Jane Fonda as Barbarella
Barbarella (1968) is a cult classic starring Jane Fonda, one of my favorite movies. The thing that appeals to me the most is how sexual Barbarella is, yet innocent at the same time. She uses sex as currency throughout the whole film, but does it in an utterly non-perverse way. I love it!
Ok, so I tricked you into thinking I was going as something else for Halloween. ;) *smug smile* I’m actually going as Barbarella. Except, more of an Electric Barbarella, who is a sex robot from Duran Duran video (yes, the band is obsessed with the film too and got their name from the character Durand Durand!). This is the look I developed for my costume (yeah, good luck reproducing it tonight, Doe!):
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- Eyeshadows: Shoe Addict, Empress, Fairy Wings, Treasure Chest
- Black mascara, black liquid liner, purple liner, false eyelashes, black pencil
- Face: foundation, bronzer
When working with high-pigment shadows, it’s always a good idea to start with the eyes first and do the foundation later (particles of pigment might ruin it). In this look, I used one of my favorite colors – Shoe Addict, the brightest, most beautiful electric blue I’ve ever seen!! With a round brush (like #3), apply Shoe Addict on inner corners and, using a smaller brush like #6, about halfway under the eye. You may apply several layers, until the desired brightness is achieved. Darken the crease with Empress purple (try the crease definer brush #5) and a bit under the brow towards the nose, then blend into the blue. Use Fairy Wings, a magical violet-sparkle highlighter, on the brow bone, blending into the purple.
Draw a thin line along the lashes with black eyeliner. Glue falsies on top of that line. If you are paranoid they’ll come off, put on an extra coat of mascara, bonding the falsies with your own. Apply purple or black liner on the waterline.
Wondering why my face doesn’t look like my face? It’s not Photoshop – it’s contouring. You can alter your features pretty dramatically by highlighting and darkening certain parts. Here, I used a darker foundation to shade the sides of my nose and then applied a highlighter over the bridge to make it appear skinnier. I also used bronzer under my cheeks to make the cheek bones stand out more.
But most importantly, I made my skin look like a real robot!!! Treasure Chest has some serious metallic sheen to it, so I applied it all over my face, using a large brush. The result took my breath away – my skin was a striking glittery metallic-gold!
I like dramatic eyebrows, so I drew mine in a theatrical shape using a black brow pencil. If you have darker eyebrows, apply foundation over them first with some setting powder on top. This won’t make them completely invisible but will allow you to draw a different shape.
Apply foundation over your lips. If you have beige lipstick, use that. If not, colorless lip balm will do. You want to create a sticky surface for the pigment to adhere to. Once again, Goldilocks to the rescue – I dabbed on the pigment, which is lip-safe, all over my lips, concentrating on the top corners and center of the mouth. Voila!
Photos of full costume coming soon!
Deerlings: what’s your costume for tonight???