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When I was in seventh grade, I thought Moulin Rouge would be my favorite movie forever. I watched it over and over with my best friend, singing all the words (I usually was Ewan McGregor, she would be 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: Use a primer such as Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer on your T-zone. Apply a creamy pencil coverup like Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil in CIA (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 like Tarte Maracuja Lip Exfoliant.
Step 2: Sweep a glowing, warm blush like Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush in Peachy Dream using a blush brush like the one from Eco Tools 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: Use a bit of beige shadow on your lid, such as one of the lighter shades from Urban Decay‘s famous Naked Palette. Then, use a small brush to apply Nyx Eye Shadow in Stripped in the crease and upward, and layer it with a deep sparkly garnet eyeshadow like Ulta Demi Eyeshadow in Havana Nights and blend. Add a bit of the black shadow along the lower lashline, too. (Optional: Apply a little white eyeliner such as Ulta Gel Eye Liner Pencil in Halo on the lower waterline and inner corner to brighten eyes up.) Apply two coats of black mascara like CoverGirl Flamed Up Mega Curl Mascara in Very Black Blaze on top and one on the bottom lashes. Jiggle the brush a bit at your roots to increase volume.
Step 4: Brush brows into place with a small brush and fill them in with a sharpened brown pencil like this one from 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: Use a bold red lip liner like Nyx‘s in Hot Red to shape your lip line and fill in your lips to ensure your lipstick sticks around properly. Then, use a long-lasting lipstick like Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery (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: Spritz Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray 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: Put up half of it and keep it in place using bobby pins.
Step 2: Heat up a curling iron like the Conair Infiniti Curling Wand Styler and spray on a bit of protecting spray like Abba Thermal Protect Spray 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: 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: Very ringlet-y, eh? Finger-comb the curls to loosen them up a bit.
Step 5: Pull the smaller side of your hair’s part back and secure with bobby pins. Spray a bit of Blow Pro Blow Out Non-Stick Hairspray and you’re good to go!