Just like in the original story, the hair and makeup on “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story” is magical. “I like the contemporization of historical drama,” Collins tells POPSUGAR. To find inspiration, Collins says, she looks everywhere, including magazines, fashion shows and 18th-century diaries.
“We read a lot of diaries that were being printed at the time and that gave us technical instruction,” she says. In the end, they combined Regency era wig making with more modern techniques to get the wigs you see in the new show. This was necessary not only for the sake of time and to make the wigs more wearable for the actors, but also because wigs of the period rarely contain natural hair – a major focus on “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story.”
Paintings of the real-life Queen Charlotte were another prominent source of inspiration, but Collins and her team didn’t replicate her look — they just used them to get ideas.
“There is one portrait of Queen Charlotte that I love, and she has the great oval shape of the 18th century,” says Collins. That shape loosely inspired the bridal hairstyle we see on young Queen Charlotte in the show (more on that later).
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