Friday, November 14, 2008

Twilight- The Movie Makeup

MAC is responsible for providing the makeup on characters in the new move Twilight which is one of the most anticipated movies this fall.

The lead artist Jean Van Phue gave some details into the look and products she used on set.

I always love to hear and read what they really use, so find these snippets of info fun.

Q&A with Jeanne Van Phue, Head Makeup Artist for Twilight :

Q: What was the process for creating the various characters’ looks?
A: I began by preparing sketches of my vision, keeping in mind the descriptions Stephanie Myers (Twilight’s Author) set forth in the books.
Bella’s (Kristen Stewart’s character) description in the novel is very pale and extremely beautiful with large chocolate brown eyes, so she wore colored lenses every day.
I also pictured her as a natural beauty, which is exactly what Kristen is.I used a light hand while applying all neutral colors to make her look as though she had no makeup on.

Edward’s (Robert Pattinson’s character) description in the novel is impossibly handsome almost god-like. His skin is marble-pale, hard as stone and ice cold, but perfect and flawless.
Edwards’ eyes are described as topaz colored when he is normal and black like onyx, when hungry.

Q: What was the overall look of the makeup in this movie?
A: All the vampires had to be pale, but I didn't want them to look to ghoulish, somewhere between Sweeney Todd and Interview with the Vampire. The choice was made for a denser, more opaque look for the supporting vampires and a lighter look for the leading man.

The challenge was they still had to look beautiful and handsome. The key was striking the delicate shading balance. We had two weeks of makeup test. This is the time for a makeup artist to unleash their imagination.

Q: Were there any other challenges you encountered while working on location in Portland, Oregon?
A: The rain was a huge challenge. We were outside, and it rained the entire time we were there. Most of the shots were exterior; trying to fix makeup in the rain with wet faces and wet brushes was difficult.

In the end, I must say I loved working on this movie, it challenge my creativity as never before. The cast was such a great group of talented young actors.

Q: What were your non-makeup related responsibilities in terms of creating this look?
A: Another one of my jobs was too find a contact lens specialist. So I called upon the expertise of Cristina Patterson Ceret FX lens/painter from Professional VisionCare.

Q: What M·A·C products did you use on the film Twilight?
A: The M.A.C products I used on this film were eye shadows and powder for our principles. We had several other characters and day players I used M.A.C. foundations, lipsticks and blushes.

M·A·C Makeup used on Bella played by Kristen Stewart
- Blot Powder/Pressed in Light
- Eye Shadow in Blanc Type, Flute and Wedge

M·A·C Makeup used on Edward played by Robert Pattinson
- Blot Powder/Pressed in Light

1 comment:

spielen said...

The Makeup was great I agree on the paleness (if that's a word) on Bella sometimes. When I seen it I just shrugged it off. I hope the second and following movies have more of a budget and sticks to the story line. I remember the prom scene and the running shoe, it was a stilleto!