Twi’leks: Part 1: Lekku

Twi’lek’s are some of the oldest and best loved aliens in Star Wars; they are also some of the most varied representation within the movies and TV shows. This post is the first in a series braking down Twi’lek’s from the movies and TV shows.

Lekku:

Lekku are the head-tails, also known as, head-appendages, brain-tails and head-tentacles, that are the Twi’lek’s defining futures. Many of the ready-made for perches Lekku are not movie accurate, (that said, they are still good for costumes.)

Lekku Height & Position:

Often the main problem with these ready-made Lekku is that the tentacle is both too high and to close together and often leaving out the defining bulb shape at the base where the Lekku are attached to the skull. Aayla Securra and the background Twi’lek’s may be the reason for the height of the Lekku becoming exaggerated. Aayla’s Lekku are higher up on her head than all the other Twi’lek’s featured before her, However, all Twi’lek’s that are featured in the movies and TV shows of Star Wars have their Lekku lower then the top of their skull.

Female:

(Note: The Lekku also come out from the side of the head, not the top, the center of the female Lekku roughly fall in line with the temple generally.)

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(ROTJ: Oola: Lekku Lower Then Top Of Head, Center In Line With Temple From An Angle: See Yellow Line)
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(ROTJ: Lyn Me: Lekku Lower Then Top Of Head, Center In Line With Temple From An Angle: See Yellow Line)
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(AOTC: Aayla: Lekku Lower Then Top Of Head, Center In Line With Temple From An Angle: See Yellow Line)

Male:

Male Twi’lek’s Lekku are also lower then the top of the skull and also come out from the side of the head. However, they typical seem to come down from an angle more in the back of the skull, and lower down then female Twi’lek’s.

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(ROTJ: Bib Fortuna: Lekku Lower Then Skull And Lower Down)
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(SWTCW: S1.Ep21: Cham Syndulla: Lekku Lower Then Skull And Angled Down More From Back Of The Head)

Lekku Spacing:

The widths of the Lekku spacing is often too close in ready made items, in the movies the Lekku appear to be roughly about a hand width apart. Lekku come out of the back and side of the skull running towards the back, which is why they stay behind the shoulders. The width between the Lekku can be more then a hand width like on Oola,and Hera, both of which seem to have wider set Lekku.

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(ROTS: Aayla: Spacing Of Lekku)
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(SWTCW: S1.Ep21: Male Twi’lek: Lekku Spaced Apart)
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(ROTJ: Lyn Me: Lekku Spaced Apart)
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(ROTJ: Oola: Lekku Spaced Almost Width Of Head Apart)
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(AOTC: Aayla: Lekku Spaced Apart)

Female vs. Male Lekku

Female Twi’lek’s have their Lekku placed differently than males, for the most part female Lekku are higher up and out to the sides of the head more so then the males.

Male Lekku come out of the skull lower down at the base and back of the skull from behind the ears, they don’t have the base of the Lekku bulb shape as visible from the front the way females do.

Hera’s Lekku like many of the other female Twi’lek’s come out from higher up on her skull and out to the side more. Cham’s Lekku come out lower down on his skull and more from the back of his skull, they also angle downwards which is typical for the males. A general shape that female Lekku follow it a upside down U, where as male Lekku follow an upside down V shape.

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(SWR: S2.Ep15: Hera And Cham Syndulla: Lekku Placement)
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(SWTCW: S1.Ep19-21: U Shape of Female Twi’lek Lekku)
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(SWTCW: S1.Ep20: V Shape Of Male Lekku)

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Attack of the Clones: Purple Senate/Loyalist Committee Padmè Makeup: Movie Accurate

Like with all Lucas era media, the makeup in Star Wars follows two trends, the makeup styles of the time period the film was made in and a more neutral palette. Most of Padmè makeup from the Attack of the Clones is very neutral and mostly consists of light brown tones, and dusky pinks.

This look is the approximation from photos of Padmè’s Loyalist Committee/Purple Senate dress makeup.

Foundation:

Padmè’s foundation is natural looking, Padmè’s makeup should not be over done or leave her looking artificial. Any liquid foundation with a powder over top matched to your skin should work well. (Note: that other forms of foundation will also work, as long as they leave the skin looking natural.)

Eye-Shadow:

For this look Padmè wears a dark ashy taupe color on the back of her eye lid that is winged out and up a little past the edge of the eye-socked. Above the lid on the brown bone, as well as in the tear bucket/inner corner of the eye Padmè has a light, possibly white, highly.

