If you are going to a Halloween party but you have very little time to prepare, then this look is for you! It’s inspired by the beautiful Agatha from The Grand Budapest Hotel. They did very subtle changes to her make up look throughout the movie, but overall it’s very easy and simple. With a simple milkmaid braid, this is how you can recreate the look…
- After moisturizing and priming your face, apply a thin layer of foundation all over your face to even out the skin tone. Agatha’s skin looked healthy and natural in the movie, we recommend Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation that has a light to medium coverage. You will look like you are glowing from within!
- Put a little light reflecting concealer, like the L’Oreal Lumi Magique Highlighting Pen (which is a dupe for YSL Touche Eclat!) to cover dark circles under your eyes. Our tip is to apply just in the inner corner of your eye and then blend it out using a MAC 217 brush or Beauty Blender, just how Lisa Eldridge always does, so you don’t put too much.
- This is the fun part. Agatha has really beautiful freckles, so let’s recreate that! Use a few small brushes that aren’t the same size, and randomly dot brown eye shadow all over your face. Freckles naturally don’t have the same size and some are lighter than the others. You can even use a brow pencil like MAC Brow Pencil in Lingering. Be creative and show your artistic side! Pat the ‘freckles’ with your fingers to make them look more natural.
- The fun is not over! Now we are going to draw the purplish red mark on Agatha’s right cheek. Make a rough outline of the mark using a magenta lip/eye pencil like the NARS Velvet Matte lip pencil in Damned, and then fill it in. It does not have to be perfect! If it goes on too dark, blot using a tissue paper so it does not look super opaque. Pat using fingers.
- Powder your face only where you need to, because Agatha’s skin didn’t look overly matte, so we suggest applying it only on your T-zone where you get oily, and under the eyes to set your concealer. Also, lightly define your eyebrows as Agatha did not have strong eyebrows.
- Contour your face with The Body Shop Honey Bronze bronzing powder to create dimension, so you don’t look flat in photographs. In some scenes, you can see Agatha had defined cheek bones. We think contouring is very personal, some like it stronger than others, but the key is to blend blend blend! No harsh lines but still defined at the same time.
- Use the bronzer to frame the eyes a little. Apply and blend on your eye socket and under the lower lash line. Use a darker brown like MAC Eye Shadow in Espresso with an angled liner brush on the outer corner of the eye (both on the upper and lower lash line) to define a little more.
- Tightline your eyes! Agatha did not have much eyeliner but she got definition from the tightline. Look straight and pull your upper eyelid up so you can see the waterline. Use a waterproof kohl pencil like the Urban Decay Glide On 24/7 in Perversion to line the waterline. Our tip is to do it quick because it tickles more when you do it slowly.
- We think Agatha didn’t really have much colour on her cheeks. But since you’re going to a party I think you need a little bit of colour. A light peach blush like Bourjois Cream Blush in Healthy Glow #2. Pat and blend using your fingers on the apples of your cheek. For the lips, use your favorite lip balm and have fun at the party!
- Last but not least, set your make up with a setting spray like the Urban Decay All Nighter spray, so it stays on all night.
This may look like much, but it’s actually very simple and low maintenance. The highlight of this look is Agatha’s mark and her natural complexion, the others are just bonus. Oh, and for the outfit, you can easily wear a nice light blue dress with peter pan collar, completed with a belt and a pair of ballet flats. Also, before you go out from the house, make sure to bring blotting paper with you just in case you get a little too shiny after a few hours! If you have questions, feel free to contact us!
Written by Adani Nurimanina