Then & Now: Scream

It’s that time of month again, folks! What time?! It’s time for the “Then & Now” post for the month of October! For those who have not caught on yet or don’t follow the blog regularly, the “Then & Now” posts are a monthly feature in which I feature a group of artists who have grown and evolved over the years and showcase some of the differences between where they were when they first became prominent and where they are today. More often than not, these posts all showcase musical artists but for the month of October, being the month of Halloween, I wanted to try something a little different.

Being that this blog is called Beausic and is pretty much all focused on Beauty and Music, one thing that you guys may not have known about me is how much I love horror films! Horror is probably my favorite film genre, in general, and some of my very favorite films of all-time are horror-based. There are no horror films that I have loved more or that have meant more to me over the years than the absolutely brilliant “Scream” series. The original “Scream” film was written by one of my favorite screenwriters of all-time, Kevin Williamson, the man behind “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” “Halloween H20,” “The Faculty,” “Cursed,” and various other horror films, as well as one of my favorite television series of all-time, “Dawson’s Creek,” and directed by legendary horror director Wes Craven. The film was credited with revitalizing and re-inventing the horror genre, thanks in large part to it’s casting of already established stars, which hadn’t been done in the horror genre before, as well as the fact that the characters in the film were so familiar with and poking fun at the classic horror movie cliches that they were falling into throughout the story. The way that the films intertwine comedy with genuinely scary moments and the mystery element of trying to figure out who the killer is in each film make is something that hadn’t been done much in horror before and hasn’t been done much successfully since. If you haven’t seen these films, I couldn’t possibly recommend them more. Each of the four movies in the series, (so far, if rumors are to be believed,) is absolutely brilliant. While some, (Scream 3,) may fall short of the others, it is definitely worth seeing them all for the overall story.

“Scream” follows the story of Sidney Prescott, a high school senior in the fictional city of Woodsboro, California, whose mother was gruesomely murdered a year before the story begins. Nearing the anniversary of her mother’s death, a murder spree begins taking place in Woodsboro and it all seems to be targeted towards Sidney. The killer in the films wears the now iconic “Ghostface” mask and disguises his voice with an electronic device and calls the majority of his victims, initially using the classic line, “Do you like scary movies?” The series, initially intended as a trilogy, was brought back 11 years after the fact for a what is proposed to be a whole new series, which I am absolutely thrilled about. So, I wanted to showcase some of the stars of these films that I have loved so much over the years.

WARNING: SOME, OR ALL, OF THE CLIPS INCLUDED IN THIS POST (aside from the tutorials, of course,) COULD BE SEEN AS DISTURBING AND MAY BE UNSUITABLE FOR YOUNGER VIEWERS.

DREW BARRYMORE

Drew Barrymore in “Scream” (1996)
Drew Barrymore in a 2012 Ad Campaign for Covergirl

One of the things that really jump-started the production of the original “Scream” film or really garnered interest from the studios when the film was originally being shopped around was the involvement of Drew Barrymore. Initially signed on to play the role of Sidney Prescott, the main character in the series, she was one of the biggest stars in the world at that point in time and shocked the industry by agreeing to star in a horror film. In fact, Wes Craven had initially rejected directing the film but is said to have been attracted back to it by Drew’s involvement, as well as attracting other big name stars to appear in the film. Due to scheduling conflicts that came up prior to production, Drew was unable to meet the demands of playing the lead role but still agreed to appear in the film as the character who gets killed in the very first scene. It was definitely a risk to have the biggest star attached to the film be murdered in the very first scene but the producers felt that this would be a good move to shock the audience, as well as to show that nobody was safe from being killed in these films. Outside of the “Scream” films, Drew has had massive success as an actress, beginning her career as just a child, appearing in filmes like “ET: The Extra Terrestrial,” “Firestarter” and “Babes In Toyland.” She went on to experience some troubles in her teen years but bounced back beautifully as an adult starring in and producing several massively successful films under her production company, Flower Films, including one of my favorites of all-time, “Never Been Kissed.”

Another really successful venture for Drew has been being one of the faces of Covergirl Cosmetics. She has been working with Covergirl since 2007 and has done many ad campaigns for them. Most recently, earlier this year, she appeared in the ad campaign for their Intense Shadow Blast cream eye shadow and wore this really gorgeous bright  blue smokey eye look with a really gorgeous, muted look on the rest of her face. I knew that I wanted to recreate this look and, even more, I wanted to try putting together the look using actual products used in the look. I decided to use as many Covergirl products as I could to recreate the look. I also filmed the whole process and turned it into a tutorial – Check it out below!




PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Covergirl Clean Foundation in Natural Beige
Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer in Moderately Fair
Covergirl Clean Pressed Powder in Buff Beige
Covergirl Cheekers Blush in Sahara Sands

EYES:
Covergirl Intense Shadowblast in Blue Bomb
Urban Decay Vice Eye Shadows in Black Market & Anonymous
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Gunmetal
Covergirl Lashblast Fusion Mascara in Very Black
Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel

LIPS:
Covergirl Lip Perfection Lip Liner in Seduce
Covergirl Lip Perfection Lip Color in Delish

SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR

Sarah Michelle Gellar in “Scream 2” (1997)
Sarah Michelle Gellar in promotional images for “Ringer” (2011)

For “Scream 2” the ante had to be upped considerably and all of the hottest young stars in Hollywood wanted to get involved. One of those stars was Sarah Michelle Gellar, who had just become a massive success with her starring role on the smash hit television series “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.” Other hot stars of the moment, including Rebecca Gayheart and Jerry O’Connell also featured in the film. In spite of all of these hot young stars signing on, the film had several issues getting made. In spite of being greenlit and beginning filming while the original was still in it’s theatrical release, the film suffered several setbacks. It had to have several rewrites, the biggest of which was the ending having to be completely re-written due to the identity of the killers in being leaked to the internet back at a time when that was unheard of. It is said that there were pages of the script that weren’t completed until the day of shooting. It sounds as if it was a completely insane process. Still, the film that came out of it was actually quite great. Sarah Michelle Gellar’s part was quite small but hers was always one of my favorite scenes in the film. Sarah Michelle has had a massively successful career over the years in film and television, particularly in the horror genre, starring in horror films such as “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” (another personal favorite of mine,) and “The Grudge.” She did a bit of a media disappearing act for several years before coming back with the CW series “Ringer,” which was cancelled after it’s first season earlier in 2012.

Sarah Michele always had a very natural, “girl next door,” type of style in the earlier parts of her career, including in “Scream 2,” so I was really excited to see her come back to television in “Ringer” with a much more sultry, made-up look. I decided to recreate a look from the promo shoot for “Ringer,” in which she wore a subtle, yet sultry and mysterious, cool-toned smokey eye. It was also a great opportunity to create another look using the Naked2 palette, which I feel like I have a tendency to neglect but really do love & like to use whenever I can!

PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Calvin Klein Infinite Hydration Moisturizing Foundation in Toasted
Maybelline FitMe Concealer in 15
Neutrogena SkinClearing Mineral Pressed Powder
Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Bronzer in Ticket to Brazil
Sedona Lace Contour & Blush Palette (gold-toned highlight shade)
Ulta Cheek Color in Girlie

EYES:
Urban Decay Naked2 Eye Shadows in Pistol, Verve, Tease, Blackout & Foxy
Tarte for True Blood Eye Shadow in Stake
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Perversion
Covergirl Lashblast Fusion Mascara in Very Black
Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel

LIPS:
Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Lip Liner in Willow
L’oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Fairest Nude
Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Glam

PARKER POSEY

Parker Posey in “Scream 3” (2000)
Parker Posey at the 34th US Film Festival in Deauville, France (2012)

“Scream 3” was originally intended as the ending of the series and was commonly the least favorite among fans of the series. While I do agree with this assessment that it is the weakest film in the series it is still an essential part of the “Scream” legacy. One thing that I really loved about “Scream 3” was the inclusion of the story of the “Stab” movies. “Stab” was initially introduced in “Scream 2,” as the film-within-a-film version of the story of the original film. It created a lot of really fun, humorous moments in the second film in which they created scenes from the first with different actors and such. They took that whole concept a step further in “Scream 3” by actually creating the whole story around the making of “Stab 2,” and having many of the murder victims being actors playing the stars of the original film and having them interact with one another. The highlight of the film was definitely the inclusion of one of my absolute favorite character actresses since I was a kid, Parker Posey. Parker Posey played the actress portraying Gale Weathers, played by Courtney Cox in the films, and the interaction between the two of them was absolutely hilarious. Outside of “Scream 3,” Parker has appeared in over 50 films and 20 television shows. Some of my favorite moments of her career have been one of my absolute favorite films, “Josie & The Pussycats,” as well as “Party Girl,” which I was obsessed with when I was 12 or 13, “The House of Yes” and “Spring Breakdown.” Those are just my favorites, though, out of a long and accomplished career.

I really wanted to do a look from Parker because I love her really natural, effortless look. I love the fact that she has a really “no frills” vibe to her appearance when you see her at public appearances and at film festivals, etc., such as at the 34th Annual US Film Festival held in France earlier this year. I don’t really know what the festival is but I found pics of Parker at this festival and really fell in love with her look there. So, I decided to recreate this look. It came out considerably darker on me than it appeared on her but, you know, these things happen sometimes.

PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream in Light/Medium
Maybelline FitMe Concealer in 15
Covergirl Clean Pressed Powder in Buff Beige
Maybelline Expert Wear Blush in Pinch O’Pink

EYES:
Stila Matte Eye Shadows in Illimani & Nanda Devi
Tarte Eye Shadow in Shimmering Buff
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Perversion
Covergirl Lashblast Fusion Mascara in Very Black
Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel

LIPS:
Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Peep

EMMA ROBERTS

Emma Roberts in “Scream 4” (2011)
Emma Roberts in Photographer Tyler Shields’ Book “The Richest Man” (2012)

“Scream 4” came as a massive surprise when it was initially announced in 2010, 10 years after the original trilogy was completed. It was also really refreshing for the horror genre to release something new and original that was not a remake but a continuation of a series that the world thought had ended a decade ago. This film followed Sidney 10 years down the road returning to Woodsboro, where a whole new group of teenagers begin being terrorized by a whole new “ghostface” killer, once again all centering around Sidney. One of the main characters of this film, touted as “the new Sidney,” was Sidney’s cousin Jill Roberts, played absolutely brilliantly by one of the most gifted young actresses in the industry today, in my opinion, Emma Roberts. Emma is the daughter of actor Eric Roberts and niece of mega-star Julia Roberts. She began her career with bit parts in films but really got a jump start starring in the Nickelodeon series “Unfabulous.” Since then, though, Emma has really managed to make a name for herself in more mature fare and independent films, including “It’s Kind Of A Funny Story,” “Twelve,” “The Art Of Getting By” and the upcoming “Adult World.” I have yet to be impressed by her work and yet nothing has impressed me more than her brilliant and shocking portrayal as Jill Roberts in “Scream 4.”

WARNING: This clip is a crazy spoiler if you haven’t seen “Scream 4.” If you haven’t, you definitely should, though!

Emma has done a lot of work with famed celebrity photographer Tyler Shields in recent years and created some really brilliant images with him. One of my favorites of these images is from his book “The Richest Man,” released earlier this year. I absolutely loved these images of her and really wanted to recreate the look she wore in them because I felt like it kind of personified the look of the female “hipster” these days. I also really loved the fact that this look captured a couple different trends from the Fall 2012 runways, including minimalist makeup on the face and bold lips. So, I also decided to film a tutorial for this look.

Also included at the end of the tutorial is a shout-out to a dear friend of mine, Billy Lyon, who is an extremely talented musician and artist who has recently launched a website and a YouTube channel, both of which I strongly recommend everybody check out because he has a really great voice and does some really fun and interesting cover songs!

PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation in Creamy Natural
Maybelline FitMe Concealer in 15
Coty Airspun Loose Powder in Translucent
Sedona Lace Contour & Blush Palette (gold-toned highlight shade)
Tarte for True Blood Eye Shadow in Dusk

EYES:
Tarte for True Blood Eye Shadow in  Werewolf
Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze
Urban Decay Eye Shadows in Baked, Buck & Smog
Stila Matte Eye Shadow in Nanda Devi
Revlon Liquid Eye Pen in Black
Elf Eyebrow Lifter & Filler in Dark Brown/Ivory (Ivory only)
Covergirl Lashblast Fusion Mascara in Very Black

LIPS:
Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Lip Liner in Berry Red
Urban Decay Lipstick in Gash

COURTENEY COX

Courteney Cox in “Scream 2” (1997)
Courteney Cox on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar (2011)

One of only three characters who managed to survive all three of the original “Scream” series was Gale Weathers, played by Courteney Cox. Gale was introduced into the series as a bit of a nemesis to Sidney, as a reporter who covered the story of her mother’s death in the first film and just kept on coming back to Sidney looking for statements and answers and such. Gale also proclaimed that Sidney had wrongly accused the man on trial for her mother’s murder, Cotton Weary, which actually turned out to be true. Needless to say, there was a history between them. Throughout the films, Gale also fell in love with one of the other survivors, Dewey Riley, a local police deputy in Woodsboro. As it turned out, Courteney Cox also fell in love with the actor who played Dewey, David Arquette, and the two were married for several years, actually separating during the filming of “Scream 4.” Courteney came into the “Scream” series already a massive success, as one of the stars of the hottest television series of the 1990s, “Friends.” She never found much success in films, outside of “Scream,” but eventually returned to success in television with her series “Cougar Town” in 2009, which will enter is fourth season in 2013.

