Alex Heigl
November 08, 2016 01:11 PM

 

When you think of Saturday Night Live‘s political skits, the names that pop into your head likely aren’t Louie Zakarian and Jodi Mancuso.

But makeup department head Zakarian and hair department head Mancuso are just as important to this election season’s sketches as Alec Baldwin‘s Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon‘s Hillary Clinton.

As voters cast their ballots, the show released a video pulling back the curtain (and wigs) on the important behind-the-scenes work that goes into transforming performers into whatever real-life figure they’re imitating.

For example, Mancuso reveals that it takes 50 hours to create a wig, even though the fruits of their labors often culminate in a sketch that might last five minutes, tops. They get their marching orders on Wednesday night and get to work with the Saturday night deadline looming.

Mancuso also reveals that McKinnon’s petite size meant her Hillary wig had to be sized down to fit. And an additional challenge of working with the actress are her many quick changes between hair and makeup looks for her many roles on a given episode.

One more bit of trivia: Zakarian, who started at SNL in 2005, notes that Baldwin has been the show’s most insistent Trump impressionist about the particulars of his costume.

Saturday Night Live airs Saturdays (11:30 p.m. ET) on NBC.

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