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.
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.
Whether you hate The Canyons or love it, it’s hard to deny that the film looks fantastic. James Deen, Nolan 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
APATHETIC AWKWARD POUTINESS.
Seriously, I cannot do the LiLo face at all. My b. But ta-da nevertheless!
Photos: The Canyons (2013).