Local 706 - The Artisan

Spring 2023

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34 • THE ARTISAN SPRING 2023 It was 104 degrees Fahrenheit, on average; the wind and dust were both natural and human-made; there was a lack of shade, and the list goes on and on. This was one of the hardest films I've ever worked on in my career, but I would not have changed it for the world. It was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever encountered. The family that was formed on that production and the growth that I felt made it all worth it. And that film, my friends, was Nope. When writer-director Jordan Peele and producer Ian Cooper contacted me to work on Nope, I was a bit nervous. It was a huge honor, but it was definitely a lot of pressure. Having worked with Jordan previously on Us, I knew the make-up had to be iconic and something that audiences would want to recreate. ALL PHOTOS COURTESY UNIVERSAL STUDIOS THE WORLD OF NOPE B Y T Y M S H U T C H A I B U A C H A R E R N | D E P A R T M E N T H E A D M A K E - U P MAKE-UP The three ways I approached the make-up on this project were through realism, deterioration, and ingenuity. The goal was to create looks never seen before on our cast. The male actors' looks were very simple: sweat, shine, blood and dust were strategically placed. The beauty make-up was fairly straight-to-the-point, but make-up application was not the challenge; it was the deterioration of the make-up that was pivotal. On this set, the actors went through so much action daily. The abundance of dust, dirt and wind would dictate how much deterioration the characters' make- up went through. Because we shot out of order, my talented teammates—Department Head assistant Jennifer Zide-Essex, key make-up Eleanor Sabaduquia, key make-up Kato DeStefan—and I had to make sure that we were on top of continuity at all times. Being the star she is, Keke Palmer typically has extravagant glam on the projects she works on. I wanted this project to be different and show off her natural beauty while speaking to the personality L-R: Daniel Kaluuya as OJ Haywood, Keke Palmer as Emerald Haywood and Brandon Perea as Angel Torres

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