Marilyn Monroe makeup tutorial

Marilyn Monroe is one of the most iconic women of the 20th century.  For more than fifty years, her films have dazzled audiences.  Her look is instantly recognisable and loads of fun to copy.

I’m a huge Marilyn Monroe fan.  In addition to being fascinated by this singular woman, I am also inspired by her style.  Everything about her reeked of sensuality and a certain air or sex-kittenish charm.  She was the quintessential bombshell, with her curvy figure and round lips.

Today I’m going to show you how to recreate Marilyn’s makeup.  It’s relatively easy and very flattering.  This look is perfect if you’re hoping to dress up as Marilyn for a costume party.  It also looks incredible when paired with your favourite vintage wiggle dress and a killer pair of heels.



How to cover your brows for costume and special effects makeup

Sometimes you have to go-all out with your makeup for a costume.  There are some more elaborate makeup styles that look better when you conceal your natural eyebrows and draw in new ones.  For example, drag queens often cover all or part of their brows and then draw in a new brow in a more feminine shape.  Some costumes may also require you to alter the shape, colour or size of your brows to get the right look.

So how do you do that without removing your brows entirely?  I promise you that there is a way.


Today I’m going to show you the method I use to cover my brows for costume and special effects makeup.  It takes a while to do, but it’s very effective.  I’ve tried a couple of different eyebrow-concealing methods in the past.  I don’t like to use products like spirit gum, because they can be difficult to remove without taking a chunk of your eyebrow off too.  I’ve used glycerine soap before, but I found that it simply wasn’t strong enough to hold down my ultra-bushy brows.  My method of choice involves a simple glue stick.

The glue stick is used to flatten out your eyebrows so that you can apply makeup over the top of them to mask their appearance.  You can’t just use any old glue: choose one that’s non-toxic and water based.  It also pays to do a spot-test of the glue on your skin before you use it to make sure that you don’t have an allergic reaction to it.


I like this method because it flattens out my brows really well, and makes it easy to apply makeup on top of the brow area.  Once you’ve concealed the brow, you can apply eyeshadow or other makeup to the area for a dramatic look.  You can see in the picture of me in my Columbia costume that I’ve got gold makeup up to and over my brow, and I’ve drawn in new (hot pink) brows for my costume.

This is also a good method for covering brows because the glue is actually pretty easy to remove.  At the end of the night, soak an old washcloth in warm water and hold it over the eyebrow for a few moments.  Then wipe the area firmly to remove.  The glue will dissolve with the water and heat and leave your eyebrows intact.

Things I Love Thursday 11/7/2013

Welcome to another Things I love Thursday!  It’s been a really big week, so I’ve got a lot to write about.

This week, I love:

– The Hollywood Costume exhibit at ACMI in Melbourne.  Ross and I took a trip to the city last weekend to see this exhibit and it was incredible.  ACMI have a fantastic display of costumes from loads of awesome Hollywood movies.  You know how obsessed I am with costumes and films, so you can imagine how excited I was.  The costumes are all displayed on posed mannequins, which really helps to bring them to life.  We spent ages strolling through the exhibit, marvelling at the costumes.  Some of the highlights for me included:

– The costumes worn by the members of The Addams Family in Addams Family Values, particularly Morticia’s dress.

– Dorothy’s blue and white gingham dress from The Wizard of Oz

– Marilyn Monroe’s iconic white dress from The Seven Year Itch

– Cruella DeVil’s houndstooth suits from 101 Dalmatians

– The dress Meryl Street wore in A Series of Unfortunate Events

– Sweeny Todd’s costume.

– Scarlett O’Hara’s “curtain dress’ from Gone With The Wind

– The spectacular red robe worn by Gary Oldman in Dracula

It was all great, but those costumes in particular really took my breath away.  Ross was really taken with the superhero costumes, which include Tobey Maguire’s Spiderman suit, Michelle Pfeiffer’s cat-woman suit and Christian Bale’s Batman suit.  If you’re in Melbourne before the 18th of August, I highly recommend you check this exhibit out.

DSCF8572-These gorgeous prints that arrived for me from Megan Lara Art.  They were late birthday presents from my parents and Ross.  This Allonsy print was from Ross.


This one is called Just as Sane as I am, and it was my parent’s choice.  I love them both.  The art deco style is gorgeous and they’ve got so many beautiful hidden details. I’m planning on getting them framed and hanging them in my loungeroom.

– Parsnip gratin.  So delicious.

