Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Get The Look: Queen Elsa

Now that it's a new year, I can safely say that Disney's Frozen was one of my favorite films of 2013. I typically enjoy all of the princess movies regardless but I fell absolutely in love with Elsa. Though her younger sister is Frozen's lead protagonist, Elsa, voiced by the phenomenal Idina Menzel, absolutely steals the show. Unlike many other Disney heroines, Queen Elsa has an intentionally "made up" look, which I think is really refreshing because she is also older than the other princess and Elsa is also the only one who possesses magical abilities aside from talking to animals. I feel the animators paid the character a lot of respect by styling her in a plum toned smokey eye and bright lips because she is truly unique in comparison to other female Disney characters. The look is very smoldering and intense because she is a cartoon character so Elsa's features are quite exaggerated. However, I think this could be a very wearable evening or special occasion look, and it was surprisingly simple and fun to recreate!

The eyes are the main focus of Elsa's makeup but because I wasn't born with flawless Disney princess skin, I applied Benefit's That Gal brightening primer all over my face and followed it with Urban Decay's Naked Skin foundation(shade 01) to even out my skin tone by buffing it into my skin with a generic beauty blender sponge. Because Naked Skin has light to medium coverage, I used my Cover Girl fresh complexion concealer(fair) to spot conceal and to brighten up the dark circles under my eyes. Usually I'd contour my face a bit with bronzer, but because Elsa is exceptionally pale, I decided to skip that step and applied the blush from my Stila artist series Impressionist palette, to the apples of my cheeks. Elsa always looks flushed as if she's just come in from the snow, so any cool toned pink or plum blush should do the trick. To create the illusion that my skin is as luminous as Elsa's I used an ungodly amount of highlight. I dusted Physician's Formula Glow Mineral Pearls (translucent) on my cheek bones, the bridge of my nose, forehead, chin, and cupids bow. 

Next, It was finally time to start on the eyes. I used shadows from my artist series Impressionist palette by Stila and the Violet Femmes quad by Maybelline, but any lilac. , plum and burgundy shades will create the same effect. I primed my eyes with a purple creme eyeshadow by Almay and then packed the lilac shade from my Stila palette all over the lid with a fluffy brush. next I used the same brush to apply the darker plum shade from the same palette into the crease. After that, I applied the dark burgundy shade from the Violet Femmes quad directly into the crease and the outer "V" of my eye. I also used the burgundy shadow to line the outer thirds of my lower lash line. For a brow and inner corner highlight, I went back to the Impressionist palette and used the pearly white color to make my eyes appear wider. I also tight lined my upper lash line with the darkest, almost black shade from the Violet Femmes palette and my lower lash line with a white eyeliner by rimmel. To finish the eyes, I created an exaggerated cat eye with my Stila Stay All Day liquid eyeliner and two coats of Clinique's High Impact Mascara.

The last step in this look was the lips. In some scenes, Elsa's lips seem more of a lighter pink tone and in others they are a bold fuschia shade. So I used a Cover Girl lipstick in "Embrace 335" to recreate her more dramatic look. 

And Voila! 

I hope you guys liked this tutorial and I would really appreciate feedback as I have never done one before!