Creating Saturday Night Live: Kate McKinnon Make-up Transition

On March 11th, 2017, the SNL make-up team had only one commercial break to get Kate McKinnon out of her Jeff Sessions character and into her "Shud the Mermaid" character. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at that transition.

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Author 1 Bad Jesus ( ago)
0:26 some may be unaware but LOUIS C.K. is not "only" a popular comedian but ALSO a renowned makeup artist.

Author Alexandra Kangis ( ago)
It's amazing to see how this application goes in real time after watching the hour long demo where you were able to take your time at IMATS. Very cool!

Author Robby Olsen ( ago)
If anyone wants some free makeup brushes, they are giving them away at

Author Charles Burns ( ago)
Wow. I didn't even care for the Shud sketch that much, but this has given me newfound respect. Props to everyone who made that quick turnaround possible and to Kate whom I didn't even realize was "Shud".

Author No One ( ago)
At least she's not butchering Leonard Cohen lyrics this time.

Author j jay ( ago)
Transition ? I thought they meant she would transition into a normal person .

Author Scott Russell ( ago)
they can take off indefinitely. boring and mindless unidirectional slamming T.

Author Auggie G. ( ago)
That's pretty impressive

Author Hank THE Patriot ( ago)
SHUD!!! love this character! !!!

Author The Philosopher: Humans Are Hateful and Hopeless ( ago)

Author MikElite04 ( ago)
It reminds me of Ellen for some reason

Author dilberton99 ( ago)
Where is the coward Alec Baldwin? The fear it to imitate Trump :)

Author Chuck Noris ( ago)
yh but commercial breaks are like 1hr long

Author Abderezzak Bakhat idrissi ( ago)
Its been 2 weeks without any post from snl what is happenning?

Author Tracker ( ago)
SNL used to be good before it became a political propaganda show. Fire the writers and bring back the old SNL.

Author Noor Ki Barsaat - Naat Video ( ago)

Author seinna june ( ago)
what's up with you snl?

Author Dollar Diva ( ago)
I ❤️️Shud!!!!!!!

Author kittendivine1 ( ago)
Jeez, I can barely do my mascara in 5 minutes without getting it on my eyelids. Good job people!

Author bethany hoffman ( ago)
3 seconds

Author Tito c ( ago)
I want to do prosthetic makeup for a living it looks great

Author Freeman Da Gospel Rapper ( ago)
Need encouragement? Feel like giving up? Check out my "Don't lose your faith" video on my channel. Thanks

Author Chloe Knox ( ago)
Wouldn't have to rush if they'd get Leslie Jordan to do Jeff Sessions!

Author Lulu b The Hamilton fangirl ( ago)
I hope some day they will have Leslie odam Jr. host snl

Author the artist ( ago)
And... that it's all HD ready, remember when you could easily see the prosthetics!?

Author Пламен Терзиев ( ago)
The Simpsoooooooons

Author Scarletthelps ( ago)
Wow! Love you guys for posting this! Great to see all the hard work it takes to make one skit!

Author Shawn Raby ( ago)
Need some support, me out a lil thanks!!

Author Roberto Carrasco ( ago)
She is iconic!!

Author tyshine33 ( ago)
More of this please

Author cthao559 ( ago)
Wow love the custom designs..Hey can we get one more Sean spicer show please...

Author Irish Driver ( ago)
Kate's skits are the only thing that's always funny on SNL

Author Ahmed Abduljabar ( ago)
You guys awesome

Author Cary Grant's Chin ( ago)
why don' they have sketches up

Author VING VODKA ( ago)
Love the BTS!!!

Author Austin Pearce ( ago)
She really is a chameleon

Author Jason H ( ago)
This show is still on the air?

Author Carlos THE WIENER Danger ( ago)
Shud is an improvement for her..

Author James McGill ( ago)
There really isn't much that they had to do to switch between characters because they got to keep the bald cap and the ears from the previous skit.

Author slowrider30 ( ago)
Good I was hoping they didn't put that much thought into their show...

Author Cartoon Toys Baby Game ( ago)

Author Techraan! Chinese Made In the USA! ( ago)
I have no turned off all recommendation notifications at least 4 times, and Google still sends me these stupid propaganda SNL clips!!
How do I stop it?!!

Author Rous Rose ( ago)
I'm a simple girl. I see Kate McKinnon, I click.

I really like these BTS videos, though.

Author B the B ( ago)
SNL is lame

Author BlooperWorld ( ago)
Kate is amazing

Author Steve Dustcircle ( ago)
She is truly beautiful. Amazing and funny

Author marisotoserna ( ago)
my God these people r so talented

Author Shahbano Malik ( ago)
"only had one commercial break" that's why I'm saying stop using Kate McKinnon so much. She's awesome but please use other people too

Author alf landon ( ago)
Sessions the worst impression ever.

