‘House of Lies’ Makeup Artist on Working in Cuba

Makeup artist Tym Buacharern has created designs for Cher and Janet Jackson. He’s done the looks for “Dreamgirls,” “Glee,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and the upcoming “Miles Ahead.”

But nothing prepared him for working in a land where the art of makeup has remained frozen in time for decades: Cuba.

As department head on Showtime’s “House of Lies,” which premieres its third season April 10, he traveled to that once-forbidden island as the setting for one of the corporate drama’s storylines, with deal-maker Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle) looking to capitalize on Cuba’s newly opened borders.

Buacharern employed local crew unfamiliar with modern makeup techniques. For example, they build wounds with wax. But despite their classic methodologies, he says, they performed excellent work.

During his free time, Buacharern gave the crew tutorials on new developments in the art of makeup. “It was really taking it back to basics,” he notes. “We exchanged ideas and learned from each other. It was a mind-blowing and eye-opening experience. I was so proud to be part of history.”

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