When “Scream 4” was released in April 2011, many of the films stars made appearances and did interviews like mad people to promote the film but none moreso than Courteney Cox. This surely had to have been a difficult experience for her, as she was in the middle of separation/divorce from her husband, who had also suddenly gone into rehab at the time. Still, she looked absolutely radiant throughout this whole period, including on the cover of the April 2011 issue of Bazaar, which is the look I decided to recreate for this post. I just loved the glowing skin and subtle smokey eye she wore on this cover and knew it would be a great look to share with you all! My Mom came to visit this past weekend, though, when I did the look, so you can kind of see her in the background of a few of the pics! Whoopsie Daisies!

PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Calvin Klein Infinite Hydration Moisturizing Foundation in Toasted
Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer in Moderately Fair
Covergirl TruBlend Minerals Loose Powder in Translucent Light
Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Bronzer in Ticket to Brazil
Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder in Rose Gold
Ulta Cheek Color in Girlie

EYES:
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Shadow Pencil in Sin
Tarte for True Blood Eye Shadows in  Waitress, Stake, Werewolf & Dusk
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Perversion
NYX Super Fat Eye Marker in Black
Covergirl Lashblast Fusion Mascara in Very Black

LIPS:
Hard Candy Automatic Lip Liner Pencil in Natural
L’oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Fairest Nude
Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss in Peony


NEVE CAMPBELL

Neve Campbell (and Rose McGowan) in “Scream” (1996)
Neve Campbell in Photoshoot by Naomi Kaltman (2010)

Last, but definitely not least, is the star of the series, Sidney Prescott, portrayed beautifully by one of my long-time favorite actresses, Neve Campbell. Neve had appeared in small roles in film and television as a child but really got her big break as one of the stars of one of television’s hottest series in the 1990s, “Party Of Five,” which also launched the careers of Matthew Fox and Jennifer Love Hewitt, among others. She has also starred in a number of other films that I have absolutely loved, including “The Craft,” “54,” “Wild Things,” “Three To Tango,” “The Company,” and the list goes on. Still, my favorite element of her career to date has definitely been the “Scream” films. I just love the way that she has managed to make a character who has been the very center of four different massacres completely believable and even relatable. She has managed to kick ass through four films over the course of 15 years and always maintain a sense of strength in a character who has been beaten down repeatedly and, realistically, should be living in a psych ward somewhere. The way that they brought her back to Woodsboro in “Scream 4,” as the author of a book titled “Out Of Darkness,” a motivational book about survival, was also absolutely brilliant and very true to the character, I thought.

I wasn’t quite sure of where to pull a look from for Neve Campbell, as she has not been one to be out in the media all that often. She has never done a ton of appearances or magazine covers or anything of that nature and her looks in the “Scream” films have always been that appearance of not wearing makeup at all, so I didn’t want to do that again. Then I stumbled upon a photo shoot she had done in 2010 with photographer Naomi Kaltman in which she looked absolutely breathtaking and wore the most gorgeous taupe and brown smokey eye. As soon as I found this shoot, I just knew it was the one I wanted to recreate. I actually happened to go out for a bit the other night and took that as the perfect opportunity to wear this look out because I felt like it was a really perfect “night out” look.

PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Covergirl Clean Foundation in Natural Beige
Maybelline FitMe Concealer in 15
Covergirl Clean Pressed Powder in Buff Beige
Covergirl Cheekers Blush in Sahara Sands

EYES:
Urban Decay Smoked Eye Shadows in Mushroom, Backdoor, Blackout & Kinky
TheBalm Nude ‘Tude Eye Shadow in Sassy
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Perversion
Covergirl Lashblast Fusion Mascara in Very Black
Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel

LIPS:
Covergirl Lip Perfection Lip Liner in Seduce
Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss in Rosegold


Like I mentioned before, I absolutely love the horror film genre and have yet to find any films within it that I have loved more than the “Scream” series. If you haven’t seen these films, I absolutely recommend you go out and check them out immediately because they are all absolutely brilliant, (even “Scream 3.”) I have a long list of horror recommendations but the very top of  that list is definitely the “Scream” series. They kind of served, in many ways, as the backdrop for my tween and early teen years and I have seen all of them, including “Scream 4,” about a hundred times. So, like I said, I definitely recommend seeing them if you haven’t. So, I used Halloween month as an opportunity to showcase these films for you. This is not the end of my Halloween-themed Friday Features, though. There will be one more coming up on the week of Halloween! It’s not going to be what you would expect from a Halloween post, though. What it will be, well, you’ll just have to wait and see. I am pretty excited about it, though! I am also pretty excited about next week’s Friday Feature, too, because it is time for another Spotlight artist! The artist I have chosen for this month is one that I am extremely excited to recreate looks from, too, because I just adore her and have for years now! Who will it be? Wait and see! In the meantime, though, I wish you all a beautiful weekend and a beautiful life!

Jason

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