Monday, February 14, 2011

Makeup Look of the Day: The Enigma

Gwyneth Paltrow

The Enigma is mysterious and emotionally haunting.  A damsel in distress.  The roles played by Sophia Loren in Two Women and Anna Magnani in the Rose Tattoo are two best examples of the Enigma in film.  The look is heavily dependent upon smeared eye makeup.  
Sophia Loren in Two Women

To get this look, I used liquid foundation with a bronzer that reflects light really nicely.  Then I mixed together an apricot cream blush with a hot pink powder blush to get an orangy-red color on the cheeks.  The lips were filled in with a natural toned lip pencil and followed with a clear red lip gloss.  The eyes, which are the pivotal feature of this look, should look beautifully messy, as though you've been crying and your once perfect makeup has been ruined by tears.  I used black pencil eyeliner on my upper eyelids and lower rims and then applied black mascara to curled top lashes and bottom lashes.  Then, to get the splattered look, I took the mascara wand and pressed it gently but firmly to my eyelids, crease, and under eye area.  The result was not quite as intense as Gwyneth wears it, but you can get a good idea of how mascara can be used in an unexpectedly beautiful and interesting way.

The mascara used for this look should be black since black gives off the most drama, something the Enigma is highly known for.  I used one of my favorite drugstore brand mascaras-- Rimmel Lycra Lash Extender.  It has a skinny enough wand in order to control the amount and placement of mascara around the eyes to get the intensity just right.  
Rimmel Lycra Lash Extender mascara in black

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