Lipsticks and Shadows and Highlight, oh my!
Hey! It’s been a while since I’ve written something on here, and for good reason. I just finished my first makeup series and if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have already seen it. I wanted to start a series of me doing makeup looks inspired by different mediums, whether it be movies, TV shows, theater, or books. This is to keep my feed fresh, inspire me creatively, challenge me technically, and of course to just play with makeup. I have yet to come up with a kick-ass name for the series, Media Makeup? Makeup Magic? Wow, I’m bad at titles. Ugh. I don’t know. It’ll come. If you have any ideas, hit me up.
Anyway. I did the thing.
I started with one of my all time favorite movies, The Wizard of Oz. This movie in itself is such a look. Since the Wizard of Oz was one of the first movies shot it Technicolor, the whole aesthetic of the film is very vibrant, bright, and saturated in colors. I thought it would be perfect to translate into makeup.
I stuck with the six main characters that we meet in Oz, some looks are complete reflections while others are more of a modern take.
Completing the six looks took me a little over a month to do. I know, I know– it’s a terribly long time for just six, but there was a lot of trial and error and letting my skin rest in between looks until I finally got my desired results.
Check out how I did it below!
I wanted to keep it young and focus on the lips. Dorothy’s main color palette is blue (from her dress) and red (from the shoes), so I incorporated blue on the eyes and red for the lips. I used blue shadow from Sleek Makeup on the eyes, just a wash of color on the lids– nothing too intricate. Dorothy is a simple girl, and I wanted the makeup to be the same. I got the perfect finish of Ruby Red for the lips with MAC’s True Love’s Kiss from the Maleficent line, and over top I used a candy red lip gloss from Guerlain. I added freckles with my ELF Brow Kit because it added to the youthful look. No contour and very very very heavy blush– MAC Coppertone. I also made my eyebrows a lot skinnier, just how they liked it back in the thirties. Lastly, I raided my mother’s ribbon drawer and found some blue gingham, and I was ready to be swept up by a Kansas tornado.
I knew I wanted to make this look more puppet-like and costume-y. I reflected the patchwork of the Scarecrow in the yellow and orange cross-hatching on the face, for that I used Kryolan pigments and a plain black pencil eyeliner. For the eyes, I used the Morphe 35O— this palette is so good, I don’t use this enough– and I kept it mostly matte. I saved the glitter for the lips: MAC Strength Lipstick and MAC gold pigment over top of it. *Note: Don’t ever open your mouth when it’s plastered with glitter pigment, hence the terse expression. I did, and spent the next 20 minutes scraping glitter off my tongue– man, if I only had a brain.
Too scared to go full on Cats face for this, ironic right? Instead, I went for the more nature-bare faced look. Colourpop Eyebrow Pencil in Black/Brown to enhance the sprouts at the start of my eyebrows. I used an upward stroke to create a kind of feral look, I really like this effect. Left the nose contour unblended to create that beautiful line that big cats have leading down to their nose– I filled mine in with a black Kryolan pigment. I used NYC Sunny Bronzer as blush and a random pink lipstick to finish off.
I was most excited to do the Tinman, until I realized I seriously lacked silver pigments in my makeup collection. Also, this was the one that took the most trial runs because I wasn’t very sure about how to approach it. In the end, I landed on this look. I was going for Industrial Chic. I used Milk Makeup’s Holographic Stick as a base for all the silver shadow I laid down; under my eyes and on the lids. I then used Maybelline’s 24 Hour Color Tattoo in Silver over the Holographic Stick, then set with a random silver shadow I found. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and Sephora Waterline Pencil for the liner and a custom gray lip color I mixed from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette.
Glinda the Good
Glinda is without a shadow of a doubt my spirit witch. I’m obsessed with pink so this was very fun for me. This look is a pretty modern take on Glinda the Good (with some inspiration from the Wicked character– because duh). I finally got to use my Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bon Palette which was perfect for the hues that I needed. Kept the rest of the face clean and bright, but amped up that nose highlight with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sundipped. Mixed up an ombrè lip with their lip palette.
The Wicked Witch of the West
This was probably my favorite one to do. I love working with deep greens, especially on the eyes. I used a Sephora Collection Eyeshadow palette in Khaki– my best impulse buy to date. For contour, I mixed up a grey pigment with my Kryolan palette. I used gray for contour because a brown-toned one won’t get you that gaunt-witchy effect. Amped up the brows with a Nyx Brow Pencil in Black. No blush because The Wicked witch doesn’t blush. For the lips, I used a black lipstick from Makeup Forever and topped it with Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania.
I had a lot of fun doing this project!
I think what was most difficult was keeping my translation of these characters unique while still keeping the essence and personality of the character. It’s really cool to be able to bring them to life through a different medium like makeup. It was harder than I thought it would be; I did have few mental blocks and creative brain farts. In any case, it was a challenge I enjoyed. I love finding new ways to develop new skills, and learn new things about makeup as a technical craft and an artistic outlet.
I have a bunch of other themes in the works right now, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
Let me know what movie/show/play/theme you’d like to see me take a crack at!