Elsa is the latest (and Oscar nominated) in a new group of Disney princesses who struggle with things like independence, family dynamics, and wicked ice powers more than finding their prince. We were inspired to try out her makeup because Elsa is regal, blonde, and beautiful, and blessed with a seriously dangerous but awesome snow magic. Her look is fairly dark for a Disney princess, featuring a deep mauve cateye with frosty shadow underneath. Like every good princess, her hair has major volume to recreate.
Since Elsa’s signature hair style is a poufy braid with lots of volume in the front, you’ll want to start this look by popping the crown of your hair up in hot rollers to add body. The goal is lift, not a style, so they can be imperfect. I opted for three rollers in a mohawk from the crown to the back of my head, and one on each side.
Elsa lives in a frigid climate. Plump up skin and soothe irritation with a winter-friendly rich moisturizer, like LUSH Cosmetic Lad.
Even out skintone with an ivory foundation. If you don’t already have Elsa’s icy complexion, pick a foundation one or two shades lighter than your natural color. I’m using one of my current favorites, L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder in Light Ivory. Follow up with concealer. I used Benefit Fake Up in Light under my eyes and to highlight the area between my brows.
When completely cool, release the curlers.
Swipe an eyeshadow primer, like this one by Glo Minerals, across your lids and around your bottom lashline.
For this look, I used the pinky nude shadows found in the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette.
Start by applying a dusty mauve color (Limit) all over the lid, from the lashline to just past the crease. Extend the color slightly past the outer edge of your eye.
Take a darker mauve (Nooner) and sculpt the creaase with a pointed crease brush. You want to elongate the shape of your eye slightly. Focus color toward the outer edge of your eye, just above your natural crease.
Take a shimmery white shadow and apply to the lower lashline. I’m using a color in the CK One Disco Shadow Quad (you can find a review here). You want to look frosty and bright so don’t be afraid to extend color down 1/4 or 1/2 of an inch. Use this same color to highlight your browbone.
To make the look pop, go over the center of your lid with a shimmery pink. I’m using Dust from the Naked 3 palette and the pad of my ring finger.
Fill in brows with a precise pencil like Maybelline Define-a-Brow. Elsa’s are thin and dark, so I kept pencil in the bottom of my brows only.
All Disney princesses seem to have a cateye, so apply some liquid liner. A felt tip like L’Oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense makes dramatic looks easy. Widen the line as you move outward towards the flick for enormous baby doll eyes.
To keep things super bright, apply mascara to the top lashes only. Twiggy lashes can make your eye look heavy.
For an arctic flush, brush a shimmery pink blush just above the apples of your cheeks. I used Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink. Up the shimmery icicle factor by sweeping a pinky highlighter across cheeks and the top of your forehead. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade is a gorgeous neutral with serious shine. I got a little shimmer happy and applied all over my face.
Finish with a mauve lip. I slicked on Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede lipstick in Preview.
To get Elsa’s piece-y volume, I misted a little hairspray over the crown of my hair for definition and pinned the front back loosely with two bobby pins. If you did not just chop off all your hair, gather the rest of your hair into a fishtail braid and secure with a sparkly blue elastic.
Now go outside and do some singing in the snow.