horror makeup: the Buffyverse – Harmony

The Buffyverse – Harmony Kendall

Harmony (Mercedes McNab) was there at the beginning of Buffy and at the end of Angel. She appeared in some seventeen episodes of Buffy but she only came into her own when she reappeared in Angel.

lShe was a former Sunnydale High student where she was a member of Cordelia’s clique, the ‘Cordettes’; she became a vampire in ‘Graduation Day’ and subsequently had a relationship with Spike; she moved to Los Angeles and ended up in the secretarial pool at Wolfram and Hart, influenced by the company’s non-judgmental workplace culture and dental plan; she was promoted to being Angel’s secretary when he took control of Wolfram and Hart – finally becoming a member of the regular cast.

In the series finale ‘Not Fade Away’ she, non unexpectedly, betrayed Angel, revealing his plans toMarcus Hamilton, the Senior Partners’ new liaison.

In one of the comic book spin-offs Harmony went on to become an international celebrity with her MTV reality show Harmony Bites.

The makeup

The vampire designs evolved from concepts designs created by the Burman Studios.

Until 2002 Harlow FX created the makeup effects with Todd McIntosh as makeup supervisor.

Robert Hall (Almost Human) was then (Buffy seasons 6 & 7 & Angel seasons 3 to 5) in charge of the makeup effects with Dayne Johnson as makeup supervisor.

Mercedes commented on the makeup process of becoming a vampire:

I’ve got a pretty good schedule for Angel, except if I have to do the vampire thing, then I’m guaranteed to have to be there by 4:30 in the morning. It’s not my favourite time to get up, but at least I get to fall asleep in the [makeup] chair for half an hour. It takes about an hour and a half extra for the vampire make-up, which they can’t have ready to go. They’ll have the prosthetic shaped for my face, but they have to match it to my skin color and glue it on and blend it with my face. It just seems like they’ve gotten used to it by now, though, and they know what they’re doing so it goes a lot faster. Normally, you have to get to the set around 7am, and a normal day is between twelve and fifteen hours.