All that kissing, while fun for us to watch, we assume would lead to some seriously chapped lips. Which is why it’s crucial that the cast was armed with a great balm to keep their lips ready for all that action. The show’s head hair and makeup designer, Marc Pilcher, recently revealed that he relied on the makeup artist staple Dr. Pawpaw Multipurpose Soothing Balm for basically everyone on set—men included.
“Dr. Pawpaw was a staple product in most of our cast bags, even the men,” he said. “It provided everyone with protection against the elements when we filmed during the winter and on night shoots. It was great for use on this period drama as we needed most of our cast to look natural and fresh and have beautiful lips in a natural way.”
This natural look was key for Lynda Pearce, another hair and makeup artist on the show. While the hair of the time period erred on the extravagant (and contained tons of hidden meanings), visible makeup aside from rogue on the cheeks was not only out of fashion, but frowned upon.
“We used the Dr. Pawpaw Soothing balm on Phoebe Dynevor, who played Daphne Bridgerton, to achieve a natural look,” said Pearce. “We often mixed it with a lip liner or lip stain, or sometimes applied it just on its own. It’s a fantastic product to keep the lips hydrated and glowing.” (That lip stain she’s referring to by the way is Pixi’s Sheer Cheek Gel, which she also used on Daphne’s cheeks.)
The balm has been a staple in makeup artists’ kits for years, thanks to its soothing powers and thick texture. It’s also super versatile, in addition to hydrating lips, it can be used on cuticles, flyaways, brows, lashes, and even as a highlighter. The best part? It’s only $8, so you can use the same lip balm as the diamond of the season without breaking the bank.
Bella Cacciatore is the beauty associate at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @bellacacciatore_.