DIY: 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)

Images from Cap-that.com

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.

DIY: Video Tutorial

Some Costumes That Feature Devorè Velvet

Tips and Techniques: Sewing Faux Fur

There are several costumes in Star Wars that require fur, faux fur specifically; the most notable are the Ewoks. Less noticeable is Queen Amidala’s Red Invasion gown from [The Phantom Menace], as well as the cape that goes with Amidala’s Senate Address gown from the same movie.

DIY: Video Tips and Techniques

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.)

Myths About Star Wars Hairstyles

One of the common myths about hairstyles in the Star Wars universe is that these intricate styles are achieved with a person’s own natural (often times long and thick) hair. In reality a combination of wigs, hair pieces and hair extensions, among other techniques, where used to give the length and volume needed for these styles. Princess Leia’s and Queen Amidala/Padmè’s hairstyles are commonly attributed to this myth. However, both Leia’s and Padmè’s hair is achieved through the for mentioned hair help. Within universe the characters achieve these hairstyles with wigs, hair filler and forms among means other than their own natural hair. In [Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Season: 3 Episode: 11, Pursuit of Peace,] a short scene near the end of the episode shows Padmè talking with her handmaiden Teckla Minnau. In the scene Teckla is holding Padmè’s senatorial wig/headdress which Padmè wears with her (blue and gold) senate dress from the Clone Wars TV show.

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(Cap-that.com) (Teckla Minnau, SWTCW: S:3 E:11)

A behind the scene photo of Padmè’s [Star Wars: The Phantom Menace] (black Coruscant) wig/headdress from [Padawan’s Guide] shows that the wearers real hair is tucked beneath the wig/headdress.

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(Padawan’s Guide Image)

Padmè’s (senate address) headdress from the same movie can also be seen here in makeup-chair, (Also from Padawan’s Guide).

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(Padawan’s Guide Image)

All in all, the notion that Star Wars hairstyles can and only should be achieved by your own natural hair is a myth in our galaxy and one far, far away.

 

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