Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A Closer Look at The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Lisbeth Salander

Dark, edgy and nonconformist - Lisbeth Salander is Stieg Larsson's transcendent anti-heroine who defies society's preconceived labels.
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Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander (2011)
It's the perfect time to put Lisbeth Salander back into the forefront especially after the recently concluded punk-themed Met Ball and also having recently seen David Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Lisbeth's appearance is not the sort of look most women would want to embody. It's not ideal  and could come off as creepy to some people. And let's face it, you do need a certain kind of attitude to pull off such a strong appearance but there is something beautiful and admirable in her unforgiving and unconventional aesthetic.
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Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander (2009)
I don't want to get into the whole debate on who gave the better performance. I thought Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara were both successful in portraying a strong and intelligent Lisbeth even if they did interpret the same character in different ways. Not only were the character interpretations different but the makeup looks as well. In the introductory scene, Noomi had dark brows, black eye shadow & lips and sported the same greasy hair style with side swept bangs she would have all throughout the movie. While Rooney had bleached brows, pale lips, a lighter black-brown smokey eye look with a red tinge which goes darker on the lower lash line (making those blue green eyes of her stand out) and a dynamic hair style with a  very short and blunt  fringe which would change in almost every scene. Let's all thank Pat McGrath by the way, one of my all time favorite make up artists, for creating Rooney's look for the movie. ;)

What do you think of Lisbeth's look? Do you find it weird or beautiful?

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