Twilight Movie Makeup, Part 2

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It’s bubblegum/popcorn movie time, girls! Twilight opened in US theaters yesterday, and I *cannot* wait to plop my behind in a cushy movie chair with my $10 bag of popcorn for two hours of preternatural fun! Sometimes, I just need a little film fluff in my life, ya know?


The rockstars over at MAC did the makeup for the movie. Jeanne Van Phue, makeup department head for Twilight, must have had a blast turning all those hot actors into undead heartthrobs!


The Cullens…

Jeanne Van Phue, Makeup Department Head for Twilight

Q: How does the makeup for the “bad” vampires (James, Victoria and Laurent) differ from the Cullens?
A: The looks of the two didn’t differ that much. The pale skin was a constant. The differences were more apparent in their actions and facial expressions as opposed to makeup.

Q: Can you walk me through the looks of a few female members of the supporting vampire cast? What was the inspiration behind the looks for Rosalie, Alice and Esme; and what MAC products did you use to achieve their looks?
A: When designing the looks for the characters, you have to take into account the description of each in the book. Both Rosalie and Alice had a very similar look. Eyeliner was important to create depth to the eyes, as the skin was so pale. No blush or contouring was used. MAC products used were Blanc Type and Wedge Eyeshadows.

Q: Can you tell me about the makeup you used on the La Push werewolf characters (Jacob Black, Embry, etc.)?
A: Jacob doesn’t start exhibiting the werewolf characteristics until he hits manhood… The idea was to have him look like an average teenager [in the first film].

Q: Have you read any books in the TWILIGHT series? Are you Team Edward or Team Jacob?
A: I read the first book for this film, to become familiar with the story and the characters. I haven’t read any of the others yet, as I didn’t want to confuse the stories, while working on the first film. I hope to read the second book over the holidays. We didn’t work too much with Jacob on this film. I had the character of Edward in my chair everyday and fell in love with the character….so I guess I am Team Edward.

I wanted to catch a midnight showing on Thursday night but couldn’t swing it. I might have to wait until we get back from Florida. If you get to see it before me, don’t forget the popcorn! 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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  1. Janelle says:

    Hey Karen! I watched it at midnight on Thursday hehe. No popcorn though, I bought nachos! HAHA. I won’t spill anything cuz I want you to watch it with a clean slate.. and with your own opinion of the book. Check my blog to see my jersey hehe. I got a lot of compliments on it that night!

    Great interview! Hope Florida is treating you well.

    Janelle´s last blog post..Twilight Movie Opening!

  2. Glosslizard says:


    Hubby and I took the kids out to see Bolt last night, and when we got out there was a camp-out of folks waiting for the next Twilight showing! It looked like a lot of fun! I’m excited to see it too, but I gotta wait… gotta wait….. 🙂

  3. Katee says:

    I hope I don’t get in trouble for saying this…. But PLEASE, NO MORE TWILIGHT TALK!!! I am so sick of hearing about Twilight this, and Twilight that. All of the blogs that are supposed to be about beauty keep talking about this movie. I am so sick of hearing about it! Can’t we get back to lipgloss and eyeshadow pleeeeze?

    Katee´s last blog post..e-polishblog Weekend Update!

  4. Elena says:

    Hey Karen,

    Do you know who did the make-up for the cover? It really captures that classic vampire-mistress look that doesn’t quite fit the characters, but makes for a great photo. 🙂 I swear that during the entire film ::all:: I could do was watch the make-up! I kept coursing through all of the MAC products I spotted and was feeling very pleased with myself for doing so the entire time. 😛 It was a really fun experience to watch the book get adapted, regardless if you do (or don’t) end up loving the film.

    Have fun at the wedding today! 😀

  5. Ashley Samantha says:

    I totally went to see Twilight @ Midnight on Thursday and my reaction was pretty much “OMG!!!$%#@!!!!!!!!fangurlspazzzz!!!”
    And HOW CUTE was Alice Cullen?

  6. Karen says:

    Hi Janelle,

    I finally watched the movie! What did you think of it?

  7. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    How fun! How was Bolt? I want to see that, too!

  8. Karen says:

    Hi Elena,

    Aww, I wish I knew. It looks really neat, yah?

    What did you think of the movie?

  9. Karen says:

    Hi Ashley Samantha,

    LOL! She was too cute! A few characters looked *exactly* like I envisioned them. Did you like the film?

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