Bridgerton’s glam squad reveal Phoebe Dynevor’s favourite products, the nicest cast members and who asked for makeup on their bum (!) for sex scenes


When it comes to Bridgerton, there is plenty to be obsessed with. From the Duke’s sultry presence to the Queen’s wigs, a lot of things have raised eyebrows. And on that note, none more so than the incredible makeup and elaborate hairstyles of the cast. With rumours of a second series on the cards, we talk to the dream team behind the on-set grooming, responsible for everything from the high-impact embellished hairdos to the rosy, glowing skin.

Fans of the Netflix drama will know that all appearances must be upheld for society. So, without the fabulous hair and makeup looks, the drama would surely have been a flop. Here, hair and makeup designer Marc Pilcher and hair and makeup supervisor, Lynda Pearce, share the beauty secrets of the stars, their experiences working on set and why the higher the hair, the more eligible the heir.

It takes hours to look this good!

It’s no surprise to hear some of the wigs from the Netflix drama took up to four weeks to make and that cast members such as Elouise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie) have spoken of getting up at 4.30am for hair and makeup that could take over two hours to apply. And then there is the main character, Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), whose own skin was in fact a bonus for the grooming team as it reflected her character.


Glow like a Duchess


“It was such a pleasure working on Daphne as she needed to be youthful, simple and elegant,” explained Marc Pilcher, the show’s head hair and makeup designer.

“My designs were derived from images of Audrey Hepburn in the 1950s film War and Peace. That film, although made in the 50s, was also set in the Regency period and the look suited Daphne to the ground. I also took inspiration from official portraiture and historical images from England’s Regency era, which I love.

“Working on her look was very easy and on many occasions we could be finished on Daphne in 90 minutes. “When it came to creating the ladies bases, in particular Daphne’s complexion, we prepped with Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Face Primer [£28] and used Chanel’s Foundation or Laura Mercier bases to create an amazing fresh and dewy look. Then Strobe Cream[£25, Mac] was used to highlight her collar bones.”

“On eyes, I used a lot of Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion [£19.50] on the eyelids and then used a Mac Eyeshadow in Malt and Brun [£16] and smudged it in so it didn’t look too intense. To finish I would use Clinique Power Lash Mascara in Dark Chocolate [£20.50]. And on her cheeks, Stila Convertible Colour in Lillium [£23.40] worked wonders to give Daphne that flushed look. The texture is so silky.

Bridgerton's glam squad reveal Phoebe Dynevor's favourite products, the nicest cast members and who asked for makeup on their bum (!) for sex scenes

“For her lips, the kit included Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk [£17], Dr PawPaw Soothing Balm [£4.68] for her mouth and Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel [£14]for a lip stain. All perfect products to create the true Regal look.”

So, what was Daphne and the cast like to work with?

Bridgerton's glam squad reveal Phoebe Dynevor's favourite products, the nicest cast members and who asked for makeup on their bum (!) for sex scenes

“Everyone was simply amazing. We became a great family unit as we were filming away from our own families and so spent all our time together. We were all staying on site, at the same hotel, so became great friends.”

Wigging Out


When it comes to the biggest challenges he faced, Marc, unsurprisingly, points to Queen Charlotte, (Golda Rosheuvel), known for her wigs.

Bridgerton's glam squad reveal Phoebe Dynevor's favourite products, the nicest cast members and who asked for makeup on their bum (!) for sex scenes

“When we started filming, I actually had a conversation with Chris, the showrunner. And he basically was like the Queen has got nothing left in her life. Her husband is a lunatic, and she’s basically waiting for him to die. She’s got nothing else to do but try clothes on and go to parties and balls.’

“So, I suggested we give her a different wig every time she goes to a ball and it would match her outfit. What I also wanted to do was show her African descent, because when you look at portraits at the time, there were very few portraits of women of African descent with those looks.

