Inspired by: Dita Von Teese, American burlesque artist
The key to achieving this look is how you can perfectly balance and contrast the whites, blacks, and reds. Although it looks simpler compared to blending different shades of eyeshadow or applying bronzer, it’s more tricky since it requires precision and patience.
Dita’s skin is naturally, if not glutathione-ly enhanced, porcelain-like. Because I’m Filipino, my skin isn’t as fair as hers. However, I think it would be easier for ladies with lighter skin tones to achieve this look.
How to achieve Dita’s burlesque look:
1. Old Hollywood hair
2. Porcelain/Even-toned and blemish free face
3. Perfectly polished dark brows
4. Slightly winged out liner
5. Pristine and precise application of bright red lipstick
I have to admit I’m not very good at hair styling. Hihi. I had this done by a professional. :D
Foundation always has to match the color of our face so we don’t look like clowns or look like we were barbequed! We don’t need to use the lightest shade of foundation to get that porcelain face. What’s important is that all blemishes are concealed and foundation is applied evenly.
RULE #1 (and maybe the only rule you HAVE TO follow at all times): Never use foundation 3 or more times lighter than your skin tone and always use TRANSLUCENT, not Johnson’s Baby Powder, or you’ll look like an ESPASOL. :P
I used Maybelline Perfect concealer (liquid) underneath my eyes, around my nostrils, and on my blemishes, and blended it with my Stila #9 blending brush (my favorite!) similar to a MAC 224.
Stila #9 Blending Brush
I don’t remember what foundation I used but I would recommend a good liquid foundation, preferably not from your local drug store. :D
I colored my brows in with dark matte brown eyeshadow with a Suesh eyebrow brush (another favorite! it has just the right firmness to it!) and combed through them with a clean mascara brush. To make the brows really defined, I made a contrast by carefully lining the bottom of my brows with white/pearl eyeshadow at the same time highlighting my brow bone.
Suesh eyebrow brush
Dita’s eyeshadow varies depending on what event she’s doing. The similar thing in all her looks, however, is the precise application of the winged line with black liquid liner and thick come-hither lashes. She also almost never applies anything on the lower line of her eyes except for white eyeliner on her waterline and a layer of mascara on her lower lashes. This keeps her face looking fresh and open even with the thick make up.
Her cheeks have that tiniest hint of pinkish red for that shy yet sexy glow. It’s also not applied directly on the apples of her cheeks but across them, creating a contoured shape which makes her face slimmer and her cheekbones pop out.
Brighter reds go well on fairer-skinned ladies and darker shades complement darker-skinned ladies more. However, unlike your normal lipstick application direct from the tube, you have to use a lipstick brush (I use Suesh) to achieve a more precise line like that of Dita’s lips. Qtips are good for cleaning up lines, so always have them with you!
Suesh lip brush
BUT, to complete Dita’s look, you have to have ATTITUDE. Bring out your sexiness girls! Show the world your inner burlesque queen… be a TEESE! (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. hahaha!)