Methods For Drafting Star Wars Patterns Part – 1 Piece & Preexisting Patterns

There are no patterns as of yet that are available for the movie accurate Costumes of Star Wars. So where to start? Well it depends on what you want to costume for? Assuming that you want the costume for movie accurate costuming purposes then there are 3 basic options. In this post we’ll talk about the piece together preexisting patterns options.

Note: As to date none of the official or none official sold Star Wars costume patterns are accurate to the screen (that you can buy in stores such as Simplicity, Butterick or Jo-ann’s Fabric ect.).  This includes the patterns sold in the 1970’s and though they are good places to start if your interested in them, however, don’t drop a lot of money on them and expect your getting the real thing. We’ve seen them being resold by online sellers from $40 – $60+ and we really think this is not grate as they originally retail for much less and again are not accurate to the movie. So here are some other options.

Overview:

Maybe the lest intimidating piecing together or using already existing patterns can be a good place to start. You can find a pattern that already is similar to your needs and use it strait without any alteration. You can use a pattern that is similar and alter it to be more accurate. Or piece several existing pastern together to make a more accurate version of the pattern you need.

Maggie’s Costuming Site talks a little about this in her wright up of the making of her Padme Tatooine Pancho costume. Here she talks about what patterns she used that already where made by a pattern company. As you can see from her pictures she had very good results from this method of creating a pattern. KayDeealso has a grate example of using already existing patterns are a starting point for her costume making.

Pros:

  • Similar for beginner sowers
  • Easily accessible for almost everyone
  • Saves time of pattern drafting

Cons:

  • If buying knew can be expensive
  • Lots of time looking for a pattern that is the right
  • Having to alter patterns to be the right

TPM: Japor Snippet

The Japor Snippet is a small carved pendent that Anakin gave Padme on the ship while leaving Tatooine in The Phantom Menace. Padme is later buried with the Japor Snippet in Revenge Of the Sith.

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(The Japor Snippet)
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(An hour glass shape)

The Japor Snippet has a squared hour glass shape to it. The sides have a crescent shaped dip cut out of them to make this hour glass shape. Also Note: that all the corners are squared, even those by the crescent cut out on the sides.

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(Japor Snippet: Size and Proportion)

For an Example of proportions: if the height of the Snippet is 1″ inch then the width of the base and widest part across would be 5/8th” and the smaller middle crescent part would be 3/4. The thickness of the snippet would be 1/4th”. This is not to say that these are the measurements but an example of ratio.

The Snippet in height is roughly the same length as Padme’s thumb from the knuckle to the tip. The width across the front is only slightly less then the height. Keep in mind that the front and back faces of the snippet are slightly curved.

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(Circle Markings)

The circle markings on the Japor Snippet appear in 4 places on the front, note: that the largest outer circle is a crescent, the middle circle is within that and a small center dot is inside that. Also Note: that the small dot is slightly off center in all the circles except on the very bottom by Padme’s thumb.

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(Image By” DIYTGOSW: Japor Snippet Circle Pattern Example)
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(Star Marks)

The Japor Snippet has 2 or 4 cross hatch star marks, these four pointed star marks are cut deep into the snippet, the top one being a whole for the cord to go through. the bottom one is not all the way through the snippet but it is also very deep. on the sides at the thinnest point of the side dip there is either two more star marks or possible just two strait cuts. it’s hard to tell, we think it might be star marks slightly obscured by the groove cut into the side of the dipped section.

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(Center Framing Markings)

The little picture frame/cross hatch markings on the middle of the snippet’s face are cut semi deep. deeper then the circles but not as deep as the star marks. Note: that the corners of these marks over lap making two little tails at every corner.

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(The Wavy Lines)

The wavy lines on the face of the snippet are but only a little less deep then the square  hatched frame in the center. These lines are very, very, very soft ‘S’ shaped  curves. There are 4 of them and they end right before the corners of the snippet.

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(Side Groove On Snippet)

On the side of the small inside dip of the center part of the snippet there is a shallow groove cut just within the crescent shaped dip.

The Phantom Menace: Queen Amidala Royal Makeup: Part – 2

Queen Amidala, and other queens of Naboo, have some very recognizable makeup, this post is about Queen Amidala’s makeup, which, while having similar makeup, other Queen’s of Neboo have slightly different makeup and will not be featured in this Amidala specific post. 

These are good videos the show the application technique for the Queen Amidala makeup.

(Note: That the makeup technique for applying is helpful, however, it it not movie accurate.)

(Note: These may also help with the application of makeup for other Queens from Naboo, however, other Queens of Naboo’s royal makeup is not the same as Amidala’s even though it is similar so there will be some differences.)

