These Are the Products Used on the Set of Your Favorite TV Shows
By Emily Taylor |
One of the only things more surprising than some of the twists in Game of Thrones last season (seriously, a wight dragon?), was the fact that Daenerys Targaryen's beauty look remained flawless—even as she waged war against the Lannisters. We imagine that riding on the back of a dragon at top speed might cause some flyaways or smudged eyeliner, but luckily, Dany—like any future queen—has a team of committed stylists and makeup artists to keep her looking fresh.
Naturally, we were curious about how exactly the characters on our television screens always look so great, so we decided to reach out to the talented artists behind the looks on some of our favorite shows. Below are the tips and tricks used by top MUAs and hairstylists on set.
If you've ever wondered how the stars always look so well-rested after filming for 12 hours straight, this is it: Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels. Harnessing the ultimate de-puffing power of ginkgo biloba leaves (note: this is an actual tree name and NOT a character from The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and cranberry seed oil, these eye gels are the true supporting character in some of your fave tv shows.
Zoe Hay—the Emmy-nominated makeup artist known for her work on Glee, The People v. O.J. Simpson and our new go-to, This is Us—turns to Skyn Iceland when she needs to soothe skin on set. She says: "What I love most about these are that they stay put and don't slide down the face. Our actors can drive to work with them on or apply while they are getting their hair done. We have very early call times and have to take everyone back in time, so they're an essential part of our kits." We're adding this product to our online shopping cart immediately so that the next time we queue up This Is Us, we can continue to sob uncontrollably without fear of resulting under-eye volume.
A standard in any professional makeup kit, Lancôme's intensely durable foundation was made for the big (and laptop-size!) screen. It achieves the big three: oil-free, easily blendable and long-lasting. MUA to the stars, Ana Lozano, had the challenge of transforming Penelope Cruz into the one-and-only Donatella Versace for the show American Crime Story.
In order to get the perfect look, Lozano utilized the other-worldly power of Teint Idole. "I love this foundation as it stays all day long and they have 40 great shades to choose from," she says. For a dewy finish, Lozano recommends mixing in strobing drops. "The drops are a good base for the highlight areas, which helps me match and meld Penelope’s face with Donatella’s face."
French cult-favorite brand, Collosol, has had an intimate relationship with actresses ever since its inception. Much like Bridgette Bardot's acting career, Collosol Eau de Lait was born in Paris in the 1950s, when thespians had a great need for a tough-but-gentle product to remove heavy stage makeup.
Cut to 2018 (or whenever Westworld Season 2 takes place—still trying to work out the timeline), and this product is still in high demand, most notably by Westworld's makeup artist Rachel Hoke. "The show's shooting locations often contain elements such as dirt, wind, heat, and character makeup. Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton use the product every day they work. It’s a perfect cleanser for mid day makeup removal for touch ups.” Word to the wise: Collosol Eau de Lait is so good, you'll be tempted to pull a Karl Lagerfeld and straight-up bathe in it. Talk about a French twist.
The Handmaid's Tale isn't all sunshine, roses and the patriarchy. Long days of shooting require the ultimate star power in terms of hydration: TATCHA Luminous Dewy Skin Mist. Ultra-moisturizing hyaluronic acid and green tea combine to give us an unparalleled glow that we tell our friends is 100-percent natural. (We trust that you can keep a secret!)
Among TATCHA's many fans is Burton LeBlanc, a recent Emmy nominee for his work on The Handmaid's Tale (though you may also know him for his extensive background in film, including his work on everyone's favorite crime drama, American Gothic). He says, "On The Handmaid’s Tale, I love to use TATCHA Dewy Skin Mist for a quick face refresher, especially after a long set day and before an after-lunch makeup touchup." Bonus: he's also a fan of Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder ($36). "[It's] a super fine powder that I use on Elisabeth [Moss], particularly on her T-zone when needed to tone down any shine." Praise be.
Renowned for their award-winning, plant-based skin care, Sisley Paris returned this year to gift us mortals with the most luxe leave-in hair product on earth. With the unbeatable combo of shea, passion fruit, cotton, and moringa oils, the lightweight blend from the 2018 Hair Rituel line creates a radiant shine so glassy, we're convinced that we could see our reflection in it.
Enter: Jessica Elbaum. One of our fave makeup and hair care extraordinaires, Elbaum is celebrated for her work on Modern Family and Gracie and Frankie. To ensure that Sarah Hyland never has a bad hair day on set, Elbaum favors Hair Rituel Precious Hair Oil, which she says is "perfect for smoothing dry ends & taming fly aways." Elbaum also won't be caught without Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($46), which she loves for "maintaining volume and that perfect under-done look." Two timeless hair care standards for one very modern family.