Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates in
Photo:Photo by Joey L, courtesy of A&E
Updated:Monday, July 11th, 2016
Naomi Bakstad is the make-up department head for A&E’s TV drama Bates Motel. The series is a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s horror classic Psycho—it tells the story of a young Norman Bates and his mother, Norma, played by Vera Farmiga.
“The quality of performances on our set always blows me away: Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Nestor Carbonell, Ryan Hurst, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke,” says Bakstad, whose duties include beautifying Farmiga. “We’ve had such a powerful season, done some fantastic make-ups.”
Read on to see how Bakstad transforms an Oscar-nominated actress into the mother of a budding psychopath.
“It is such a pleasure to go to work every day,” says Bakstad. “We’ve completed Season Four—what an amazing season!”
“We start our day with a hot towel, a spray of
Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist and some Tarte Maracuja Oil,” says Bakstad. “I also pat Maracuja Oil on throughout a long shooting day, to rejuvenate the make-up and hydrate the skin. Before foundation, I apply Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil in Everlasting Honey on cheeks and lips, to create the feel of the color coming from within.”
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in shades 3 and 4, applied with a Sigma 3DHD Kabuki Brush,” Bakstad continues. “I use Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 4.5 on set for touchups. The combination of these foundations gives a flawless, youthful feel I’m happy with.”
“Because we shot in Vancouver during the winter months, the dry cold or damp cold or rainy environment changed daily,” Bakstad explains. “I found myself using an array of different concealers:
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat in 2 [Luminous Ivory], Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-2, Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in Ivory and Beige and Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher in shade 3 [Medium].”
Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in Soft Sand to set the face. [I brush] the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit (Limited Edition) over face highlights,” says Bakstad.
Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Golden Light
“For Vera’s eye make-up, I always started with an eye primer,” says Bakstad. “I have tried a few different ones:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer, Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion—I love them all. But I usually come back to my favorite: Laura Mercier Eye Basics. For eye shadow, I used the Viseart Eyeshadow Palette in Neutral Matte to sculpt the shape.”
“I love the
Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner; they don’t smudge—ever! I used shade Via De' Martelli for this look, and [I used] Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Dark Chocolate Ink along the top lashes.”
“For Vera’s naturally fair brows,” says Bakstad, “I set the shape with shadows from the
Modern Basic Eyebrow Shader palette in BS441 and M.A.C. Brow Set in Beguile—such a great product!”
Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara
“To keep Vera’s naturally strong lip line soft, I use
Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms in Hibiscus [for this look], Rose and Red Dahlia, and also the Bite Beauty Lush Lip Tints in Tangelo and Juice,” Bakstad explains.
Highlights / Countour
“I would also apply a lighter foundation on certain sets that were photographed with a darker, moody feel,” says Bakstad. “I applied more highlight and shading depending on the set or location and time of day or night.”
“For skincare,” says Bakstad, “I remove Vera’s make-up at the end of each shooting day with
Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover, followed by Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water. Éminence Calm Skin Chamomile Cleanser and ElaSpa Hyaluronic Acid 2 in 1 and Nourishing Cream Concentrate keep her face looking youthful and rested. Dr. Hauschka Lip Balm and Revitalising Day Cream [are used] for a lighter feel when needed. She likes to use the Foreo Luna Mini a few days a week, to get a deep clean.”
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