Spirit Week: Beauty From Beyond The Grave

So, it’s the week of Halloween. Actually, Halloween was two days ago. It only seemed appropriate and seemed like a fairly obvious choice to do a Halloween themed blog because, well, much of Halloween is very focused on costumes, which often involve makeup. Halloween has also always been my very favorite holiday! I love getting dressed up in costumes and the focus on a lot of the darker aspects of life that come with the holiday. As discussed in my “Scream” post a couple weeks ago, I also have a bit of an obsession with horror films, which are always much more of a focus this time of year. Even though I didn’t actually do anything for Halloween this year, as far as going out or getting into a costume, I did still want to do a Halloween-themed blog post. I did not, however, want to do something that would be what everyone would normally expect a Halloween-themed post to be. I knew I wanted it to be something different than any type of ghoulish makeup or that sort of thing. I just wasn’t sure what I did want to do.

Then I started thinking one day about the “supposed” Pagan origins of Halloween. The Halloween celebration that we know today is said to have originated with the Pagan celebration of Samhain. Samhain was seen as a time when the door to the “Otherworld,” what the Pagans referred to as the realm of the deities and spirits, was opened and allowed spirits and other mythical creatures into our world. It was said that the souls of the dead would visit their old homes during Samhain and feasts would be thrown in which the living would set a place at the table for the deceased and welcome them back. Fascinating concepts, indeed. This all came to mind when I also received word that this week at my workplace, (a call center/office environment,) was “Spirit Week,” (there will be a separate post on that over at the companion site – Love, Beausic!) Anybody who went to a public high school knows what Spirit Week is. It is a week where there is some sort of costume or dress theme for each day. It’s a silly idea for a bunch of adults, I know, but just the term “Spirit Week” got me thinking that I should have a Spirit Week of my own here at Beausic – celebrating the spirits of those who have passed.

I had also for a very long time been wanting to do some sort of “Old Hollywood” post here but hadn’t quite figured out when to do it or where the proper placement for it would be until this whole “Spirit Week” concept came up. Over the past several years I have developed a pretty strong love for and obsession with a lot of Old Hollywood stars and that special brand of timeless beauty and glamour that they embodied. The whole world of Hollywood was completely different at the time. The period from 1917 to about 1960 is often referred to as “The Golden Age of Hollywood,” during which the few major studios at the time created stars out of young ingenues like the ones I will be featuring in this post. This was the period when film really became an art form and some of the greatest films of all-time were produced in those years, including “The Wizard Of Oz,” “Citizen Kane,” “Gone With The Wind,” “Rebel Without A Cause,” “Breakfast At Tiffany’s,” “Singin’ In The Rain,” “Rear Window,” etc. The list could go on for days! I selected a handful of my personal favorite stars of this era, whose beauty has remained relevant and influential to this day, to showcase here on Beausic. So, let’s get started!

BETTE DAVIS


Bette Davis, born Ruth Elizabeth Davis, is widely considered one of the greatest female stars of all-time. In her lifetime, she appeared in over 100 films, as well as success in theater and on television. She was also the first person to be nominated for an Academy Award in an acting category more than 10 times and eventually became the first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group behind the Academy Awards. From 1932 to the late 1940s she was America’s most celebrated leading lady in Hollywood and was noted for being one of the first actresses to appear in a wide range of genres, from drama to comedy to romance and everywhere in between. She was also quite well-known for playing rather difficult and “unsympathetic” roles that many actresses were less willing to portray, such as the amazing role she played in the 1962 film, “Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?” One of my favorite performances of Bette’s career was in the 1950 film, “All About Eve,” in which she played aging Broadway star Margo Channing, whose career and personal relationships are threatened by a young ingenue whom she takes under her wing. It is an amazing film and Bette was absolutely brilliant in it. Check out a clip from “All About Eve” below.

Bette Davis’ look is one that has been praised and lauded over the years and even inspired a hit song by Kim Carnes in the 1980s, “Bette Davis Eyes.” It was a little difficult to determine how exactly to recreate her look, though, since most of the images of her in her prime are in black and white. So, I definitely had to get a little more creative with determining what colors to use in the look. Still, I think these younger images of her were absolutely stunning and I knew I just had to recreate them. In fact, I even filmed a tutorial! For a little extra fun, I actually made my images of the look black and white, too, to kind of give you the full comparison effect. The tutorial video, however, is actually in color! Check it out below!




PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Covergirl TruBlend Foundation in Natural Beige
Maybelline FitMe Concealer in 15
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Protector Finishing Powder in Natural Beige
Sedona Lace Contour & Blush Palette (deep contour shade)
Smashbox Double Exposure Lip & Cheek Cream in
Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder in Rose Gold

EYES:
TheBalm Meet Matte Eye Shadows in Matt Smith, Matt and Matt Ramirez
Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner in Pure White
Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black
Clinique High Lengths Mascara in Black
Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel

LIPS:
Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Lip Liner in Willow
Urban Decay Lipstick in Pistol

JUDY GARLAND

Judy Garland, born Frances Ethel Gumm, started her career as a child alongside her sisters as the vaudeville act “The Gumm Sisters,” in theaters owned and operated by their parents, who were vaudevillians themselves. The family relocated to California after some controversy regarding their father in their home of Grand Rapids, MN, and began touring in the vaudeville circuit before disbanding when Judy was 13 years old after some controversy regarding one of her sisters. That same year, she signed with MGM Studios and starred in a string of musical comedies with Mickey Rooney before stepping into the role that she would be most identified with even to this day – Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” – which turned her into the studios most bankable star and won her a Juvenile Academy Award, which doesn’t even exist anymore! After this success, Judy made the transition into bona fide  adult star, starring in such classic films as “Meet Me In St. Louis,” the original “A Star Is Born,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” and the list goes on. Judy’s career went on to go through many ebbs and flows, where she would fade out of the spotlight then burst her way back in with a range of successful concert performances, theater gigs, films and even a television series, “The Judy Garland Show.” Judy’s life was also repeatedly marred by issues with self-image and ongoing battles with drugs and alcohol, which eventually killed her at the age of 47. Judy also married 4 times and raised 3 children, Lorna Luft, Joey Luft and, legend in her own right, Liza Minnelli. In the months leading up to her death, Judy recorded some tapes in which she talked about all sorts of different aspects of her life, and in which she seemed to be quite inebriated and made several outlandish claims about people being out to get her, all laced with a number of slurred expletives. These tapes eventually surfaced and were made available to the world. For a brief period I actually used to go to sleep listening to them about every night… which, admittedly, is a pretty weird thing to do. One of my personal favorite moments of Judy’s career, though, was her duet of “Get Happy/Happy Days Are Here Again” with a very young Barbra Streisand from “The Judy Garland Show,” the clip of which I have included below.

When researching pictures of Judy, particularly in her younger adult years, (20s & 30s,) I quickly came across a recurring theme of coral or peach cheeks and coral red lips. Her eyes were most often pretty neutral with maybe some subtle shimmer. One of the things I found most interesting, though, were her lashes. They were quite obviously false in most images but they were almost always curled in the most ridiculous way possible, as if they just took an eyelash curler to the center of the lashes and curled the crap out of them at that one point, so they would shoot out from the lid then make this ridiculous turn straight upward! I didn’t wear false lashes for this look but I did curl my natural lashes in the center like that, although I’m not sure how well it comes across in the pictures!

PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Covergirl Clean Foundation in Natural Beige
Maybelline FitMe Concealer in 15
Covergirl TruBlend Minerals Loose Powder in Translucent Light
Tarte for True Blood Eye Shadow in Dusk
Sedona Lace Contour & Blush Palette (gold-toned highlight)
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Wonder

EYES: 
Tarte for True Blood Eye Shadows in Dusk, Waitress and The Light
Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Liner in Pure White
L’oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Liner in Carbon Black
Covergirl Lashblast Fusion in Very Black
Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel

LIPS: 
Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick in Stellar Sunrise
Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss in Fire

ELIZABETH TAYLOR

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was another actress signed with MGM studios at the same time as Judy Garland and was rumored to be quite the sore subject for Judy, as she was said to have been made to feel inferior to Elizabeth by Studio Executives. I don’t know how much that is true but I would imagine it would be difficult for any woman not to feel inferior to Elizabeth Taylor. She is widely considered to be one of the world’s greatest beauties, with her jet black hair and distinctive violet colored eyes. She was also one of the world’s most revered and celebrated actresses, having won multiple Academy Awards for her work in films, including classics such as “National Velvet,” “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof,” “A Place In The Sun,” “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?,” and, perhaps her most famous role, “Cleopatra.” I have included a clip of one of my person favorite moments of “Cleopatra” below. She was also widely know for her much talked about personal life, including 8 marriages. The two most famous of these marriages, of course, were to her “Cleopatra” co-star, Richard Burton. They actually appeared in 11 films together. She was also quite famously very close with Michael Jackson. Elizabeth also spent many of her later years finding great success with her own line of jewelry, as well as a series of very popular fragrances. Elizabeth is the person featured in this post who died most recently, having passed in March 2011 of congestive heart failure at the age of 79.

