TOKYO, Japan — In a recent interview with Anime Maru, the characters of the currently airing anime Ping Pong stated that they spend hours getting their makeup done every day.
“Some days, I wake up at 3 A.M. so that my makeup can be done by the time we start shooting at 8. It’s kind of a pain, but I can only imagine what it’s like for our makeup guys,” says Hoshino Yutaka
The series’ two makeup artists, Christian Thompson and Dominic Stevens, studied under Hollywood makeup artists Christopher Tucker and Tom Sullivan, known for their work on The Elephant Man and The Evil Dead, respectively.
“The look of Ping Pong is really unique and ambitious. It’s hard work to get everyone looking like they do on-screen, but it’s a labor of love and I feel privileged to be able to do work on a show that pushes the envelope,” said Thompson.
“Ping Pong is exactly what I needed. I had a lot of fun working on Hidamari Sketch, but it got pretty mundane after a while,” confessed Stevens, “When the majority of what you do is putting blush on all the girls’ cheeks, you end wanting a change of pace.”