 

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(AOTC: Padmè: Eye-shadow)
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(AOTC: Padmè: Eye-shadow: Light And Dark Colors)
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(AOTC: Padmè: Eye-Shadow Highlight)

Eyeliner/Mascara:

Padmè does not wear eyeliner with this look; instead some of the dark ashy taupe color that is winged on her upper lid is applied to the lower lid under her lash line. Padmè also appears to be wearing mascara, (Note: that noticeably false lashes are not used in this look.)

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(AOTC: Padmè: No Eyeliner)

Blush:

Padmè’s blush is a pinky brown or pinky nude color, it is applied to the cheek bones, starting from the bottom of the temple and extending down to the apple of her cheek. The blush is also applied a little below her cheek bones in a downward angle, onto the flat of her cheek.

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(AOTC: Padmè: Pinky Brown Blush)
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(AOTC: Padmè: Pinky Brown Blush)

Lipstick:

Padmè’s lipstick is a light pinky raspberry color in a semi gloss that is lightly applied to her natural lip shape.

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(AOTC: Padmè: Light Pinky Raspberry Lipstick)

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Attack of the Clones: Padmè Battle Arena Makeup: Movie Accurate

Lucas era Star Wars makeup tends to follow the trends of the time the movie was made as well as take the approach of a more neutral and subdued color palette. This look, like many that Padmè wears in [Attack of the Clones,] has a very natural look, with little to no color outside of the lipsticks.

(Note: This is the approximation from analogizing the photos of Padmè makeup, all of these suggestions should be plaid around with to fit each Padmè perfectly.)

Foundation:

Natural looking foundation, any foundation with a setting powder should work well, plus some concealer to give a finished look. It is very natural looking which is the key to most Star Wars makeup, (Padmè does not have any contouring in this look.) For the purposes of movie magic there are likely high-lights and low-lights that are not important to cover here.

Eye-Shadow:

As far as eye-shadow goes Padmè wears a warm light taupe brown only on the back of her upper eyelid.

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(Attack of the Clones: Battle Arena Padmè: Warm Light Taupe Brown)
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(Attack of the Clones: Battle Arena Padmè: Light Taupe Eye-Shadow)

There is a very light ashy taupe color, this color is only applied to the back of the lid; there is no color on the crease and brow bone, [no smoky eye]. (Note: occasionally the taupe color appears to be blended and winged out a very little past the outer corner of the eye. It is possible that there is a second lighter sandy-brown color that is almost undetectable on the eyelids outer corner and into the crease.)

Eyeliner/Lashes:

It does not appear that Padmè wears any eyeliner on her lower lid or water line, she may be wearing either a black or brown eyeliner on her upper lid just above her lash line, but it is almost undetectable and covered mostly by the mascara. You may consider skipping eyeliner and just go heavy on the mascara near the base of the lashes. She also appears to be wearing mascara, [but noticeably false lashes do not appear to have been used].

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(Attack of the Clones: Battle Arena Padmè: No Eyeliner)

Blush:

Padmè’s wears a pinky nude blush, and the application is very light and almost hard to see. The blush is applied to the apples of the cheeks and along in a narrow oval up to the cheek bone.

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(Attack of the Clones: Battle Arena Padmè: Blush In Pinky Nude)
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(Attack of the Clones: Battle Arena Padmè: Pinky Nude Blush)

Lipstick:

Padmè wears a pinkish light raspberry color in a semi gloss lipstick is applied to Padmè’s natural lip shape.

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(Attack of the Clones: Battle Arena Padmè: Lipstick)

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Devorè Velvet In Star Wars

Devorè velvet, also known as burnout velvet, is used a lot in Padmè’s clothing, and also in many other costumes throughout the prequel trilogy. Devorè velvet us usually made by using a blended fabric such as, silk/rayon. A blended fabric of portion based fibers like silk, and cellulose based fibers like rayon have a mild acid is used to eat away the cellulose threads leaving a shire cut out panel.

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Moire Fabric: Padme’s Deleted Scene Senate Gown (Attack of the Clones)

Moire Fabric

[Padmè Deleted Scene Senator Gown AOTC Fabric]

Moire fabric is likely the kind of fabric used in the body of the gown of Padmè’s deleted scene senatorial gown from (Attack of the Clones). Moire fabric is sometimes called watered silk and historically Moire was made into silk taffeta and now is made into other, sometimes synthetic, fabrics. For Padmè’s senatorial gown it’s likely to assume that it is made out of Moire silk taffeta, in gold.

  • Jo-anna’s Fabric’s has a cotton/polyester blend available online; the fabric can be purchased at other sites online as well. (Note: that cotton/polly will be hard to dye gold, an all natural fiber, or a synthetic in gold, would work best.)