Victorian Makeup Tutorial
by Miss Essick
This Victorian makeup look (skin, lips, eyes, rouged cheeks) is a natural day time alternative for Steampunks and Romantic Goths. Also works well with other retro looks...
For a while now, I've been meaning to create a nice Victorian inspired look that's a bit more suitable for day time wear. This following make up tutorial is what I came up with! Behold, a slightly more natural looking alternative for all you Steampunks and Romantic Goths. If the 19th century isn't your cup of tea then no fear, this tutorial is also perfect for some retro looks...
To achieve a naturalistic Victorian Makeup style, we must create two things before we begin: a liquid Rouge and Lip Stain.
Victorian Makeup - Rouge
- 1 clear travel sized bottle (You can find these in drug stores or any Whole Sale store)
- 1 tube of liquid foundation/tinted moisturizer in your natural colour.
- 10 drops of red food colouring
Directions for making the Rouge:
Take your foundation and squirt about half of it into the travel bottle and set it aside. Next, open the bottle of red food coloring and VERY CAREFULLY add 10 drops to the bottle. After you're done, put the cap on the travel bottle and shake vigorously till the foundation changes color.
Next, we're going to test the Rouge. Put a tiny dab of Rouge on the back of your hand and rub. Look at the color, dose it stain too much? Add a tad more of foundation. Only a tiny amount of colour showing? Add a few more drops. IMPORANT: The ideal amount is anywhere from 10 to 13 drops. Trust me.
Victorian Makeup - Lip Stain
Before you create and apply your homemade Lip Stain you can, if you wish, first use a homemade lip scrub to make your lips beautifully soft and smooth - the cinnamon in the scrub will increase the size of your pout, too.
For Lip Stain:
- 1 tin of lip balm (could be any brand but it MUST be in a tin)
- Plastic knife
- Plastic Plate
- 8 drops of red food colouring
- 1 cotton swab
Directions for making the Lip Stain:
Using the plastic knife, carefully scoop out lip balm out of the tin and onto the plate. Next mash the lip balm so that it's very creamy in texture. Next add your 8 drops of food colouring and mix so the colour is nicely integrated. Next take a cotton swab and put some of the balm on your lips to test the colour.
Again, you're looking for a slight pigment change. If you want a bright cherry red add about 3 more drops. When you're happy with the colour you have, take the plastic knife and smooth your lip stain carefully into the tin.
Now that we have our homemade make up items out of the way let's get on with the look, shall we?
Victorian Makeup - Full Face, Lips & Eyes
Besides the foundation, the Rouge and Lip Stain mentioned above, you're also going to need:
- Make up sponges or cotton balls
- Lipstick brush or cotton swab
- Black\Brown or clear Mascara
- Brown or charcoal Eye Liner (optional)
First, take your makeup sponge or cotton ball and apply the foundation all over your face, including your eyelid area. (Be careful not to get any in your eyes!)
Next, put a pea size amount of the liquid rouge into the sponge/cotton ball and dab gently into the apples of both your cheeks. After you're done dabbing, blend the Rouge by making make long sweeping upward motions. Now look into the mirror, are you cheek a flush pink? If so, then congratulations! If you got a little too much red on your cheeks, don't panic! Just add a tiny amount of foundation to both cheeks and blend as described above.
After your cheeks are done, tke your Lipstick brush/cotton swab and apply some Lip Stain to your lips for a pretty reddish tint.
To accentuate your eyes, put a little bit of mascara on the top lash to darken your eye lashes. However, if you're like me and you can't possibly live a day with out eyeliner. Put a little bit of brown or charcoal eye liner on the bottom (or top if you prefer to wear your eyeliner that way) and gently smudge so that your eyes look natural smokiness to them.
Well, there you have it. Now you can have a wonderful Victorian look with bright red lips and rosy cheeks - without all that horrid mercury poisoning your system...