Saturday, May 28, 2011

I Caught Biba Fever!

It's unlike me to copy someone else's work. I don't do celebrity looks, I don't usually replicate YouTube tutorials, but seeing UK makeup artist Lisa Eldridge use vintage Biba makeup to create a vintage look inspired me so much that I had to post a tribute to it.

It also proved a challenge rather than anything else finding modern cosmetics to duplicate vintage colors and textures that I had only seen on a tiny little screen on my iPod. Some products I already had, and, for the rest, I knew Make Up For Ever would provide.

Face: I used my basic primer, foundation, and concealer. Make Up For Ever HD Primer in 5 Blue, Face and Body in No. 38, and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-1 for blemishes, and MUFE Camouflage Cream Palette No. 2 under the eyes.

Eyes: For the base, replicating the China Doll Cheeks in Lavendar, I used MAC Big Bounce shadow in Count Your Assets, a silvery purple. It was slightly darker than the Biba original, but it replicated the silver sheen. I was also pretty proud to have found a use for the badly reviewed Big Bounce shadow--I can't say my opinion was any better.

Powder shadows: The Dark Jade powder tint was duplicated by MUFE Iridescent Green 53 in the crease. Under the eye, I used two shades from the Stila Color Wheel. I had wanted to avoid using anything limited edition and a palette, but I had no Bright Lilac shades with enough blue in them, so the Violet shade (the second one in at 7:00) had to do. The outer corner was a mixture of Stila Poppy and Periwinkle from the Color Wheel (second one in at 6:00), only because Poppy on it's own wasn't right. The outer corner blending was done with MUFE Celadon 34. I applied Ardell Wispies Lashes to the top and Ardell Duralash flares in medium and short to the lower outer corners.

Cheeks: The Big Bounce shadow was applied just as Ms. Eldridge applied the Lavendar china doll cheeks to highlight the cheekbones, and MUFE Aqua Cream in 7 Fuschia doubled for the pink China Doll cheeks. The bright pink "Moods" contouring and blushing kit was replaced with MUFE Dark Raspberry 58, and the highlight was Stila Moonlight.

I blended everything with NARS Heart of Glass, a pale shimmery blue.

For the lips, I used NYX lipliner pencil in Plum, even though I'm terrible at drawing bow lips on myself as it only highlights that my lips are not symmetrical.

I'm nowhere near the artist that Lisa Eldridge is, and copying her work only makes that all the more clear to me. However, it was a fun challenge to replicate her amazing vintage makeup with modern day equivalents, and I hope that if you found it as inspiring as I did, that it helps you recreate it yourself.

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