Magazine article Variety

Artists Get Right Look for Action

Magazine article Variety

Artists Get Right Look for Action

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EYELASHES AND BODY MAKEUP and wigs, oh my!

* The hair and makeup departments on fast-moving television shows often turn around dozens of looks in a week and create new ones at a moment's notice. Depending on the show, it doesn't always have to be beautiful, but it sure has to look good on camera.

"When I started on 'Saturday Night Live' we had a lot more leeway and it was OK if the edge of a bald cap was little hard," says Louie Zakarian, makeup artist for the NBC show and a six-time Emmy winner. "But now not only are they watching in HD, they're watching on huge screens, so when I turn Kate [McKinnon] into Jeff Sessions, we have to work the details and I have to be able to do it all in two minutes."

"SNL" hairstylist Jodi Mancuso, also a six-time Emmy winner, is under the same deadline pressure and maintains a library of wigs that she can use whenever needed, so, for example, frequent host Tom Hanks can slip right into his portrayal of David S. Pumpkins.

Hairstylists Gabriel Villarreal of VHl's "RuPaul's Drag Race" and Mary Guerrero of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" also work in wigs and hair appliances that give their contestants performance-ready looks that won't deteriorate.

"We use fans and everything we can, but sometimes it's just going to be hot underneath a big wig," says Villarreal.

Guerrero, a four-time Emmy winner, also braids and ties in hair appliances so they'll stay put while the contestants dance and spin. She's also had to soften and loosen the looks as HD became the standard so that the hair on the show doesn't look so stiff. …

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