Shiseido Mattifying Moisturizer
Becca Resurfacing Primer
Celebre Cream Makeup in Light
Kryolan Makeup Blend
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NW20
MAC Face and Body Foundation in NC30
Graftobian Pro Translucent Setting Powder
Frola Cosmetics Contour Palette
Pantone Universe Elemental Energy Palette in Ginger Snap, Iron
Urban Decay De-slick Setting Spray
NYX Stay Matte Finishing Spray
Wet n Wild Color Icon in Dark Brown
e.l.f. Gel Eyeliner in Black
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Pantone Universe Elemental Energy Palette in Iron, Nutmeg
MAC Eyeshadow in Goldmine
e.l.f. Maleficent Eyeshadow Compact in Black
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black
Ardell Eyelashes #117
NYX Doll Eyes Mascara
MAC Lipstick in Russian Red
e.l.f. Lip Color in Maleficent
OMG MALEFICENT MALEFICENT MALEFICENT. IT IS FINALLY IN THEATERS. PRAISE ANY AND ALL DEITIES.
Anyone who knows me well knows Maleficent is my favorite villain ever. EVER, OKAY? When other little girls wanted to be princesses, I desperately wanted to be Maleficent. Though the tale of Sleeping Beauty is older than Disney's 1959 rendition, the animated version was my first exposure to the story and its characters, and I was hooked.
I find in Maleficent a perfect mixture of wickedness, intelligence, and beauty. If you've ever seen the Disney movie, you'll recall her tall, agile frame and how she moved with grace. Her voice was never cackly, her posture never hunched or monstrous, and her demeanor was riddled with grace and calculated madness. Amidst those characteristics, I found something I could latch to, even as a kid. I watch the movie as an adult, and I still get chills every single time she speaks or comes on screen. She is perfect.
Companies, too, know the sexy lure of villains. A few years back, MAC came out with a Disney villain collection and Maleficent was one of four featured in the line. I snagged the eyeshadows right away. And back in October 2013, e.l.f. also came out with their own villain line, which included nail polish and manicure fixins in addition to the cosmetics. Walgreens was the exclusive retailer, and I snatched up the Maleficent packages shortly after they came out.
As predicted, MAC capitalized on the live action film and created a Maleficent-exclusive line. I actually did NOT pick up anything, which at this point might surprise you, considering what you've learned, but here's my rationale:
•the 4 eyeshadows in the palette are pre-existing MAC colors (I already have one, and exact dupes of the other three in different palettes)
•the lip products are too cool-toned for my warmer skin
•I have a contour palette, so no need for sculpting/highlighting powder
•I already have black eyeliner in all the forms
•I'm committed to my eyebrow products, and don't like MAC's, actually
Frankly, I'm impressed I didn't cave in and throw all my money at MAC, but I'm really glad I talked myself out of their makeup line this time. So, using other Maleficent-themed products and dupes of other shades, I was able to recreate her look by following along with this tutorial by the talented Nicole Guerriero.
I also dug into my makeup kit today in addition to my regular personal products because I wanted to pale up a bit. It got a bit awkward at first because I was MEGA clown face, but after blending in some layers of my normal MAC foundations, the color lightened to a reasonable shade. I then set everything with the Graftobian powder to lock it in. After that, the rest was pretty simple - AND I WAS ABLE TO USE THIS WEEK'S PALETTE! I followed Nicole's tutorial and made my own tweaks along the way. What I'm most happy with are the lips and the contour.
Also, I am NOT wearing colored contacts- I adjusted the color of my eyes in Photoshop as I was balancing the light. My eyes are so whack, I have to wear prescription lenses all the time.
So, whether you're royalty, nobility, the gentry, or even the rabble, thanks for following along.