It takes me anywhere from 10 minutes to five hours to get into Megan Draper hair and makeup," says Pare, 29, who kicked off season five of AMC's Mad Men with a sultry rendition of "Zou Bisou Bisou." Her scene-stealing moment, which included cat-eye makeup and a 1960s bouffant, sealed her character's transformation from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce's pretty secretary behind the desk to Don Draper's fearless, sexy young wife. For the look, makeup department head Lana Horochowski says she drew inspiration from a young Sophia Loren, Twiggy and Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra. She used M.A.C cream liner in "Pure White" all over Pare's eyelids and added a touch of color with Nars frosted blue "Heart of Glass" eye shadow. Hairstylist David Danon channeled Vidal Sassoon's "Nancy Kwan cut" ("one of my favorites," he says) but kept the hair loose to accommodate Pare's movement and dancing in the scene. "There was a whole lot of hairspray used in the '60s, and it would have been easy to plaster Jessica's hair in place for a 14-hour day of shooting, but I wanted it to look hot and sexy and still move really well," says Danon. As to whether the bold 1960s style could be pulled off today, Horochowski believes a "refined version" would work: "I look at pictures and think, 'I could rock that with the right outfit.' "
“It’s such a great period," says Pare of Mad Men's era, "and the hair and makeup are an important part of how I view Megan.”
Photographed by Mary Rozzi on Nov. 7 at LA Center Studios in Los Angeles.