maleficent makeup transformation

Elle Fanning may be the fairest of them all, but there has been a Maleficent subgroup who have been obsessing over Angelina Jolie‘s amazing cheekbones–imagine them on the big screen! There was a MAC makeup line, magazine cover, and even a Maleficent cake made as an homage to how freaking brilliant they are. It’s clear that Kim Kardashian has been dethroned as the contour queen (kontour kueen?) but it’s pretty hard to compete with a look that requires two and half hours of prosthetics. (Not even the mighty Angelina could have natural cheekbones like that.) Plus, Kim draws the line before prosthetic cheeks and so should you, if you ever stand a chance of trying to make this look work at home.

Here’s how to pull off the Maleficent look in the real world–provided you leave the Minotaur horned hat at home.

 1. Flawless Foundation

Maleficent Angelina Jolie

Before you start sculpting those cheekbones, you need to create the perfect base. You didn’t think the regal Maleficent would have a speck of redness, or a single visible pore, did you? Thought not. Revlon PhotoReady Color Correcting Primer works so well, that you previously thought you could only get skin this even from a magic spell–or Photoshop.

Next, apply a full coverage foundation. Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Cover Mattifying Foundation produces a velvet finish and eliminates the need for powder.

2. Chiselled Cheeks

Maleficent Angelina Jolie Dark Background

It comforts me slightly to know that Angelina doesn’t have cheekbones quite so gravity-defying. Her natural ones are still supermodel sky high, but at least I know she has to figure out contouring like the rest of us (see we do have something in common!)

First of all, make sure you have a proper brush because finger painting isn’t going to cut it here.You can use a contouring product such as Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, or you can use a foundation that’s slightly darker than your skin. (How about the one from last summer when you were really tan, that you still wear sometimes despite it now being the wrong shade?) Use the dark shade to draw a line under the hollow of your cheekbone. If you have no idea where that is, check out these contouring hacks for a step-by-step guide.

Next apply a medium tone of blush directly on your cheekbone, angling it towards your ear. Don’t go overboard, you’re only going out. You’re not the star of a Disney film, regardless of how much you want to be.

Finish by highlighting the top of your cheekbone with the lightest color or a luminizing pen. Don’t use anything sparkly–glitter is for goody two shoes princesses likes Sleeping Beauty. Then blend well, taking care not to mix the colors together. You want a sharp line that looks like you could shave ice with those cheekbones.

3. Eyes


Keep your eyes simple because you already have bold lips and cheeks. Plus if your eyes are remotely the same color as Angelina’s, no one will notice the makeup anyway. Apply a gray shadow to the lid and crease like NYX Matte Shadow in Craving. Sweep on two coats of mascara, like COVERGIRL Flamed Up Mega Curl Mascara and practice you’re I’m-Going-To-Kill-You-With-One-Look stare (see above for reference).

4. Red Lips

Maleficent Angelina Jolie Light Background

To finish the look, apply a devilishly red lipstick (do the horns make her a devil or still a witch?) If you have a magic spell that can find any that haven’t sold out, I suggest you go for the real deal and get MAC Maleficient Lipstick. Seal it with a lip protector, such as Sealed With A Kiss, because there’s nothing as scary as lipstick on your teeth.

Photos: Disney