Craig Jessup Makeup Artist With Jackie Burns for Broadway.com
“Are You Green Yet?” This quote hangs on the wall of the Wicked makeup room. The answer? Yes – in just 30 minutes. The chief Wicked makeup artist, Craig Jessup, can transform Elphaba in a half hour. He’s had practice: Jessup, who has been with the show since 2006, estimates he has worked on up to 15 Elphabas, including understudies. What are his tools? Mac Cosmetics Chromacake in Landscape Green, up to ten brushes and a very deft pair of hands. As Jessup explains, as he’s applying the green makeup, he allows certain points of light to show through on Burns’ face. The goal, he says, is to create the legitimate illusion that Elphaba’s skin is a different color. He succeeds.