At the end of July, I was in the desert shooting some spots for Nissan. We were shooting outside in 110+ temperatures for 12 hours a day. Two of the spots took place in the dark, so during our night shoot we were out from 6pm-6am. It was a week of extremes.
During the day I had a makeup trailer to get the talent ready but while we were shooting, we were in direct sunlight, with little to no shade. In order to keep the makeup in my set bag cool, I brought a hot/cold bag with some ice packs to keep my foundations and creams from melting.
Luckily, our talent was in the air conditioned trucks most of the day so battling sweat wasn’t a huge issue. However when it’s that hot outside, the skin heats up and can cause makeup to move around. I used mostly waterproof products to prevent the makeup from running. I also also made sure to keep up with sunscreen and lip balm.
During our night shoot, we were up on a mountain and the temperatures dropped significantly. I keep hand warmers in my set bag for the talent to hold onto either in their shoes or their pockets.
The set medic on this shoot was amazing. She used to work in the military and did work in Afghanistan so she was fully prepped to take care of everyone in these conditions. She kept everyone extra hydrated by adding electrolytes to our water. She also provided us with cooling neck wraps which you soak in ice water and they retain the cold for a few hours… they were a lifesaver.
It was a long week but I’m proud of how the spots turned out. It’s always so satisfying to see the finished product.