Check out our makeup tutorial inspired by Marie Antoinette!

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While Marie Antoinette wasn’t the best queen, it’s hard to deny that she looks snazzy in most depictions. Well, many depictions–the ones that don’t depict her being, ahem, lost to history. The one I especially took interest in was, of course, Sofia Coppola‘s featuring Kirsten Dunst and Jason Schwartzman. Was it historically accurate, well-acted or even all that good in general? Not really, but the production, costume and makeup design were all exceptionally wonderful.

Check out our makeup tutorial inspired by Marie Antoinette! And honestly, they had so much to work with, so it’s no wonder that the film’s creators went so wild with color and texture:

Portrait of Archduchess Maria Antonia of Austria (Maria Antoinette) by Martin van MeytensPortrait of Archduchess Maria Antonia of Austria (Maria Antoinette) by Martin van Meytens

Portrait of Archduchess Maria Antonia of Austria (Maria Antoinette) by Martin van Meytens

That said, both Antoinette and Dunst’s hair makeup weren’t exactly good for the everyday lady. So, let’s try out an odd, bright makeup look inspired by Marie, Sofia, Kirsten and cake, but one that’s also wearable enough that, if you so choose, you can simply take elements from and incorporate into a bold daily look.

Step 0: Start off with clean, refreshed skin. Splash a bit of cold water on your skin or, for more precision, spritz a bit of hydrating spray like this one from Evian.

Marie Antoinette Makeup Tutorial 1 no makeup

Step 1: Apply a light BB cream to your skin using your fingers, then use a concealer brush like Eco Tools to apply a medium coverage concealer to any blemishes or unevenness.

Marie Antoinette Makeup Tutorial 2 base makeup

Step 2: Take a blush brush and apply a bright rouge to the apples of your cheeks; I actually used a bit of orangey-pink cream blush combined with a touch of Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Woodstock to get an even brighter look. Spray some Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray to seal the base.

Marie Antoinette Makeup Tutorial 3 blush 1 Marie Antoinette Makeup Tutorial 3 blush 2

Step 3: Use an eyeshadow brush to apply a pale peach eyeshadow like Stila Eyeshadow Compact in Starlight loosely on your crease, then blend upward toward your brow. Swipe on a layer of brown or brown-black mascara on upper lashes.

Marie Antoinette Makeup Tutorial 4 eyeshadow

Step 4: Delicately fill in brows a little with a matte pencil a little lighter than your natural brows’ shade, like the Lorac Creamy Eyebrow Pencil, but don’t overdo it–give them a bit of extra polish, not a full fill.

Marie Antoinette Makeup Tutorial 5 brows

Step 5: Dot on a little Benefit High Beam to the Cupid’s Bow to emphasize their shape. Add highlighter right underneath the spot your brow arches most, too, as well as to your eyes’ inner corners and to the upper parts of your cheekbones.

Marie Antoinette Makeup Tutorial 6 highlighter 1

Step 6: Use a bright pencil like the Nyx Cosmetics Slim Lip Pencil in Hot Red to fill in your lips a little bit inside the natural lip line, then apply a lip color of the same shade overtop. If you’re feeling a little extra daring or are going to a costume party and wish to make a point, add a tiny mole using a black eyeliner pencil.

Marie Antoinette Makeup Tutorial 7 lipstick