn't tell us much. What we can tell, however, is that her face will be majorly transformed.
Klum also hinted at her costume in a recent Instagram post in which she's wearing tall suede thigh-high boots. Many commenters are guessing that she's going to be Kim Kardashian West or Beyoncé, but we'll have to wait until the big day arrives.
What do you think Klum is going to be this year? Tell us your predictions below!