Makeup artist with Regina roots celebrates second Emmy nomination

For the second year in a row, makeup artist Alastair Muir, who grew up in Regina, has been nominated for an Emmy award for his work on The Handmaid’s Tale.

Alastair Muir is one of the key makeup artists for The Handmaid's Tale.

Alastair Muir (R) does makeup for Yvonne Strahovski, who plays Serena Joy Waterford on The Handmaid's Tale. (Submitted by Alastair Muir.)

For the second year in a row, makeup artist Alastair Muir, who grew up in Regina, has been nominated for an Emmy award for his work on The Handmaid's Tale. 

Muir, who works as one of the key makeup artists for the dystopian television series based on Margaret Atwood's novel, says this year's nomination means a lot to him. 

"It feels pretty special," he said. "I'm pretty happy and my mom's super proud of me. It's nice, after working in this business for 20 years, to get the recognition not just once but twice."

Muir has also worked on movies like The Invisible Man and It Chapter Two, and television series like Titans, Falling Water and Suits

Alastair Muir explains how he developed an interest in becoming a makeup artist, leading to him to success as someone now twice-nominated for an Emmy for his work on The Handmaid's Tale. Despite that success, he still finds time to visit his home city of Regina, and shares his love of local venues. 4:51

But this latest season of The Handmaid's Tale, filmed during the COVID-19 pandemic, had some extra challenges. 

"There were all these layers of protocols we had to abide by," he said. "We were wearing two masks and protective eyewear and being tested three times a week."  

The show itself, which Muir says features "all the worst things we can possibly do to one another," has also pushed his skills as a makeup artist. Actors regularly need to appear with cuts, bruises and other injuries. 

Alastair Muir (R) works on actor Alexis Bledel's makeup on the set of The Handmaid's Tail. (Submitted by Alastair Muir.)

But at the end of the day, Muir says he enjoys working with the cast and crew. 

"Everyone hits their marks, knows their lines and is always on time," he said. "And they are a good, fun group of people." 

Muir did not always intend to become a makeup artist — he attended engineering classes at UBC and started a film theory and production degree at the University of Regina before going to makeup school. But once he was there, something clicked. 

"I just took to it," he said. 

And while his career has taken him to the world stage, Muir still has fond memories of Regina — particularly the food from his favourite haunts like the Italian Star Deli and Bushwakker brewpub.

"I grew up in that city and I really enjoyed my childhood there," he said. "It's a big part of my life." 

With files from The Morning Edition


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