Ve Neill, makeup artist, reveals how Seneca’s beard came to life
We’ve all seen how Seneca Crane’s beard has become a phenomenon and has taken a life on its own (it even got its own Facebook page), but have you wondered how the The Hunger Games makeup artist came with the idea of it? Well, CapitolCouture.PN holds the answer! They interviewed makeup artist Ve Neill about it.
How did Seneca’s beard become his defining feature?
When I was brought in as Seneca’s make-up artist, I kept staring at his face — and all I could think about was a beard, the most magnificent beard that the Capitol has ever seen. I thought that in his first year as Head Gamemaker, he should be gorgeous and striking in a very severe way, and I knew the beard would do it — it became the focal point of his persona.
What inspired the sublime contours of the beard?
Seneca has the most magnificent steel blue eyes — they are literally mesmerizing. The beard frames them so delicately — it is truly the icing on the cake.
How did you achieve the beard’s complex design?
I started by hand painting the design into his beard without even sketching it out beforehand; I knew the design would assert itself once I started the process. Both Seneca and I were very excited and blown away at even the initial result, which you can see above. That moment was the birth of Seneca Crane, Head Gamemaker for the 74th Hunger Games.
How long does it take to prep Seneca’s beard each day?
The first time it took several hours, but from then on it was much quicker because I had a line to follow. I also hand painted the entire edge of the beard hair by hair to accentuate the crispness of the beard line.
Any tips on how to DIY at home?
For the best results, get a colored pencil to draw in your lines. You will need a set of small clippers and small personal hand trimmer. It’s not the easiest thing to do — I suggest you get a friend to help.
Would you try a Seneca beard on yourself?