In the world of television, actors undergo remarkable transformations to embody their characters fully. Behind the scenes, makeup artists work tirelessly to bring these characters to life. One actor who has impressed both fans and makeup artists alike with his dedication to his craft is Jeremy Allen White. As he graced the screen in the hit series The Bear, makeup artist Ignacia Soto-Aguilar shares some of Jeremy’s on-set makeup secrets and his newfound passion for skin care.
Concealing Tattoos With Long-Lasting Makeup
In The Bear, White’s character, Carmy, dons an impressive collection of tattoos. However, before these tattoos can be applied, White’s existing tattoos must be concealed flawlessly. Filming in the peak of Chicago’s winter posed unique challenges for Soto-Aguilar, who needed full-coverage makeup that could endure the cold, the hot kitchen set, and long shooting hours.
Soto-Aguilar found the perfect solution in European Body Art’s skin tone alcohol-activated makeup. This makeup, she explains, is activated by rubbing alcohol, and boasts exceptional durability due to the combination of latex and medical-grade glue. Its resilience ensured that Jeremy’s existing tattoos remained hidden throughout the demanding shooting schedule. To add an extra layer of protection and a more natural skin finish, Siân Richards’ Hydroproof makeup was applied after the alcohol-activated makeup dried. “This cream version of the alcohol activated mix gave a more natural skin finish, creating the perfect canvas for a fresh tattoo application,” she shared with us.
Skin-Care Essentials on Set
On the set of The Bear, Soto-Aguilar says maintaining a smooth workflow and efficiency was essential, and minor interruptions could be quite costly. “Unlike other shows, we don’t want to interrupt scenes for minor fixes like an eyelash—cut to Jamie Lee Curtis’ cheek eyelash in Ep. 206 Fishes,” she says. “Therefore, a solid skin-care regimen is crucial to minimize scene interruptions.” White’s skin-care regimen became vital to minimize the need for scene interruptions for touch-ups.
This season, Soto-Aguilar says Jeremy discovered the Omnilux Men ($395) red light therapy device and became “dedicated to using it at home.” Soto-Aguilar says the tool “truly made a significant difference.” In fact, she says White’s skin became so radiant that it inspired her to incorporate the device into her own daily routine.
“For Carmy’s daily skin-care routine, we started with Marie Veronique’s Pre+Probiotic Daily Mist ($65) as the perfect first step to achieve the natural Carmy dewy finish. We followed that with Monastery Aloe Hyaluronic Moisture Boost ($84) and Eminence Organics Hibiscus Ultra Lift Eye Cream ($99),” the perfect—and only—moisturizer combination that kept White’s skin glowing in the harsh, dry and cold Chicago weather. “Jeremy, in fact, now follows the same routine at home,” says Soto-Aguilar.