Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Beauty Onscreen: Eva Green

Always seductive and mysterious with that lovely French air about her - Eva Green is the ultimate femme fatale.
eva green red carpet makeup
Photo credit: Zibi /WENN
I've seen her in Camelot, Dark Shadows, The Dreamers (directed by the great Bernardo Bertolucci), and then having recently watched Casino Royale, Eva Green is officially in my beauty crush books. She was such an effective Morgan Pendragon and a captivating Vesper Lynd and we'll get to see more of her this year in 300: Rise of an Empire, prequel to 300. She's always had a sly demeanor about her, which is why I think she's getting cast in these empowered and cunning roles. Her go-to look is dark, smokey and sexy, best paired with a MAC Russian red lip. 

Here are my favorite movie makeup looks from her.
eva green casino royale makeup
Casino Royale (2006)
eva green dark shadows makeup
Dark Shadows (2012)
eva green camelot makeup
Camelot (2011)
And have you noticed how her brows are straighter than the typical? Love it. Yeah, I'm all about the brows lately

Have you seen any of her movies? If you have, what's your favorite Eva Green look?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Classic Bold Eyebrows

Thin or thick - what kind of eyebrows do you have?
Audrey Hepburn
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Marlene Dietrich in The Blue Angel (1930)
I have a pair of quite sparse eyebrows so I don't know why for the life of me I ever got into over plucking them during my young and naive years. I've now wised up, became less attached with my tweezers and realized that thicker brows are beautiful and always have been. Just look at these beautiful women rocking their wooly brows.
Jennifer Connelly beauty blurbs
Jennifer Connelly
Emilia Clarke beauty blurbs
Khaleesi a.k.a Emilia Clarke
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Keira Knightley
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A young Brooke Shields
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Lily Collins
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
I think some of us are still living with the notion that overly arched and overly plucked or shaved brows are prettier. Sometimes it is, especially when you're Angelina Jolie. Pluck the stray hairs but stay true to your natural brow shape. Otherwise it  can render you unrecognizable since eyebrows are such a crucial element to facial recognition according to this MIT study. Here's a visual to get my point across.
drew barrymore thin and thick brows
This is just to prove a point, Drew. You're always cute, ok?
And a friendly advice: don't go "tweezer happy". ;)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Closer Look at Moonrise Kingdom's Suzy Bishop

Oh, young love - and some pretty blue eyeshadow brought to us by a 12-year old.
suzy bishop moonrise kingdom makeup
A young girl sporting bright makeup is scandalous but I thought it looked brilliant on her.
When you watch a Wes Anderson film, you'll know it's a Wes Anderson film  even without looking at the credits basing on his distinct style and  even more distinguishable and colorful characters. Having seen The Royal Tenenbaums and The Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom (2012) is yet another period piece charmer that tugged at my inner kid heartstrings. I've watched it a couple of nights ago for the first time and found myself laughing out loud to the young lovers' quips. Now I haven't gotten over Suzy Bishop's character with her memorable blue eyeshadow and pale cheeks and lips. It was a treat seeing a flash of that color every time she blinked or closed her eyes. This is certainly a look that emerged from the 60's albeit less popular than the mod look that was all the rage that time. If attention to detail is something Anderson excels in, I'd say he intentionally chose a shade of Bleu de France for her eyeshadow since she had a penchant for French music and she's the kind of kid who'd love to live in France instead - of course, this is my own crazy speculative/guess work.
suzy bishop moonrise kingdom makeup
suzy bishop moonrise kingdom makeup
Screenshots of Moonrise Kingdom (Focus Features)
Are you fan of Suzy's simple but bold look? Would you dare to wear blue eyeshadow or perhaps a more wearable blue liner instead?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

My Picks: The Most Beautiful Makeup Looks in Movies

It took me awhile to think about what to write for a first post since I could not immediately decide whether it should be about makeup or movies. Then I thought why not write about both at the same time? This is quite an indulgence to list down & share some of the most beautiful looks I've seen on film. See? It's hitting two birds with one stone. These are my personal favorites so please don't take offense if you don't find your own faves here or don't exactly agree with my picks. These are all very good movies, too, and  I highly recommend you watch them if you still haven't.

Amanda Seyfried as Sylvia Weis - In Time (2011)

When In Time's trailer came out, I hardly recognized Amanda Seyfried playing the lead role since she wore a deep auburn blunt bob wig and some light mauve lipstick. Now her character must have used  an extremely long-lasting primer because she was wearing the same gorgeous eye makeup day in and out (without  slightly budging) during the movie's fast paced dystopian story.
amanda seyfried in time makeup

Keira Knightley as Vera Phillips - The Edge of Love (2008)

She's undeniably one of the prettiest faces onscreen so I doubt she needs much makeup to look, well, even prettier. Yet she looked so ethereal with her glossy red lips, feathery lashes & brown smokey eyes in the opening scene of the film where she sings Blue Tahitian Moon. Yes, she can sing, too.
keira knightley the edge of love makeup
keira knightley the edge of love makeup

Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly - Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

It's safe to say we'd all agree on this one, right? This iconic look is all about the eyes with the squared off and groomed to perfection brows, thick lashes and cat liner. Now it's still a mystery to me what nude-y pink lipstick Holly uses and keeps in her little mailbox...
audrey hepburn breakfast at tiffany's makeup
audrey hepburn breakfast at tiffany's makeup

Katharine Ross as Elaine Robinson - The Graduate (1967)

Mrs. Robinson is definitely a lot more memorable than her daughter, Elaine, but the latter's makeup remind me of how fabulous women from the 60's looked. Look at those top and bottom lashes!
katharine ross the graduate makeup
katharine ross the graduate makeup

Ziyi Zhang as Nitta Sayuri - Memoirs of A Geisha (2005)

Having read the novel before seeing the movie, I was already fascinated with how the author described Sayuri preparing her hair and putting on her geisha makeup - even with pigeon poop (or Uguisu-no-fun) being part of the beauty regimen. Seeing how these scenarios translated to film was captivating.
ziyi zhang memoirs of a geisha makeup

ziyi zhang memoirs of a geisha makeup
I've got many other favorite looks but I may save those for a series of posts just like this. Let me know what your favorite movie makeup looks are! ;)