The Makeup Palette Behind Rhaenyra Targaryen’s Haunting On-Screen Look

The Makeup Palette Behind Rhaenyra Targaryen’s Haunting On-Screen Look featured image
Samir Hussein/ Getty Images
We may earn commission from links on this page. Each product featured has been vetted and chosen by our editors.

If you told me that there was no makeup used on Rhaenyra Targaryen during the filming of House of the Dragon and that Emma D’Arcy is really just that perfect, I would believe you immediately. While the actor’s impeccable bone structure and flawless complexion makes for a stunning blank canvas, we all know that a little makeup is always needed on set to avoid being washed out amidst the lights and cameras.

While the hair and costuming tends to take center stage above the makeup in the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon, as the actors are made to look makeup-free to maintain period accuracy, creating a makeup look that is almost unrecognizable is harder than you’d think. If you too want to master that barely-there House Black look, check out the luxe eyeshadow palette likely behind Rhaenyra Targaryen’s hauntingly beautiful appearance.

‘House of the Dragon’ Meets Chanel Beauty

Without spoiling anything, it’s safe to say that Emma D’arcy’s character, Rhaenyra Targaryen (the rightful heir; there, I said it!) has gone through a lot in the first episodes of the new season of House of the Dragon, and her appearance on screen evokes a sense of tragic beauty as a result. In a much more lighthearted series of behind-the-scenes photos posted by D’Arcy’s co-star Olivia Cooke—also known as Alicent Hightower—we got a sneak peak at the subtle yet impactful products use on D’Arcy’s face in the new season, including what appears to be Chanel’s LES 4 OMBRES ($68) in CLAIR-OBSCUR.

chanel les 4 ombres clair obscur

BUY NOW – $68

Thanks to Cooke’s Instagram post, we got to see her and D’Arcy out of character and in the makeup room, where the show’s makeup artist is seen applying what looks like Chanel’s iconic neutral eyeshadow palette to Emma’s lids. With four matte shades raging from a light beige to a charcoal brown, the palette is a likely companion to the brooding, dramatic energy of the new season.

Related Posts

Find a Doctor

Find a NewBeauty "Top Beauty Doctor" Near you

Give the Gift of Luxury

NewBeauty uses cookies for various reasons, including to analyze and improve its content and advertising. Please review our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use for more about how we use this data. By continuing to use this site, you agree to these policies.