Monday, October 21, 2013

LTHP Dabbles: Makeup Inspired by the Film "Black Swan"

Changes,

 They are sudden. They happen often, they happen when you least expect them.... I like to think we are all in control of our own destiny and that we can make changes for the better, and for the worse sometimes too. What this little ramble brings me to is that husband and I are in the middle of a VERY big transition. We will be leaving Florida tomorrow and driving to California to start our new lives. Yes, it is daunting and hectic, but we are excited and hopeful. 
 So, in keeping with the theme of changes and transitions I want to share my very first "Halloween Look" (if you want to call it that). I really just wanted to take on the character of Nina Sayers (The Black Swan), since the film came out back in 2010. All of a sudden I was finding myself relating to this character very much. There are so many changes in my life that are requiring me to change my complete outlook on many things. I'm growing, I guess? But much like Nina, I feel like things are changing within me (and sometimes I feel straight up crazy). So without further rambles, here is my take on the iconic Black Swan poster look. 
 I created my own custom "Black Swan" tiara. I really wish I had the time to have done the full costume. Anyhow, this was very challenging for me. This whole thing was a HUGE step out of my comfort zone, but I am SO happy I took it on. Why? Because I LOVE a challenge, and I love trying new things. I know the film has been out for over Three years, but as you can see it made a big impression on me... Actually all of Darren Aronofsky's films seem to do that to me. So I took on his Black Swan... 
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  I wont go into much detail about how to achieve the look because there are about a MILLION tutorials on You Tube on how to do this look, and a million different ways. I never meant for it to be an exact replica. I wanted to do my interpretation of such an iconic look. The hardest part was getting an even White "foundation" as I had to use cheap costume makeup and get creative with my Sugarpill Tako white eyeshadow lol. For the eyes I used mostly liquid liners to achieve the feathery look. For the metallic and shimmering details I used Sugarpill Tiara and Lumi mixed with a mixing medium to create a metallic "paint". Of course some editing was done to the photo to achieve that evil and dark look the poster has to it. I'm just obsessed with Black Swan. 
 I finished the look with some Red Vassen Lollipop circle lenses from Pinky Paradise and added feather lashes by Ardell. My lips were done in OCC's Black Metal Dahlia. To me the big finishing touch was my custom made tiara.

 Below you can see a closeup of the eye makeup detail. This was SO much fun to work on. I get two things from this look. There is the Black Swan vibe, but I am also getting an evil butterfly queen from this too.

Below you can also see detail shots of the tiara and I've posted some videos on how I achieved my custom piece. I had SO much fun working on this entire look. Is it perfect? NO, far from it.. But you know what? I don't care! I took something on that was WAAAAAY out of my skill set and brought it to life in a way I didn't know I had in me.

 Here are some vids explaining the process of the making of the tiara. 


 I really hope you guys enjoyed this post. I really poured my heart and soul into this mini project and it felt good to do so. Plus, since I will be moving during Halloween, might as well "dress up" now ;)!! But, in all seriousness, this was a challenge I've been meaning to take on for many years and I am so happy and excited to finally see it come to life. 

 I really hope you guys enjoyed this look. This whole post is very meaningful to me, for many different reasons. I really enjoyed working on this entire thing so much :D. Tomorrow we will be on the road to our new lives and I am excited to see what these changes will bring... Hopefully they don't end with me stabbing myself in the belly with a broken piece of glass though...... Oh and if you have not seen Black Swan, please DO SO!!! 

 Thank you so much for stopping by today my loves!! And please send all the good vibes our way ♥.! 

27 comments:

  1. Awesome look, it's amazing! ♥
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  2. Good luck to you and your husband on your next adventure!

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  3. You look amazing and perfect to me, if only for accepting your own challenges! Good luck with the move dear :*

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    1. Thank you so much doll!! It was like an eye opening experience to work on this look. It gave me the confidence I needed to take on new challenges in my makeup looks

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  4. Amazing!! You are SO freaking talented, woman!! Best wishes for your road trip/move!

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  5. So awesome!! Good luck on the move! How exciting?! I love new beginnings!

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  6. This is AMAZEBALLS!! Black Swan left a huge impression on me as well - specifically the aesthetic of the film and it's makeup and costumes.

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    1. I still watch that movie at least once a week lol... No joke. I find it tragically beautiful. And lately I've been relating to the main character a lot so it felt like the right time to take Nina on ;).

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  7. good luck on your move sweetie! great halloween look, beautiful but still haunting :)

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  8. Looks stunning!! And I love those lenses, they just set the whole look off perfectly.

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  9. Wow! You've outdone yourself with this look! Worthy of its inspiration, for sure.

    Congrats and good luck on the big move. I've lived in California for a decade now and I never want to leave! If you wind up in LA, this nail polish addict would happily buy you a welcome drink and/or street taco. Not to be too creepy or anything... haha...

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    1. Oh wow! Thank you so much!! It was a true challenge, but such a fun one. I really wanted to do such an iconic look justice.

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  10. I am subscribed to your videos so had already seen them, but I sure do appreciate reading all about the motivation for the tiara! I love your look, just gorgeous. I wish you all the best in California, what a daunting challenge, but how very exciting! Good luck!

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  11. I am subscribed to your videos, so had already seen them, but am so appreciative to read here the motivation behind the tiara. I am so thrilled for you to have a daunting and thrilling change ahead of you, and I wish you so very much luck and a good life in California. I read every single word you write and hope this change is a positive one for your health. Good luck!

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    1. Aww thanks!! It was the most fun I've had in a long time. It was a new challenge but it also had "meaning" behind it. I was pushing my boundaries and actually followed through :D. Thank you for your kind words :D!!

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  12. I love this! It's so beautiful and perfect!

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    1. Thank you so much my love!!! It was great to see you today!

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  13. INcredible! I would be so proud of myself. :D You should be!!!

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  14. So gorgeous and creative! Good look on your move :-)

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  15. You are gorgeously wicked, you clever lady! I hope you enjoy your 2nd honeymoon road trip & new adventures on the west coast. So many NEW things for you both to explore! <3

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  16. This looks amazing :) Good luck with your move

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  17. I LOVE this! You did a fantastic job! With my new glasses anything bright looks like it's popping out, so with your red eyes, it takes the pictures to an entirely different level! It's so cool because with them it kind of makes it look 3D! LOVE it!

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  18. In retrospect....your crown looks a bit like Essie's Belugaria polish! Love your look and your creativity :-)

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