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The Queen's Gambit Hair and Makeup Designer Interview

The Queen's Gambit Is a Nod to the '60s, From Short Bangs and Winged Liner to Lots of Glam

The Queen's Gambit Hair and Makeup Designer Interview
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Aside from the hair, makeup was Parker's best tool for showing Beth's maturity as the series went on. At the start, a very clean, simple, no-makeup look was used. "Then we just slowly keep adding onto that in order to start aging the person and bring them into maturity," said Parker. "I wanted to go from that poor little orphan girl to really high glam."

All of the makeup looks stayed true to the period with winged liner, red lips, and rosy cheeks — Beth even rocked a Twiggy-inspired graphic liner look at one point. Parker didn't want to modernize Beth's look in any way. "The only thing that I used [that was] sort of our own era was these wonderful eyelashes that I adore, from Shu Uemura," said Parker. "There are three lashes to each one and they're different lengths. I can put them in wherever I want them to actually change the character."

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