Spotlight: Katy Perry

As mentioned in the first of this week’s double Music Monday post, February kind of got away from me without getting to some of my favorite monthly blog features until the very end of the month or, in this case, until the very beginning of March. Still, I definitely did not want to skip a Spotlight post for the month and I am really excited to share this month’s Spotlight post with you! It seemed like kind of an odd choice, even to me, to do a Spotlight post on Katy Perry. Sure, she is a massively successful artist these days – arguably one of the biggest stars in music over the past few years – but she doesn’t have a ton of history behind her like some of previous Spotlight artists. I was a little back and forth on whether to do a full Spotlight post on her at all. Sure, she is one of my very favorite current artists but I just wasn’t sure that there was enough to pull from to really feature a lot of her. Then, I was randomly perusing YouTube and started watching some of her videos and realized that she had a whole treasure trove of absolutely AMAZING visuals and looks featured in all of these videos. So, for this post I’ve decided to really showcase her music videos.

One of the main reasons I decided to do this post, and to focus it on her music videos in particular, is because I have noticed over the past several years that music videos have become less and less interesting. The artistry in music videos seems to have nearly disappeared and people have started to release these videos where there just isn’t anything actually going on. There aren’t any of the amazing, iconic visuals that viewers could associate with the songs and that actually add a different element to the songs themselves; visuals like in Madonna’s “Bedtime Story,” or Michael & Janet Jackson’s “Scream,” or even D’Angelo’s “Untitled,” etc. It just seems like since channels like MTV and VH1 stopped showing videos in time slots other than 4am, artists have kind of stopped putting a great deal of effort into making videos. That is, until artists like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry came out. I feel like these two have been some of the biggest proponents of restoring the artistry to music videos and I really appreciate that about both of them. That having been said, let’s get on with showcasing these videos!

UR SO GAY




Katy’s first music video was for her “buzz single” from her debut album, “One Of The Boys.” The song was “Ur So Gay,” which is simultaneously offensive and hilarious, (as all great humor should be, in my opinion.) This song received accolades from Madonna, Perez Hilton, Ryan Seacrest and many other celebrities and critics. The video is clearly very low budget but still really clever and fun! I absolutely loved this video and this was when I first fell in love with Katy and her music! This was also the first time we got a glimpse of Katy’s gorgeous, modernized pinup-style makeup. I loved her bright lips and neutral gold/bronze eye look in this video and feel like, looking back, it was a great introduction to the plethora of Katy styles that were to come!

I KISSED A GIRL




“I Kissed A Girl” was Katy’s first hit single and, admittedly, is probably my least favorite song and video of hers. This video was also low-budget, like “Ur So Gay,” but lacked the clever, childlike look combined with adult subject matter that made “Ur So Gay” so brilliant. I don’t really have a lot to say about this video because I just wasn’t that into the song and wasn’t impressed with the video but I will say, once again, that the look in the video was absolutely gorgeous. This was more of the classic pin-up look and combined with the fashion in the video it made for a really cool, Dita Von Teese style look that I absolutely adored!

HOT N’ COLD




“Hot N’ Cold,” while being a bit of a “fluff” song, had a really fun wedding-themed video, featuring Katy as a sort of runaway bride. complete with a really fun break dance style scene. This video also featured some really great, brightly colored makeup, (which turned out to be kind of a predecessor to some of the more wild looks that came from the videos from her second album.) I especially loved the makeup look from the break dance scene, which featured a really gorgeous, bright lime green eye look and an orange lip. I loved this look so much that I decided to recreate it on myself! I must say, the day that I tried this look out and wore it to work, I got so many compliments on it all day long! I really fell in love with this look and, in particular, the lime green shade I used on the eyes!




PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
MAC Pro Longwear SPF 15 Foundation in NW20
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20
Guerlain Meteorites Perles Illuminating Finishing Powder in 03
Sedona Lace Contour & Blush Palette (contour, highlight and coral blush shade)

EYES:
Glamour Doll Eyes Eye Shadow in Oddity
Urban Decay Eye Shadows in Bender, Skimp and Zephyr (from the Book of Shadows Vol. IV palette)
Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner in Perversion
Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara

LIPS:
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Siren

THINKING OF YOU




“Thinking Of You” was Katy’s first attempt at doing a more serious video, as well as releasing a more serious single. “Thinking Of You” is also one of my very favorite songs of Katy’s career so far. I love the fact that this song is about the very real difficulty of letting go of a past relationship, even when you are in a new one. I can relate to this song a lot and the feeling that you’ve already had the very best person for you and have had to let them go. The video takes that whole concept in a direction I hadn’t thought of when just hearing the song – that the lover you are struggling to let go of has passed away. With this concept, the video features a funeral scene, which included an amazing, gorgeous funeral makeup look that was very classic but still included that signature Katy Perry twist. I also decided to recreate this look, although I will say that I managed to accidentally leave out the part of the look that I loved the most – the bright, shimmery silver liner on the lower lash line! Honestly, the only reason for this is that I went through the whole process of putting on all the other elements of the look and then remembered that my silver eyeliner had been broken and thrown out a while back.It’s really a shame that this part of the look was not included, (and was instead replaced by a much less impactful Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Gunmetal,) because that was the kind of signature touch that made the look so undeniably Katy!




PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Natural Beige
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20
Clinique Superbalanced Powder Makeup in Natural 4
Sedona Lace Contour & Blush Palette (contour)

EYES:
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Shadow Pencil in Sin
Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Sin
Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner in Perversion
L’oreal Hip Color Truth Cream Liner in Black
Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara

LIPS:
Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Gloss in Bordeaux

WAKING UP IN VEGAS




“Waking Up In Vegas” was the last of the videos from the “One Of The Boys” album and is also one of my very favorite Katy songs and videos! From the opening sounds of slot machines, (a sound I am all too familiar with after working at a casino in Southern California when I was 18,) to the imagery in the lyrics, to the really catchy, upbeat melody of the song that gets stuck in your head like nobody’s business, I absolutely love  this track! The video is also a lot of fun and really captures that kind of Hollywood concept of Las Vegas. I especially loved the makeup look in the video, although I opted not to recreate it because I kind of felt it was too similar to the look I had already recreated for the “Hot N’ Cold” video, as it is basically the same style of eye makeup in a different color – even the lipstick is too similar to make a difference. So, I decided against doing this one.

CALIFORNIA GURLS




“California Gurls” was the first single from Katy’s mega-huge and pretty epic album, “Teenage Dream,” which has spawned 6 number one singles from it’s standard version, (yes, that is every single released from the album,) and has recently scored a 7th from her upcoming re-release of the record, “Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection.” This song, of course, holds a special place in my heart, originally being a California “Gurl” myself. This song was also the beginning of Katy’s transition from quirky, more pop/rock into the full blown pop star she has become! I absolutely love this song and video for it’s over the top, silly, kind of frivolous nature – it’s all just a bit of fun and it doesn’t really need to be anything more than that! I loved this look so much that I actually decided to record a tutorial for it! Let me just preface this tutorial by saying that I realize it is kind of a hot mess due to the camera issues I had. It sucks but I didn’t really have the time to scrap the whole thing and film an entire new one, so I figured I would do my best to salvage what I had. Check out the tutorial below!

PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Clinique Superbalanced Makeup in Cream
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Fair
Guerlain Meteorites Perles Illuminating Finishing Powder in 03
Sedona Lace Contour & Blush Palette (contour)
Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in Tease
Smashbox Loose Shimmer Powder in Burlesque

EYES:
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On shadow pencil in Delinquient
Stila Montmarte Eye Shadow Palette (deep lavender shade)
Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Flash
NYX Glitter Cream Palette in Paradise (pink glitter)
Stila Jewel Eye Palette (Rose Quartz and Amethyst)
Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner in Perversion
Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara

LIPS:
NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme in Addis Ababa
Bonnebell Lip Lites in Crystal Clear

TEENAGE DREAM




The second single and video from the “Teenage Dream” album could  not have possibly been more opposite to “California Gurls.” The album’s title track, “Teenage Dream,” is one of my favorite songs of all-time. I just love the whole concept of finding a love that takes you back to that whole wreckless, carefree feeling of being a teenager. I also absolutely the music video for this song. It seems like the perfect visual representation of the song and combines a really cool, vintage look with a bit of a more modern style. I also love that this is the first video that Katy has done where she wears a really minimal, natural makeup look. She just looks really fresh-faced and youthful, which is absolutely perfect to go along with the whole concept of the song and video!

FIREWORK




“Firework” is probably my favorite video that Katy has done and is also the first video she has done where she isn’t so much the main focus of the video. Somewhat reminiscent of Christina Aguilera’s video for the song “Beautiful,” this video features different people in situations where they are feeling stunted or like they have to hold back who they are and, by the end of the video, they find a way to let go and let their “firework” show, complete with a pretty cool effect where they have actual fireworks shooting from their chests. I also have to mention that this video was dedicated to the “It Gets Better” project, a suicide prevention program where people made videos on the internet to show LGBT youths that, in spite of any bullying or hard times they may be experiencing, life won’t always be that way and that it really does get better, Having made one of these videos myself and this being a topic very close to my heart, I felt that this was a very strong show of support and that this video was a perfect addition to the whole “It Gets Better” concept.

E.T.




“E.T.” really took Katy’s music videos to a whole different level. This video was a visual masterpiece, in my personal opinion, and featured some of the most fascinating makeup artistry I have seen on film in ages! This video features three main makeup looks, all of which are quite beautiful and quite extreme. I have featured my favorite above and the one that I had actually considered trying to recreate but since I work a full-time job and, while I do get away with a lot of extreme makeup at work, this would probably be a bit excessive to actually wear to work, I didn’t wind up having the time to set aside for it. I would still like to do it eventually but it was not in the cards at this time. Still, it is an absolutely ridiculous and gorgeous look using gold, copper, bronze and brown shades on the eyes and face, as well as a gorgeous brown lip and really cool straight-line brows.I definitely recommend watching this video if you are to watch any of them, as it is chock full of creative inspiration, in terms of makeup and visuals and such. It also features some cool effects on an alien version of Katy and a cool robot love interest!

