The Force Awakens: Ray: Jakku Makeup Interview By Allure

  • Star Wars: How Actress Daisy Ridley Transformed Into Rey for The Force Awakens
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November 9, 2015

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By now, you’ve probably seen the trailer for the latest Star Wars installment, The Force Awakens. If you’re like me, you’ve already bought your tickets (come on, December 18!) But even a casual observer of the Star Wars phenomenon is probably at least a little bit curious about the massive film’s newest star, 23-year-old British actress Daisy Ridley. She plays the lead role of Rey, a droid scrapper living on the desert planet Jakku. “When we find Rey, she’s covered in grease and dirt. She’s been living alone for a long time,” says Amanda Knight, the film’s makeup-department head. “She’s dirty because she was scavenging parts from spaceships, so she had to really look like she’s hard-core and gets into fights. This girl kicks ass.” Here’s how Knight, hair designer Lisa Tomblin, and their teams brought Rey to life.

Minimal makeup. What does a droid scrapper wear for an even complexion that’s not trying too hard?Tom Ford. His Traceless Foundation is sheer and just a little glow-y. Knight flicked a few freckles on top with brown cream pigment. Knight added subtle warmth to Ridley’s cheeks with By Terry Brightening CC Lumi-Serum in Sunny Flash. “It’s very sheer, so it gives you a real sun-kissed look and the tiniest amount of contour,” she says.

Desert sands. Knight got down and dirty by tapping brown M.A.C. and Skin Illustrator pigments all over Ridley’s skin. But she also used actual dirt—or rather sand. “We took sand from the desert where we were filming and boiled it in water to sterilize it,” she says. “Then we’d stick it on Daisy’s face before each take. But it didn’t really matter. When she was filming fight scenes, she was facedown in the sand anyway. And there was nothing sterile about that at all. Poor Daisy really went through it.”

Her eyes. Ridley’s eyes were smoked out just a little bit (“J. J. [Abrams, the film’s director] didn’t want too much,” says Knight) with a dark-brown liner from Bobbi Brown that she smudged and smudged. She applied a taupe shadow just in the crease, then coated her lashes with Kanebo Sensai 38C mascara, an intense formula that locks onto lashes until it’s removed with superhot water (hence the name, or about 100 degrees Fahrenheit). “We didn’t want her looking like she had full mascara on. The Kanebo mascara has a tiny little brush; it worked well and didn’t smudge. We put it at the root and didn’t brush it all the way through,” she says.

The new buns. Rey wears her hair in three segmented buns (or “knobs,” as Tomblin calls them) throughout the film. “I tried to think of a style that was cool, practical, and different—and not so fussy,” says Tomblin. And of course, “it’s a nod to Princess Leia,” she says. To secure each knot, Tomblin chose a piece of brown wool. “It’s rustic, like something she’d find in the desert.”

Serious sun protection. On the Abu Dhabi desert set, sun protection was a top priority. (See? Even Jedis wear sunscreen!) “We took it very seriously,” says Knight. “In the morning, we’d apply SPF 50+ under Daisy’s makeup.” Knight also discovered a Banana Boat mist available locally. “We’d apply it to her face every hour. It didn’t mess up the makeup, and it wasn’t too shiny. As soon as the take was over, we’d duck under umbrellas. Not only was it over 100 degrees, but the reflection off the sand was brutal.”

 

 

 

(Here is another web sight that also has a similar article about the makeup used in The Force Awakens Making Star Wars)

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