Veronica Roth sold the film rights to her first novel, Divergent, at the ripe old age of 22. Fast-forward three years: The highly anticipated film adaptation hits theaters today and stars actress Shailene Woodley. We girl-talked with these two soon-to-be household names about the film’s makeup looks. BECKY PEDERSON
A major theme in Divergent surrounds the idea of transformation. Let’s talk about that literally! Shailene, any memorable looks from the film? SHAILENE WOODLEY: I dyed my hair blonde—what a strange process!
The character Tris wears a pretty minimal look, but it’s still a big moment in the film when she puts on makeup for the first time. VERONICA ROTH: Tris’s story is so much about forming a new identity for herself—she’s taught, growing up, that she needs to blend in. But she makes some bold decisions that bring out her real self, and I wanted to show a moment [where] she declares that she likes who she’s becoming even though it scares her a little, and that’s really where the makeup scene comes from.
Even though there is a romantic storyline, it seems Tris isn’t concerned with being pretty. VR: Tris isn’t traditionally beautiful, and she never becomes that way. But the makeup (and the clothes, and the tattoos) help her to see herself for who she really is, and to claim her new identity in a powerful way. SW: I love that [the film] doesn’t hide anything. It isn’t afraid to be what it is: messy, uncomfortable, exhilarating…. Life is a full spectrum of emotion and circumstance, and Divergent dabbles in all realms.
Do you feel like there is power in wearing makeup? VR: To me, makeup is powerful because putting it on can be a way of saying, “This is my body, and this is how I choose to make it look.”
If your writers here at The Glossy had it our way, we’d change our look for every editorial meeting. Makeup should complement your ever-changing moods, which is why Sephora is excited to introduce the new Divergent collection, inspired by the film and its characters. They say, “One choice will define you.” We say, well then, we better give ourselves a million options. BECKY PEDERSON
LOOK THE PART
Even if you’re not overthrowing social order, it doesn’t mean all eyes aren’t on you. Give them something to look at with the playful Divergent’s Limited Edition Multi-Piece Collector’s Kit. Overlay soft pigments to create sultry looks that fit any mood. This kit was designed for experimentation—break apart the eye shadow palettes and reassemble them to make a face for every faction personality. Peep the “Get The Look” cards and mimic Tris’s Dauntless stare.
Whether you’re scaling giant Ferris wheels or just having a long day at your desk, midday touchups can be necessary. The Divergent Limited Edition Multi-Piece Collector’s Palette is a portable but powerful palette with an array of glimmering nudes—perfect for glamming on the go. Thanks to the enclosed mirror, you can glide on your silky shadows, blush, bronzer, and lip for a full-face look on the sly.
Swear your Divergent allegiance from tips to toes. The Divergent Limited Edition 7-Piece Nail Art Kit comes with opalescent lacquers prime for customizing. Paint on pint-sized polishes in bold navy or deep mauve and coat with a High Gloss Transforming Nail Lacquer to create entirely new looks. Finish with exclusive, so-easy-to-use-it-feels-like-a-trick Nail Water-Transfer Tattoos. Simply cut, place, and peel back, and then let the incoming flood of compliments just wash over you.
Straight from New York Fashion Week. Hot off the Divergent movie set. The latest from the Color of the Year collection. Sephora Hot Now rounds up beauty’s most wanted and buzzworthy.
FROM THE MOVIE TO MAKEUP: TRANSFORMATIVE EFFECTS
Divergent Limited Edition Multi-Piece Collector’s Kit
• Mix, Match, Transform: Palettes morph with futuristic shades.
• Universally flattering, transformative colors inspired by the motion picture event Divergent.
• In Theaters and IMAX March 21.
THE COLOR OF NOW: RADIANT ORCHID
Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year Collection
• Must-have limited-edition exclusives in Pantone’s Color of the Year.
• Universally flattering high-pigment matte lipstick with nourishing orchid oil.
• Versatile, luminizing blush palette creates ravishing possibilities.
JUICES UP COLOR WITH CONDITIONING CITRUS Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon
• Bold, triple-milled pigments deliver vivid payoff in high-energy shades.
• Organic orange-peel wax softens, locks in moisture, and protects lips.
• Blended with antiaging resveratrol and organic fruit antioxidants.
HAIRSTYLE MEETS THE ART OF STREET STYLE Bumble and bumble Cityswept Finishing Spray
• Gives dry hair instant texture, separation, and sheen for a lived-in look.
• Unique, supple mix of spray, wax, and cream creates subtle definition.
• Mists on weightlessly and works with all hair types.
THE PERFECT DOSE OF CUSTOMIZED SKINCARE Dr. Dennis Gross Clinical Concentrate Boosters
• Professional-strength boosters treat directly, mix with moisturizer, or blend with makeup.
• Targets different concerns simultaneously with high-performance precision.
• Lets you adjust your skincare routine on a daily, weekly, or seasonal basis.
SKIN GETS ITS GREENS. YOU GET INSTANT RADIANCE Dr. Perricone Chloro Plasma Mask
• Phytonutrient antiaging mask enhances radiance, softens, and smooths.
• Potent and sensorial: skin-healing microcapsules release chlorophyll on contact.
• Instantly improves the look of pores, refines texture, and helps plump wrinkles.
I’m a huge movie person, like I love movies more than life itself (well maybe not that much, but i rly like movies). Last weekend, I went to see Divergent with my bestest friend ever, Emma. I haven’t read the book, but I decided that Divergent looked cool, and that I wanted to see it.
Set/Special Effects/Costumes:I’m a sucker for movies that are visually appealing, and the set/special effects/costumes/makeup for Divergent were just magnificent. I especially enjoyed the city that the movie was taking place in. I think that the movie producers did a spectacular job on that. My favorite part was probably the beginning because it showed the area around the city, leading into the city eventually. It was perfectly done!
Cast & Acting: Before seeing the movie, I wasn’t sure how Shailene Woodley would do, but I happily report that her acting was quite good. I really enjoyed what she did with the character. She is also so gorgeous. Theo James (Four) was also superb. But, honestly, I got distracted by his abs & pErFeCt body like 99% of the time.
Plot: I looooved the back story to the movie. It was so intricate; you could tell that the author of the book put a lot of thought into it. I liked almost everything about the plot. The only thing that I kind of didn’t like is the cliché love between Four and Triz. Don’t get me wrong, they are an adorable couple, but it was just the basic teen romance novel love that you see every day. The ending of the movie really made me sad because it left it open for interpretation (*cough* a sequel *cough*). I wouldn’t mind a sequel though.
Overall Experience: I give the movie an 8/10 because the set and the visual effects were absolutely stunning, the acting was good, and the plot was good, just a bit cliché.
I would suggest seeing this movie for a fun Friday night out with some friends :)