Elizabeth Taylor definitely had a signature look throughout most of her career, including very thick, dark eyebrows and very bold, red lips. I may have gone a little overboard with the brows for my take on the look but I was working really hard to try to get them right. The thing that I always found most fascinating about Elizabeth’s brows throughout the earlier portions of her career are how rounded the seemed at the inner corners – an odd choice, for certain, but it somehow managed to work for her.

PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Calvin Klein Infinite Hydration Moisturizing Foundation in Toasted
Maybelline FitMe Concealer in 15
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Protector Finishing Powder in Natural Beige
Sedona Lace Contour & Blush Palette (deep contour, gold-toned highlight and coral blush shade)

EYES:
TheBalm Meet Matte Eye Shadows in Matt McDonald, Matt Patel and Matt Smith
L’oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Liner in Carbon Black
Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner in Pure White
Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black
TheBalm Nude ‘Tude Eye Shadow in Sleek (brows)

LIPS:
Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Lip Liner in Berry Red
Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss in Fire

 

AUDREY HEPBURN

I couldn’t, and wouldn’t, have done this post without featuring the incomparable Audrey Hepburn. Audrey Hepburn, born Audrey Kathleen Ruston, has appeared in some of the greatest films in history, including “Roman Holiday,” “Sabrina,” “War & Peace,” “Funny Face,” “Charade,” “My Fair Lady,” and, her most iconic role and one of my very favorite films of all-time, “Breakfast At Tiffany’s.” I have included the iconic opening scene to “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” below, as it is honestly one of my favorite moments in film history. Audrey also was a very strong humanitarian, appearing in less and less films as her life went on and instead devoting her life to work with UNICEF, working in impoverished communities throughout Africa, South America and Asia between 1988-1992. She was even awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in honor of these works shortly before she died of appendiceal cancer in 1993.

When trying to select an Audrey Hepburn look to do, there was really no decision to be made at all – it was always going to be the look from “Breakfast At Tiffany’s.” “Breakfast At Tiffany’s,” to me, just was the very definition of “the glamorous life” that everyone wants and chases around, even to this day. In the film Audrey is like the American version of a princess, even though she isn’t actually American, who exudes glamour and class but secretly doesn’t have it together at all. I absolutely loved this film and I absolutely loved her look in the film because I always felt like it perfectly captured the character – it was very glamorous but also had a very effortless, carefree look to it.

PRODUCTS USED:

FACE: 
Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation in Creamy Natural
Clinique Quick Correct Concealer in Moderately Fair
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Protector Finishing Powder in Natural Beige
Tarte for True Blood Eye Shadows in Dusk and The Light
Ulta Cheek Color in Girlie

EYES: 
Stila Eye Shadow in Chinois
Tarte for True Blood Eye Shadows in Stake and Werewolf
L’oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Liner in Carbon Black
Elf Eyebrow Lifter & Filler in Dark Brown/Ivory (Ivory only)
Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel

LIPS: 
Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Dizzy
L’oreal HiP Lipstick in Ecstatic

MARILYN MONROE

Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jean Moretnson, is an icon and legend of style and beauty who remains relevant and makes a major impact to this day, just ask MAC Cosmetics, who released a “Marilyn Monroe Collection” just last month, or NBC, who launched a hit television series last year, “Smash,” about the creation of a Broadway musical about Marilyn, or Michelle Williams, who won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for her role as Marilyn in Simon Curtis’ critically acclaimed film “My Week With Marilyn.” Atfer growing up in foster homes, Marilyn began working as a model before being signed by Twentieth Century Fox and making an impact on the silver screen. Marilyn started out with only small roles in films like “All About Eve,” alongside Bette Davis, and “The Asphalt Jungle,” before making her real star turns in such classic films as “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “The Seven Year Itch,” “Some Like It Hot” and, my personal favorite, “How To Marry A Millionaire,” alongside Betty Grabel and Lauren Bacall.  Below I have included a clip of one of Marilyn’s most iconic moments, which has been recreated by everybody from Madonna to Mariah Carey to Anna Nicole Smith, performing “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend,” from the film “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” Marilyn was perhaps more well-known for her personal relationships than for her acting abilities, with her famed romances with baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, famed writer Arthur Miller and, allegedly, United States President John F. Kennedy and his younger brother and Presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy.

