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When I was in seventh grade, I thoughtÂ Moulin Rouge would be my favorite movie forever. I watched it over and over with my best friend, singing all the words (I usually wasÂ Ewan McGregor, she would beÂ Nicole Kidman). Given that I was 13, I assumed I had plenty of time to ensure my prom dress, hairstyle and makeup looked identical to Satine’s red gown look. And for the next two years, I did my makeup in direct imitation to this look:
I didn’t exactly do it very well, but that pale-to-purple gradient thing epitomized “adult glamour” to me, so tried I did. Today, I shall try once again! I’ll even include the extended eyebrows, which at the time did not make sense to me because it looked unrealistic (I know, arguing about realism in a Baz Luhrmann movie, but I understand better now as a creative decision.
Step 1:Â Use a primer such asÂ SmashboxÂ Photo Finish Foundation PrimerÂ on your T-zone.Â Apply a creamy pencil coverup likeÂ Urban DecayÂ 24/7 Concealer Pencil in CIAÂ (but naturally, go with whatever your shade is) underneath the eyes and on any complexion inconsistencies or blemishes. Prep your lips using a gentle scrub likeÂ TarteÂ Maracuja Lip Exfoliant.
Step 2:Â Sweep a glowing, warm blush likeÂ SmashboxÂ Halo Long Wear Blush in Peachy DreamÂ using a blush brush like the one fromÂ Eco ToolsÂ Fresh & Flawless Complexion Set. Be sure to tap it on a table first and get off any excess powder so you won’t wind up with an orange cheek!
Step 3:Â Use a bit of beige shadow on your lid, such as one of the lighter shades fromÂ Urban Decay‘s famous Naked Palette. Then, use a small brush to applyÂ NyxÂ Eye Shadow in StrippedÂ in the crease and upward, and layer it with a deep sparkly garnet eyeshadow likeÂ UltaÂ Demi Eyeshadow in Havana NightsÂ and blend. Add a bit of the black shadow along the lower lashline, too. (Optional:Â Apply a little white eyeliner such asÂ UltaÂ Gel Eye LinerÂ Pencil in Halo on the lower waterline and inner corner to brighten eyes up.) Apply two coats of black mascara likeÂ CoverGirlÂ Flamed Up Mega Curl Mascara in Very Black BlazeÂ on top and one on the bottom lashes. Jiggle the brush a bit at your roots to increase volume.
Step 4:Â Brush brows into place with a small brush and fill them in with a sharpened brown pencil likeÂ this one fromÂ Prestige. Hers go a little straighter than mine, but to avoid going against my brows’ shape, I just extended it in its natural direction.
Step 5:Â Use a bold red lip liner likeÂ Nyx‘s in Hot RedÂ to shape your lip line and fill in your lips toÂ ensure your lipstick sticks around properly. Then, use a long-lasting lipstick likeÂ StilaÂ Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in FieryÂ (hey, you’re going to be can-can dancing, right?). I exaggerated my natural lip line for this look to make it extra feminine and theatrical.
Step 6:Â SpritzÂ Urban DecayÂ All Nighter Makeup Setting SprayÂ on your face and voila! You are a sparkling diamond.
Now, for your hair…
Mine is naturally “blah” textured, so I had to do a bit of curling and use some products to enhance it.
Step 1:Â Put up half of it and keep it in place using bobby pins.
Step 2:Â Heat up a curling iron like theÂ ConairÂ Infiniti Curling Wand StylerÂ and spray on a bit of protecting spray likeÂ AbbaÂ Thermal Protect SprayÂ to help keep your hair safe from the heat styling. Then, use the curling iron to shape small sections into loose ringlets by wrapping them around the barrel, then letting over after a few seconds. (Sorry, had to use Photo Booth to snap these shots! As a side note, am I the only person who occasionally does her hair and makeup using Photo Booth because I don’t have a mirror in my room?)
Step 3:Â Let down the rest of your hair, part it sideways, and curl the rest of your hair in sections the same way you did in Step 2.
Step 4:Â Very ringlet-y, eh?Â Finger-comb the curls to loosen them up a bit.
Step 5:Â Pull the smaller side of your hair’s part back and secure with bobby pins. Spray a bit ofÂ Blow ProÂ Blow Out Non-Stick HairsprayÂ and you’re good to go!