Inspired Makeup Monday: Scarlett O'Hara

Good Morning, Friends! Welcome to today’s Inspired Makeup Monday and the latest look series on BackPorchPoet.

Silver Screen Queens is going to look at the golden age of movie stars. With Halloween around the corner, you might find yourself wanting to emulate a look or two. After all, if you’re forced to go to that Halloween party, might as well look fabulous while you do it!  

 

The Creation:

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The Process:

The first step was to block out my eyebrows. This was my first attempt at doing so, but I felt it necessary to achieve the iconic side-eye arch to my brow. After layering numerous coats of Elmer’s Glue and loose powder, I color corrected the remaining brow hairs with a peach color corrector to brighten.

I applied my foundation to the rest of my face, being careful to dab over the covered brows rather than my usual buffing motion. Once the base was complete I took to mapping out my new brow shape – first creating the outline that I wanted and then filling them in.  

The rest of the look is quite simple, using my NYX Taupe blush to contour, adding bronzer to my crease, and fluffing a red-toned blush over the apples of my cheeks. Throw on some mascara, lashes, and an orange-red lip and the look is complete. (I wasn’t able to find a red-orange I was happy with so I settled for mixing two liquid lips to create the color I wanted.)

 

The Inspiration

Gone with the Wind is a cinematic power house. It was the most expensive movie ever made, for its time, and won 8 of the 13 Oscars it was nominated. What is most interesting about this, is that many considered it (including Clark Gable) to be a “woman’s picture” as if it were beneath any real serious participation. Well…a “woman’s picture” has since made around 400 million dollars in theater sales (which could be equated to around 5 Billion in today’s dollars). 

Gone with the Wind is also attributed to the first African American to be nominated for, and win, an Oscar. Hattie McDaniel was the first African American to attend the Academy Awards as a guest, in spite of the fact that none of the black actors were allowed to attend the premier of the film. I want to note that the first Oscar won by an African American actor was also a woman in a “woman’s film”. The irony of this compared to much of the resistance in modern Hollywood is not lost on me and I could die of eye-rolling as of typing.

Thus, here at BackPorchPoet, we have decided to end this series with Vivian Leigh and the brows the rocked a nation. She, and the numerous other women involved in production of one of America’s most well-known films, prove that nothing is more powerful than a woman determined to rise.


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The Products:  

            Eyes:

                        Anastasia Beverly Hills: Dip Brow: Medium Brown

                        Physicians Formula: Butter Bronzer: Light

                        LA Girl: Pro Concealer: Peach Corrector

                        Too Faced: Better Than Sex Mascara

                        Kiss: Looks So Natural Lashes: Shy

            Lips:

                        Beauty Bakerie: Lip Whip: Hibiscus Mango Tea

                        Beauty Bakerie: Lip Whip: Mon Cheri

                       

            Face:

                        Urban Decay: All Nighter Foundation

                        Urban Decay: All Nighter Concealer

                        NYX Cosmetics: HD Blush: Taupe

                        Coty Airspun Translucent Powder

                        BH Cosmetics: HD Blush Palette: Glamourous

                        Physicians Formula: Butter Bronzer: Light

Inspired Makeup Monday: Glinda the Good Witch

Silver Screen Queens

Good Morning, Friends! Welcome to today’s Inspired Makeup Monday and the latest look series on BackPorchPoet.

Silver Screen Queens is going to look at the golden age of movie stars. With Halloween around the corner, you might find yourself wanting to emulate a look or two. After all, if you’re forced to go to that Halloween party, might as well look fabulous while you do it!  

The Creation:

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The Process:

To begin, I totally changed up my brow routine. As opposed to the angular style that is popular today, I noticed Glinda (from the 1939 The Wizard of Oz movie) had a softer brow shape. I began by curving the front of my brow and continued the soft rounded shape through to the tail. I also made my brows as thin as possible without having to block them out. Additionally, Glinda has a reddish/auburn tone to her hair which is why I went with this particular brow color.

The eye makeup is fairly simple, taking Sugarpill’s Frostine all over the lid and buffing the edges out with the Shop Miss A baked eyeshadow in Gravel. I took a liquid liner to line the upper lash line, popped my face highlighter in the inner corner and threw on mascara to finish the eye look.

For the face, I knew that the style of the 30s and 40s was matte, matte, and more matte…but I couldn’t stay away from a little highlight! (We’ll just say it’s bringing Glinda into 2018…) After applying my base and setting it with powder, I used a red-toned blush from the BH Cosmetics Glamourous palette to rose up the apples of my cheeks, a touch across the nose, chin, and a bit on my temples. This was meant to mimic Glinda’s rosy/flushed appearance in the movie. I went over the high points of my face with BH Cosmetic’s Blacklight Highlighter palette because…I had to!

The lips were a tad tricky but I finally decided on mixing my Grande Cosmetics Liquid Lip in Smoked Sherry and Live Glam’s liquid lip in Butterfly.

 

The Inspiration

I assume most people are aware of the world’s first color film. It was a marvel of innovation at the time and was led by a female star, Judy Garland. Additionally, two of the most powerful characters in the film were also women. Billie Burk played Glinda the good witch and Margaret Hamilton the Wicked Witch of the West. It’s amazing to me, as I continue this series, how many bomb ladies have graced the silver screen with powerful roles and yet there is still a stigma that female led movies are not profitable. (As written about here and here) Granted, the movie was considered a flop at premiere but only because it lost out to Gone with the Wind, another female driven movie about a woman’s growth and survival during America’s Civil War south.

