Makeup Artist Insider: The Details on all the Orphan Black Beauty Looks Before the Season 2 Premiere
An all-new season of @OrphanBlack will be kicking off this Saturday on @BBCAmerica at 9 PM, and we scored the inside scoop on the makeup look for each of the clones, all played by actress Tatiana Maslany. We got a chance to chat with Orphan Black head makeup artist Stephen Lynch, who gave us the behind-the-scenes details on the process of creating each clone’s unique look. In addition to Maslany’s considerable acting chops – she sometimes shoots as three or four different characters in one day! – Lynch's makeup techniques help each clone achieve a signature look she can call her own.
Stephen explains that when creating Sarah's signature look, ''there has to be some danger and a sort of 'screw you' attitude. When people meet her, she wants them to be intimidated.'' Stephen exclusively tells InStyle.com that Sarah's look ''comes from the street. It's been around a long time, since the punk era in the mid-late 70s.'' Her makeup staples include sooty, shimmery charcoal eyeliner & shadow, and MAC lipgloss in ''Spite.''
A Beauty Evolution
When we first met Sarah, she was a bit rough around the edges and wore a much more dramatic look. However, Stephen explains, as she evolved while impersonating Beth, ''she learned to do makeup Beth's way, which was a little more polished and professional, and we tried to merge the two looks.'' To achieve this new look, Stephen says, ''we kept her sooty, kind of punk eye shape, but we softened it into more chocolatey-bronze color to make her a little less hard-edged.''
Stephen describes Alison as ''bright-eyed and bushy-tailed,'' so she is never without ''full-on eyes, cheeks, and lips.'' Alison's signature look revolves around popping pinks and deep purples, which includes MAC blush in ''Whole Lotta Love,'' Urban Decay eyeliner in ''Psychedelic Sister,'' and lips fully lined and filled in with Clarins ''Raspberry'' lipstick.
A Theatrical Look
According to Stephen, Alison ''always wants (to put) her best face forward.'' So, to create Alison's signature look, he uses a technique commonly used in musicals: ''her eyes are slightly winged and the top liner and the bottom liner don't meet – it's a little bit of a theatrical cheat to make your eyes look bigger.''