Attack Of The Clones: Review: Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread, Gold/Gold

Summery:

This products is simple to use, the color is a dark mat gold with a metallic gold thread accent. The product is good quality and is what you would expect from a crochet thread, the only con is with a lot of unraveling the gold metallic thread comes away from the base thread.

Products Pros:

  • Easily accessible
  • Affordably ($3.50, roughly)
  • Easy to use
  • Color seems accurate to movie

Products Cons:

  • Metallic Thread comes unwound with a lot of unraveling so if you need to restart your project several times this can be an issue.

Review:

Using Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread in Gold/Gold, is simple and very much like using any other crochet thread. The only complaints that can be maid about using the thread is that if you have to unravel your crochet several time, (3 or more) then the metallic gold thread will start unwinding from the old gold colored crochet thread base. This makes it more difficult to have a nice finished look and the metallic thread can get tangled on the hook and makes it difficult to crochet. However, if you don’t have to unravel your crochet thread, multiple times, it seems to be fine. The crochet thread is affordable and for the purposes of making Padmé’s bun covers only one skein is required. Be advised, while crocheting the thread can get twisted so much that it starts twisting in on itself, however, this seems to be more of a problem with the technique of crocheting instead of a product defect.

Star Wars Application:

Padmé’s meadow picnic bun covers in Attack of the Clones, the thread appears to be roughly the right gauge and color to the movie.

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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:

Luke Puttees ANH
(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:

The Last Command: Leia’s Flame Vest

The Heir To The Empire or Thrawn Trilogy was turned into a comic adaptation in the 1990’s. In the The Last Command, the 3rd part of that comic adaptation, Leia appears in a vest outfit very similar to her Bespin outfit from The Empire Strikes Back. I’m naming this outfit from the comics Leia’s Flame Vest outfit, because it has similarities to both Leia’s Bespin vest outfit and that coloration of Padme’s Flame handmaiden outfit from The Phantom Menace.

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(The Last Command: Leia’s Flame Vest)

Translating Cartoon To Reality:

When translating an outfit from drawn image to reality it is important to look at it as not a direct translation. A direct copy will end up looking cartnoonish, and if that is not the intention for the outfit then it will not have the desired effect. Keeping an eye towards proportion will help avoid a cartoonish look, however, this also requires interpretation about proportions comic characters are not proportional to real humans. That said the comic still provides good guide lines for how the end product should turn out.

It is also important to note that when a outfit is being rendered in the drawn medium that both highlights and low lights are used to give definition to the character. (Especially in clothing that is black in color, since it would be very hard to show any kind of definition in black colored cloths without them.) However, these high and low lights are not meant to represent the kind of fabric the outfit is made out of.

When translating an outfit decisions about where seems go, and specific details have to be made without much help from the source images as often they are not a detail that is shown. However, with this particular outfit, since it is so close in design to Leia’s Bespin Vest outfit using the details from that outfit for Leia’s Flame Vest would work well.

Fabric:

The Bespin outfit the Leia wears in TESB is made out of Crepe de Chine silk, it seems likely that this outfit too would be made out of a similar fabric. Avoiding shiny fabrics is a good idea, shiny fabrics are rarely used in Star Wars.

It is also important to note that when a outfit is being rendered in the drawn medium that both highlights and low lights are used to give definition to the character. (Especially in clothing that is black in color, since it would be very hard to show any kind of definition in black colored cloths without them.) However, these high and low lights are not meant to represent the kind of fabric the outfit is made out of.

Vest:

Vest Collar & Yoke:

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(TLC: Leia’s Flame Vest: Collar Is Red)

Similarity to Leia’s Bespin vest, the collar on Leia’s Flame Vest is a semi Mandarin collar, it seems to be fairly blunt in some of the pictures, however, the more detailed pictures suggest that the collar has a slight curing at the very ends. Leia’s vest collar dose not come up past her jaw, instead stopped half way up her neck, similar in proportion to Leia’s Bespin vest collar. The collar on Leia’s Flame Vest is a deep red color.

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(TLC: Leia’s Flame Vest: Collar)

Leia Vest Inspired

(TESB: Bespin Leia Vest Collar & Yoke)

The Yoke of Leia’s Flame Vest is burnt sunset yellow, the the yoke is similar is proportion and construction to Leia’s Bespin Vest. The soft diamond shape appears in the front and back of  the yoke on Leia’s vest is the same in both Leia’s Flame and Bespin Vests.

TLC1 Vest Level With Belt

Vest Body:

The body of the Flame Vest is deep red, and the construction appears like the Bespin vest. The red fabric is pleated or gathered which allows for a fuller skirt to the vest, see the pink arrows for the gathering. It’s likely pleated like the Bespin vest.

TLC1 Vest Pleets

The arm howl for the vest ends roughly around the top of the elbow, the arm opening appears to be oval or circular. Like with Leia’s Bespin Vest, the vest likely falls to around Leia’s ankles.

