Interview with Robin Mathews, Makeup Artist for Kristen Stewart in Twilight Saga: New Moon

NY Beauty Secrets Examiner Gabrielle Long and Beauty Blogging Junkie interviewed makeup artist Robin Mathews to give us the lowdown on creating Bella’s look in “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”.

BBJ: What is most exciting about working on The Twilight Saga: New Moon?
RM: Being a part of a film and story that is dearly loved by so many people, and living up to their expectations with the make-up design was fun. I hope I didn’t let them down.

GL: What are the products that you regularly use on the set?

RM: My style tends to be about a flawless face and enhanced eyes. The skin and eyes are the gateways to the soul. For instance, if you become angry or embarrassed, your skin may flush, or your eyes may easily express your emotion. I like to use heavily pigmented eye shadows to get my desired results on set. If you really know how to work with a pigmented product, you have the ability to apply it just as sheerly or heavily as you like. Don’t get me wrong, subtly is a HUGE part of movie make-up, and I do use very light, subtle eyeshadows on set depending on the character, but for the average woman, those shadows are a bit too subtle. (Your face isn’t going to be blown up on a 40′ by 80′ screen). So, in order to keep my kit form containing the entire make-up department from Saks, I rely on the versatile results of a highly pigmented shadow. Some of my favorites are Make Up For Ever, Chanel, NARS and MAC. Laura Mercier also makes a great eye shadow primer to use under less heavily pigmented shadows.

GL: What was your vision for Bella’s look?

RM: Our motivation for Bella in New Moon was a look that would define Bella as an idolized popular literary character, surrounded by mythical creatures while still being a “real girl”. She is almost a realistic cartoon character if you will, but still natural, youthful and fresh.

GL: How can we achieve that at home?

RM: Keep it young, fresh, and natural; pretty but with a punch.

Makeup on the rest of the cast to come next!

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. off topic but….

    any swatches for the new MAC baroque collection? 😀 or reviews?
    the packaging looks gorgeoussss but i haven’t had a chance to check them out in stores >_<

  2. I like how natural everything is, but the best part is, this is how most people look without makeup–(aside from the perfect skin)–shadows round the eyes (no concealer), the very natural lip colour (i.e. just put on clear lipbalm)…yeah?

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