Burke was 54 when she took on the iconic role of Glinda (rocking her fabulous glitter ensemble) busting another myth that women have to be a certain age to be in a major role (that’s not someone’s mother, grandmother, wizened old woman, etc.)

Therefore, here at BackPorchPoet, we’ve decided to give a nod to Glinda our Good Witch and feeling fabulous doing so.   

Inspired Makeup Monday: Liz Taylor's Cleopatra

Silver Screen Queens  


Good Morning, Friends! Welcome to today’s Inspired Makeup Monday and the latest look series on BackPorchPoet.

Silver Screen Queens is going to look at the golden age of movie stars. With Halloween around the corner, you might find yourself wanting to emulate a look or two. After all, if you’re forced to go to that Halloween party, might as well look fabulous while you do it!  

 

The Creation:

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The Process:

I started out mapping the shape of Liz’s iconic block brow. Using my dip brow and an angled brush I created a new shape for my brow and carved it out with concealer. I then used several blue and white colors from the modern mattes palette and packed that all over my lid.

For the graphic liner, I used a small angled brush and my gel liner to slowly map out the shape I wanted, being sure to get the inner corner and the lower lash line. I also attached the end of the liner to the end of my brow, going over the dip brow with some of the gel liner. I used the dazzle lock all over the lid and patted my blue glitter on top. When the eyes were complete I used a generous helping of foundation and blended around the graphic eye-work.

After powdering the foundation and concealer down I did a light contour with my NYX Taupe blush and did a pop of peach on the apples of the cheeks. I added the inner corner highlight with the AOA studio highlight and plopped on some mascara and the look was complete!

 

The Inspiration

Liz Taylor was a force to be reckoned with. She won 2 Oscars for best actress, had a role in at least 33 films, was married 8 times (twice to the same man) and is an American Icon in her own right. Due to her larger than life persona I felt it necessary to recreate her recreation of one of history’s most powerful women. If you’re looking to feel the power of a queen this Halloween, Liz Taylor isn’t a bad one to dress up as this year.

The Products:  

            Eyes:

                        Anasasia Beverly Hills: Dip Brow: Medium Brown

                        ELF Cosmetics: Gel Eyeliner: Black

                        BH Cosmetics: Modern Mattes Palette

                        Smolder Cosmetics: Dazzle Lock

                        Smolder Cosmetics: Radiant Glitter: Soultry

                        Too Faced Cosmetics: Better Than Sex Mascara

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Studio Baked Highlighter: Cream Puff

            Lips:

                        ColourPop Cosmetics: Lipstick: Kathleen Lights Zodiac Collection:

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            Face:

                        Urban Decay: All Nighter Foundation

                        Urban Decay: All Nighter Concealer

                        NYX Cosmetics: HD Blush: Taupe

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Studio Loose Setting Powder: Translucent

                        BH Cosmetics: HD Blush Palette: Glamourous

Inspired Makeup Monday: Florence Lawrence - Our First Movie Star

 

Good Morning, Friends! Welcome to today’s Inspired Makeup Monday and the latest look series on BackPorchPoet.

 Silver Screen Queens

Silver Screen Queens is going to look at the golden age of movie stars. With Halloween around the corner, you might find yourself wanting to emulate a look or two. After all, if you’re forced to go to that Halloween party, might as well look fabulous while you do it!  

The Creation:

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The Process:

I started out filling in my brows, however, instead of the angular shape I typically go for I rounded out the front and kept the arch quite soft. I primed my lids with my concealer and dusted the NYX single shadow to set it. For liner I went with a simple, thick line. Popping on mascara and some NYX Jumbo Pencil in the water line the eyes were complete.

For the face I did my typical foundation and concealer routine. I wanted a glow to the face but knew that it would have to be more of a subtle lit from within glow. For this I used the AOA Studio liquid highlighters and dabbed it in with my fingers on the high points of my face. I set my cream products with the matte highlight from the Wet N’ Wild Palette and with a fluffy brush went ham on the blush. Based off the photo inspiration, the effect was meant for an overall flush as opposed to a precise application. Once the lips were on the look was complete!

I would go into how I styled my hair but trust me, it only looks good in the photos…I would not recommend going out with your hair the way I did it for the photos!

                       

The Inspiration:

Florence Lawrence has been heralded as the world’s very first movie star. This is not to say she is the first woman to be portrayed on film, rather, she is the first woman who was named for her participating role. Born in Canada, Lawrence began her career as a stage actress before starting her career in film with The Boy, The Bust And The Bath in 1907.

 

Today’s look was inspired by a cover photo for PhotoPlay Magazine published in November 1914. It appears to be a colorized photo of the actress sporting rosy, round cheeks, a berry lip, and long lower lashes. If you wanted to take inspiration from our friend Flow, grab a bucket hat or turban, curl your hair into a bob (or faux bob) add a flowy A-line dress and you’re good to go!

The Products:  

            Eyes:

                        NYX Cosmetics:  Single Shadow: I Have a Headache

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Studio Liquid Liner: Black

                        L’oreal: Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Studio Skinny Lash Primer

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Studio Skinny Lash Mascara

                        NYX Cosmetics: Jumbo Eye Pencil: Milk

                        Benefit: Precisely My Brow Pencil: No. 3

            Lips:

                        Live Glam: Kiss Me Club Liquid Lipstick: Pour Decisions

            Face:

                        Urban Decay: All Nighter Foundation

                        NYX Cosmetics: HD Concealer

                        Shop Miss A: AOA Studio Liquid Highlighter: Morning Glow

                        BH Cosmetics: HD Blush Palette: Glamourous

                        Wet N’ Wild: Contour Palette: Dulce De Leche