before you ask, "wtf?"

I view makeup from the perspective of a painter. Whether a look is practical or not does not matter to me. What does matter is the skill or technique you learn from creating a look. I am not a professional, a guru, or whatever else. I am simply an art student exploring the world of makeup.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Lady Gaga Makeup

If you are a regular at Makeup Alley, then you already know about the recent challenge to recreate a Lady Gaga look. Makeup Alley, if you are not aware, is a fabulous makeup community with reviews, pictures, boards, and basically everything else you can imagine. Go lurk if you're at all curious!

In any case, this post is to show you how I created my Lady Gaga inspired look.

This is obviously not one of her stage makeups, with lightning bolts or zippers on her face. You can go that direction if you feel comfortable with it...but I'm just going to stick with this more "casual" look (for Gaga, anyway).

The most obvious thing about this look is the heavily contrasted eyes. You could achieve this look using only black and white shadow, but you are welcome to choose any light colored shadow and dark colored shadow you like. My only recommendation would be to keep it on the matte side, especially with the darker shadows. For this look, I used mostly electra on the lid with gesso as a highlight, and carbon in the crease. Also, refrain from darkening your brows too much. Lady Gaga keeps hers extremely light, and usually has heavy bangs which cover them anyway. The point is, she obviously doesn't give a crap about eyebrows.
The next thing to consider is the shape of the shadow, or the shadow placement. Most women would never go that heavily with a black shadow so close to the bridge of the nose. But Gaga, she's not "most women". You want to concentrate the darkest color just under the beginning of the brow, and bring it down until it is almost level with your tear duct. You should keep some space between that color and your tear duct, to create the illusion of much larger eyes. Think of it as if you were continuing the line of your crease. Now that you have that placed, continue the shadow in nearly a straight line to the outer corner of your eye. I said nearly straight, because you want to work with the natural shape of your eyes, which is likely curved. If Gaga wanted it to be straight, she would have just used tape. BUT that's not what we're trying to achieve!
Next, bring that dark shadow down and place it pretty heavily on the outer corner, including the lower lashline. This gives the illusion of big doll-like eyes. O.O
Okay, so you add your lid color and highlighter and you have everything blended, now what?
For liner, you would want to use a black gel, cake, or even a liquid liner. Go ahead and wing it out like you would for a retro pin-up look. Also, take the liner all the way to the tear duct. The next part is key to any Gaga look. Line your lower lashline (NOT the waterline) with the same liner you used earlier. Take the line all the way to the inner corner, connecting it with the top liner. If you saw my previous blog post with my all black liner look, you'll see what I'm talking about. It should form a point, which you can exaggerate to your liking. Lady Gaga almost always lines her waterline with white, so go ahead and do that. I used a nyx jumbo pencil in milk.
And you might have noticed something missing from my picture...That would be false lashes. Find the biggest most obnoxious pair you have and bam! Lady Gaga eyes!
The rest of the face is pretty simple..wait, no it's not.
While she has on occasion kept the rest of her face pretty natural, she often wears very extreme blush. Trust me, the woman is not afraid of it. Contouring is key, as well as using a very bright blush (think mac in lillyland collection!) applied all along the cheekbones.
For the lips, you can either go super bright, or keep it nude. I honestly find the look crazy enough already, so I went with nude lips. She often draws her lipliner outside the natural lipline, but if you have full lips this step isn't necessary. The important thing is to line with a nude lipliner and to fill in with a slightly lighter lipstick. I used mac hue lipstick for this.

AAAAAAND that's it! Do something crazy with your hair, put on some spandex body suit, and forget pants before you go out. Sooner or later the paparazzi will be all over you. :)

I hope this was fun! Let me know if there is any sort of look you would like to see duped :)
How do you feel about Lady Gaga? Is the revolutionary and unique or a crazy psychobitch? Let me know!!!