LAST FRIDAY NIGHT (T.G.I.F.)




“Last Friday Night” is probably my very favorite Katy Perry song and used to be my party anthem back when it was considerably more new and I was going out and drinking and such pretty much every weekend. My friend Rachel and I created a little tradition where as soon as we were getting really close to wherever we were going for the evening we would play this song in the car to get ourselves all hyped. Aside from being my favorite Katy song, I also felt like this video was kind of like Katy stealing ideas from my mind by featuring guest appearances from some of my favorite random people, like Darren Criss and Kevin McHale from my favorite show on television, “Glee,” Rebecca Black, singer of my guiltiest guilty pleasure song of all-time, “Friday,” and my favorite forgotten pop star of the 80s, Debbie Gibson. This video also happens to be hilarious, kind of creating it’s own little 80s movie starring a nerdy girl with headgear, braces and thick-framed glasses, named Kathy Beth Terry, who gets made over by her neighbor and becomes the hottest 80s girl in town! The makeup in this video is also absolutely ridiculous and perfect for the 80s theme! I decided to re-create this look on myself because I loved it so much and have also been stuck in a bit of a neutral makeup rut for the past little while and felt like this was the perfect look to kick me back into the world of brighter colors!




PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NW20
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20
Guerlain Meteorites Perles Illuminating Finishing Powder in 03
Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in Tease

EYES:
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Shadow Pencil in Clash
Glamour Doll Eyes Circus Collection Eye Shadow in Cotton Candy
Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Blue Bus and Zephyr (from the Book of Shadows Vol. IV palette)
Stila Eye Shadow in Flamingo (from the Backstage Beauty Palette)
Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Liner in Pure White
Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara

LIPS:
L’oreal HiP Lipstick in Effervescent

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY




“The One That Got Away” is Katy’s most recent video and, in my opinion, one of her very best. I actually cried the first time I saw this video. It features Katy made up as an old lady, (in some very convincing “aged” makeup,) looking back on her life and the time she spent with “The One That Got Away.” There are some really sweet moments in these “memories,” although my personal favorite is definitely the scene in which she and the love interest guy kind of cross-dress and Katy draws a little mustache on her face. I loved this scene and her makeup in it so much that I decided to recreate the look on myself!




PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NW20
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20
Tarte Mineral Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess

EYES:
Urban Decay Eye Shadows in Sin & Buck (from the Naked Palette)
Stila Matte Eye Shadow in Nanda Devi
MAC Eye Shadow in Brule
Clinique Quick Liner for Eyes in Black Brown
Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara

LIPS:
Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner Pen in Black (mustache)
Clinique Long Last Lipstick in Bamboo Pink

Like I said above, I feel like Katy is one of the few artists out there creating real art in the form of short-form music videos and I really love that about her. I can’t wait to see what else she has in store, in particular for her new single “Part Of Me.” I think Katy has a long career ahead of her and I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for the world! I hope you all enjoyed this post, and I apologize that it was a tad late! I also wish you all a beautiful weekend and a beautiful life!

Jason

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3 thoughts on “Spotlight: Katy Perry

  1. You know what? I forgot that I actually liked Katy Perry’s music at one time. Thank you for reintroducing me to “Ur so gay” and “Thinking of you”. The first is hilarious (U don’t even liiiiiike…..PENIS!) and thinking of you made me cry the first time I saw it. Her love interest in that one was just yummy, yummy, yummy. Gah! Katy inspired what would’ve been one of the top beauty blunders I’ve committed in my adult life. Read the “Allure Beauty Finder Review” for more info on that. She does have a really fun, bright style though and I love borrowing her nail polish looks. I did the gold eye, using a little water to really make the color pop, and it came out so pretty! I’m going to a drag show Thursday and this look will be perfect. Hopefully I’ll have some great pictures to post. Ciao, Lovely.

  2. Ahhhh I haven’t been to a drag show in sooo long! I hope you have a great time! I’m glad I could remind you of some of Katy’s music – I am a big fan of hers! I am, of course, really into pop music in general and she is one of the biggest names in pop nowadays! and I have to agree, “Thinking Of You” got me very verklempt when I first heard it and the video did not help a bit! Like I said in the post, I love that these videos actually add an element to the song that wouldn’t have been there otherwise! I wish more people would make those types of videos nowadays! It just seems really rare anymore! Anyway, like I said, I hope you have a great time at the drag show!

    1. I agree. When I was a kid, whenever Michael Jackson had a new video coming out, it was an event. We had Sunday dinner at my grandma’s house anyway so we’d already be together eating and having a good time. We’d watch the video (which was a TV Special) and spend the rest of the night making sure we had the new moves down pat. Ah, memories. My kids, unfortunately, won’t have that experience it seems. Though I did introduce them to some of Missy Elliott’s old videos and they love her style. I’m sure I’ll have a blast at the show. Plus, I finally have a place to wear gold eyeshadow. Huzzah!

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