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Pamela Smyth, Hair & Make -up Designer on The Frankenstein Chronicles season 2

Ada and the prosthetic Automaton. Hair and make up by Pamela Smyth. Photography by Helen Sloan.

Pamela Smyth, Hair & Make -up Designer on The Frankenstein Chronicles season 2 reveals her favourite looks

The period drama is set in the 1830s three years after the events in first series. As hair and makeup designer Pamela wanted to bring out the darkness in the story.

“There were a lot of curious characters where you’re not sure if they’re the good guys or the bad guys which all added to the intrigue! It was difficult to be as quirky as possible but to also pay close attention to the look of time period so I had to push the boundaries on the quirkiness. Two of the most interesting characters were the ‘Automaton’ and Mrs Wilde.”

Mrs Wilde – Circus leader or magician?

All the individuals’ makeup and hair for Mrs Wilde’s circus people were the most fun. 1830s circus people are going to be super quirky! The challenges with these looks were the authenticity. “It’s like saying ‘do whatever you want but don’t use any products that you know of today!’ The products were all very basic – we used white powder and grease paints, as they would have had access to those products for their stage performance looks.  Mrs Wilde’s red-stained fingertips – just added to the curiosity of it all!

Mrs Wilde - Hair and make up by Pamela Smyth. Photography by Helen Sloan.

Mrs Wilde – Hair and make up by Pamela Smyth. Photography by Helen Sloan.

 

The Automaton – human? Or doll? 

Mr Dipple’s prized curiosity is showcased at a lavish ball filled with Dipple’s eccentric upper-class friends.

The Automaton is revealed at Dipple's party - The Frankenstein Chronicles season 2

The Automaton is revealed at Dipple’s party – The Frankenstein Chronicles season 2. Photo by Aidan Monaghan.

Ada The Frankenstein Chronicles season 2 - hair and makeup by Pamela Smyth

Ada The Frankenstein Chronicles season 2 – hair and makeup by Pamela Smyth

The Automaton - Hair & Make up design by Pamela Smyth. The Frankenstein Chronicles season 2. Photo by Aidan Monaghan.

The Automaton – Hair & Make up design by Pamela Smyth. The Frankenstein Chronicles season 2. Photo by Aidan Monaghan.

“To create a porcelain doll-like look on actress Victoria Emslie I used exaggerated lashes and a nylon wig,” noted Pamela. “At the time it probably would have been made from something like horsehair but Dipple had money so it would have been as good as it could be. The nylon made it look like the hair was fake.”

The exaggerated doll-like look was enhanced by using contact lenses with extra large iris and pupils and painted highlights to make the eyes look like glass.

Barry Gower of BGFX cast a prosthetic head of actress Victoria Emslie to create the doll head that Ada is seen working on. As the head had to match Victoria identically when she was playing the Automaton at the party, Pamela painted the head by airbrushing with Skin Illustrator inks and painting the features in with Skin Illustrator palettes.

“Up close you could see that it was painted – as it would have been had it been a porcelain doll.”

Ada and the prosthetic Automaton. Hair and make up by Pamela Smyth. Photography by Helen Sloan.

Ada and the prosthetic Automaton. Hair and make up by Pamela Smyth. Photography by Helen Sloan.

 

When the automaton is revealed at the ball Pamela airbrushed Victoria’s hands and nails to look even more porcelain. No modern cosmetics were used in this look. Ada’s look at Dipple’s party was also very similar to Victoria’s look as she created the Automaton.

The Automaton - Hair & Make up design by Pamela Smyth. The Frankenstein Chronicles season 2. Photo by Aidan Monaghan.

The Automaton – Hair & Make up design by Pamela Smyth. The Frankenstein Chronicles season 2. Photo by Aidan Monaghan.

The Automaton - Hair & Make up design by Pamela Smyth. The Frankenstein Chronicles season 2. Photo by Aidan Monaghan.

The Automaton – Hair & Make up design by Pamela Smyth. The Frankenstein Chronicles season 2. Photo by Aidan Monaghan.

Behind the scenes on The Frankenstein Chronicles season 2. Photo by Aidan Monaghan.

Behind the scenes on The Frankenstein Chronicles season 2. Photo by Aidan Monaghan.

 

 

The Frankenstein Chronicles series 2 aired on ITV Encore and will be broadcast on Netflix in 2018.

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