How Do They Cry Red Tears on 'True Blood?' Series Makeup Artist Tells All!
Also, How They Fake That Hard-to-Get Undead Look
Any good Hollywood makeup artist has their own special trick for replicating tears, but what about when their characters don't shed watery drops, but cry blood, instead?
True Blood head makeup artist Brigette Ellis spoke to BeautyBloggingJunkie.com and spilled all her secrets about making red-hot blooded actors like Alexander Skarsgaard appear, well, dead.
Her most valued on-set product: A theatrical concoction called My Blood. She also often mixes it with a tattoo-quality red ink and dried My Blood as well. "I'm aware my job sounds so weird when I explain it like this," she laughs.
When it comes to the vamps' hands, "we color in the nail beds with ink and rim the eyes with a wine-colored eye shadow," she explains. To achieve their deathly palor, she uses "lots of heavy pale foundation. I especially like Kevyn Aucoin's The Liquid Airbrush Foundation. Revlon ColorStay Mineral Mousse Makeup is great for hands and neck as it stays on forever." She adds that achieving the effect on Skarsgaard is oftentimes challenging because he "loves the sun and gets pink" in his real life.
For those of you not looking to mimic the supernatural, Ellis also shares her product line-up for Sookie Stackhouse, played by Anna Pacquin. "We use Dior Airflash spray in get her natural brunette coloring into gear to play tan and blonde. Every day, Sookie wears Cover FX Concealer, Tarte Madame X Eyeliner, NARS blush in Gilda and mascara. Her waitress lip concept is Smashbox Lip treatment in Bean and Laura Mercier Lip Color Sheer in Baby Lips."
There you go. Now you're all set for Halloween, no matter which True Blood character you're going to dress up as.