TLC1 Vest Arm Level With BeltTLC3 Sleeve Arm Vest

Dress:

The Color of the dress Leia wears under the Flame Vest seems to be char coal grey

Neck:

TLC2 Boat Neck Black DressThe neckline for the dress that Leia wears with the Flame Vest has a boat neckline,  

Sleeves:

TLC3 Sleeve LengthThe sleeves of the dress are strait sleeves, with a cropped length, they are longer then 3/4, however, they are not full length sleeves.

Dress Body:

TLC3 Pleeted SkirtThe skirt of Leia’s dress is sleeted or gathered, the dress falls most likely to her ankles, the dress also appears to have an A line or slightly wide skirt. It appears that Leia is wearing a fabric covered leather diamond shaped belt similar to her Bespin belt. However, it also appears that the waistline for this dress is a V shape where the gathered skirt it attacked, the bodice appearing to be fitted similarly to the Bespin tunic.

TLC5 Belt or Bodice

Hair:

Leia’s hairstyle that she wears with her flame vest is simple, and almost a combination between Hoth Leia hair and Bespin Leia hair. her hair has no part and instead is pulled back, a crown braid runs over the top of her head and the rest of her hair is left to hand down in a soft looping bubble that just touches her shoulders.

TLC2 No Part HairTLC3 Hair Shoulder LengthTLC2 Side Coyals Hair

Inspirations & Similarities:

Clearly Leia’s Flame Vest is inspired by Leia’s Bespin outfit, however, there are also some similarities to some of Padmé’s costumes that are featured in the prequels. These comics came out before the Prequel Trilogy so the similarities to this outfit from the Prequel’s outfits is more coincidental. However, it also attests to the fact that the artist had an eye for what would be appropriate for Star Wars fashion.

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(ROTS: Padmé’s Purple Senate Hairstyle) (Images From: The Padawans Guide)

 The Hairstyles that Leia wears with her Flame Vest Outfit, has a similar back to the lower half of Padmé’s Purple Senate Outfit from ROTS. The looped over bottom part of the hairstyle has a similar shape and volume.

Flame Vets Inpiration
(TPM: Padmé Flame Handmaiden)

The similarity in color patterns between the flame handmaiden outfit from TPM and Leia’s Vest is why I’ve named it Leia’s Flame Vest. The deep red color of the body of the vest is similar to that of the under-sleeves sleeves and hip sash on the flame handmaiden outfit. the yellow skirt of the flame handmaiden outfit also is similare in color to Leia’s flame vest, through in this picture the yellow is a darker shade on Leia’s vest then the skirt of the TPM dress.

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(TLC: Leia’s Flame Vest Collar & Yoke Similar to Leia’s Bespin Vest)

Leia’s Flame Vest, is very similar to the Bespin Vest she wears in The Empire Strikes Back. The collar and yoke are similar in construction, as well as shape and proportion.

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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)

Blood Stripes Tutorial:

Though sewing would be more secure, this method would also be a good one for Leia’s Endor Commando Pants. Leia’s Endor Commando Pants have a traditional blood stripe that is one continuous contrasting color. Whereas Han’s are an embroidered dashes line and this method would not work for them.

Star Wars Costumes That Feature Blood Stripes:

Attack Of The Clones: Padmé’s Fireside/Black Corset/Dinner Gown Hairstyle

In Attack of the clones, Padmé wears a black corseted dress for dinner with Anakin and then after by the fireside. With this dress Padmé’s hair is done in a elegant but fairly simple style. Like with all Star Wars hairstyles this one will require some hairpieces, to make the twisted coils that wrap around the braid. (See Myths about Star Wars Hairstyles)

Breakdown:

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(AOTC: Padmé Fireside Gown Hairstyle: Center Part)

Padmé wears a center part with this hair style, however, it ends on the top of her head, there is no back part to this hairstyle.

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(AOTC: Padmé Fireside Gown Hairstyle: No Back Part)

The front of Padmé’s hairstyle is sodtly swept back from the center part into the twist that starts just above the ear. The front is soft and allowed to swoop downto just cover the tops of her ears.

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(AOTC: Padmé Fireside Hairstyle:)

Side Twists:

Padm’s hair is twisted back away from her face on both sides, the twist stars roughly an inch or so above eyebrow  high. The twits is roughly an 1 1/2″ or so in width, and rolled tightly until gathered at the base of her neck into one tail.

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(AOTC: Padmé Fireside Gown Hairstyle: Side Twist)
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(AOTC: Padmé Fireside Gown Hairstyle: Side Twist)

The twist that Padmé wears on both sides of her head follow the base line of her hairline in the back, they also start roughly right around the top of the ears.