 

Makeup Application To Avoid For Movie Accurate Makeup:

  • Winged Eyeliner
  • Eye Shadow (of any kind, other then white for setting powder)
  • Tight Lining Or Lining The Water Line
  • Colors Other Then White For The Setting Powder
    • (Note: using setting powder other then true no color or if you can’t get that white will change the color of the cream base)
  • Forgetting To Use Red Setting Powder For The Lips And Dots, which can result in smearing
  • Colors Other Than White For The Base
    • (Note: the makeup used in the movie was a porciline white, it is a warmer softer white not as harsh as clown white.)
    • (When its suggest that colors other then white should not be used, this means that even the lightest shade of regular foundation is not going to be light enough for Queen Amidala’s face base makeup, the makeup used in the film was a specific movie foundation.)
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(TPM: Queen Amidala: Royal Naboo Makeup Chart) (Images From: Fit For A Queen)

A Transcript Of The Queen Amidala’s Makeup Chart Is Below:

(Note: Underlined words are words that can not be clearly deciphered)

PORCELAIN ‘WHITE’  BASE COLOUR: RCMA IVORY. CHANNEL 01 EAVB, PONDER LUMERE PRESSE

SCULPT EYES, BROWS: (BROWN/BLACK)

EYE LINER (BROWN/BLACK) + MASCARA: GIVENCHY PRIZM TOME

*PILLAR BOX* OR BRIGHT RED

DOTS EITHER SIDE OF CHEEKS

‘LIKE’ LIP PEN

+ SAME COLOUR ON TOP LIP

+ SEMI-CIRCLE ON LOWER LIP.

NARS FIRE DOWN BELOW.

LANCOME EW?VCIL BLACK MAICAEA? OR MAICACA

WHITE BASE COLOUR

THE RESULT OF THIS MAKE UP GIVER A JAMNESE ‘KISUKI’ EFFERT, SO MUST BE EXECUTED WITH BOLDNESS FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT,

Makeup Suggestions:

  • When applying Queen Amidala makeup remember to color in the eyebrows and pay attention to the shape that is seen in the movie.
  • Use brown/black instead of true black may help keep the dark color without having a harsh line. 
  • RCMA has a no color powder that may be helpful for setting the base face makeup without changing the color and without using a white powder which may also change the color a little.

Makeup:

The Phantom Menace: Queen Amidala Royal Makeup Part – 1

Queen Amidala’s Royal Naboo Makeup, though similar to other queens of Naboo, is unique to her. This is a breakdown of the approximation of Amidala’s makeup placement and techniques. We will be looking at both Padme and Sabe wearing the makeup because Sabe is wearing the Amidala makeup as her decoy. Colors and brands will be covered more in part – 2 of this post.

Breakdown:

Face Base:

Queen Amidala’s white face makeup is cream makeup base from RCMA. This was made special for the Star Wars movies by the company. An important note about this makeup is that though it is called Porcelain, other makeup’s with that name are not the same shade. In this case it means that it is a specific shade of white with a warm under tone to it which was special made for the Star Wars’s movies. The white base covers the entire face and is lightly applied over the ears and down the neck. Note that the white base is blended more with the skin on the ears and neck so make a less harsh white color.

 

Eyes & Eyebrows:

the royal Amidala makeup has a eyeliner and masquara as well, both are applied lightly, the liner applied above and blew the lashes, not at all on the water lines. The liner is also slightly smudgy so it is not a harsh line.

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(Amidala eyeliner lightly applied)
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(Sabe eyeliner lightly applied)

The eyebrows are filled in too lightly, the brow is filled in naturally, not over drawn, but simply to make a darker more dramatic line.

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(Amidala eyebrows filled in, natural shape)

The image of Amidala in the makeup chair is very nice because it shows not only the application of the brow liner, but also shows the lid clearly, though this is in the middle of the makeup so we cannot know for sure, it is a good bet that only setting powder is applied to the lids, no real color. We do think that maybe it’s a white or pearl white possibly, however, a no color setting powder would also do very well.

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(Amidala in makeup chair, filling in eyebrows)

Cheek Dots:

The cheek dots are the same color as the lips, which in this case is Nars Fire Down Red.

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(Amidala cheek dots, center lines up with outer edge of eye ring)
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(Amidala cheek dots, center lines up with outer edge of eye ring)

Looking at the placement of the cheek dots we can see that the center of the dots lines up roughly under the outer edge of the iris ring.

