Some days you just feel like dressing up as the Goblin King.
I am deep, deep, deep into deadline despair at the moment, so naturally my hindbrain is protesting at all the work I’m putting the forebrain through by throwing me all sorts of shiny distractions, like Ooh, how about this new writing idea? or Won’t putting on Goblin King makeup and going to the grocery store be fun? Y’all, I can be a champion procrastinator when the mood strikes (which is often, not gonna lie), so I decided if I had to indulge the hindbrain in something to shut it up, then I would spackle on some glittery eyeshadow and go grocery shopping.Instastories are awesome. Just saying.
I’m no Roshani Chokshi or Renée Ahdieh, but I do like makeup. I don’t wear it everyday because I’m lazy, plus my philosophy of makeup tends more toward Unwearable Goth Costume than Flattering Everyday Looks. Go big or go home, as they say. If I’m not pretending to be a 1920s flapper or Sally Bowles or Edie Sedgwick or Death of the Endless, why bother?1
I don’t really have a process when it comes to, well, anything,2 so when it came time to take pictures of steps and whatnot, I pretty much failed. You see, what I typically do when recreating a makeup look is stare at a picture, get out my brushes, and just play until I get something I like. I’m a terrible teacher. In seventh grade, my math teacher once recruited me as an alegebra tutor because I had the best grades, but turns out good grades doesn’t necessarily lead to good teaching. I just…GET IT. I can’t explain it any further than that!
So…you’ll have to forgive me if this tutorial doesn’t make any sense. Part of the reason it’s hard to explain is that this makeup look is not a strict recreation of what David Bowie wore in Labyrinth because I fudged and adjusted as necessary. Two things: 1. Bowie’s brows are lower than mine, so I have more eye real estate to work with, and 2. my eye shape is much rounder than his. Also, like an idiot, I forgot to make note of what colors and brands I used, so…soz? 3
Anyway, on with the bad tutorial, shall we? (Forgive me the ratchet quality of the photos; I took them with my iPhone in dim light.)
1. Start with a clean face!
2. Get some bar soap and a clean, unused toothbrush!
Say what? So, if you notice in the first picture, part of Bowie’s brows are covered, so we’re going to need a smooth, flat surface to paint over. A kid-safe gluestick actually works best, but I didn’t have any, so I used the next best thing: bar soap. If you wet your toothbrush, rub it over the bar soap a few times, you get a sticky residue that you can brush across your brows to glue them down. Like this:
Hard to tell, I know, but my brows are pretty flat against my face now. Also my skin is breaking out from the deadline stress like I’m 16 all over again. Come on, body; I was a teenager over 15 years ago, you can’t give a girl a break?
3. Conceal your brows from the arch onward.
Voila! Eyebrows (mostly) gone!
4. Cover the entire area with a light, matte neutral base color.
If you have primer, you can prime your entire eye area, but I forgot. The neutral base is essentially to even out color, so the other eyeshadows have a “clean” canvas to work from. Cover the entire lid, all the way up to the brows, and down along the inner eye area.
5. Ready your white, shimmery eyeshadow.
I used Polyester Bride (I remembered!). You essentially want a white shadow with a lot of shimmer (not glitter). Spackle that on, my friends. All the way up to the brow, and also over the concealed part of the brow into a peak.
6. Ready some other shimmery eyeshadows.
Here we get into a little bit of artistic license. It’s hard to tell, but I think Bowie’s Goblin Ball makeup includes some blue to match his glittery jacket and blue streaks in his hair. Regardless, we’re bringing in another color to add dimension to the white. I picked two colors: green and blue and painted each eye a different shade because my Goblin King has mismatched blue and green eyes so I thought, Why not?
Also, it goes without saying, but shimmer, shimmer, shimmer.
I took the second color and shaded just beneath my eyebrow, toward the inner corner. I also painted it along my lashline and lids and up along the outside edge of the white “peak.”
You can see it better on my other eye because the green I used is darker than the blue.
Take a dark brown (matte) and paint yourself some angry eyebrows. Trace the upper edge of the white “peak.”
8. The ultimate winged eyeliner, more or less.
Um, so, I think it’s easier to show you than describe, but essentially, you’re creating the ultimate winged eyeliner with the same dark brown shade as the one used on your brows.
What it looks like with eyes closed.
9. Bringing it all together.
Right, so here we get to the part where I failed to take pictures as I was experimenting, but what I did was bring my secondary color (either blue or green) down along my lower lashline to give it some unity. I also took a white eyeliner and lined my lower waterline. (I have no idea how to describe this!)
10. Actual eyeliner.
This is somewhat optional, but I took a black liquid eyeliner and extended it toward the inner corner of my eyes to give them a bit more of a feline shape. (Like I said, my eyes are rounder than Bowie’s.)
11. Conceal and contour! Also foundation.
I left concealer and foundation for last, mostly because there is SO MUCH eyeshadow in use that it makes sense to do cleanup after its applied. In the picture above, you can see I concealed under my right eye, and now much cleaner it looks compared to my left.
Apply foundation to the rest of the face. Then find a contour shade and start giving yourself cheekbones. Also define the nose ridge with the contour as well. Finally, if you have it, apply a highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones. You can apply glitter on top of the highlighter.
Lastly, apply some pink lipgloss if you have it. (I’m actually fairly certain Bowie is wearing a shimmery nude lipstick in the ballroom scene, but I don’t have nude lipstick, so gloss it is!)
12. Attend a goblin masquerade. Or go grocery shopping.
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