For her many roles in the critically-acclaimed BBC series Orphan Black, Tatiana Maslany recently received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. For Issue 109 of Make-Up Artist magazine, we asked make-up department head Stephen Lynch for details on creating a unique look for two of the clones.

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Tatiana Maslany as clone Rachel Duncan in Orphan Black | Photo © Steve Wilkie for BBC America
Tatiana Maslany as clone Rachel Duncan in Orphan Black | Photo © Steve Wilkie for BBC America

It would unnerve most people to witness the suicide of their doppelgänger, but con artist Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) knows an opportunity when she sees one. This is how the BBC America series Orphan Black begins, with Manning unwittingly witnessing one of her many clones jumping in front of a train, then absorbing the identity of the jumper.

So, what does a storyline like this mean for a make-up department? Many looks for one actress, for starters. Department head Stephen Lynch treats each clone as her own person, with make-up looks to match their varying personae.

It helps that he enjoys it. “For me, working on a project like Orphan Black with a talent such as Tatiana Maslany represents a kind of make-up artist nirvana,” says Lynch. “I’m required, with hairstylist Sandy Sokolowski, to create multiple looks for one actress playing genetically identical clones—no digital effects on her face or body—each, hopefully, distinct and fully realized. And I have nearly complete freedom.”

Pictured here is clone Rachel. “Rachel is our ‘Proclone’—rigid and self-conscious to the extreme,” explains Lynch. “I feel that Rachel doesn’t wish to condescend to wearing obvious make-up—let the middle class do that. She has the desire and the means to embrace the flawless-complexion approach to putting one’s best face forward. Therefore, Tatiana and I agreed that Rachel most likely has a team of estheticians and consultants on call 24/7. Perfection, polish and an immaculate appearance is Rachel’s signature.”

Here are Rachel’s products.

Skincare: Clarins Extra-Firming Tightening Lift Botanical Serum, Shu Uemura Depsea Hydrability Moisturizing Cream

Primer: Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Perfecting Make-up Base

Foundation: Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup in No. 1 Ivory for highlight, No. 2 Light Beige for base and No. 8 Walnut for contour

Highlight: Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer

Powder: Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation in Honey Bronze

Blush: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in Rose

Eye shadow: A combination of Urban Decay Eyeshadows in Verve, YDK and Busted (all can be found within the Naked2 palette)

Eye liner: L’Oréal Infallible The Super Slim liquid eye liner in Black

Brows: Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium/Deep

Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black

Lashes: Ardell Duralash Flare individuals in Short Black

Lips: Dior Addict Lip Maximizer as a primer, M.A.C. Lip Pencil in Beet and Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Icon

Hand moisturizer: L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Hand Cream

Nails: Stila Nail Polish in Sash (no longer available)


Tatiana Maslany as clone Alison Hendrix in Orphan Black | Photo © Steve Wilkie for BBC America
Tatiana Maslany as clone Alison Hendrix in Orphan Black | Photo © Steve Wilkie for BBC America

Here is clone Alison. As Lynch explains it, she’s “what’s known as a soccer mom: very uptight, a suburban control freak. … I take a very ‘by the numbers’ make-up approach to Alison, to reflect her need for order and appearances. Everything is placed and blended as if by a late-night infomercial hostess—and applied just as heavily.”

Skincare: Clarins Double Serum

Primer: Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Perfecting Make-up Base

Foundation: Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in Soft Sand (product no longer available)

Concealer: Clarins Instant Concealer in 02

Powder: Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation in Latte

Blush: M.A.C. Pro Longwear Blush in Whole Lotta Love

Eye shadow: M.A.C. Eye Shadow in Seedy Pearl on brow bone, Eye Shadow in Creme de Violet on lids and Blackberry on outer third of lids

Eye liner: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Psychedelic Sister

Brows: Dior Diorshow Brow Styler in Universal Brown

Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black

Lips: Stila Glaze Lip Liner in Pink (product no longer available) and Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick in Raspberry