Make-up artist Van Phue had to submit preliminary artwork for Twilight. “I had worked with the director before, but she wanted sketches,” said Van Phue, who collaborated with restoration artist and sculptor Kathy Shorkey on these. “She described what she wanted and I met her with my vision.”
Director Catherine Hardwicke wanted the characters as close to the descriptions of author Stephenie Meyer as possible. This meant Kristen Stewart had to wear brown contact lenses every day to achieve “large chocolate brown eyes,” explained Van Phue.
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.
Member Comments for Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan in Twilight
Comment By BellaCullen93 on 2008-10-31 18:23:15
As you can see from my username I'm a HUGE fan of Twilight! My two loves in this world are books and makeup, so you could imagine how excited I was about this breakdown! The makeup artist did an amazing job with Kristen, because in the books Bella Swan doesn't really wear makeup and it very casual. The makeup is totally natural with very few products used, and is a look I can do everyday! So, thank you so much Makeup411!
Thank you! Bella (Kristen Stewart) has a played down natural look going on, and I am a 28 year old mother of a boisterous 20 month old girl. So some days I don't have time to get really glam. She's gorgeous.
I love the makeup look. However, I am not sure I am using the eyeshadow correctly. I applied the blanc type to my brow bone area, the phloof to my eyelid and the wedge in the crease. Should I be using the wedge for eyeliner?
As a professional makeup artist, this website is extremely helpful-especially since you've updated it. I cannot tell you how many requests I get for the makeup of certain stars. As you can imagine, Kristen Stewart is wildly popular right now and it's nice to have a place to see what my colleagues have used. I do have one suggestion however. Your old site gave more instruction and application placement; this site does not. I love knowing which products were used, but it would be very helpful to know how they were applied (more eyeshadow than anything). Thanks for such a great website!
Thank you for the great comments! We try to have the make-up artists describe how they apply the make-up, but sometimes they don't send that information. We will make every effort to get those details.
As for the "Flute" color, Jeanne Van Phue is going to check with her M.A.C. representative to find out what color is equivalent to "Flute." Also, watch for more Twilight breakdowns coming soon!
I am confused now. In your previous article you listed the MAC Eye Shadow used as Blanc Type, Phloof and Wedge. Was that a misprint or was Phloof used as well? Also, any tips on which was applied where would be helpful. The colors are very similar and it is hard to see which would go in the crease etc. Thanks!
I would like to know what color eye shadow was used on Kristen Stewart during the biology class scene when Edward first speaks to Bella. It doesn't look like any of the colors listed in the beauty breakdown. It's a silvery, blue-greenish color.
I also noticed that she was wearing a bluish-green shade of eye shadow during the first lab scene, and that was not described during the "beauty breakdown." Since they seemed to stick to MAC eye shadows, I wonder if it could be the "brushed metal-X shade in verdigris," or the regular eye shadow in "steamy." Any other ideas? I'm pretty sure it was a MAC shade, since that seems to be all they used. Those two colors are the only ones that seem to fit the description, unless they blended a couple of shades!
To the Twilight fans, thank you for the compliments on my work. It was lovely reading your positive comments.
To the fan who was interested in the makeup I used in the biology class. The only time I changed Kristen's makeup was for the prom. The lighting can sometimes make the makeup look different. The director of photography also desaturated the film. This could have made her eye shadow look blue.
Awww! How sweet of Jeanne Van Phue to post a thank you message (above) and answer our quick questions. I definitely appreciate her taking the time to share insider info with us? I really hope she is able to continue on as the head makeup artist for New Moon.
Just in case: Jeanne, you briefly mentioned that the only time you changed Kristen's makeup was when her character went to prom. I'd love to learn what products were used for that scene too...she looked fabulous! :) Thank you!
Thank you so much Jeanne for a) your great help and brilliant work on this movie and b) your really kind and considerate response to all us twihards!! I too would be interested in the prom look as Kirsten looked stunning in that scene!! thanks!xx
The makeup in Twilight was absolutely flawless. Jeanne is such a great make up artist and Kristen's make up looked incredible. She made Kristen look average yet so beautiful which is exactly how Bella is described as in the book.
To LeiaAurora: Jeanne definitely used the color Flute not Phloof, so that was a misprint that has since been corrected.
For all fans of this breakdown: I will try to get more information from Jeanne about exactly how the eye shadows were applied; I'll also see if she can provide the prom make-up information. Please be patient because she is a busy make-up artist. Thank you for all of your great comments! Please continue to let me know what you think about our Web site and what else you'd like to see on here.
I absoluetly LOVE this makeup breakdown. I love Bella's character and JEanne got thelook JUST right. IT is so the character herself! I can't WAIT to see what she used for the prom makeup, I loved Bellas smokey eyed look! Keep up the great work JEanne!
We'll post Kristen Stewart's 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' Beauty Breakdown as soon as we get it from make-up artist Robin Mathews (Kristen's personal). At this time we still haven't heard from Ms. Mathews.
well thats a different makeup list ive seen quite a few and this is the only one that doesnt agree that she wore MAC fluffe eyeshadow in twilight thats why the sale of it went through the roof because she wore it so i dont believe that she didnt wear it with those odds lol.....
i have just re-read all the others and its definatly phloof that was used not flute* they are similar but it wasnt used phloof went through the roof in sales this is the only article mentioning a limited edition mac shadow :s
Hi pinklady87uk. Make-up artist Jeanne Van Phue definitely used the color Flute not Phloof, so that was a misprint that has since been corrected. We got the information directly from Jeanne, so you can trust that we have the accurate information on what products she used on Kristen. Please note the suggested alternative to the Flute shade. ~CoriS, online editor for Makeup411.com
I love how they did Bella's makeup in the movies. It is very minimalistic and natural - it's as if she isn't wearing any makeup at all! I don't really like to wear makeup that often and when I do, I prefer to go a more natural route with it, so I really enjoyed this beauty breakdown.