EXCLUSIVE: The Low-Down on Kristen and Dakota's 'Runaways' Makeup

02/23/2010 at 10:19 AM ET

Courtesy Make Up For Ever

With The Runaways slated to debut in theaters next month, Robin Mathews, the makeup artist who created Kristen Stewart‘s looks for the film (plus Twilight: New Moon and Eclipse!) reveals how she turned Stewart and costar Dakota Fanning (who played Jett’s band-mate Cherie Currie), into one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most iconic girl groups. “The Runways were only around for four years as a band but there was a tremendous amount of photographic documentation of them. I wanted to copy it identically and make sure that it wasn’t a modern take on the seventies,” says Mathews, who found herself in the unusual position of having the women she was recreating there in person to weigh in on the process. “Cherie and Joan were onset with us all the time, which was the biggest influence and help doing the makeup. All I had to do was ask them about makeup and have them sit next to Dakota or Kristen so I could compare facial structures.” In addition to cosmetically sculpting the actress’s faces to resemble the musicians, the key to each look was in the eyes. “I wouldn’t say Joan [Jett] originated the smoky eye — but she sure was one of the first to rock it before anyone else”- albeit with one distinct divergence from today: “The one difference between the smoky eye that’s really interesting is back in the ’70s they did not line in the rim of their eye.” For Cherie, makeup was all about experimentation. “They did this thing in the ’70s that we won’t do again today, where they winged the eye shadow to be like this crazy swoop at the side of the eye,” she explains. “I kept saying to Cherie, ‘How did you do that wing? It’s so difficult for me to get it perfectly even. And she was like, ‘Honey, we didn’t know what we were doing. It could have just been a mistake. We just did what we were doing!'” Transform yourself into the Runaways with Mathews’s video eye how-tos using some of the same Make Up For Ever products she used on-set — and enter to win a trip to the movie’s N.Y.C. premiere. –Katherine Kluznik Rentmeester

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Delana on

Whew! Thank God makeup has evolved. This look is great for movies, but is real life it is way too much! Kristen and Dakota look like mannequins here, and they are both beautiful girls otherwise.

Becky on

Kristen is an Ok looking girl but she can not hold a candle to Joan Jett. She is beautiful.

Elda on

Makeup does wonders!! Both look so different!!

Mizz Thang on

Oh, honey… you had no idea how fun it was to be so creative. I miss those days.

But Kristin Stewart looks NOTHING like the hot Joan Jett. I’m sad about that choice.

M on

Women and modern makeup these days are both so plain and boring; I like these looks much better.

B on

I am a huge fan of them both, and LOVE the make up!!! It looks great on them.

It must have been so much fun to do the roles for this movie. I can’t wait to see it, and I think they picked the best people for the parts!

Jon on

Interesting to hear!

Sylvie on

This is so cool!

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