Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin have made headlines this election season for their Saturday Night Live impressions of opposing presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. But the real stars of the political sketches might just be Baldwin and McKinnon’s wigs.
In a new behind-the-scenes video, the hair and makeup artists for the longrunning NBC sketch comedy series reveal how they went about physically transforming the Emmy-winning actors into the politicians they lampoon. “One of the challenging things is trying to turn one cast member to look like a political person, especially somebody who’s in the public eye all the time,” says Louie Zakarian, head of SNL‘s makeup department, in the video
And that challenge is compounded by the show’s hectic pace; the hair and makeup department finds out each Wednesday what wigs, eyebrows, and other pieces they’ll need to create in just a matter of days. “It takes probably on the fast end 50 hours to build a wig, and hopefully have it ready by Saturday,” says Jodi Mancuso, head of the hair department.
For more on Baldwin’s exaggerated Trump eyebrows and McKinnon’s half-scale Clinton wig, watch the full video above.