Life’s a Cabaret, Darling!
The movie Cabaret is what turned me into a Liza *with a z fan. The perfect 70’s movie, while fashionably being a 1930’s period drama about the rise of Hitler. Now that’s entertainment, ladies and gentlemen. Photographs are self-portraits
Photography & editing by me. Images were shot in natural light, 90% of the editing was to smooth my acne scarred skin.
Since the beginning of August, I’ve been obsessing over seventies makeup. I have to give props to Liz Eggleston’s Blog which is entirely devoted to 1970’s fashion plates and clothing from the era for providing me with amazing inspiration.
The moment I saw those big lashes and pale blue eyeshadow, I knew this was hot-stuff. Perhaps not the most copied look, but influential, and that overused word: Iconic. Because it made Liza, more Liza, if that makes any sense? Jazz, flapper vibes, showgirls with a dash of naughty Weimar flavours, all mixed with Liza’s wide Broadway voice, waif gait, and wide-eyed-happy-go-lucky demeanor, just made movie magic.
Visually speaking, it’s quite a simple look, you just need to find the right lashes for your eyes (top and bottom), or you’ll actually look like a movie star from the 1930, and not someone from the 70’s trying to look like you’re from the 1930 (does that make sense, too?). If your eyes are smaller, I recommend checking out Velour lashes, they have a smaller gait and styles that have the extravagance you’ll need to be this fabulous.
You can make your own blue shade by mixing pure white and cyan pigments. M.A.C. Cosmetics have Paint pots in White and Cyan (long lasting). If you have the Make Up For Ever flash palette, that’s a great option too. If you have a cyan pigment, then you can pat it over a white eyeshadow base to get that powdery blue. To paint the crease, I started with a grey shade, then I used black mixed with a grey tone and a touch of blue eyeshadow to shift the grey to a bluer tone.
I lined the eyes with a black eyeshadow, patting it on, until I got it as black as can be. You can also use a black liner pencil, just make sure that the line is not too sharp, so you don’t fall into a 1960 style. I put white on the lower lashline, cheating by a 2mm a lower lashline, which I contoured with a black eyeshadow so the bottom lashes had somewhere to blend into.
For base makeup, I used all the Hollywood tricks, full makeup, white underpainting, powder. I kept the brows more seventies (these are my un-made up brows). Plastering and re-penciling them in would look more like a drag style. Liza has her own brows and it’s what keeps the paint “grounded”. I wanted to keep that feeling so the essence of the look translates to my face. Blush and lipstick are of your choice but on pale skin, it should be leaning coral-orange, but really any old red lipstick will do as long as you have the eyes.
Visit my Instagram for a little video of me signing a line or two with the full face of makeup and lashes.