My sister and I went to see Maleficent over the weekend and, as has become typical, I found myself studying the makeup in the movie. I was really struck by Angelina Jolie’s makeup—it was actually kept relatively simple and it was very pretty. I felt like the makeup artists decided to focus more on her dramatic facial structure instead of putting tons of crazy makeup on her. A good choice, I thought!
Of course I immediately went home and started playing with makeup ideas. I watched some tutorials on-line and had a lot of fun seeing what other people have come up with. There are some really cool tutorials out there! But my thinking was this: I could try to duplicate Maleficent’s look in the movie, but what would I do then? Sit around the house scaring my children? Another option was to come up with a look inspired by the movie, but that would be something I could wear any day, any time. Much more reasonable for me at this point in my life. I also didn’t want to have to buy anything for the look (even though MAC now has an actual Maleficent line!) So I used what I had on hand and now I give you:
I call it Maleficent for Mommies because it’s something that’s a little different and fun, but not so over-the-top that you would feel awkward going to the grocery store (which is what I did immediately after applying it).
I focused most of my attention on the eye makeup but I did a little with the rest of my face as well.
So let’s get started!
To do the eyes, I used the three Urban Decay Naked palettes that I own: the original Naked, Naked 2, and Naked Basics.
After priming my eye, I applied Naked 2 (from the Naked Basics palette) all over my lid, up to (but not above or in) my crease.
Next, I applied Foxy (also from Naked Basics, but found in the Naked 2 palette as well) as a highlight. I applied it underneath my brow and down towards the inner corner of my eye.
From the Naked palette, I then applied Buck on my lid over the Naked 2 shadow.
Then from the Naked 2, I took Busted and applied it to my outer corner and blended it up into my crease. Maleficent’s look was quite neutral but I kept catching purpley flashes and wanted to make sure to include a shade that captured that look.
Maleficent’s eye look wasn’t overly dramatic, but it did have a lot of facets to it. I kept catching different shades in different lights. To capture the essence of that look, I dabbed just a bit of Toasted (Naked 1) on the center of my lid.
I wanted to add just a touch more drama, so I added just the tiniest bit of Crave (Naked Basics) to the outer corner.
I then blended and blended until I had the right look.
For my liner, I wet my eyeliner brush and used Busted again as liner.
The finished result. To make it more dramatic (for a night on the town), I would add more Busted in the crease and extend that color further up and I would perhaps add more Crave in the corner as well. I would also add more Busted-as-liner and smudge it more. But this is perfect for going to the store!
For the rest of my face, I used my foundation (still using the Naked Skin foundation—I haven’t had time to get my own bottle of Bare Minerals bareSkin yet!) as usual.
I used my Too Faced Brow Envy kit to darken my eyebrows and I gave my brows more of an arc than I normally would.
I used my Too Faced Chocolate Soleil with this brush so that I could do some very specifically-placed contouring under my cheekbones. If you want to make it even more dramatic-looking, you can highlight on your cheekbones. I actually tried that out and it did indeed look dramatic, a little too much for my personal preference! But it might be worth trying out to see how you like it. I also contoured my nose just a little.
For my lips, I knew I had to go red, but I only have two red lippies in my collection. So I used both! I coated my lips with Red Velvet Revlon Lip Butter (I LOVE Lip Butters!) and topped it with Cherry Pie NYX Butter Gloss.
The finished look.
Let me reiterate: I can’t do serious. I either look dead in the eyes or I look like I’m about to come after you.
Much better. It’s more pale than I normally try to look, but that is in keeping with Maleficent, I think!
So there you go! Of course if you don’t have the palettes (or all of the palettes) I used, just improvise and see what you come up with! The important thing is to do something you’re happy with and to have fun with it!
Looking for a less dramatic, but still pretty Aurora look? You can visit my Aurora tutorial here.
Have a great Monday!