It’s no secret here that we love (and sometimes hate) Euphoria. The gritty drama may follow the lives of teenagers, but as I’m sure you all know, it’s far from a kids’ show. Sometimes, the raw subject matters explored within its world bring me so much sadness I feel like I’m fully living it along with the characters. But it’s not all doom and gloom—we’re here to explore the lighter artistic elements of the show today. Season two did not come to play, and neither did the stunning makeup looks created by the show’s incredible makeup team and lead artist, Doniella Davy.
“With this season’s darker subject matter and cinematic aesthetic, the makeup needed to become less rainbowy,” Davy shares. “I love all of the quintessential season one elements—glitter, rhinestones, bold colours, graphic shapes, etc. I wanted to continue that exploration during season two, but I didn’t want to repeat myself or try to outdo myself by going bigger or bolder than season one. There are moments of bold colour and some of no colour, moments of sharp-as-a-knife winged liner and moments of free-form eye paintings. I swapped the chunkier glitter and neon moments for a finer-grain glitter and vivid jewel tones. I also used tiny iridescent rhinestones to serve that cinematic twinkle that we live for.”
Davy likes to keep a full board of inspo on hand that has a variety of ingenious looks. “I’ve been incredibly inspired by peoples’ re-creations or unique takes on the makeup in season one. There’s a constant loop of inspiration there since Gen Z makeup was a major source of my initial inspiration for the season one looks. While quarantining in my home in L.A. for most of 2020, I took to my own face to work on makeup ideas, which inspired some of the season two looks. I’m also forever inspired by 1960s makeup with its pastel tones, winged liner and bold lower lash lines.”
So ICYWW, that’s where Davy got her dreamy concepts and how she breathed vibrant life into an otherwise dark season. Of course, being the beauty lover that I am, my next question involved what makeup staples she can’t live without, both on set and in her personal life. If you’re also curious what Davy has been using lately, read on below for all her favourites.
Davy’s On-Set Makeup Staples
When any of the actors needed a more polished look, Davy would reach for this gem from Chantecaille. The innovative, oil-free formula provides a flawless finish and literally looks like a second skin.
This season, she really loved using Vita Liberata’s Beauty Blur because it’s sheer and moisturising and also gives a skin-like finish. “Our director didn’t want to see any foundation, so we had to get creative with finding a way to polish up our actors’ skin just a little bit without relying on traditional foundation. The look [this season] is ultra-dewy skin and flushed cheeks, which looks amazing and raw on the film that we shot on.”
“We used Colorescience’s Total Protection Face Shield in the shade Glow to create the thinnest veil of coverage on our actors’ skin.”
“This was definitely our most-used eyeliner on set.”
This season, Davy swapped out her chunkier, bold rhinestones for smaller iridescent ones. They create just the right amount of subtle sparkle.
Although Euphoria is now known for chunky and bold neon shimmer looks, this time around, Davy wanted to tone it down slightly with finer-grain glitter that hits a little different.
Davy’s Own Everyday Makeup Staples
For her own everyday makeup, Davy loves to keep it simple. “I’m big into a natural, glowy, dewy look for every day.” Whenever she needs a bit of extra coverage, her go-to concealer is this one from Glossier.
She absolutely swears by this Shisedo eyelash curler. “This is amazing for short, straight lashes!”
Although she uses it on set, Colorescience’s next-level formula has also landed a coveted spot in her own makeup bag. It provides the perfect amount of natural radiance on a daily basis.
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