While fans of “Euphoria” are everywhere gathering to watch the latest chapters of Sam Levinson’s magical feverish dream on HBO Max (leading up to Sunday’s season 2 finale), they’re mesmerized by both the glamorous and brutal special effects seen in the East. While the 1st season featured faces adorned with endless rhinestones, sequins and more, Davy notes that the 2nd season had a quieter (but no less stunning) approach.
“I didn’t want to continue the same MO as season 1. Part of me wanted it because people liked it, but … in general, there were stylistic, aesthetic changes and shifts in this show,” Davy said. Variety. “I think that the main essence of the make-up of the 2nd season in one make-up line is to demonstrate that … bold make-up should not be great. You can do the finer details and create something bold and expressive without seeing it for miles. ”
As all the characters of “Euphoria” develop throughout the series, Davy emphasizes that the makeup department tries to “not be too prescriptive” in terms of building corporate identity for everyone. However, there are some common trends.
For example, the images of Maddie (Alex Demi) focus on “structure – like wing structure, less bloat” with room for color; while makeup Jules (Hunter Schaefer) “has become less feminine this season,” and Cassie (Sidney Sweeney) is “easily influenced” by the people around her (particularly Nate Maddie and Jacob Elordi). Kat (Barbie Ferreira) is still a newcomer to makeup … so she’s still trying on different images, Davy said. Season 2.
Not all makeup on “Euphoria” is used for glamor. Davy, who has worked on a number of projects, including “The Underground Railroad”, “Under the Silver Lake” and “Moonlight”, noted that “Euphoria” has allowed her team to combine very vocal makeup with “invisible” work.
“In those past projects, makeup should remain invisible and be as an integral part of history. But we do a lot of this on “Euphoria”. There are a lot of special effects and characters: scars, tattoos, cuts, bruises, traces of heroin, a fake hand with a morphine needle … fake penises, ”she said. It faces a kind of glamor of “Euphoria” … [It’s] my perfect combination ”.
Reflecting on Season 2 makeup, Davy also shared some of her favorite images Variety.
New Year’s eyes Jules (S2 E1)
Season 2 of “Euphoria” begins with the culmination of the New Year’s party. Jules wears bright black makeup on the inside of her eyes – with small graphic figures reaching to her nose. The look contrasts sharply with the colorful shades and playful shapes (including hand-drawn clouds) that Jules used in the first season.
“These dark figures attract you to her eyes … It scared me. I thought, “Oh, that kind of weird is coming up at this point,” Davy said. “It wasn’t some big, crazy, transformative kind. So it was a perfect example of a bold look that isn’t even that bold – small shapes can make a big impact. ”
Madie’s Long Wings on New Year’s Eve (S2 E1)
Also at the New Year’s party Maddie wears a branded wing, which is especially stunning due to its bold length.
“I wanted to see how long we could make this wing so it didn’t look ridiculous. At one point, I wanted it to get into her hair, but then I thought, “It’s too much, let’s play on the border of almost two,” Davy said. “I just died for how it looked on screen – and for her profile [when] she knocks on the door. “
Davy added that Demi “had her vision [Maddy’s] makeup this season. And we just went for it because … she knows her character better than anyone. ”
Nate’s face after Feska beat him (S2 E2)
At the end of the New Year’s Eve party of the first episode, Fesca (Angus Cloud) beats Nate in retaliation for blackmailing Jules and Roux, threatening his drug business and jeopardizing his livelihood. In episode 2, viewers see Nate’s face, which remained very bloody, bruised and swollen.
“A lot of prosthetics were involved,” Davy said, adding that her team worked on outsourcing and collaborated with effects artist Vincent Van Dyke. “It’s also an interesting fact about that [Nate look], the whole left eyebrow is completely fake. It’s all fake hair, killed in silicone.
Euphoria make-up artist and assistant head of the department Tara Lang Shah carefully applied and painted a prosthesis on Elordi’s face. It was a time consuming task. “It will take two hours to probably three to four hours on first use. And then she had to do it so many times because we’re shooting wrong – we’re going to go back to the same scene and shoot another part of it in a few months, “Davy said.
