There was no shortage of flawless looks at the annual Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards on Saturday night in Los Angeles — nor of tips on how to achieve them, for that matter.
A handful of Hollywood’s most familiar faces turned out to fete the industry’s top talents in all things hair and makeup, bringing with them their own favorite pieces of advice gleaned from years spent in makeup chairs on set.
“Internal liner!” said Amy Landecker, star of Amazon’s Golden Globe-winning series, Transparent. “If you’re doing a black liner, nobody thinks to line the upper lid, and that’s a really great trick to pop your eyes. Makeup artist Jean Black gave me that one.” And when it comes to hair volume? “Baby powder in your hair,” she said. “It will keep your hair much fuller — and much less greasy after a day on set.”
No stranger to the transformative power of makeup, American Horror Story star Sarah Paulson — who was reinvented as a 75-year-old woman for the end of the show’s second season — dished on the best trick she’s ever learned for keeping her hair conditioned while on the job. “Moisturize that shit, man! My favorite thing to do when I am wearing a wig is to just pile all my hair underneath the wrap with conditioner. The heat of the wig on your head all day acts as if you’re sitting under a dryer, and if you’re working a 12-to-15-hour day, you’ve got conditioner on there the whole time.”
Meanwhile, Sons of Anarchy‘s Ron Perlman summed up years spent in a makeup trailer for roles such as Hellboy and the monster Vincent in the TV series Beauty and the Beast in one short, simple tip: “Just make sure your nose hairs aren’t longer than your eyebrows.” Duly noted.