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(AOTC: Padmé Fireside Gown Hairstyle: Twist Starts Before Ear)

The Tail:

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(AOTC: Padmé Fireside Gown Hairstyle: Three Strand Braid)

The tail of Padmé hairstyle is a simple 3 strand braid, the braiding ends roughly mid shoulder-blade on Padmé which is also roughly about where the crease of her arm occurs.

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(AOTC: Padmé Fireside Gown Hairstyle: Twisted Coil Wraps Around Hair)

Wrapped around the outside of Padmé’s braid is a twisted coil of hair, (this is a secondary hair piece that is added and no part of her natural hair, note the difference in color.) The twisted coil that wraps around the outside of Padmé’s braid stars at the base of her skull where the beginning of 3 strand braid starts and stops at the end of the braid as well. The twisted coil appears to be braided in a three strands braid manner, using the braid as the middle strand.

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(AOTC: Padmé Fireside Gown Hairstyle: Three Hidden Elastic Under Twisted Coil)

Padmé’s three strand braid is likely secured by a small elastic, and this is covered by the end of the twisted coil.

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(AOTC: Padmé Fireside Gown Hairstyle: Tail Of The Hairstyle Is Loose And Curled)

The end on Padmé hairstyle hangs loose from roughly mid shoulder blade, the very end of the tail also has a but of a curl.

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(AOTC: Padmé Fireside Gown Hairstyle: Braid Length)

The tail of Padmé’s hairstyle ends roughly elbow length.

Things You Will Need:

  • Brush & Comb
  • Synthetic Braiding Hair
  • Felxi Rode Curlers
  • Hair Elastics
  • Hair Pins

 

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Prequel Trilogy: Padmé Curls

Padmé has many hair styles thrghout the Prequel Trilogy, often when Padmé’s hair isn’t in an official style she wears it hair in curls. Padmé’s curls are usually medium to small size curls that fall in soft romantic rings, it is also important to note that Padmé also has different kinds of curl patterns depending on the outfit. Studying reference images helps to get an idea of what kind of curl patterns are needed. Like with all costuming, study the reference images for proportion, and adjust to fit your own unique features from there is one of the best places to start.

See larger size images on the DIY Galaxy Tumblr:

(Attack of the Clones)

 

 

 

 

(Revenge of the Sith)

 

 

 

 

How To Curl Hair:

There are a lot of different method to curling hair, the main two being heat and heartless curls. If you have naturally curly hair you may want to change your curl pattern, (the natural way your hair curls,) to one more similar to Padmé.

Helpful Tips:

Before curling your hair some tips that can help, use a product in your hair such as, moose, curling serum, or hair spray. Also consider using hairspray on the curls after the curls are finished forming.

When curling hair, wrap the curl on the wand or the roller in the opposite direction every other curl, (curl 1 away from the face, curl 2 towards the face ext.) This helps prevent the curls from tangling together and helps keep them more defined as separate curls.

When using a heat tool using a heat protective product can help keep the heat tool from damaging your hair.

Curling Wand/Heat Curls:

Heatless Curls:

Wig Caps:

Images From: The Padawans Guide & Cap-That.com

Attack of the Clones: Padmé Varykino – Lake Retreat Robe: Lattice/Canadian Smocking

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(AOTC: Padmé Varykino Robe) (Images From: The Padawans Guide)

Lattice or Canadian smoking is the type of smocking used on the robe Padmé wears with her nightgown in Attack of the Clones at the Lake Retreat (follow link to see picture). Like with a lot of smocking the pattern is laid off of a square grid and sown by hand. The material used is likely velvet, because smoking fabric eats up length and width you will need more fabric then will take to make the robe without smocking.

Note: for making this project it will be easier to smock the fabric before cutting out your pattern.

 

 

 

 

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Attack of the Clones: Purple Senate/Loyalist Committee Padmé Makeup

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 Padmé 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 Padmé’s Loyalist Committee/Purple Senate dress makeup.

Foundation:

Padmé’s foundation is natural looking, Padmé’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 Padmé 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 Padmé has a light, possibly white, highly.

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

Eyeliner/Mascara:

Padmé 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. Padmé also appears to be wearing mascara, (Note: that noticeably false lashes are not used in this look.)

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(AOTC: Padmé: No Eyeliner)

Blush:

Padmé’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: Padmé: Pinky Brown Blush)
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(AOTC: Padmé: Pinky Brown Blush)

Lipstick:

Padmé’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: Padmé: Light Pinky Raspberry Lipstick)

Images From Cap-That.com

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Attack of the Clones: Padmé Battle Arena Makeup

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 Padmé 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 Padmé makeup, all of these suggestions should be plaid around with to fit each Padmé 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, (Padmé 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 Padmé wears a warm light taupe brown only on the back of her upper eyelid.

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(Attack of the Clones: Battle Arena Padmé: Warm Light Taupe Brown)
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(Attack of the Clones: Battle Arena Padmé: 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 Padmé 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 Padmé: No Eyeliner)

Blush:

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

Lipstick:

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

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

Images from Cap-that.com