Stranger Things Season 4 Beauty Breakdown: Photos, Details – WWD

Stranger Things Season 4 Beauty Breakdown: Photos, Details – WWD

Stranger Things 4 was arguably one of the biggest TV debuts of the year, racking up 1 billion views in less than a month after its debut and resonating with viewers for its storyline, ’80s nostalgia and beauty looks, from For example, makeup artist Amy L. Forsythe, which fans are still demanding she take the lead on, she said.

“I feel like our characters are so endearing that people cling to them,” she said of the series’ popularity. “People say, ‘What lipstick did you use on so-and-so? Which eyeshadow? There are also people in cosplay and they pay attention to every little detail. Like, ‘How big are Eddie’s tattoos?’ They’re just hungry for information, which is really fun.”

Forsythe, who has been working on the hit Netflix show since season one, satisfies that hunger via her Instagram account, where she posts in-depth looks at specific beauty moments that fans are asking for.

One character that resonated the most is Eddie Munson, played by Joseph Quinn, who joined the cast this season. Forsythe posted several photos to her Instagram showing detailed images of the character’s tattoos for fans wanting to recreate the style.

Forsythe believes that the looks of the mid to late 1980s resonated with fans because of their authenticity and the variety of looks.

“I got so many calls from co-workers and people saying, ‘I lived in the ’80s and that was spot on,'” she said. “They say, ‘I wore this makeup and my boyfriend is like this [character].’ I feel like people really resonated with that. And for the people who weren’t there then, I feel like they can still feel that authenticity when they look at it, and it just looks so cohesive.”

Forsythe’s approach to beauty in Stranger Things 4 is different from the norm. Instead of focusing on the beauty of the main characters, Forsythe focused more on the background characters. This approach was intended to maintain the authenticity and personality of the series’ established characters, while also establishing the different settings of the fictional Hawkins, Indiana, and Lenora, California.

While the characters in Hawkins are more stark and traditional, the characters in Lenora take on the graphic colors and retro-inspired trends that were prevalent in 1986.

“[The beauty] paints a picture of who these people are and where they are from,” she said. “I think you can really tell the difference between someone who lives in Hawkins and someone who lives in California. They’re two completely different worlds and I think that’s a really cool thing to remember. Just because something is “in” in one area, it may not be “in” in another area. But that’s the show – it shows you different types of people from different places, and I think the beauty really shows that.

Forsythe said one of the scenes that really stood out to her was the roller rink scene from the beginning of the season because she had to play around with ’80s beauty trends, especially for the bully characters.

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A still from Stranger Things 4.

Courtesy of Netflix

“The California [scenes] I would say it was so much fun because you really had to show that cinema is ’80s,” said Forsythe. “It’s like the makeup you see when you go back and watch ’80s movies. The background is a character on our show, so I feel like with the bullies we specifically added things that are [replicated] 80s icons. You’ve got the glittery eyeshadow, you’ve got a lot of blush, you’ve got the pink lip gloss and all those things that you can’t necessarily put on a lead without being distracting.”

While sticking to a simpler approach to beauty for the main characters, Forsythe said that the character she felt had the most striking beauty moment in Stranger Things 4 is Robin Buckley, played by Maya Hawke.

Towards the end of the season, the character foregoes her tomboy aesthetic for a more girly one in order to impress a male psychiatrist. The character is getting a makeover from Nancy Wheeler, played by Natalia Dyer, who Forsythe says mimicked the makeup Robin saw her mother wear.

“We have never seen [Robin] in a beauty makeup look,” Forsythe said. “If we see her, go ahead [the] Pennhurst [Mental Hospital], we see her out of her element and Nancy watching her mother do her makeup. It’s kind of a fish out of water, but I thought it was really funny.”

Overall, Forsythe said the funnest part of Stranger Things 4 was the broader cast of characters in the season and how that gave her the opportunity to experiment with her looks.

“It’s been really fun this season because the world has gotten a little bit bigger so you can bring in a little bit more of that stereotypical ’80s vibe through the characters,” she said. “We have Dungeons & Dragons [characters]we have the jocks and the bullies in California so you can really start bringing up all these things that you really couldn’t show before.

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