Let me preface this with two things:
1. I am not naked in this picture.
2. I don’t think I look like Elizabeth Taylor. Elizabeth Taylor had the most perfect, flawless face of all time. She was even more beautiful without makeup. I WISH I looked like Elizabeth. She had a DOUBLE SET of lashes. Nothing is more amazing than that. Nothing.
Rather, I was bored last Sunday and in the middle of rereading the most romantic and heartbreaking Elizabeth-centric book, Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and the Marriage of the Century. It is swoony and wonderful and I cry pretty much every time I read it.
My Elizabeth obsession started last summer after I read some trashy $7.99 beach biography; my Marilyn obsession is legendary and believe me, I have transformed my face into Marilyn’s (even zombie Marilyn in high school, little blue pills glued to my chest and all!) more than once. (I was also a huge fan of turning myself into Edie Sedgwick. CLICHE.) The two are both incredibly interesting and beautiful, but very different ladies. Elizabeth had the long and fulfilling life Marilyn never did. (Side note: The only woman as pretty as Elizabeth without makeup is Kim Kardashian. Say what you will about Kim, but she is straight-up gorgeous.)
Because I was in a romantic haze from the book and also fuming over Lindsay Lohan being Liz in some Lifetime movie, I decided to turn myself into blonde Elizabeth for a day, and I did it with only a few products. (I used my basic face makeup to cover my shitty skin; nothing exciting there.)
1. Urban Decay Naked Palette I. I use this every day. I don’t really wear eyeshadow all that often, so it was an impulse buy based on how glorious the colors looked on my hand at Sephora one day. I had a credit, so I bit the bullet and paid $50 for this baby. WORTH IT. I tint my brows with Buck, a neutral medium brown, every single day of my life, but to make my brows more Elizabethan (see what I did there?!), I used a combination of Buck and Darkhorse. I extended them down to the outer corner of my eye and made them look as full and lush as Elizabeth’s were.
After that, I used a light wash of Half Baked shadow, a gorgeous gold, over my entire lid. I used just a tiny bit of Hustle in the crease for definition. Old Hollywood never went crazy on a smoky eye, but the Naked Palette has more than enough shadows to make one if you wanna.
2. MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack. You guys know I love this shit. Because I’m not blessed with double lashes like Elizabeth, I slapped on a thick line of my favorite gel liner with a slight wing at the outer corner, per usual. I traced it deeper into my lashline than I usually do and drew a tiny bit into my waterlines as well.
3. Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara in Excessive Black. Loads of mascara. Loads! I also used a little Diorshow Extase to fatten them up; detest Diorshow, think it’s a miserable product - you might as well use a toothbrush on your lashes. But it has its uses, especially when it was free in your Birchbox. The Lancome is my favorite mascara. I flirt with others, but I always come back, baby.
4. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice. While Elizabeth did wear fire-engine red, I prefer her lipstick look a bit more subtle. Ha, coming from me - crazy, right? So I just blotted a bit of my favorite drugstore red and then slid a little gold gloss (probably NARS) on my lower lip so my mouth looked as full as perfect Elizabeth’s.
And we’re done! Maybe next time I’ll try Cleopatra-style!
(Side note: Liz brows look a little intense in real life.)