I found these images of Marilyn that I absolutely fell in love with, although I couldn’t tell you where or from what point in her career they came from, but I felt like they really captured the signature Marilyn look and that was what I was really looking for! The only thing, though, is that in each picture her lips looked a slightly different color, so I had a lot of trouble selecting a lip color but I knew that they were some variation of red and it was definitely a signature of the classic Marilyn look to wear a bold red lip, so I just went with that. Much like the Kim Kardashian tutorial I posted a couple weeks ago, it just seemed like a requirement for any beauty channel on YouTube and any beauty blogger to eventually do a Marilyn tutorial, so I figured this was the perfect opportunity – check out my Marilyn Monroe makeup tutorial below!

PRODUCTS USED:

FACE:
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55 in Natural Beige
Maybelline FitMe Concealer in 15
Covergirl TruBlend Minerals Loose Powder in Translucent Light
Tarte for True Blood Eye Shadow in Dusk
Sedona Lace Contour & Blush Palette (gold-toned highlight)
Maybelline Expert Wear Blush in Dusty Rose

EYES:
Sugarpill Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Tako
Urban Decay Smoked Eye Shadows in Freestyle, Kinky & Blackout
Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Liner in Pure White
L’oreal Lineur Intense Brush Tip Liquid Liner in Carbon Black
Covergirl Lashblast Fusion Mascara in Very Black
Unknown False Lashes from Ebay
Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel

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

As I mentioned before, not only was this week “Spirit Week” here at Beausic, it was also a very different, very high school kind of Spirit Week at my job, which included all kinds of other cracked out looks done in ridiculous themes like “Tacky Tuesday” and “Sports Day.” I thought it might be fun to share those looks with you guys, as well, but this didn’t seem like the place for that, so I created a post over on the new companion site, Love, Beausic, which you guys should all check out, as well! I hope you guys enjoyed this post and I hope you’ll enjoy that one, as well! I also wish you all a beautiful weekend and a beautiful life!

Jason

 

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6 thoughts on “Spirit Week: Beauty From Beyond The Grave

    1. Oh wow, what a cool thing to get to write about for a living! I’ve always wished that I were more familiar with classic cinema but it is only something I’ve actually started looking into more over the past few years – like, I’d never seen a single Audrey Hepburn film until like 2009 or 2010! I’ve seen a lot since then but I have really only stuck to movies featuring the women in this post, as well as Natalie Wood, who is one of my favorite actresses of all-time! I’m really glad, being an expert on the topic, you enjoyed the post!

      1. It’s fun, to be sure. I loved this post. You included a nice variety of actresses. I hope you do follow-ups posts to this, as you discover more old movies and performers. I could talk/write practically endlessly on the subject. I’m always happy to give movie recommendations. There are so many wonderful ones out there, especially if you’ve found you really enjoy them.

      2. Yes, I would absolutely love any recommendations you may have! I have fallen in love with the sense of glamour and luxury and elegance that you see in so many of these classic films as opposed to the whole “rich people’s sex, money and drugs” that seem to be the bigger focus today, (although “Valley Of The Dolls” is one of my favorites of all-time and is very much about sex, money and drugs, lol.)

      3. Warning: If you proceed with watching old movies, you will become addicted! Do you have a fave genre? Or would you like me to recommend the best/most fun movies of some of the big glamour stars? That might be a cool way to do it. (Also, Valley of the Dolls is just in a box by itself, in a glitzy, over-the-top, awesomely fun way. Not at all like today’s “rich people’s sex, money and drugs” films.)

      4. I don’t know about a fave genre, per se, except the romance and comedies – “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” is probably my favorite older movie that I’ve seen so far – just fun and glamour and romance all wrapped into one with lots of humor injected! Any recommendations for others like that?

        Also, probably a silly question, but did you ever see “Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls?” RIDICULOUS! I still keep a copy and watch it when the right mood strikes but it is just plain silly how far over the top they tried to go with that movie!

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