Author Zen Master Bob ( ago)
The whole time watching SNL that weekend, i thought that it was the best SNL as a whole in a LONG time. Theeeeen, via ScarJo's words, it comes to find out that the women didn't write much because of the whole women's day thing on Wednesday. Ironic. Either there's some ladies that are dragging the writing down, or men who haven't been able to write many skits....or it was just a pure miracle that the best overall happened the same week as the women's thing.

Author GamerVet ( ago)
Barely bangable. Just saying.

Author TheOneAndOnlyPace ( ago)

Author Buck Wheat ( ago)
Kate McKinnon for president 2020

Author poocrafter2 ( ago)
How did she change outfits that quick? Was the mermaid outfit under the suit?

Author lincolnlobster ( ago)
She looks like Alice the Goon from Popeye

Author amv12vantage ( ago)
Why is this trending with 17k views? Oh, right. Propaganda. Silly me.

Author Maia Wilson ( ago)

Author Kurtis Lawler ( ago)
All the credit goes to the men and women behind the scenes. They are the true heroes of the show! Talent at it's finest.

Author Susana Diaz ( ago)
i'm worried she gets too much screen time. people will start to turn on her in droves for no reason at all, like they did to jennifer lawrence

Author ripvanstinkle ( ago)
I think this is great that you're sharing these behind the scenes clips. It's easy to take this for granted. Incredible work.

Author Jason Gastrich ( ago)
lol wow

Author Kelsey Brooks ( ago)
I'm 15% impressed and 85% blob fish

(I'm 100% impressed and I just wanted an excuse to make that joke thank u)

Author campos3452 ( ago)
Seems they off this week, well deserved break! Great content SNL!

Author Olivia Eiler ( ago)
Being in Theatre and having to do quick changes, I'm beyond impressed with how calm the cast and crew were thought the whole process! It's no easy feat to get prosthetics on that fast! Bravo!

Author Brandon C Maximum ( ago)
I love these behind the scenes. It reminds me that everything is live and the crew has a small time-frame to keep the show flowing, really fascinating stuff.

Author Brace110 ( ago)
You really need to stop using that fish sketch.. it's terrible.

Author The 4Cuz ( ago)
Kate is so precious. Gotts love her. So much talent.

Author brian554xx ( ago)
Please reshoot with more nudity, especially as Shud! (Not really as Shud, I just thought it would be fun to say but now I'm craving dank seafood.)

Author Viking Shaman ( ago)
24/7 Sci-fi Channel @

Author ishtar0077 ( ago)

Author Pablo Rivera ( ago)
Can't get any more liberal than SNL.

Author Tess Is a depressing emo ( ago)
That amazing how fast they did it I don't think I could ever go that fast but that's the live style I guess

Author Jessica Herrera ( ago)
Is she bald?

Author Jerminator 420 ( ago)
awesome to see how they do this thanks for uploading it

Author Mary S ( ago)
It sounds like they're saying Kat instead of Kate.

Author Ramon Iglesias Diaz ( ago)
Didnt know louis ck did makeup or wore glasses

Author High Heel Knight ( ago)

Author SGIT BWAIP ( ago)
Are all actors BALD?

Author Thomas Favre ( ago)

Author I like Music ( ago)
As a theatre person, I applaud you, that shit's hard

Author Lola Lea ( ago)
When was the costume change?

Author Guido Vespuchi ( ago)
alec baldwin is not new, as are many of their guests

Author andrew machard ( ago)
why SNL is an Institution

Author Guadalupe Meyer Jassen ( ago)
amazing :)

Author its me ( ago)
She's so fucking cool even THIS is entertaining

Author Berzerk Troll ( ago)
Why is this trending ? 17k views and trending. Fuck off.

Author ok cool ( ago)
Why is this on trending with 17k views

Author Aimara Ordonez ( ago)
i'm a simple lesbian, i see "kate," i click.

Author cassandra sigond ( ago)

Author Jross ( ago)
SNL has become a cesspool of unoriginal Trump jokes. It's not what it used to be, a funny ORIGINAL show. I used to look forward to Saturday nights!

Author EliteSalvi ( ago)

Author Mwoakill09 ( ago)
i thought that was louie ck

Author Jenna Sanossian ( ago)
Hey, please check this out! It would mean so much to me!

Author Shelly Big Belly ( ago)
I thought the rule for SNL was that the audience HAS to recognize which member of the cast is behind the disguise. I could not recognize Kate under that makeup/costume..

Author 4PPUROCK123 ( ago)
lol I thought it was 4 hours then noticed it's 4 minutes

Author ltmbookworm ( ago)
Very, Very impressive

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Author Tom 42 ( ago)
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