– My changing work schedule.  My work roster has been shuffled again, which means that I’m working a few longer days (which is not so great).  But it also means that I get a day off every week, which is brilliant.

il_170x135.421660624_s6f0-These black cat earrings from Sisunyak.  These were another birthday present from my parents, and I just love them.  I’ve worn them at least ten times since they arrived, and I’ve gotten so many compliments every time.  They’re so quirky and brilliant.

– Mad Men. I’m currently watching season 5 and it’s great.

What do you love this week, sweetheart?  Leave your Things I Love Thursday list in the comments or send me a link to your own post.

My 27th birthday party.

On the weekend, I turned 27.  to celebrate, we had a literary themed party.  We asked everyone to come dressed as one of their favourite characters from literature.  I had a few ideas for characters to dress as, but in the end I settled on dressing as Susan Sto Helit from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.


Susan is Death’s granddaughter, and she features in several of the Discworld books.  She’s a major character in Soul Music and Hogfather, which are two of my favourite Pratchett books.  Susan has a very no-nonsense approach to life, and operates under the mantra, “Don’t get scared, get angry”.  She has some supernatural powers and often steps in to take over the family business when Death takes a holiday.


A few years ago, a movie was made based on The Hogfather and it’s become one of my favourite Christmas movies.  Here’s a little clip from it that shows Susan, just to give you an idea of what she looks like:

Ross came dressed as Death, so that our costumes would match somewhat


DSCF8370I’m quite seriously thinking about wearing my Susan costume to Oz Comic Con this year.  What do you think?


Other noteable costumes included Dr Jekyll:


Captain Haddock from Tin Tin

DSCF8373And Ichabod Crane from Sleepy Hollow

DSCF8375Of course, it wouldn’t be a party without plenty of party food.  My ‘no sugar’ kick went out the window for the night.  I made little placecards to go with each dish, and we tried to think of food that fit with the literary theme.  We had Turkish Delight from The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Nanny Ogg’s Hedgehog slice, Minny Jackson’s chocolate pie (from The Help) and Velveteen Rabbit cupcakes.


I got loads of gorgeous presents for my birthday too.  There were too many to photograph, so I just chose a couple of my favourites.

DSCF8377My parents got me this Shaun of the Dead shirt, printed with Shaun’s plan to survive the zombie invasion.


Ross bought me the newest installment in the Shanower/ Young comic adaptation of the Oz books.  I can’t wait to read it.

DSCF8381Ross also got me these two limited edition Urban Decay palettes.  These were released to coincide with the film  Oz, The Great and Powerful and I wanted them from the moment they were announced.  Sadly, Urban Decay don’t ship to Australia, and Ross had to go through all sorts of crap to get these to me.  He’s been fighting with Urban Decay for about five months now.  But they arrived just in time for my birthday, and I couldn’t be happier.

DSCF8382There are two palettes, one for each of the witches.  This one is the Glinda palette, with loads of shimmery, ethereal shades.

DSCF8383The Theodora palette is much darker and more dramatic.  They are such good quality and I’m so pleased to have them.

All in all, it was a really great birthday.  Now all that’s left to do is clean up the mess!

20 ways to spend Halloween 2012

Happy Halloween to you, gorgeous reader!  Do you have plans for this, the spookiest day of the year?  No?  Well, never fear, because I’ve got 20 spook-tastic ideas  about how you can celebrate Halloween.  Whether you want to go all-out, or you’re looking for a more low-key celebration, there’s something on this list for you.

1. Invite your best girl-pal over for a Buffy the Vampire Slayer marathon.  Chuckle over Buffy’s 90’s wardrobe and get into an intense debate over who was cuter: Spike or Angel.  (The real answer is neither, Xander’s the awesomest guy in the Buffy-verse).

2.  Grab your crush and dress up as Mia Wallace and Vince Vega from Pulp Fiction.  Now go out for milkshakes.

3. Eat something pumpkin-flavoured.  Pumpkin soup? Pumpkin pie?  Roast pumpkin pasta bake?

4. Run yourself a bath and pour in a heady witches-brew of essential oils.  Rose, ylang-ylang and bergamont will relax you and make for a satisfying soak.  Light some candles and lie back to watch the puffs of steam from the water curl towards the ceiling.

5. As an alternative to wearing a costume, pick an outfit that’s dramatically different to what you normally wear.  Pretend to be someone else for a day.

6. Head to the library and pick out a scary book to keep you occupied.  The Exorcist, It and The Shining are all good options.

7. Paint your nails with orange with black french tips.

8. Head to the nearest zoo and spend a while checking out some creepy crawlies.  Snakes, spiders and bats are all fascinating to watch.

