The Black Swan Makeup

Now that I’ve shown you my take on the costume and crown, let’s move to the another artfully executed elements: the makeup.

Every part of the design was purposely done just so to mimick the swan and the dark transformation of the character.

This makeup look is graceful, yet haunting. Perfect for Halloween and fitting for the movie’s theme.

The Black Swan Makeup


Face
For this makeup look, you will need a foundation that is as light as possible. Choose the palest from your own color selection, or I reccomend getting a sample size of a porcelain shade. Give the Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation in Just Porcelain a try. You can even use a thick, white physical sunscreen for that Gothic pale look.

Eyes
This is focus for this look, and for good reason. The dramatic wings and deep shadows matched with shots of silver make for an evocative statement.

  • I’ll start by priming my eyes with a little concealer, you want this look to stay put and not resemble a slip-and-slide.
  • Then, begin marking the shape with a white or lighter-colored eyeshadow or eye pencil. Draw a gentle curve starting from the side of your nose and upwards, following the natural line of your brow.

This will be the top of the wing. Think of the lines on a masquerade mask for inspiration on the shape.

  • Now, draw a curve connected to the starting point of the last line, and trace the bottom shape of your eye, letting it feather out at the end. This will be the bottom of the wing.
  • Next, start drawing thin lines inside of the wings that you just drew, these will become the feathers.
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  • Now, fill in the lines with a black eyeliner. Make sure your strokes are feathery and fluid, use a light hand.
  • Fill in a few of the parts with the black, but leave some spaces blank for the silver. Then, using an eye detail brush, take a silver eyeshadow and fill in the parts you left empty. Clean up any mess-ups and soften the outer edge using wispy strokes.

Lips
Finish of the look with a deep purple shade. I like RMS Beauty’s Lip2Cheek in Diabolique (also mentioned here) and Fierce by Red Apple Lipstick.


Here’s another idea: if you don’t want to worry about messing up the makeup, apply the design on a paper mache mask, like I did. Similar effect, but much easier.


If you’re more of a visual learner, you can check out this helpful YouTube tutorial by Michelle Phan to understand the technique for the eye makeup.

Happy Halloween!
Megan

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