Behind the Scenes with Wendi Avignone

  • 1. How did you get started in the industry?

    I got started simply by mistake. I was working in a glamour photography studio and met a girl there who was in the industry. She led me away from my job and pulled me in. The rest is history.
  • 2. When did you feel like you finally got your “big break”?

    I’d say working on 24 & Once and Again were a good start. But Heroes would be my answer.
  • 3. What does a typical day on set look like?

    Most days we begin at 5am and start by getting our cast through what we call ” The Works” for principal photography as scheduled for the day. Cast will be sporadic throughout the day as the scenes are ever changing. Some days we are on locations in faraway lands, other days we are at our home base which are our stages. Our day usually consists of 12 to 15 hours.

  • 4. Why is skincare so important on set?

    Moisturizer being the most obvious one, especially with our dry conditions here in Southern California. This is just as important, if not as most important. I like prepping the skin with skyn ICELAND Pure Cloud Cream.
  • 5. What are your top three skincare hacks while on set?

    Moisturizer, SPF, and eye cream.
  • 6. Any suggestions for a quick skincare tutorial that our readers can try at home?

    • Use a mild face wash • I suggest using the Icelandic Relief Eye Pen or the Icelandic Relief Eye Cream first thing in the morning. Keep all of them refrigerated for even better results • Then use a good moisturizer • Once a week use a good scrub before your cleanser to remove dead skin cells • Makeup over a week builds up and we need to shed small layers to make room for healthy tissue to regrow • Definitely use a moisturizing sunscreen
  • 7. Do specific actors have particular products they like you to use while on set?

    Yes, they all have their favorites. Even our men. A big trailer favorite of many of our actors before makeup is the skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels.
  • 8. What are your must-have skyn ICELAND products to use on actors?

    Under-Eye IlluminatorHydro Cool Firming Eye GelsPure Cloud CreamIcelandic Relief Eye Cream
  • 9. What products do you ask your actors to use as part of their at-home regimen and why is this important?

    It is important to get into the daily habit of using a 3 to 4 step program that works for you in order to take good care of your skin. Male and female! We live in a society today with a lot of pollution and we don’t always eat as healthy as we would like due to the stress of our daily routines. Not to mention aging. These are all contributing factors of what our skin absorbs.
    • A good cleanser • Facial scrub • Moisturizer • Sunscreen
  • 10. What do you love most about your job?

    Creativity and meeting people from all walks of life. Always fascinating, never boring!
  • 11. What’s the hardest part about your job?

    The intensity level and hours we put in. Not enough rest or time for home life.
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