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    Posted on Apr 19, 2018

    18 Facts About The Hair, Makeup, And Costumes On Netflix's "A Series Of Unfortunate Events"

    Warning: contains minor spoilers for Season 2 of A Series of Unfortunate Events!

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    We spoke to Bill Terezakis (special effects makeup designer), Cynthia Summers (costume designer), Rita Ciccozzi (makeup designer/makeup department head), Julie McHaffie (hair designer), and Caitlin Groves (key makeup effects artist), who told us all about the looks on the show.

    1. The size of Esmé Squalor's shoulder pads correlates with how confident she is in taking on her villainous persona.

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    Cynthia Summers: "As she gets more confident in her evilness, her shoulder pads get broader and higher and thicker."

    2. In fact, even her nails change throughout the show as her evilness develops.

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    Rita Ciccozzi: "Her nails start off rounder and softer at the beginning of the show, but become more pointed and longer as her persona develops."

    3. In Season 1 Presley Smith (who plays Sunny Baudelaire) wore a “baby toupee”.

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    Julie McHaffie: "Presley (Sunny) was just a seven-month-old baby with very little hair. To achieve the famous ponytail, we had circular, hand-knotted tiny hairpieces made. These 'baby toupees', as we referred to them as, were glued down with a water-soluble firm gel.

    "By the end of Season 1, we went through 15 or 20 baby toupees, because they damaged easily with the wear and tear."

    4. All costumes are shaded with paint so that they don't look flat on camera.

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    5. In order to make Count Olaf's troupe's clothes look dirty and ragged, they're worn down with airbrushing, bleaching, and burning, among other things.

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    Cynthia Summers: "They’ll file down the seams – they’ve got all sorts of great tools where they file it. They bleach things, they dye things, they burn some fabrics. They use a lot of airbrushing... It’s a really a work of art and science."

    6. There's an Easter egg in The Vile Village: Part One, as Esmé's outfit at the start involves a sheriff's badge, foreshadowing the disguise she puts on later.

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    Cynthia Summers: "She's wearing beret with a sheriff star on it. As a viewer maybe we don't know exactly what we're getting into and that she's going to become Officer Luciana but she always has a hint of what she's going to become when she gets there."

    7. Even small parts of the costumes, such as shoes, undergarments, and hats, are specifically built for the show.

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    Cynthia Summers: "We build 90% of what you see on the screen and that's including shoes, undergarments, hats, and even masks."

    8. The makeup is sometimes done in a really over-the-top and visually shocking way, to balance out the muted, desaturated look of the show on screen.

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    9. For this season, the hairstyles of every character other than Count Olaf and Carmelita have their hair designed from scratch rather than based on the books.

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    Julie McHaffie: "From the beginning, I always knew the show would need a period feel, but of no specific period."

    10. Sara Rue (Olivia) was one of the only women who didn't wear a wig.

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    Julie McHaffie: "I prepped a wig as we did with all women cast, thinking that would be the easiest way. We tested her a few times, but then Barry [Sonnenfeld] decided her own hair up in a bun was the best way to go. Ultimately that was the right decision, and her bun really felt appropriate as the librarian. As her character became empowered and she joined the VFD, we had somewhere to go by taking

    her hair down and extending her own length."

    11. As Neil Patrick Harris wasn't keen on having fake facial hair on his upper lip, his Coach Genghis moustache was drawn on to look like hair.

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    12. And Neil spent anything between 75 and 90 minutes in the special effects makeup chair in order to transform into Count Olaf.

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    13. Lemony Snicket's hair was based on old Hollywood stars like Clark Gable, Cary Grant, and Humphrey Bogart.

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    14. The lack of blood in The Hostile Hospital was a deliberate decision as they didn't want the episodes to be gory, which is why Count Olaf's clothes have only some little traces of dried blood.

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    15. One of the hardest looks to pin down was the Detective Dupin disguise, and at one point his look was going to be extremely Las-Vegas inspired.

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    Cynthia Summers: "We had at one point a jacket that was a lot more Elvis, like 1970s Elvis, with that crazy high collar and sequins and we had a sequinned chest-less jumpsuit that we had underneath."

    16. For each costume, six or seven copies of it have to be made, to factor in a backup, photo doubles, and then stunt double costumes.

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    17. Count Olaf's disguises in Season 2 move further away from the illustrations because they weren't quite different enough to make them viable.

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    Bill Terezakis: "I stayed more with the book illustrations and the concepts in the books in Season 1. But the book illustrations, as beautiful as they were, didn't give enough change to disguise Olaf as the various characters. We kept the basics of what were indicated in the illustrations of the books, but we took it further to aid the story."

    18. Every single person in The Ersatz Elevator episodes wears pinstripes because they're "in" during the episode, whether it’s a full-on suit or a smaller detail like pinstripe shoes.

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    Cynthia Summer: "We stuck heavily to the book on that. Everybody, including all of the children and even the background performers were in stripes."

    You can see all these amazing looks in Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events, streaming worldwide now.