Copper Double Wing in Samantha’s Wardrobe (S2 E2)
In episode 2 we can take a look at Maddie’s new job as a babysitter. She works for Samantha (Minka Kelly), a chic mother who has a luxurious wardrobe full of high-end designer clothes. While Samantha and her husband are away, Maddie makes a habit of trying on chic outfits – particularly in a fashion fitting where she wears a gorgeous biplane over her eyes.
“I love it when she talks on the phone and says, ‘No.’ She’s just a future Maddie, a cool boss, a fashion editor at a magazine called Maddy of the Future, “Davy said, reflecting on the scene, adding that double wings require very” technical “work. “These views have taken a very long time. They are all about creating this wing, perfect on all sides. Sometimes it is impossible to make it perfect … [but] I am proud of how these species turned out. “
Cassie tries to be Maddie (S2 E3)
In episode 3, viewers watch as Cassie performs an extensive ritual each morning to prepare for school, and tries to get Nate’s attention by looking like Maddie.
“She comes to school and looks anxious like Maddie, and that’s completely wrong for Cassie,” Davy said. She added that “it’s always fun” to “create” the appearance of the characters – it’s not just cool looks, there is something embarrassing in appearance … Part of it is the makeup itself, and part of it – so Sydney or any of the actors enliven it ».
When Cassie isn’t trying to completely turn into her (former) best friend, she often wears radiant and “youthful” pink-and-blues. “Her appearance is usually softer than Maddie’s … always with dewy, flushed cheeks and all that to show her anxiety and the emotions that permeate her makeup,” Davy said. However, “she’s more likely to use makeup this season … to desperately try to hold on to Nate and change herself – and just be different versions of what she thinks he’s looking for.”
Fake Ru Hand for Morphine Needle (S2 E5)
Throughout the episode, 5 Ruth experiences the devastatingly painful consequences of failure. In desperation, Roo goes to the house of drug lord Lori (Martha Kelly), where Lori later injects morphine into her hand. It’s hard to watch many attempts to poke, but (thankfully) a fake hand was used to shoot the shot.
“At the time, Zendai was not on camera at all, but she was sitting in the bathtub and holding a fake hand. And she was shaking a little – her hand is shaking because she has to be scared, ”said Davy, who added that in a fake hand made of silicone, there was a tank of fake blood inside to get the needle to the surface. “It was all this operation that goes into what is displayed on the screen for maybe three seconds.”
Davy also touched on Ryu’s overall, “invisible” makeup for Season 2. “We just tried to make it look as bad as possible. And [Zendaya] it’s totally a game for that, and it’s cool, “Davy said, adding that she painted the actor’s veins with diluted” greenish-blue pigment “and applied pink and red long cream shadows to her eyes.” Not to look like makeup – just to … add a little color so it isn’t a blank slate ”.
Kat’s view during “Intervention-Gone-Wrong” Rue (S2 E5)
Earlier in the 5th episode at the Howards House there is a failed last minute intervention that involves Ryu revealing a novel by Cassie and Nate to Maddie. Kat, who is also present, wears a blue uniform over her eyes.
“For the fact that the intervention went wrong … I like looking Kat there. It’s that simple [and] so easy to recreate. It’s like the modern look of the 1960s, where it’s just a big blue shape of colored blocks and Twiggy lashes underneath, ”said Davy, who added that there were no other shadows, contours or mascara on the lower lashes. “It’s my favorite kind… I love when it’s just ‘use three ingredients’ – that’s what makes the look affordable.”
As for Kat’s overall makeup style in Season 2, Davy noted that we still see the protagonist experimenting with the way she expresses herself. “Her big school transformation in the first season, in the world of‘ Euphoria ’, took place just a couple of months before where we see her now,” she said. “So every time we see her, she tries a new color or a new graphic look of the wing … So she really plays all over the field.”