“Edie was a chameleon,” says Kate Biscoe, the make-up artist who transformed Sienna Miller into the saddest icon of the sixties for the film, “Factory Girl.” “She felt protected by being androgynous.” While working on the film, Biscoe learned some fascinating trivia about Sedgwick that explains her trademark look. The heavy brows were often created with watercolors (Sedgwick studied art) and disguised a scar from a car accident. The false eyelashes rarely came off. “She usually wore them to bed and would just put one pair on top of another, so she wore two sets,” says Biscoe, who adds that the sixties is all about sad eyes.
Here’s how to recreate Edie’s signature style, using products selected by Stylephile:
- First, Biscoe created the “harlequin look” by lining Miller’s eyes with a mix of black and brown liquid eyeliner (apply Bourjois brun eyeliner over intense black, $15; sephora.com.) “The combination matched her chocolate eyes,” she says. She also drew individual lashes on the lower line to make Miller’s eyes appear rounder.
- Next, Biscoe added a swath of translucent face powder to lids (all the way up to the browbone) and used a brown/black shadow (try Stila’s Smoky Eye Palette, $40; sephora.com) on the lid, following the crease. Biscoe actually drew up to the inner crease—the opposite of creating a cat eye look—to intensify Sedgwick’s tragic expression. She also used “big, fluffy” fake eyelashes, which you can get at any drugstore.
- For the beauty mark—which wasn’t fake on Sedgwick—Biscoe used liquid eyeliner on Miller. “It doesn’t smear at all,” she notes. “Everyone wanted a beauty mark back then because of Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe.”
- Finally, she applied a pout of pale pink gloss (try Fresh Gloss by Sephora in sheer pink shimmer, $7; sephora.com.)