Creating Saturday Night Live: Kate McKinnon Make-up Transition

On March 11th, 2017, the SNL make-up team had only one commercial break to get Kate McKinnon out of her Jeff Sessions character and into her “Shud the Mermaid” character. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at that transition.

 

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3 Responses to Creating Saturday Night Live: Kate McKinnon Make-up Transition

  1. Ben W. says:

    After 40+ years, they've got this down to a science. But I wonder what the contingency plan is in the event something goes wrong?

    • Geeding says:

      I took the 30 Rock tour on two different occasions, each will give you some good SNL insight. The second time they talked about the makeup process and showed a video of Bill Hader getting spruced up to look like some alien. The page stated the makeup is secondary, and if it's not done or if there's a mistake, then just go with that. The video showed how Hader went on stage with some green skin or scales not fully applied and just flapping away when he moved. It wasn't "bad", but noticeable.

  2. Towski says:

    Kate McKinnon is a national treasure.

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