• Fri, Aug 9 2013

Makeup Inspired By: Lindsay Lohan’s Dramatically Apathetic Look In The Canyons

Lindsay Lohan's makeup in The Canyons

Much has been said about Lindsay Lohan in Bret Easton Ellis’ The Canyons. Despite a lot of hype, some obnoxious interviews and a pretty fantastic trailer, the film itself has received primarily awful reviews — even from the actors themselves. However, I plan on seeing it because, despite all her idiocy, irresponsibility and the tragedy that was Liz & Dick, I still want to like LiLo in films again. I want to see people who have gone to rehab actually rehabilitate themselves and do well, in general, and that includes her. But that isn’t the point of this tutorial, of course.

Lindsay Lohan in The Canyons

In the trailer for The Canyons, we catch glimpses of Tara (Lohan’s character) and her style. What struck me about this was how similar she looks to the appearances I always imagined for characters in Bret Easton Ellis’ books when I read them, so I was instantly more drawn to the film. In particular, there’s this one shot where you can see how dark and intense her makeup is that I absolutely love.

Lindsay Lohan's makeup in The Canyons

Whether you hate The Canyons or love it, it’s hard to deny that the film looks fantastic. James DeenNolan Gerard Funk, and plenty of others — they all have an amazing presence on camera, in my opinion, and LiLo is no exception to that rule in this movie. So, without further ado, here’s my little attempt at getting a beautifully apathetic LA look at my silly NYC desk.

Lindsay Lohan in The Canyons

Step 0: Start clean and fresh. Or don’t. It’s kind of irrelevant, actually. When it comes to doing makeup that’s a little more on the “slept-in” side of things, you don’t have to keep things looking too perfect. Of course, if you plan on wearing this makeup out for an event or something, then yes — do wash your face. Either way, make sure you have moisturized, as nothing looks worse than a bunch of makeup on dry, cracked skin. I also spritzed a bit of Jurlique Rosewater on my face prior to using face cream to add extra moisture.

Note: I actually started with a bit of makeup already on from earlier today; I tried my best to get it off, but 24/7 Liner is difficult!

The Canyons Makeup Tutorial

Step 1: Apply base makeup. You can do this with a slightly heavier hand that usual (typically I only apply a bit of BB Cream all over and some concealer). First, I applied Sephora Perfecting Ultra-Perfecting Primer all over my nose, chin and forehead. Then, I used Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Foundation all over my face plus Smashbox High Definition Concealer underneath my eyes, along the corners of my nostrils and on blemishes. I brushed Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder over my whole face.

The Canyons Makeup Tutorial

Step 2: Use a shimmery tinted cream for cheeks to add a bit of glow, like Smashbox Photo Finish Luminizing Foundation Primer. Being an unreasonably pale person, this helps make my face a little more sunkissed. Overtop, swirl on a peachy powder blush, like Smashbox‘s in Warm Apricot, along my cheekbone and their Soft Lights in Lens along the top. Though the palette I used for this is now sold out, a great alternative for the peach blush is Lorac Baked Matte Satin Blush in Exposed. I applied a bit of matte bronzer (Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless) very lightly on the underside, along my jawline and on my nose.

The Canyons Cheel Makeup

Step 3: Use an eyeshadow primer like Benefit Stay Don’t Stray on your eyelids; you’ll be applying a lot of dark eyeshadow, and if you go out with it on, the risk of it creasing up and looking terrible is rather high (especially if you are a sweater like myself).

Use a fluffy shadow brush to apply a matte medium gray or brown eyeshadow all over the lid. Then, take a medium-thin eyeshadow brush, put it into a deep brown or black eyeshadow and tap it on a hard surface to get the excess off. For this, I picked the black shade from L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche palette in Shopping Spree. Apply it on lids from the outer corner inward, then from the outer corner away from the eye, then along the lashline. Blend upward a bit. I then applied a little peach and pink eyeshadow from the same palette to just above my lids, as well as applying a little Benefit High Beam under the browbone.

The Canyons Eye Makeup

Step 4: Draw a medium-thick along the lashline using a black long-lasting liner like Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion. Extend it in a straight line past the eyelid, then on the bottom lashline halfway. Apply two coats of mascara; for this, I picked Napoleon Perdis Mesmer-Eyes Mascara.

The Canyons Eye Makeup

The Canyons Eyeliner Closeup

Step 5: For my brows, I filled them in with short, light strokes using It Cosmetics Your Brows But Better, which is extremely thin and comes with a grooming tool to blend it up a bit.

The Canyons Brows

Step 6: I applied a little bit of lip balm combined with Calvin Klein Shine Lipstick in Rush, then added a little bit of the Soft Lights to my Cupid’s bow and the center of my bottom lip to enhance their shape.

The Canyons Lips Tutorial

Step 7: Use a grooming cream like Fekkai Smooth Sailing Anti-Frizz Cream to add volume and get rid of flyaways. Add a ton of hairspray (I picked Arrojo PrIMP Working Spray because it’s humidity-proof and NYC is crazy humid right now), shake your hair and do some serious pouting.

Lindsay Lohan in The Canyons makeup tutorial


Lindsay Lohan in The Canyons makeup tutorial

Seriously, I cannot do the LiLo face at all. My b. But ta-da nevertheless!

Photos: The Canyons (2013).

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  • Fabel

    Can I say this look in particular suits you? All do, obviously, because you’re gorgeous, but I LOVE this one

  • adamfox

    I think you capture Lilo in her immediate post-Mean Girls, pre-punk tragedy phase quite well.

  • crueltobekind

    you have such a trashy look to you and no fliter or photoshop can change that

    • Samantha_Escobar

      Listen. Carolina. Dude.

      I’m not sure if you realize this, but regardless of how many email addresses you use, we can see which comments you post. By all means, continue tracking every post I have and calling me & my coworkers (yes, we can see that you wrote on the “Selfies” post, too) fat or ugly or whatever, but bro, you are spending entirely too much time trying to be creative with this name thang when it really makes no difference. Sigh. If you’re going to be an asshole, then at least be smart about it.

  • Whitney

    I agree with Fabel, you do a great job pulling this look off! Gorgeous~

  • lauren123

    what Mike said I am impressed that some one can make $6532 in 1 month on the internet. did you see this link w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

  • kj

    I love everything about that look with the sleeveless turtleneck. When I was watching the trailer and literally rewatched the trailer just to get a good look at it. Lilo’s still got it… at least a little

  • benzarella

    • Samantha_Escobar


    • benzarella

      The makeup looks fine (with the exception of the red), but the only thing remotely similar to Lindsay Lohan’s makeup in The Canyons is that you drew a cat eye. That’s it. This BARELY resembles the makeup in the movie. She didn’t wear nearly as much eyeshadow (if any at all) and had primarily heavily-lined eyes. Sorry to burst your bubble, “bro”, but this doesn’t resemble her makeup in the slightest. This is coming from a makeup artist with nearly a decade in the industry. Details are EVERYTHING when it comes to replicate a makeup look. Better luck next time. :)

    • Samantha_Escobar

      Dude, calm down. What’s with all the weirdly antagonistic passive aggression? It’s totally fine if you hate the tutorial; feedback is always solid, but you are getting defensive for something that makes zero sense to get defensive about: your opinion on a blog post.

    • Amanda Chatel

      Someone needs a drink… and a Xanax. Happy Friday!

    • Samantha_Escobar


    • Amanda Chatel

      And Xanax for all!