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Natalie Portman: 'Star Wars: Episode II'

Natalie Portman: 'Star Wars: Episode II'

By Elyssa Lee
In Style

(In Style) -- With its high-flying action, fantastical creatures and galactic gadgets, the latest Star Wars installment may be many things -- but a chick flick?

"There is all the usual Star Wars wizardry going on in "Episode II," of course," says hairstylist Sue Love, "but this one is a love story." And a forbidden one at that, between Senator Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) and Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen).

Their secret affair can't stay hidden for long: "Natalie looks like a woman falling in love -- she glows," says makeup supervisor Leslie Vanderwalt. "I used a base that would stay very dewy and a soft cream blush." Sounds as if when it comes to reeling in Anakin, the force is definitely with her.


Love wanted to achieve a "romantic, gypsy" look. So after Portman's just-shampooed hair had dried naturally, Love added waist-length extensions to the actress's shoulder-length strands and set half-inch sections in heated rubber rollers for 15 minutes. She skipped brushing the hair in order to keep the ringlets intact. To open up Portman's face she swept back side sections above the ears and secured them with tortoiseshell hairpins.


Vanderwalt started with Lancôme Maqui-Libre foundation in Beige Naturel III. "I wanted a light base that would even out the skin tone but was sheer," she explains. To add a "peachy tone" to Portman's cheeks Vanderwalt applied Stila Convertible Color in Camellia on the apples of the cheeks. She finished with a dusting of Shu Uemura Loose Colorless powder.


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Vanderwalt brushed MAC Bark eye shadow on the lids and MAC shadow in Quarry on the brow bones before applying one coat of Max Factor 2000 Calorie mascara in black-brown to top lashes.


Wanting a shade similar to Portman's own lip color, Vanderwalt went with the obvious choice: a sheer Stila shade inspired by the star and called, appropriately, Natalie.

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