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Typical Day

Eve Shadow checks in on set at 5:45. No one looks good at that time of day, but that's when a Hollywood crew has to start setting the gears in motion! Anyway, Eve has her work cut out for her. A tired actress is the first one in her chair. She is playing an absolutely stunning supermodel in the film, so something will have to be done about those bags under her eyes and that unkempt hair. (What in the world happened to her last night??) Eve works her magic, applying makeup over the bags to accomplish a natural, flawless look, managing and styling her out-of-control locks, and putting a tiny bit of coverup over those blemishes. By the time the troubled starlet has exited her chair, she looks like a million bucks. That should fool the general public for a while longer. 

Next is an actor who is playing a shaggy, disgusting beast—if Hagrid and a water buffalo had a kid, this is what it would look like. (Don't ask us what kind of movie this is that features both a fantastical, woolly creature and a supermodel—it's one of those weird, experimental films.) This is going to take the rest of the hair and makeup team—several people work for nearly an hour, applying prosthetics, fitting the hairy headpiece over the back of the actor's skull, applying makeup on top of the prosthetics, adding super-long eyelashes and super-bushy eyebrows. Before letting him out of her chair, Eve calls the director over to get his approval on the actor's look. The director loves it, but suggests the guy be even creepier if his eyes were redder. So Eve has him fitted with colored contacts within seconds. This is why the director hired Eve in the first place—her speed and efficiency. Once the actor stops blinking and wipes the tears from his eyes, he's ready to scare the bejeezus out of just about anyone.

At least this isn't happening at nighttime.

Eve tends to a few other actors, readying them for their respective roles, and then at 9:30 it's time for shooting to begin. Just because the cameras are rolling doesn't mean that her work is done. Throughout the morning, other actors arrive with later call times—into her chair they go. Eve also spends much of the morning on set, ready with a hairbrush and makeup kit to do any necessary touch-ups in-between takes.

You just need a little more blush right…there.

Cast and crew break for lunch at noon, and then it's more of the same from 1 on. Most of the actors have arrived by now, so Eve is mainly on touch-up duty—making sure there isn't a hair out of place, redoing makeup that has been sweated off by the hot lights, etc.—from then until shooting wraps at 10:15 (with another one hour break for dinner at around 7). By the end of the day, she looks as frazzled as her first actress did when she rolled in early that morning.