Arwen - Galadriel - "Elven" cosmetics from other lines - Test for an Arwen make-up - (Elven) hair / wig suggestions
Make-Up and hair
is essential as it's what makes a costume complete. A costume can look exactly
like the original down to every detail, but it won't' work when the look
isn't right. Haven't you often wondered - "The dress looks good, but
why does she just not look like Arwen/Galadriel/Éowyn...?" Yep -
it was the Make-up then. If
you want the perfect costume, your Make-up has to be,too (and hair, and accessories...but
that is a different story *g*) .
So, here's a little guide to the elven look.
***not*** in any way affiliated with the companies mentioned below!
As always, we are best informed about Arwen. This is why she makes the start here.
If we can trust the
following inteview, we're in the lucky situation to know exactly what Make-Up
Liv was wearing as Arwen. The interview with both Make Up artist Noreen Wilkie
as well as costume designer Ngila Dickson was published in InStyle Magazine.
It was available online for a short time, but now the site is closed and only
available for AOL and InStyle customers. Here's
the link over at Tolkienonline.com that takes you further to the InStyle page.
shows another result at Theonering.net, I wasn't able to find it anywhere on
their site. Luckily, I saved the whole interview as a .doc file when it was
* What I could find out about the products so far
- These products will only work on you when your skin-type and color is similar to Liv's, i.e. if you have a very pale, porcelain skin (= what is called the 'Winter type' or 'Snow White Type'). Little spots and such can be covered with other products and shouldn't spoil the overall impression, but a fairly clean, smooth skin is the basis if you want to work with the original products used on Liv. For example, the MAC foundation 'nc15' is a very light, almost white tone and shouldn't be used on tanned or darker skin types.
- In general: All the make-up products listed here are from older lines that are partly discontinued now. No surprise; they were probably the newest lines when the movies were made, but 5 years have passed from then on and the lines have been re-styled and developed in the meantime. Finding the exact products is difficult in some cases.
by MAC has been discontinued except the Vanilla eyeshadow. The foundation
has been replaced by a new ("better") one, the blush and the Spice
shadow are also not in their product range anymore. They recommend a light beige
or brown instead.
But: Do NOT trust what the shop assistants recommend you "instead" or think is "very similar"!
You might end up with a totally different product, that doesn't match the others! Rather check online (hint: a certain auction website can be quite helpful *g*) or ask around at your friends and family.
Clinique has obviously
discontinued the "Almost Lipstick" line, but it is still available
widely through eBay.
Check also the 'gift sets' that have more colors, or lipstick palettes - sometimes "Black Honey" is included in them.
This is was Clinique.com says about it:
Not quite lipstick, not quite lip gloss but works like a little of each. Looks sleek, moist. Sheer non-stain shades.
And in another offer I read:
This just tints your lips.
Which is what we see on Arwen. Her lips look like natural color, no lipstick at all.
The BrowShaper is still in their program and one possibility to get it is to order on www.clinique.com
are pretty good to get; and nothing is discontinued.
The powder is a LOOSE powder, do not confuse it with the pressed powder from the same line!
Mascara "Définicils" can be bought at stores (it's the one I'm using as my regular mascara anyway *g*).
Photos from www.lancome.com ; www.clinique.com
As soon as I have all the products together, I will run a series of tests.
There's only one certain statement about Galadriel's make-up. In "The Making of The Lord of the Rings", a book by Brian Sibley published in 2002, make up artist Peter King says:
|"Everything on Galadriel we held very pale; there's almost no color on her lips and cheeks. I mixed her a special powder, to give her a hint of a shimmer - no glitter, you know, that would have looked ridiculous and unrealistic".|
since they used a custom made product on her, there's no chance to find the
real thing out there. We have to improvise...
There are a few powders that have a slight shimmer to them:
Another possibility is mixing shimmer powder with normal loose powder. This way, you will get an individual mixture that you can make to match your skin color - but be careful not to add too much of the shimmer!
shimmer powders are:
products suitable for the elven looks
Names given below are the exact names written on the products, so you can find them easily.
If you've now read enough about Make-Up, go on to (Elven) hair / wig suggestions :-)