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(Outer edge of cheek dot lines up with outer corner of eye)
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(Outer edge of cheek dot lines up with outer corner of eye)

The outer edge of the cheek dots line up roughly with the outer corner of the eye.

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(Center of cheek dots line up with center tip of nose)

The cheek dots center are roughly in line with the tip of Padme’s nose, as you can see in the images below for both Padme and Sabe the lines below and above the dots are more or less in line with the tip of their noses. amidala makeup 11

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Lips:

The lips are the same color as the cheek dots, the top lip in filled in naturally with no over drawing. the bottom lip is filled in white with the face base with a small rectangle of the red lip color in the center of the lip. This lower stripe of lip color is squared at the bottom, though some pictures show a slightly more pointed angle to it bottom lip, the majority of the images show it to be square. This lower lip stripe is also roughly the width of the philtrum.

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Images From:

Star Wars Franchise: Working With Synthetic Braiding Hair

Hair is one of the most stunning pieces of costuming in the Star Wars franchise, however, sometimes working with synthetic hair can be difficult. Here are some suggestions that might make working with synthetic hair easier.

Why Synthetic Hair?:

Synesthetic hair is a better option for making hair pieces for achieve Star Wars hair styles then human hair in most cases. Often times human hair is unethically sourced so avoiding it is a good idea, unless you know it’s origins. That said, if your human hair can he ethically sourced then it can also work well, however, it is always going to be a less affordable option.

Some articles that break down the ethical issues of  human hair extensions

Synthetic hair is also more affordable, for many of the hairstyles in Star Wars a lot of hair is required, and that can become very expensive. Synthetic hair like Kenekalon Braiding Hair and other brands like it are typically a more affordable option when buying a lot of hair. Synesthetic hair can also hold up longer then human hair when taken care of

Another alternative to human hair is horse hair, buying horse hair extensions, they are less affordable and depending on the sealer may also be unethically sourced. However, as an option, the hair is natural and looks so.

Weight, real human hair can be heavy, synthetic hair is often times lighter weight then real hair and can be worn longer because of this.

Styling products, when styling with synthetic hair, styling products such as hair spray or moose, are not needed, because the hairs are all the same length unless altered there are few if any fly-always that need to be smoothed.

Hair Color:

When using synesthetic hair for a costuming it can be hard to find a matching color, this is partly due to the fact that natural hair is not one color, humans have several different colors making up teach individuals hair including high-light and low-lights. Synesthetic hair is typically one color, and it’s hard to match and make it look natural right out of the package. For a more natural look blending 2 too 3 colors of hair together will help, see video for tutorial on blending. (Note: for making hair look more natural, using more of the base color and chose a smaller amount of your high-lights and low-lights.)

Hair Texture:

2 of the main textures for synesthetic hair are natural or yaki and silky, both will work great, however, most Star Wars hairstyles in the movies use a silky finish, this is not as important when doing a hairstyle such as Classic Leia (a.k.a Political Gown Leia), however, most of the headdresses that Queen Amidala wears require silky hair finish to be used, such as her Red Invasion Gown headdress.

Tangling:

Synesthetic hair can tangle easily, so to untangle it start by brushing or combing depending on the need, at the ends and slowly working up the tail of the hair. Starting at the top and going to the ends will only make the tangling worse and more difficult to get out. Sometimes using fingers to come the hair can be easier then a brush, and if using a brush a wig brush would probably work better then a normal hair brush. For general untangling and styling a wide toothed come works grate.

Washing:

For some people synthetic hair can be itchy right out of the package, to remove the coating the hair comes with make a bath or water and vinegar and let the hair sock a while, then rinse and let dry. This processes might be easiest if the hair is still in its loosely braided form that it comes in right out of the package.

 

Storing:

Storing the synthetic hair for reuse, put a fabric covered elastic at the center of the hair bundle and loosely braid the hair. Coil the braid into a circle and place inside a hairnet. See Alexa Poletti’s video on storing wigs.

Resources:

Star Wars: Puttees

Throughout both Lucas trilogies and the New EU movies, Puttee’s have been used in Star Wars costuming. (Puttee’s are leg wrappings that cover from the ankle up to the knee.) Luke Skywalker is the most recognizable character in Star Wars that wears Puttees, Luke in A New Hope wears putties with his boots throughout the movie as part of his Tatooine moisture farmer outfit. However, many other characters also wear puttees in Star Wars, Anakin as a slave in The Phantom Menace, as well as Shmi Skywalker, Padmé (Amidala) Naberrie, in her peasant disguise. And in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Galen Erso wears puttee’s with his farmer outfit. Own Lars also wears puttees in the end of Revenge of the Sith.

