BELOW: (Top to Bottom) Concept images of Bella, Rosalie and Alice.
Images courtesy of Summit Entertainmnet and Jeanne Van Phue/Kathy Shorkey
Posted: Friday November 21, 2008
This holiday season, drama dominates movie screens. In this excerpt
from Issue 75 of Make-Up Artist magazine's holiday movie preview, we go behind-the-scenes of Twilight.
It’s about: Angst-y teen romance between a girl and her beau, a pretty-boy vampire
who must fight the urge not to slurp her blood. Based on the
bestselling young-adult series, shot in gloomily atmospheric Portland,
Oregon and directed by Catherine Hardwicke.
It stars: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart
Department head: Jeanne Van Phue This job required: Preliminary artwork. “I had worked with the director before, but she
wanted sketches,” said Van Phue, who collaborated with make-up artist
and restoration painter Kathy Shorkey on these. “She described what she
wanted and I met her with my vision.” 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 make-up challenges were: “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 Air Touch make-up. “It goes on flawlessly—no smudges or streaks,” she said. “And
I accidentally found out it was water resistant.”
Viewers should look for: Original vampires. “It was challenging, because everyone has their own
idea of how a vampire looks,” Van Phue said. “It had to jive with the
director’s vision, but she’s very open-minded.”
For a breakdown on the specific make-ups used on the Twilight actors, visit the Beauty Breakdowns section of www.makeup411.com.
London-based make-up artist Angela Holthuis and photographer Izabela Habur set a challenge for themselves: Habur
asked Holthuis, a fashion pro, to create “a small story with bold looks
within a small time frame, to test out how far we [could] push
ourselves creatively,” Holthuis said.
Make-Up Artist magazine is now accepting student competition
applications for the 2009 Los Angeles International Make-Up Artist
Trade Show. The themes for this year are Gothic and X-Men Mutants. The competition is open to students of a recognized make-up school and
to those who graduated 12 months prior to the competition. Make-Up Artist will only accept competition entries postmarked by May 22, 2009.
If you like Prescriptives products, you’d better stock up while you
can: On Sept. 17, Estée Lauder Companies announced it will stop
production and global wholesale distribution of the brand by Jan. 31,
2010. The brand will still be sold online at www.prescriptives.com
while inventory lasts.