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Why Scarlett Johansson's make-up in Hail, Caesar! didn't budge

Hail, Caesar! make-up artist Jean Black has divulged her on set secrets for a flawless underwater shoot.

Scarlett Johansson's underwater make-up for Hail, Caesar! was meticulously researched before shooting began.

The blonde beauty stars as synchronised swimming actress DeeAnna Moran in the Coen brothers' latest romp, alongside an all star cast including George Clooney, Channing Tatum and Josh Brolin.

To make sure Scarlett and he backing swimmers’ make-up didn’t run while they were submerged in water, make-up artists Jean Black, Julie Hewett and Zoe Hay did their research.

"There was quite an extensive trial process to test the various possibilities for long lasting make-up in water," Jean told Britain’s Hello! magazine. "I had my assistant along with some professional synchronised swimmers test various products in the pool all day.

"The Water Lilies – I think it's the name of the swimmers, it was all in harmony. Zoe researched every kind of waterproof make-up we could find. It went seamlessly actually! Nobody's face ran in the water, it all worked out."

The products the pros went for including items from MAC, Make Up For Ever, CARGO and Dior.

Some actresses may not have enjoyed the process of being in the water so much, but Jean says Scarlett was always a joy to work with. The cosmetics expert even praises 31-year-old Scarlett’s acting with helping to bring the looks to life.

"Scarlett is a natural and timeless beauty but she brings 100 per cent to the make-up process," she beamed. "She was very trusting of my ideas and easy to collaborate with as we had two very distinctive looks for her, one requiring her immersion in water for hours and the other being a high-Hollywood glamour look that was quite stylised to accent her hat, hair and costume.

"Once we decided upon the looks it was all Scarlett's wonderful performance that brought these looks to life."

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