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Makeup Inspired By: The Legend Of Jack Frost (And The Freezing Reality Of Winter)

Jack Frost 1979 makeup tutorial

Jack Frost (1979)

I have a little confession to make: originally, this was supposed to be a post called, “Makeup Inspired By: Frosty The Snowman.” But every thing I came up with was awful; black eyeliner and eyeshadow to make coal eyes, orange lipstick for the “carrot,” tons of white powder to look “snowy.” It was actually pretty disturbing.

Jack Frost (1996)

Jack Frost (1996)

Oddly enough, upon realizing I looked like the evil snowman in Jack Frost, I decided to switch gears and do a look inspired by the legend of Jack Frost, in general.

According to Wikipedia, source of all hopefully-accurate-but-don’t-hate-me-if-I’m-wrong-and-your-PhD-beats-my-Google-search info, the idea of “Old Man Winter” may have been around for centuries, though Jack Frost as a character traces back to the 19th century. Through poems, stories, songs, comic books, video games and films, Jack Frost has become one of the most pervasive figures surrounding the winter season. One of the biggest depictions in recent years was by Chris Pine in Rise of the Guardians:

Rise of the Guardians Jack Frost makeup tutorial

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

My personal favorite film version of the character was voiced by Robert Morse in the Rankin/Bass TV special from 1979, a screencap from which is at the top of this post. I love the blues, the silvers, the chill of his look–it’s all fun to play around with makeup-wise.

Obviously, I would never head out and about on the town with this look unless I was attending a holiday costume party (note to friends: please start hosting these ASAP), but it was entertaining to do regardless. Plus, I get bored of doing normal makeup on myself. I might as well have blue eyebrows every once-in-a-while.

Step 0: Start clean and moisturized. This is super important for nearly any look, especially during the winter when your skin is crazy dry. I also used a little bit of Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic to refresh my skin.

Jack Frost Makeup -- No Makeup

Step 1: To get an all over face boost in my skin’s luminescence, I massaged Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Radiance Boosting Primer on my face. Since my complexion hasn’t been great lately blemish- and oil-wise, I applied a little Sephora Perfecting Ultra-Smoothing Primer on my T-zone.

Jack Frost Makeup -- Primer

Step 2: I used foundation as needed, using L’Oreal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup to take care of the unevenness on my chin and cheeks. Under my eyes, I used Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer to even out the purplish redness. Overtop, I dusted Shiseido Loose Translucent Powder.

Jack Frost Makeup Tutorial -- Foundation, Primer

Step 3: I applied an eyeshadow primer, Urban Decay Eyeshadow Potion Primer, all over my lids. Then, I dusted Tarte Eyeshadow in Kim’s Porcelain Doll (a pale, slightly shimmery blue) all over the lids up to brows. I put a shimmery blue–Cargo Eye Shadow Single in Aegean–on my lids and swept outward, blending up a bit as I went. I then used a deep, jewel-toned blue color (Tarte‘s eyeshadow in Scott’s Skateboard) in the crease and blended outward, as well.

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Step 4: Using a bright aqua liner, such as the CoverGirl Ink It! Perfect Point Gel Eyeliner in Aquamarine Ink, I drew a moderately thick line along my top and bottom lashlines. Then, I applied a little bright blue overtop to give more dimension to the hue– try L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Eyeliner in Cobalt–and winged it out a tad. I then drew a slightly thinner line of Pop! Ink Outliner along my lashes to add a darker definition. I know it’s probably impossible to tell here, but the underlying blue liners make for a pretty shimmer in the light.

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Step 5: Apply 1 coat of mascara primer (I used Tarte MultiplEYE Lash Enhancing Primer) and 2 coats of a black mascara. For this, I picked Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara, which I’ve been f’ing crazy about lately.

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Step 6: I combed up my brows a bit and added blue “ice” to them with the CoverGirl pencil from earlier. Then, I brushed on a bit of the light blue shadow for a messy, “frosty” look.

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Step 7: I could decide whether to have blue lips or just pale lips, so I did a little of both because it wasn’t like I was about to walk to work wearing this anyway. I used It! Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Crème Radiance Illuminator, then the Cargo shadow toward inside of my lips to get that Mr. Freeze a la Schwarzenegger look.

Mr. Freeze GIF

This was the governor of California.

It looked as weird as one might expect:

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Step 8: I swept the Cargo shadow across and up my cheekbones and–voila!

Check out our makeup tutorial inspired by Jack Frost!

Icy cold. And weird. Mostly weird, though. Also, I know, my nostril screw looks awful here and I should’ve fixed it.

Check out our makeup tutorial inspired by Jack Frost! Check out our makeup tutorial inspired by Jack Frost!

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  • Kathryn Hedden

    That’s really stunning. Fer real.

    • Samantha_Escobar

      Thank you so much! :)

  • Alexis Rhiannon

    A SCARY SAM.

    • Samantha_Escobar

      JERK.

    • Samantha_Escobar

      AND YOU KNOW IT.

    • Samantha_Escobar

      I’m not looking at my computer.

    • Jenni

      WOW! Alexis. Grow up. And while you’re doing that, go back to journalism school. Then die. Then come back to life and apologize to Sam. She’s beautiful. Inside and out.

      SAM – IGNORE THE HATERS!

    • Samantha_Escobar
  • Lindsey Conklin

    but…your eyes look amazing!!!

    • Samantha_Escobar

      Thank you! :)

  • Alexis H

    I think this might be my favorite “inspired by” yet! You look so pretty, yet authentically frozen. Well done.

    • Samantha_Escobar

      Thank you so much! :)

  • Luke Skywalker

    Wow! Stunning!

    • Samantha_Escobar

      Thanks! :D

  • AntioneYeh

    WOW EVERYONE ARE INSPIRED FROM IT MAKEUP .

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  • celia

    Why would you create a look you openly admit you would never wear out in public? It seems so pointless when you could have made one that was still inspired but something more people would attempt and want to wear. If even you wouldn’t wear this look why would I?

    • Samantha_Escobar

      1) People go to costume parties.
      2) It’s more fun than just doing fairly normal, wearable makeup every couple weeks, which is what 90% of my tutorials are.
      3) Not everyone is the same as I am in terms of what they wear in public.
      4) Again, because it was fun.

  • Amanda

    Um but that eyeshadow though. I’m pretty sure I’m stealing this (but with reds) for my tacky Christmas party tonight.

    • Celia

      This makeup will fit perfectly with a tacky party.

    • Samantha_Escobar

      How kind.