According to Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy, Luke’s puttees or leg wrappings are made out of soft suede. and unlike WWI puttees, Luke’s leg wraps do not appear to be held in place by a ribbon tape, instead double sided adhesive tape may have been used.

Original Trilogy:

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(ANH: Luke Tatooine Farmer: Luke’s Putees) (Images From The Padawans Guide)
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(ANH: Luke Puttees) (Images From: Stat Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy)
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(ANH: Luke Tatooine Farmer: Luke’s Putees) (Images From: Cap-That.com)

Prequel Trilogy:

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(TPM: Padmé Peasant Disguise Puttees/Leg Wrappings) (Images From: The Padawans Guide)
Anakin Puttees
(TPM: Anakin Puttees) (Images From: Cap-That.com)
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(ROTS: Own Lars Moisture Farmer: Puttees) (Images From: Cap-That.com)

New EU:

Luke in the New Expanded Universe movies, The Force Awakens, wears what appear to be short puttees. Short puttees typically go around the ankle, Luke’s appear to go a little higher then short puttees usually go, but they are not full length or long puttees.

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(TFA: Luke Skywalker Short Puttees) (Images From: Google Images)
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(RO:ASWS: Galen Erso: Farmer Outfit: Puttees) (Image From: Google Images)

What Are Puttees:

Puttees are a wrapping around the lower legs that became very common for militaries to wear at the turn of the nineteenth century. There are two kinds of puttees, long (that wrapped all the way up from the ankle to the knee) and short puttees (that only wrapped around the ankle and a little up the calf.) The long Puttees that were worn during the turn of the nineteenth century were roughly 3 ½” to 4” in width and around 9 ft. long. Puttees help keep the elements out of boots while also protecting and supporting legs.

How To Wrap Puttees:

 

Images:

Star Wars: Blood Stripes

Blood Stripes appear in several Star Wars costumes (blood strips are the different colored stripes that go down the sides of paints.) The stripes appear in all of Han Solo’s costumes, which is likely why in the Legends EU, they are called Corellian Blood Stripes.

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(ROTJ: Han Solo: Blood Stripes On Pants) (Images From: Cap-That.Com)

However, blood stripes also appear on Leia’s Commando outfit in (ROTJ), Luke’s end metal ceremony pants in (ANH) and also in the battle handmaiden outfit that Padmé as well as her handmaidens wears in (TPM).

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(ROTJ: Leia’s Commando Pants: Blood Stripe) (Images From: Cap-That.com)
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(ANH: Luke End Ceremony: Pants Blood Stripe) (Image From: Link Here, this is the only image I could find of Luke’s end ceremony pants)
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(TPM: Handmaiden: Blood Stripes) (Images From: Cap-That.com)

Typically blood stripes are made out of one continuous piece of fabric; this is how the stripes on Leia’s commando pants are done. However, Han’s stripes are done differently, instead of being a single stripe of fabric; Han’s stripes are actually embroidered in a dashed line.

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(ROTJ?: Han Solo: Blood Stripes) (Images From: The Padawan’s Guide)

Star Wars Costumes That Feature Blood Stripes:

Twi’lek’s: Part 6: Orn Free Taa

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

What Is Orn Free Taa?:

Compared to all other Twi’lek’s, whether for the Original Trilogy, Prequel Trilogy, or in any of the other Star Wars media, Orn Free Taa is drastically different then all the others. 

Fingers:

Where all other Twi’leks from both the original and prequel trilogies, as well as all other Star Wars media, have five fingers. Orn Free Taa has three, this is never explained as to way. Below is a picture of Orn Free Taa next to Cham Syndulla, it is very clear that Cham, a typical male Twi’lek, had four fingers and a thumb and Orn Free Taa has three and a thumb.

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(SWTCW:S1:Ep 21: Orn Free Taa Three Fingers)

Lekku:

Where all other Twi’lek’s represented in Star Wars media have two Lekku, Orn Fee Taa has four; two that hang on either side of his face and over his shoulders, and two that hang down his back like regular Lekku.

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(SWTCW: S1:Ep22: Orn Free Taa Four Lekku)

Ears:

Orn free Taa has humanoid ears like other male Twi;leks, however, his are much smaller then any of the other male Twi’lek’s, strangely small in fact. This goes for his live action movie as well as the cartoon.

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(SWTCW:S1:Ep22: Orn Free Taa Ears Are Smaller The Normal)
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(Orn Free Taa: Small Ears) (Image From: Unknown)

Similarities To Other Twi’lek’s:

Orn Fee Taa has pointed teeth, yellow eyes, regular body color and skin patterning, he also has pointed humanoid ears, however, as mentioned above, they are much smaller then other Twi’lek’s ears.

