Exclusive Interview with Castle Makeup Artist Debbie Zoller
Within 30 seconds of talking to Castle makeup artist Debbie Zoller, I was immediately jealous of her. After all, how many women get paid to touch Nathan Fillion's face (without a restraining order attached to it, that is.)? Zoller gave us the scoop on this week's sexy dominatrix episode and how you can get this sultry look at home, without stepping aboard the hussy train.
What was your vision for this episode when you read the script?
This episode was called "The Mistress Always Spanks Twice," and was about an underground dominatrix group. In the past, dominatrix has been done, but in a trampy, Hollywood Boulevard kind of way. I wanted to switch it up and do something really unique and powerful because the women in the episode are not just dominatrix figures. They are powerful, well educated, and most had another job on the side. I got in touch with Rock & Republic to use their cosmetic line because their makeup is so bold and the pigments work great for both day and night.
What products did you use on the ladies to get this New Age dominatrix look?
Ironically we used Rock & Republic's lipstick in Mistress (a very sexy red) and over it Luxe Lip Gloss in Cougar for shine. For the cheeks we used Contrived Pressed Blush in Immoral, a vibrant, bright orange shade to offset the eyes. For the eyes, we used Saturate Eye Color in three different shades on each of the girls, Fatalistic (a black coal color), Fiend (metallic deep blue), and Nailed (a smoky gray).
Your looks have to stay bright all day, especially during the long hours on set. How do you get the cast's makeup to last?
We use primer on all the cast, male and female, because the makeup has to stay on for up to 16 hours at a time. Two I love are the BECCA Mineral SPF Primer, because it comes for normal to dry skin and normal to oily skin types, and Paula Dorf Eye Primer.
This look in particular if done wrong can look a little more slutty than sexy. How did you blend the colors to make sure you didn't cross that line?
Especially with this look, it all came down to the blending. We were using bright pinks and oranges with deep eye shadows, so blending was key. To start, you should have a good palette of foundation. Make sure if it's powdered it sets first and then apply the pigments on top so it doesn't streak or smudge. It's also important to have the right brush. I live for the Shu Uemera and Laura Mercier brushes. They both distribute the strong pigments evenly and firmly. If you think you might be going overboard on color, tap or blow gently on the brush first to get any excess color off. For any makeup, eye shadow, or foundation, the Beauty Blender is such a neat little tool it does it all!