'The Handmaid's Tale' Makeup Designer on "Raw and Real" Approach to the Visual Trajectory of June - The Hollywood Reporter.com

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'The Handmaid's Tale' Makeup Designer on "Raw and Real" Approach to the Visual Trajectory of June

"As each day and night passed while Ofmatthew grew closer to death, I had to show June looking much worse, always on the edge of completely losing it, but keeping it together as best as she could under the circumstances," explains Burton LeBlanc.

As head of the makeup department on The Handmaid's Tale, which is nominated for four Emmy awards this year, Burton LeBlanc is responsible for the visual look of all the major players on screen. From the muted and stressed skin tones of the handmaids to the fatigued and famished appearances of women fighting for their lives in the colonies, the veteran makeup designer is frequently met with steep tasks that require creative strategy.

"It's a challenge to keep it real and raw and super emotional, and not be distracted by the makeup, especially with the camera so close up," LeBlanc explains in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. The latest episode sees June confined to a hospital, rapidly deteriorating and struggling with her sanity. LeBlanc recalls, "Visually, I wanted her skin tone to be paler, with heavily red eyes and bruised knees. As each day and night passed while Ofmatthew grew closer to death, I had to show June looking much worse, always on the edge of completely losing it, but keeping it together as best as she could under the circumstances."

In his interview with THR, LeBlanc breaks down his process for episode nine (airing on Wednesday, July 17), including the steps involved in mapping looks for different characters, how he uses the production design as inspiration and his interest in the way makeup contributes to character building. 

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