Please, try to contain your excitement! For the past few days, we’ve been showing you photos upon photos of Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor. We’ve shown you photos of her costumes and photos of her popping out of her costumes. It’s been a whole lot of Lindsay as Liz action, and I know that many of you have thought to yourself, “wow, how do I get that look?!” Well, rest easy, friends, because I have that information and much, much more.
WhenLindsay Lohan first walked onto the set of Lifetime’s Liz & Dickdressed as screen legend Elizabeth Taylor, “there was an audible gasp,” the movie’s costume designer, Salvador Pérez, tells PEOPLE. “You’d swear it was Elizabeth.”
Dressed in Taylor’s favorite styles — jewel-toned cocktail dresses, fur coats and those famous gems (well, good fakes) — the actress looked remarkably like her screen idol. “She just walked into the clothes and became Elizabeth Taylor,” says Pérez.
Producer Larry Thompson had some of Taylor’s most famous bling, including the 33-carat Krupp diamond, recreated for the film. “Part of the magic is the wardrobe,” he says. “And Lindsay said she wants to bring magic to the movie.” Many of the vintage dresses fit her like a glove, too; Lohan’s waist measures a tiny 23 inches, while Taylor’s was a mere 22 inches.
Lohan will wear 66 different looks in the 80-minute biopic, which begins in 1961, ends with Richard Burton’s death in 1984 and focuses on their tumultuous relationship (an affair while she was still married, two weddings and two divorces). To prep, Lohan hired a voice coach and even dyed her auburn hair a deep brunette to better match Taylor’s dark tresses.
Lohan’s hair and makeup will span all of Taylor’s looks, from the long lashes and red lips of the 1950s (attained using M.A.C’s “Hot Tahiti” lipstick) and the Cleopatra-inspired eyeliner and nude mouth of the ’60s to her teased ’80s bouffant, always with her trademark eyeliner to accentuate her famous violet eyes. (Lohan is wearing opalescent lavender contacts for the role.)
“She brings in makeup for me,” makeup artist Eryn Krueger Mekash, who’s using mostly Chanel, Dior and M.A.C products, tells PEOPLE. Adds the movie’s hair stylist, Beatrice De Alba, “She looks so much like her. There was a moment when she saw her picture on the monitor and said ‘I’m her.’ It was thrilling.”
I think those “audible gasps” were less about how good Lindsay looked and more about “oh no, what have we done?” And the bit about “there was a moment when she saw her picture on the monitor and said ‘I’m her,'” that’s the most hilarious thing I’ve ever heard. May I remind you:
All the hair dye, lavender contacts, and Hot Tahiti lipstick in the world couldn’t transform the woman on the left into the woman on the right.
But I hadn’t heard that the movie spanned over twenty years, had you? That makes me about a zillion times more excited for this. That means that we’re going to see Lindsay play 52-year-old Elizabeth Taylor, complete with a bouffant. I am officially too excited for this movie.