If you haven’t watched an episode of HBO‘s excellent TV series Westworld, stop reading this now and get to watching it! You won’t regret it.
Westworld tells the story of an extremely futuristic theme park populated by eerily human-like androids (hosts) that slowly began to gain consciousness and self-awareness. In particular, one of the central characters Dolores, played by Evan Rachel Wood, is a host that goes through a lot, mentally and physically.
Yet, being essentially a robot, she always looks flawless and perfect, untouched by the elements around her.
“The character of Dolores was created to look very porcelain-like,” Westworld makeup artist Rachel Hoke told Refinery29.
“We shoot in heat, dirt, wind, and sun, so keeping Dolores fresh-faced during filming is challenging. When we first started filming, it felt like a science experiment learning how to keep Evan’s skin protected, her body makeup and face looking flawless, and her tattoos covered.”
You can appreciate the challenge. How do you keep an actress looking flawless, with her skin staying clean and porcelain-esque, glowing yet matte throughout tough shoots in the heat and dust of the desert?
With the right sunscreen and brush, it turns out.
“I tried using a liquid sunscreen the first day we shot with Evan, but it oxidized with the makeup,” explains Rachel. “When she came in the trailer after filming, there was a yellow highlighter-like hue everywhere that I had been unable to see outside in the sunlight. As the lighting in the makeup trailer revealed, I had to switch sunscreens, so from then on, we started each day by applying iS Clinical Eclipse SPF 50 Plus to her face and body.”
Eclipse SPF 50+ is a physical sunscreen, which means it uses mineral blockers like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to shield skin from UV rays. It’s also formulated “specifically for daily use and extended outdoor activities,” meaning it’ll last through a long outdoor shoot.
“Keeping the dust off of Evan and Thandie (Newton) was a constant concern, as it would rest on the eyelashes and dull their complexions, so we kept a large powder brush handy to sweep it off the face,” adds fellow makeup artist Elisa Marsh.
As for getting all that makeup off, Westworld‘s makeup artists swear by Collosol Eau de Lait cleansing milk.
“This cleansing milk quickly became such a cast and makeup artist favorite that we had a hard time keeping it on hand. It cleanses and moisturizes the skin, which feels nice after filming outside all day,” Rachel says.
And there we go! If these products are good enough for the hosts of Westworld, they’re good enough for me.