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Rose DeWitt Bukater was a timeless beauty. Today we'll discuss what her makeup routine was on the Titanic.
Kate Winslet as Rose "Dawson" from Titanic was one of those classic performances that I fell in love with immediately when I first watched it as a kid. I always thought she was seriously the prettiest person in the world, especially with her porcelain skin and deep red lips. Not to mention her gorgeous curly red hair - I always thought that Kate should have kept her hair that color, it totally suits her!
Every time I watch the movie I find myself wondering what makeup was used on Kate to create Rose's look. To me, there is a lot of symbolism in Rose's character. Even her name indicates being perceived as delicate by those around her but having thorns underneath that hint at her hidden personal power. The contrast between her role in society as an obedient wife-to-be and her desire to experience the world can also be seen in her pale complexion against firey red hair and lipstick.
Today we'll discuss how to achieve Rose's makeup from Titanic and answer some frequently asked questions about Kate Winslet's looks from the movie!
Tina Earnshaw is a movie makeup artist that has done makeup for movies like Mamma Mia, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Titanic. Makeup artist Lisa Eldrige had her recreate Rose's makeup look for the 20th anniversary of Titanic on her YouTube channel.
The video can be found here:
Here are her steps to creating the Rose makeup look:
Some notable products used:
"Goes on well and covers my dark under eye areas."
In the above makeup tutorial, Kate's actual makeup artist for the film Tina Earnshaw stated that she couldn't remember exactly what lip color she used on Kate for the Titanic movie, but that it was a lovely berry color. In the video, she uses a Rimmel lipstick called The Only One Lipstick in the shade "One Of A Kind" as well as a Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in "Etienne".
"This Rimmel one-of-kind shade is true to the image as it is a berry-red."
"Do love this moisturising lipstick."
There has been some debate as to whether Rose's makeup from the film was entirely accurate to the setting of the movie. The Titanic departed on April 10, 1912 which was largely at the end of the Victorian era.
Some people have criticized Rose's defined eyes and bold lip color choices in the film, while others view it as symbolic of her rebellion against societal norms. Many seem to agree that it was standard for ladies of high society to have understated makeup, mainly blush and powder for the skin. It would be atypical of someone not a performer to wear such bold colors, but many fans have pointed out that Rose's makeup is a mix between her social standing and her desire to break free from her expectations.
Fun fact about Rose's hair: it was never meant to be red. When Kate Winslet started discussing Rose's look with James Cameron, he asked her how she would feel about making the hair a bold, unusual red color. Kate was excited and that's how she ended up with that color in the film!
She even mentioned that it took her 2 years to go back to her natural blonde color and that her hair isn't naturally wavy, so they had to curl it everyday on set. This made things difficult every time she had to get in the water (which was very often during the shoot)!
Rose's iconic hair pin is super easy to find on Amazon! Here's a link:
"These were better then the picture! Heavy weight and gorgeous!"
Sort of. Rose and Jack weren't real passengers on the Titanic, but James Cameron was inspired by some real-life people when creating the characters. He reportedly modeled "older" Rose after the American Beatrice Wood. She never traveled on the Titanic and didn't have any connection to the ship. She was an actress and artist born around the same time as Rose and passed away in 1998, the year after the movie was released.
There were some characters that were created from real people such as the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown, Captain Smith, John Jacob Astor, Mr. Andrews, and Bruce Ismay, but the majority of the movie's plot is fiction. Apart from the Titanic's departure and sinking, of course.
What did you think of Kate Winslet as Rose in Titanic? It's probably one of her most well-known roles and she was only 20 years old when she shot it! Crazy that she was able to carry herself so well on such a large stage.
Her makeup in the movie is something that will go down in cinematic history. I kind of wish we wore makeup like that today!