Actor Robert Pattinson had to wear colored contact lenses every day of filming in order to achieve the golden eyes and black eyes described in the book. “At the beginning, [director] Catherine [Hardwicke] visualized Edward in long hair…After studying his face and jaw line in the make-up test, the decision was made to go with short hair to accentuate his amazing jaw line,” said Van Phue.
Van Phue was asked to keep the principals pale, but to stay away from a Sweeney Todd or Interview with a Vampire-type make-up, so she chose a denser, more opaque look for the supporting vampires and a lighter look for the leading man (“He’s got to look fabulous,” she explained). The key was striking a delicate shading balance: “All of the vampires are pale, but I didn’t want them to look ghoulish,” she said. “I didn’t want to contour, but I didn’t want them to fade away, either.”
The biggest challenge on the set was the rain. “We were outside all the time, and it rained the entire time we were there,” Van Phue said. “Most of the shots were exterior, and trying to fix make-up in the rain with wet face and wet brush was difficult.” The experience made her a convert to SK-II AirTouch make-up. “It goes on flawlessly—no smudges or streaks,” she said. “And I accidentally found out it was water resistant.”
*This was first published in Issue 75 of Make-Up Artist magazine.
I agree it's nice seeing a Male breakdown for a change. Many times the makeup used on men is over looked. I find that makeup for male actor can be more challenging. Mostly because they usually aren't supposed to be wearing any. This can make things difficult, especially if he really needs it to look the part. In the case of the Edward Cullen character, I thought over all it was a nice compromise between Vampire and just a pale makeup. I did personally find the lips a bit too red and not natural enough. I realize he is supposed to have very red lips but the contrast between his lips and skin were a bit garish. In the breakdown there is no mention of him wearing eye liner, but in the film and in pictures it is obvious he is wearing at least a small amount to bring out the eyes. I will often use a shade of dark brown shadow to bring out the eyes if necessary. It's a nice compromise to black or charcoal which can look too harsh.
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Robert looked perfect. He looked just like like how Edward Cullen was described. I loved how great his hair was styled and how perfect the color of his contacts were. He was the exact right shade of pale and it blended so well. He looked just like a vampire.
HELP! can any of you make-up pros offer me some advice? i am not a huge twilight fan but i did really want to try and replicate the lip color. i have tried to apply the color with brus and finger but it goes on very sheer and shiny. i cannot seem to figure out how to replicate this look. even with the noriko lip balm. im wondering, maybe a thicker waxier balm? any ideas????????????