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).
(Note: the color of Leia’s eye shadow is blush pink but the shade is an acid pink color in the movie, however, other tones may have be to plaid around with for each individual Leia’s makeup.)
(Note: According to Vintage Makeup Guide in 1978 “The new trick – think of your cheek colour as an eye colour.”)
Above the eye crease and below the eye-brow there appears to be a light taupe color on the brow bone.
(The brown/taupe eye-shadow tone is a dusty and warm color in shade and tone, again like with all of Leia’s makeup the colors that are used in the movies may not work well for every Leia, and there may have to be some adjustment in color and tone for each individual Leia.)
The lighter line that sometimes appears above the black eye-liner on Leia’s makeup is most likely caused by the edge of the black eye-line blending slightly with the eye-shadow. (From applying the makeup it seems this is the most likely reason for this appearance in the makeup sometimes.)
(However, white eyeliner was sometimes used in the 1970’s. “White eyeliner worn directly behind black…” ~ Hair & Makeup Artist Handbook) however, this dose not appear to be the case in Leia’s makeup it is important to understand makeup trends from the time period in which the movies where made.)
- A powder eye-shadow for both is most likely, however, creams where also used in the 1970’s.
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 later almost completely covered by mascara. Below the lower lashes a thin line of eyeliner is applied under the eyelashes, (Note: eyeliner is not on the water line, but below the lashes). 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: The light or white color that may appear on Leia’s eyelid could be white eyeliner. “White eyeliner worn directly behind black…” ~ Hair & Makeup Artist Handbook)
(Note: Black mascara is worn on the lashes, which are natural look lashes, nothing special or extra.)
- 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.
(Note: According to Vintage Makeup Guide in 1978 “The new trick – think of your cheek colour as an eye colour.”) this may explain why Leia’s eyeshadow and blush are similar in color.
- Powder blush, though cream was also used at the time
A ruby pink lipstick with a slight gloss to it, the line follows the natural outline of the lip, overdrawing the lips was not done for Leia’s makeup.
- 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)
- Glamour Daze Vintage Makeup Guide 1970’s
- 1970’s Eyebrows Guide
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