All Lucas era Star Wars movie makeup generally follows two trends, it is semi reflective on current trends (in the time period that the film is made) and it is more or less in the natural/neutral rang.
Below are the approximations of what Leia’s makeup was like in A New Hope, from analysis of the photos. These are the basics of Leia’s makeup and can certainly be plaid around with to get the perfect look for each individual Leia. This is a general guide line for movie accurate Leia makeup colors and application. (Note: Leia wears the same makeup throughout the entirety of A New Hope.)
(Note: Leia’s makeup is done using 1970’s makeup techniques so applying it will be a little different then most people may be used to.) Links at the bottom.
Leia’s foundation is done in a very natural way, and any average well color matched foundation with a setting powder over top should work well, if needed use a little concealer. The key here is to keep it light and as natural looking as possible.
It is also relevant to mention that there are most likely high-lights and low-lights added to the makeup for the purposes of movie magic which aren’t important to cover for the average Leia. (Note: Leia does not have any significant contouring in her makeup.)
Leia’s eye-shadow is more or less blush-pink, the shadow is only applied to the back of the lid up to the socket and eye crease. (no smoky eye, for Leia).
Above the eye crease and below the eye-brow there appears to be a light taupe color on the brow bone. (Note: it also appears that there may be a little white eye-shadow in the tear-duct and possibly a very thin line just above the eyelashes on the top lid. This is optional for the look as it is hard to say for sure that there is any, the white or light color in the corner of the eye may be foundation or condenser.)
- A powder eye-shadow for both is most likely
The eyeliner that Leia wears appears to be black, though brown would also work; a very, very thin line of eyeliner is applied to the top lid, that is latter almost completely covered by mascara. Below the lower lashes a thin line of eyeliner is applied under the eyelashes, (not on the water line, but below it). The liner does not extend all the way to the tear duct, but instead stopped close to 2/3rd of the way to the duct.
(Note: Leia’s eyeliner dose not have a wing or anything fancy, it is simple eyeliner that runs along the lashes both above and below.)
(Note: black mascara is worn on the lashes, which are natural look lashes, nothing special.)
- An eyeliner pencil is most likely, (liquid eyeliner is general glossy and would not be as accurate.)
Leia’s blush is close to, if not the same color as, her eye-shadow, the blush is applied to the entire apple of the cheek. In one large oval section from the cheek bone to the apple of the cheek, keeping at least two finger widths away from the mouth.
- Powder blush
A ruby pink lipstick with a slight gloss to it, the line follows the natural outline of the lip.
- Regular semi gloss lipstick in the right color,
- A non glossy lipstick in the right color with a clear gloss over the top
- 1970’s makeup techniques (Zabrena)
- 1970’s makeup article (Hair and Makeup Artist Handbook)
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