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Details on the makeup used on Daisy Ridley to bring Rey to life in Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

Jenna Rosenstein of Allure wrote a piece on how Daisy Ridley transformed in a scavenger from Jakku named Rey for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I assume Rey’s makeup on Takodana and the Starkiller Base is slightly different than what was used on Jakku. The article seems to primarily be about Rey’s Jakku look. I did my best to add Amazon links to the makeup for cosplayers or those that are curious about the products mentioned.


Amanda Knight, the lead makeup artist on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, describes Rey’s look:

“When we find Rey, she’s covered in grease and dirt. She’s been living alone for a long time,” says Amanda Knight, the film’s makeup-department head. “She’s dirty because she was scavenging parts from spaceships, so she had to really look like she’s hard-core and gets into fights. This girl kicks ass.”


Rey’s make up consisted of Tom Ford’s Traceless Foundation, with some brown cream pigment and “By Terry Brightening CC Lumi-Serum” in “Sunny Flash” for her cheeks. Knight says:

“Then we’d stick it on Daisy’s face before each take. But it didn’t really matter. When she was filming fight scenes, she was facedown in the sand anyway. And there was nothing sterile about that at all. Poor Daisy really went through it.”


J.J. Abrams didn’t want Rey’s eyes to look too smoky so they used “a dark-brown liner from Bobbi Brown” “Kanebo Sensai 38C mascara.” Knight:

We didn’t want her looking like she had full mascara on. The Kanebo mascara has a tiny little brush; it worked well and didn’t smudge. We put it at the root and didn’t brush it all the way through


Rey’s hair is an homage to Princess Leia. Each of her buns is tied with piece of brown wool which would be something Rey might find on Jakku and use for her hair. Each day while filming in Abu Dhabi they would apply SPF 50+ to Daisy Ridley’s face before making her up. Her skin has brown M.A.C. and Skin Illustrator pigments along with real Abu Dhabi dirt.

Head over to Allure and read the full article and further details!

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