To better highlight all of that, I gathered some fascinating behind-the-scenes costume, makeup, and set design facts — from the intentionality behind Alice's color palettes and dress silhouettes, to the pre-film significance of Frank's house, to where the movie was almost shot.
COSTUMES & MAKEUP
1. The bright colors and patterned costumes were intentionally used to help tell the film's story — or in some cases, even distract from the story.
To tell the story of Alice (Florence Pugh), Arianne used multiple color palettes. “At first, I worked in a primary palette that was very bright and exciting. It was very reflective of Victory [Project — the utopian desert community the couples live in] and that Palm Springs world that you think of when you see Victory," she explained.
2. Sourcing the perfect apron for Alice turned out to be one of the most high-pressure tasks.
3. Alice was outfitted in sheath-style dresses for a specific reason.
4. Alice's makeup looks evolve throughout the film, and in some cases, small details — like her lipstick shade — are yet another way to intentionally contrast her from the other female characters.
Heba told Vogue that she used a combination of Stila's long-wear matte and Glossier's Generation G lipsticks to get the perfect pink-peach color.
“She starts out with pinks, peach, and shimmery white and black liner — and slowly starts to unravel into a no-makeup look with muted and natural tones of browns and beige," Heba continued in the Variety interview.
5. Alice's glow was achieved via key products such as de-puffing eye patches, light-coverage foundation, and vitamin C serum — the latter two coming in extra handy against the sun-soaked desert backdrop of Palm Springs.
6. Olivia specifically wanted the female characters in the film to look free and full of life, and the backdrop to look equally dazzling.
"All the glamorous and sexy parts of the '50s and '60s without all the rigid, overly structured unflattering sides. She wanted the women to have a fun and a freedom to them and always look fabulous," Jaime continued in the Vogue interview.
7. Jack is described as a "charming and likable" character and that helped drive the color and style of his wardrobe throughout the film.
8. Arianne used the Victory party scene as an opportunity to show another side of the characters' personalities through their formal wear.
THE FILM'S SETTING
9. The film was originally going to be filmed in New Zealand for cost reasons.
“I think if I made a sequel about the matriarchy, New Zealand would be a reasonable place to go because it’s a place where you go to be humbled by nature," she continued.
"That’s the opposite of what the character Frank [played by Chris Pine] wants. He wants people to feel that nature is humbled in their presence; that man has molded nature to his will," she said.