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The Wonderfully Outrageous Hair and Makeup in 'At Home with Amy Sedaris'

A hysterical Amy Sedaris plays more than four distinct characters, differentiated through the application of multiple hair and makeup variations.

Story by Mun Kang | June 11, 2018

"At Home With Amy Sedaris" is a comedy spoof on the traditional cooking shows as it takes on an unusual spin on this type of program, with a focus on variety sketch. The series features Amy Sedaris ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "Strangers With Candy") as herself and host as she invites the audience into her home to discover a range of hospitality, craftlike homemaking skills, cooking and preparing meals, how-to demonstrations, and entertaining various guests, each week. Each episode explores a mixture of traditional themes such as grieving, love making, the holidays, cooking for one, gift giving, and entertaining. Two of the standout sketches in the show embrace the fun and outrageous hair styles mixed in with the beauty of makeup. Hair stylist Jameson Eaton ("Saturday Night Live") and makeup artist Sarah Egan ("Broad City") team up to provide Amy Sedaris's comedy series with a certain whimsical, intriguing pop.

The hysterical Amy Sedaris plays more than four distinct characters including herself, Patty Hogg, Ronnie Vino (Wine Lady), and Nutmeg. The characters are differentiated through the application of multiple hair and makeup variations. Eaton described, "All of Amy's looks were wigs. We even did a wig of her own hair so we could save time when she was playing multiple characters in one day. The characters were so unique that it was pretty simple defining their looks. Nutmeg and the Regional Wine Lady's looks were both in Amy’s cocktail table books. I found my own spin, with the help of Amy of course. We actually did three different versions of Patty Hogg, until we landed on her current look."

"Amy plays a cartoon version of herself. She's naturally gorgeous, so it was fun to make her up every day. The Patty character was stern and serious, so we lost the blush and replaced it with a bit of contour and drew in those intense brows. It completely changed her face. Nutmeg was a bit of scotch tape and freckles, and I painted her teeth bright white which looked funny with the pinned-up nose. I gave Ronnie permanent wine lips and a reddish nose with skin illustrator," continued Egan.

The other recurring regulars included Ruth the Lady in the Woods (Heather Lawless), Esther (Ana Fabrega), Chassie Tucker (Cole Escola), Tony the Knife Guy (David Pasquesi), with Hercules and Barry Teaberry (long time collaborator, Paul Dinello). "Chassie became a red head because that was one of the only colors we hadn’t seen on Amy. Esther and the Lady in the Woods just needed to have an earthy, hippie feel, so we wanted to play them down. As for the men on the show, they all are a little down and out and lecherous,” the hair stylist reflected. The makeup artist added, "The Lady in the Woods and Esther were kept very natural. Chassie very peachy and soft as Amy wanted her to look wholesome and sweet but always put together to thinly veil how demented she really was." 

The unpredictability of the show introduced an assortment of guests from the likes of Paul Giamatti, Stephen Colbert, Jane Krakowski, Neil Patrick Harris, Scott Adsit, and Nick Kroll sporting pepperoni nipples for his role of Randy Fingerling. The list extends to a multitude of special appearances.

"This show is the most fun I have ever had on a job. We got to do so many different looks, many with a period flare, or others that were just down right ridiculous and funny. Patty Hogg was the best, 'the higher the hair the closer to God,' and with a butt crack down the back," exclaimed Egan. The makeup artist concluded, "In the 'Grieving' episode, I had to make it look like the mortician gave Amy a makeover. We just went insane and over the top and I couldn't apply enough makeup. I put a thin layer of a clay mask as a base coat and dried it with a hair dryer and had her express her face so that it cracked and looked like a scorched desert. Then I applied the thickest foundation on top of that and just plastered her with colors and powders with my hand all limp. We were all crying laughing. She looked so insane and she was just egging me on to keep going. That was the most fun I've ever had with makeup."

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