9. Try these delicious candy-flavoured cocktails.

10.  Throw on your P.Js, close the curtains and spend an evening learning the dance to Thriller.

11.  Play a prank on your housemate.  Hide behind their bedroom door and jump out when they arrive home.

12. Grab a notebook and a pen and write a scary short story.  Then send it via snail mail to your best buddy.

13.  Have a deep and meaningful conversation with your lover about all the things that you were frightened of when you were a little kid.  (For me it was clowns, men with beards and walking past mirrors in the dark).

14. Splash out and buy yourself an awesome wig.  Pick something that’s really different to your real hair.  It will be perfect for bad-hair days, or those times when you feel like being incognito.

15. Decorate your bedroom with fake spiderwebs, skulls and bats.

16. Have your tarot cards read by a real fortune teller.

17. Fill a huge bowl with lollies and take it to work to share with your co-workers.

18. Dress up as Wally (or Waldo, depending on where you’re from).  Then head to your local tourist trap and photo-bomb the day away.

19. Leave a ghost message for your housemate or live-in-lover.  Take a bar of soap and write a message on the bathroom mirror.  When they take a shower, the message will appear as the mirror starts to fog up.

20.  Throw a party for all your friends.  At midnight, lead everyone outside to look at the night sky.

How do you plan to spend this Halloween?

The White Queen from Alice in Wonderland makeup tutorial

I think this might be my favourite makeup tutorial I’ve done this year.  Today, I’m going to show you how to re-create the look of The White Queen as played by Anne Hathaway in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

For this makeup look, you will need:

– Pale foundation

– Pale face powder

– Charcoal grey matte eye shadow

– Black matte eye shadow

– Black gel or liquid eye liner

– Soft black eye liner pencil

– Cream-coloured shimmery eye shadow

– Dark brown eye shadow (which has a slightly reddish tint)  I used ‘Blushed wines” palette from Revlon.

– Black mascara

– Cherry black lipstick

I hope this is a helpful video.  I had so much fun filming this tutorial.


As always, if there’s a look that you’d like to learn how to do, please feel free to get in touch with me.  I’d be happy to help out!

Armageddon 2012

On Saturday, I got up at the crack of dawn, shimmied into my (new and improved) Tank Girl costume and then drove with Ross down to Melbourne for the Armageddon convention.  Although I attend a lot of conventions, Armageddon will always hold a special place in my heart, because it was the very first convention that I ever went to.

This year, we opted out of going to any panels or lining up for signatures.  We had to drive two hours to Melbourne and two hours home again, so we didn’t feel like wasting our precious time waiting in line.  Instead, we just wandered about, looking at stalls and taking lots of photos.

Here’s a list of some of the things we did at Armageddon this year:

– I bought an amazing TARDIS cookie jar.

– We met Yaya Han, who is an amazing costume designer and model.

– We stocked up on delicious flavoured liquorice straps.

– I nearly sucker-punched a gross guy who tried to unhook my stockings while we were walking back from lunch.

– We had a lovely chat about Harry Potter with the always lovely Stewart McKenny.

– I ummed and ahhed about buying a Cheshire Cat kigurumi suit, but decided against it in the end.

– We talked for ages with Chris McQuinlan, a fab comic book artist who did a great Tank Girl commission piece for me a while back.  We also bought a copy of his new book, How to Make a Friend, which is super-adorable.

– I ate way too many Skittles and chattered like a monkey the whole way home.

We also saw loads of incredible cosplay costumes.  Here are some of my favourites:

Ghostbusters!  These guys looked totally rad.  Their proton packs lit up and everything.

Ross with Grimlock, the Transformer.

Princess Bubblegum and Marceline from Adventure Time.  I loved their Peppermint Butler

How good is this Lumpy Space Princess?!  She was adorable!

Ross with a very gorgeous lady Loki.

The Hitcher!

Me with Dr Horrible of Dr Horrible’s Sing Along Blog.

A very excellent 10th Doctor, who was kind enough to let me hold his psychic paper.  Also, note my giant bag of liquorice straps.

Ross with a Mandelorian Bounty Hunter.

Frank from Donny Darko.

Chewie is that you?  This guy was awesome.  He even made the Chewbacca noise and it was perfect.  I don’t know why he was wearing a hockey jersey though…

Tank Girl on Tank Girl action (and yes, I am honka-honkaing her bazookas)

And now, I’ve saved the best for last:

Rufio!  Hook is one of my favourite movies, so you can only imagine my delight when I saw this costume.  This Rufio was super sweet (and female).  Earlier in the day I saw her snogging her BF, who was dressed as Mr Tumnus from The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe.  I never thought I’d see those two characters make out, but there you go.  I spent the car trip home scoffing skittles and yelling “BANGARANG!”

So as you can see, we had an awesome day at Armageddon.  I can’t wait for next year!