“There was a particular look at the time, which was called the Gainsborough look, which was a really sort of wide wig, similar to the film The Duchess with Keira Knightley. That wig was literally five wigs sewn together. So, we bought four Afro wigs and another one. All the ringlets were based on one wig, and the other four we straightened, and then reset on kebab sticks to get the biggest, most amazing Afro that we could.

Bridgerton's glam squad reveal Phoebe Dynevor's favourite products, the nicest cast members and who asked for makeup on their bum (!) for sex scenes

“And I remember the first time when she came to set and I was like, ‘Have we gone too far? Fortunately, everyone loved it!

“We actually ended up using more wigs than normal. Usually, we would use a lot of the actor’s own hair and just add pieces, but we have so many characters that had specific characteristics, for example, the Featheringtons all have to be red heads. Luckily we had a really nice budget so we were able to create a variety of wigs for each character.

“My hair hero to help keep the wigs in good shape on set was the Hask Hair range.”

Bridgerton's glam squad reveal Phoebe Dynevor's favourite products, the nicest cast members and who asked for makeup on their bum (!) for sex scenes

Body Heroes


So, for British actor Regé-Jean Page, who is responsible for setting hearts aflutter as the dashing duke Simon Basse, there’s nobody better than to ask Lynda, what is it like to touch the face and body of the Duke (something millions of women are dying to do)?

“He was an absolute pleasure to work with,” explained Lynda. “He was so friendly and kind and we always chatted so much on set. He is one of the loveliest guys that I have worked with, a complete pleasure.”

And after Jonathan Bailey (Anthony Bridgerton) admitted to having makeup regularly applied on his bottom during one of the sex scenes, I am intrigued to ask Lynda how much body makeup the Duke had on?

Bridgerton's glam squad reveal Phoebe Dynevor's favourite products, the nicest cast members and who asked for makeup on their bum (!) for sex scenes


“Honestly, the best thing I used on the Duke’s skin was Palmers Cocoa Butter [from £2.86], explained Lynda. It was the best moisturiser for his skin.” And what about those boxing scenes where the Duke was in the Rocky situation? Any makeup used there?

“Every actor has to feel confident to show their body so it is our job to ensure that is the case. Some actors have tan lines and tattoos, others need a bit of muscle definition; it is our job to cover up imperfections and create them too. You have to be on stand-by as literally anything can happen.

“The good thing is many of the actors had their own skincare routines going on as we made them understand the importance of skin care. Phoebe for example was incredible at looking after her skin and I sent her home with Beauty Pro Brightening Sheet Mask [£4.95] to use. She also used daily Beauty Pro Eye Therapy Under Eye Masks [£4.95] to travel into work and they would stay on until I was ready to apply her makeup.”

On Set Sprays

Although there were no on-set dramas, apart from the show itself, Lynda recalls many an amusing time. As one of her exclusive photos show, making up Daphne when up on a horse was a challenge in itself. “We noticed her wig was starting to lift in the wind so a ladder was brought in for me to get alongside the horse and fix it. I was so scared that the horse may bolt suddenly.”

And then there was the vast variety of makeup and hair products that had to be taken everywhere the team went. With the majority of the grooming done on the set bus, there were always touch-up’s needed on set.

“We used so many hair hero products, there are too many to mention,” added Lynda. “However, the main ones were HASK Hair for the wig care and Elnett [Hairspray, £6.70, by L’Oreal Paris]. I mean you need the best hairspray to ensure everything sticks in place!”

So, with the cast and production staying constantly in touch on their WhatsApp group and, having blended so well on the production of the show, I can’t help but ask Marc and Lynda for any inside gossip regarding a season 2 of Bridgerton.

“Really you should be asking gossip writer Lady Whistledown,” Marc jokes, before adding. “If you read the books then you will know the answer.” Dear reader, I take that as a YES!

Bridgerton is on Netflix now.

Glamour UK

Source – www.glamourmagazine.co.uk

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