Anyone with entry to cable TV within the final 15 years is aware of the next equation: mainstream movie star + paso doble + glittery getup = Dancing With the Stars. For 29 seasons, it has been primetime’s titular dancing present, with roughly 12 million eyeballs glued to the display every episode. That is why, previous to 2020, there was no purpose to alter a factor. Then, the pandemic hit.
Like a lot else on the earth, COVID-19 flipped every thing the other way up for the solid and crew of DWTS. For one factor, the community employed 70 p.c extra make-up artists than earlier seasons — an effort to keep away from cross-contamination by giving every group their very own glam level particular person, mentioned the present’s make-up division head, Zena Shteysel.
“This season has been fairly totally different,” she advised CelebrityPie (and she or he would know — she’s been engaged on the collection for the reason that very starting). “Earlier than, we used to create the seems to be the day of after which current it to the couple. We might have a look at: what is the wardrobe? What is the dance? What is the story they’re making an attempt to convey? From there, we might draw inspiration for a make-up look. Now, we’ve weekly conferences with our artistic the place they share the inspiration they’ve already mentioned with the expertise, after which every artist conveys that look one-on-one with their couple. It is a large collaboration, however security precautions have us all in our personal pods within the trailers.”
In a close-contact business that is been stricken by unemployment this 12 months, the uptick in make-up artists was a brilliant spot. “Usually, my group is made up of eight artists and two body-makeup artists who simply deal with the physique, ensuring any bruises or tattoos are coated if want be and do the physique glow our present is known for,” she mentioned. “However due to COVID and having to maintain to our pods, we have employed 17 artists. It is actually cool.”
Even nonetheless, there’s loads of make-up magic to go round behind the scenes. Right here, Shteysel is dishing on the present’s greatest magnificence secrets and techniques, from spray tans that happen each Sunday to drawn-on abs and extra — as a result of there are some issues that may by no means change.