Oh, the lengths we go to for the perfect shade of nail polish. Last week, someone on Facebook asked us to track down the exact brownish-gray color Amy Schumer wears throughout her new movie, Trainwreck. So I did my best beauty sleuthing (go, go, gadget Google!) and tracked down the lead makeup artist for the film, Kyra Panchenko, who solved the mystery once and for all—and let me in on plenty of other behind-the-scenes dirt from the film.
Turns out the chic neutral is Julep nail polish in Alaina, but you can find similar shades from both Essie and Chanel. “Amy is a low-maintenance kind of girl and wanted to stick with one neutral shade for the whole movie instead of switching it up,” says Panchenko. “The Julep color was perfect because it looked very clean, but was dressier-looking than if she’d had bare nails, which a lot of actresses prefer.” Once all the nail-polish business was out of the way, I couldn’t help but pepper Panchenko with tons of other questions about what it’s like to work with one of the funniest women on the planet. Here’s what I found out:
Have you ever worked with Schumer before this? “No, Trainwreck was the first time we worked together. She was a lot of fun, but she’s also such a sweet, kind, generous, and loyal person. I loved working with her, and she actually asked me to do season three of Inside Amy Schumer!”
What went into her makeup look for the movie? “I love how pretty and natural her look is so for the film. I didn’t want to overdo anything. I told her I just wanted to make her look really pretty and simple, and she loved it. On most days, I kept her skin dewy and healthy-looking and added liner and a few individual lashes. For the scenes where she’d go out with her girlfriends, I would apply a thin strip of fake lashes and coat them with mascara, which made her eyes look really blue. The contrast of the black against her blue eyes just made them shine. And of course, we had a ton of fun with the hangover scene.”
How did you fake a hangover?“I’d put on a little more mascara and liner than usual. Then I would have her blink, and I would mist her face with the Evian spray and let it dry. Then we would flake the mascara onto her cheeks a little bit.”
Is Schumer a beauty junkie? “She loves mascara and eyeliner, and she can do her own makeup. She’s been doing comedy for ten years, and she’s always had to do everything herself. She actually kept saying how indulgent it was to have her hair and makeup done every day. I got a nail technician to come in to do her nails because she said she had never really had a manicure or pedicure before, and I gave Amy her first facial on set.”
Wait, what?“I used to be an aesthetician. I’m one of those makeup artists who really loves skin care—I have a lot of fun with it. So when she told me she’d never had a facial, I wanted to treat her. I did the massages, and all the creams and serums, and brought my Sapphire LED machine on set. She was like, ‘I hope this never ends.'”
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