Discussion in 'Costuming and Props' started by spacelady, Mar 17, 2003.
How do I make my face white like Queen Amidala?
I read somewhere that they use an ivory foundation. They tried white makeup, like what they sold in the halloween kits but it makes her teeth look yellow. I had good results with the Max Factor stick foundation in ivory.
lol! Ivory is my natural colour
What I have used is a foundation even paler than that.. it was lancome teint optim'age in 100. A good layer of that and some white powder gets a great very pale face. It's the right colour for me used normally, but when it's applied stage heavy it does make the face even paler.
Quoting from [link=http://www.partsofsw.com/Ep_1/index.htm]The Parts Of SW[/link]:
The Queen's makeup was designed with a Japanese Kabuki style. For the porcelain white base color makeup artist Paul Engelen used RCMA Ivory (He found clown white was too bright and made the eyes look red). The powder applied after the ivory base was Channel 01 Aube Power Lumiere PressÃˆ. The circles on either cheek were done with red "lake" lip pencil. This same color was used on her top lip and the center section of her lower lip. Nars "Fire Down Below" is the brand and exact color. A white base color was used on either side of the red mark on the bottom lip. Other makeup used included Lancome Elancil black mascara and Givenchy Prizm Topaz (eyeliner?). The eyebrows were sculpted in brown/black.
Having the exact makeup that was used in the movie might work for some people, and not at all for others.
It all depends on your skin chemistry.
I can guarantee you that Nars' "Fire Down Below" lipstick would look orange on me, and not red. That's just what my skin does with lipstick colors. I personally have to find reds that have more blue in them (or are "cooler" than most reds) in order for my Amidala makeup to look right.
How to find a good red:
[ol][li]Go to a drug store that has a cosmetics return policy, buy a few different kinds of red that look like they'd work, and try try try. Take back the ones that don't look good. Also, if possible, use a brush to apply the lip color instead of applying the lipstick straight onto your lips.[/li]
[li]Find a local Mary Kay or Avon consultant (or your favorite "consultant only" brand), and ask for a bunch of different samples to try.[/li]
[li]Go to your favorite department store or "premier cosmetics" store and try the different shades of red that are available.[/li][/ol]
You're bound to find something that works sooner or later. (I personally use Max Factor's Lipfinity in "Hot" and Mary Kay lipliner in "Regal Red" - which I don't think is even made anymore, but you could find out.)
For the white makeup: You're going to want to go to a costume supply store - specifically one that's open year-round, and not just for Halloween - and see if they'll let you try out the different types of cake makeups that they carry. Ben Nye is a wonderful brand that's used by theater and costume professionals, and I know several of us that have done Amidala use this brand. The shade that works best for me is "Light Ivory." I know queenseamstress uses Ben Nye in another shade. The "Cloud" shade they have is pure white, and for me was a bit too white (like the Ep 1 makeup artist mentioned). Once again, though, this all depends on your skin chemistry. When you go to try it, try to do test spot on your jawline. Your hand works too, but the jawline will give you a much better idea of how it will look on the rest of your face.
Ben Nye also makes a finishing powder that will keep the white makeup from smudging and smearing once you've applied it. You might want to look into that as well. I haven't personally used it since I usually don't have my costume on for extended periods of time (even though it's been worn a LOT).
For the eyes:
Use a mascara that you know is SMUDGEPROOF!!! Even if it means using waterproof mascara. Believe me, I've had tha black mascara flakes on the white makeup - it's NOT pretty. Eeek! Brand-name is all preference, but stick with what you know will work! If you have to go out and try new mascaras, give yourself at least a week to try them out (a different one each day). You'll be wanting to wear each one for several hours minimum to test the flake and smudge factors.
Eyeliner should be either gray or brown - not black. The black is too heavy and dramatic. Brown gives me the best results. And either don't line the top rim, or use white liner up there.
Most important: PRACTICE!! This will definitely help you get your makeup to look right BEFORE you make your first big appearance. It will also help you line up those pesky red-dots on the cheeks (which I still have trouble with, but they get a little better each time).
And now that I've completely rambled, I'm hoping that SOME of this helps. Good luck!
kreleia you are right on the money about cosmetics looking very different on different people.
I have the same problem with reds as you.
For the white/ivory base, I never found an ivory that really worked quite right. Somehow, they always looked too pink, even though my natural skintone isn't especially pink. What I ended up doing was using was a fairly pure white, but then using a slightly yellow/warm ivory powder over it.
Do you guys know where a good place to get fake hair that is close to Brea Ca and is cheap??
I have Ivory make-up but is there anyway to make the make up look go away? You know when you put it on and it makes that kind of tex. on your face.
Most Sally Beauty Supply stores have swatches of fake hair, ranging in price from inexpensive (a dollar or so) to almost expensive.
Ahhh... you mean, you don't want to look like you're painted, yes? I understand. Ummm... well, it's tricky. It can be done, though. It basically takes time, cuz you'll be doing one layer, letting it dry, then another layer. Powdering in between layers to make sure you don't smear the first layer is probably a good idea. Then powder more. Maybe press the makeup into your skin a bit, and then powder even more. All in all, it's never going to look like it's your skin color - which is probably why we don't see too many close-up shots of Natalie's face in Ep. 1. But powdering will definitely keep down shine and make it look smoother.
Is Ivory white? Because my cover-up make-up (my skin color) says that it is "Ivory". Do drug stores have the white make up or do I have to get it some where special??
Is there a website that tells how to make a costume and hairstyles??
My skin color is about the same as padme's but a little lighter. Well it's lighter than my icon. What do you think would be a good type or brand?? Thank you!
The makeup I use for Amidala is by Ben Nye.
For the Senate and Black travel gowns, where the makeup looks more harsh, I use white-but with the pre-senate kimono or the parade gown, where it looks a little softer, I use Geisha, which is a little off-white with a pinkish-ivory tint. The key to not making it look made up is that this makeup is not like base foundation you buy in a regular store. You apply it with a wet sea sponge, smoothing it on in one light layer, letting that dry a couple of minutes, and repeating until you have the right color-you don't want to apply the second and after layers with a harsh hand-or it will disturb the first layer...be soft, almost patting the makeup on with the sponge. Then use a loose powder puff and apply some Ben Nye setting powder. This will give you a soft matte affect, and not a greasy "clown" makeup.
The best place to look at the eyemakeup is the Phantom Menace dvd. The other girls are right-use brown-black or dark brown for the mascara and lower eyliner-not black-it is way too harsh. Also use a frosty white eyeshadow over the lids all the way to the browbone. You also want to use clear mascara to brush your eyebrows into a nice shape, and fill them in with dark brown eye liner pencil-SOFTLY.
She does have her upper lids lined, but it is in a light silvery blue-it can be seen in the dvd, and it really makes all of the difference-a nice soft eye. In Attack of the Clones-the new queen's eyes are done much harsher-with black liner and lashes, and brown-black brows.
The lips is the only part of the white that I used a department store foundation for-I bought a white concealer that was in the lipstick style of tube. I use this because I can keep it and my red lipstick and pencil tucked away, because with talking and eating, this WILL need to be touched up through the day.
I had to use a very dark gothic red and liner, almost like a vampire blood color, because bright reds looked way too orangy or pink...always go with a darker red over a bright one-it may look dark enough in the store, but when it is next to the white-it won't be.