So why these differences? A theory could be just about anything, elective surgery, a terrible accident, born with a birth defect? We may never know, whatever the story is, it has got to be interesting.

The Most likely reason for Orn Free Taa looking this way and the differences from other Twi’lek’s is what they say about the character. All costumes and character desinges tell us something about them, Orn Free Traa is no exception. The idea behind his character is excess, he has excess in everything about him, even down to having twice as many Lekku.

(Send a link to any fan fictions about why Orn Free Taa does not look like other Twi’lek’s by leaving a comment on this post with a link or a message on the DIY Galaxy Tumblr. Love to see them 🙂 )

Twi’lek’s: Part 5: Hats & Headgear

Hats and Headgear:

Females:

Most female Twi’lek’s wear a little hat like headgear or headdress, this is most likely due to the practical need of hide hairlines and Lekku seems.

These hats seem to be only worn by the female Twi’lek’s and have several popular variations, but they almost universally cover the ears, hairline, including the back of the head, and side of the head. Often times they have spaces for the ear-cones to show through.

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(AOTC: Senate Twi’lek’s: Hat’s Leave Space For Ear-Cones)

Concept art for Oola, shows the inspiration of the Twi’lek hats, Oola’s human design has a hat that covers much less of the head. A gag was included originally as well in the concept design, and the ear-cons appear to have originally been a part of the headdress. (Images By: DIY The Galaxy of Star Wars) (Images From: The Art of Return of the Jedi: Star Wars Book)

 

Sometimes these hats have chin straps, such as Oola, Hera and Aayla’s.

 

Some of these hats cover the cheeks with little flaps

 

While others don’t cover hem at all.

 

Many of the hat’s feature medallions on the forehead.

 

Some of the hats cover the ear-cones, such as Oola and Hera and the child Twi’lek, they can sometimes be decorative when covering the ear-cones.

 

These hats can be completely decorative such as those of senate Twi’lek’s, or only have decorative parts, such as Oola’s.

 

Some of these hats come in multi colors,

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while others come in brown which seems to be a popular color,

 

Or, like Hera and Numa, have different colors and patterns on their hats and they also cover more of the Lekku.

 

In combination with these hats some Twi’lek’s wear their Lekku wrapped in strips of fabric or leather or with a sleeve over them. These can be done only a little or almost all over the Lekku, or not done at all.

 

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Males:

Males typically don’t wear hats, a few wear helmet like hat,

 

For the most part the males only form of decoration or headgear is wrapping their Lekku.

 

Some don’t wear any form of Lekku decoration at all.

 

Some Images from Cap-That.com

Twi’lek’s: Part 4: Brows & Teeth

Brows:

Twi’ek’s have a widely varied representation in Star Wars; eyebrows are one of the facial features that seem to vary a little. Pretty much all female Twi’lek’s have human-like hair eyebrows, Oola, Aayla, the purple Twi’lek singer Lyn Me, Hera, Numa and more all have this feature.

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(SWTCW: S1.Ep14: Aayla: Human-like Eyebrows)
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(SWR: S2.Ep15: Numa: Human-like Eyebrows)
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(ROTJ: Oola: Human-like Eyebrows)

Males on the other hand seem to have large and heavy brow that protrude out from the forehead. Bib Fortuna has one of the largest brows seen in Twi’leks. Cham Syndulla and other male Twi’lek’s seen throughout Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars also seem to share this heavy bulbous brow. And also do not appear to have hair on their brows.

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(ROTJ: Bib Fortuna: Heavy Brow)
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(SWTCW: S1.Ep21: Cham Syndulla: Heavy Brow)

Teeth:

The shapes of Twi’lek teeth tend to follow to veins, female Twi’leks tend to have flat human-like teeth. Aayla Securra, Hera, Oola and others all have these kings of teeth.

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(STR: S2.Ep15: Hera Syndulla: Flat Teeth)
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(ROTJ: Oola: Flat Teeth)

Male Twi’lek’s tend to have pointed teeth, like Bib Fortuna and Cham Syndulla, however, a little Twi’lek boy from the Clone Wars has flat teeth. It seems that male Twi’lek’s may vary between pointed and flat teeth.

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(ROTJ: Bib Fortuna: Pointed Teeth)
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(SWTCW: S1.Ep21: Cham Syndulla: Pointed Teeth)
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(SWTCW: S2.Ep10: Twi’lek Boy with Flat Teeth)

Images from Cap-That.Com