“Stranger Things 4” was arguably one of the biggest television debuts of the year, garnering 1 billion views in less than a month after its debut and resonating with viewers for its storyline, ’80s nostalgia and beauty. , which fans keep asking for star makeup artist Amy L. Forsythe about, she said.
“I feel our characters are so adorable that people get attached to them,” he said of the show’s popularity. “People say, ‘What lipstick did you use on this and such? Which eyeshadow? There are also people in cosplay and they look for 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 its first season, satisfies this hunger through his Instagram account, where he’s posted in-depth looks on specific beauty moments fans are asking for.
One character that has resonated the most is Eddie Munson, played by Joseph Quinn, who has joined the cast this season. Forsythe posted several photos on his Instagram showing detailed images of the character’s tattoos for fans looking to recreate the style.
Forsythe thinks the look resonated so much with fans for their authenticity and range of looks from the mid to late 1980s.
“I got so many calls from colleagues and people saying, ‘I lived in the 80s and it was so perfect,'” she said. “They say, ‘I wore that makeup and my friend is like that [character]. ‘ I feel like people are really in tune with this. And people who weren’t there then, I feel they can still feel that authenticity when they look at it and it 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 to uphold the authenticity and personality of the show’s established characters, but also set the distinct settings of the fictional Hawkins, Ind., And Lenora, California.
While Hawkins’ characters are more stripped down and traditional, Lenora’s characters embrace the graphic colors and retro-inspired trends that prevailed in 1986.
“[The beauty] it paints a picture of who those people are and where they come from, ”he said. “I think you can really tell the difference between someone who lives in Hawkins and someone who lives in California. They are two totally different worlds and I think it’s a really interesting thing to remember. For example, 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 kinds of people from different places, and I think beauty really shows it. “
Forsythe said that one of the scenes that really hit her is the skating rink scene from the start of the season because she got to play with the beauty trends of the ’80s, especially for the bossy characters.
“California [scenes] I would say it was a lot of fun because you really have to prove this is 80s cinema, ”Forsythe said. “Like, this is the trick you see when you go back and watch 80s movies. The background is a character from our show, so I feel like with the bullies we have specifically added things to them [replicated] 80s icons. You have glitter eyeshadow, you have a lot of blush, you have pink lip gloss and all these things you can’t necessarily put on one of the main actors without distracting.
While she stayed true to a simpler beauty approach to the main characters, Forsythe said the character she thinks 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 shuns his tomboy aesthetic for a more feminine one to impress a male psychiatric doctor. The character is transformed by Nancy Wheeler, played by Natalia Dyer, who according to Forsythe replicated the Robin makeup she saw on her mother.
“We have never seen [Robin] with a beauty makeup, “said Forsythe.” When we see her go to [the] Pennhurst [Mental Hospital], we see her out of her element and as Nancy sees her mother wearing makeup. He’s kind of a fish out of water, but I thought he was really funny. “
Overall, Forsythe said the funniest part of “Stranger Things 4” was the widest range of characters of 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 introduce a little bit more of the stereotypical ’80s vibe through the characters,” he said. “We have the Dungeons & Dragons [characters]we have the athletes and the bullies in California, so you can really start touching all these things that you haven’t been able to show before. “