The Always On-Point Beauty Of Anna Karina

You ought to be as obsessed with her makeup, hair and life as I am.
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You ought to be as obsessed with her makeup, hair and life as I am.

I've been obsessed with Anna Karina since I was but a wee 16-year-old, and for good reason. Sure, sure, she's beautiful; she starred in a lot of visually appealing European films that are automatically dubbed "chic" and "iconic" and all that jazz, but that's not the only reason to love Ms. K. 

When I read up on her as a younger gal, I was fascinated by her life. She left Denmark at 18 and headed to Paris, despite not speaking a word of French. She got by selling her paintings and one day was discovered by some unknown lady named Coco Chanel (whoever THAT is) in a cafe and was suddenly modeling in print and commercials. No big deal, just a total fairytale story. 

Anna, whose birth name is Hanne Karin Blarke Bayer, changed her name at Coco's suggestion, and a new woman was born.

Then came Jean-Luc Godard (that douchebag). They had a tumultuous relationship that produced some fantastic movies and a whole lot of abuse on J-LG's part. At one point in their relationship, Anna suffered a miscarriage so difficult that she was unable to ever conceive children afterwards. Absolutely crushed, Anna attempted suicide multiple times, all while being repeatedly ignored and treated miserably by her egotistical husband. Sounds great, huh? And yet she persevered. 

After their divorce, Anna moved on with only amicable things to say about her former husband, and continued to churn out incredible performances. She eventually (in no particular order) took the helm as producer, screenwriter and director of various projects, wrote four novels, recorded a few albums and starred in a musical with her good friends Serge Gainsbourg and Jean-Claude Brialy. The woman is unstoppable, and it's for THOSE reasons that I adore her--not because of the perfection of her cat-eye makeup.

Stills from "Une Femme Est Une Femme" ("A Woman Is A Woman")

Stills from "Une Femme Est Une Femme" ("A Woman Is A Woman")

But ... this is a beauty site, and it has been suggested in the comments one that someone do a tutorial on how to get Anna's incredible technicolour beauty look from Une Femme Est Une Femme, one of her first films with Godard. Anna plays Angela, a baby-obsessed stripper who wants to have a kid with her man, but when he won't cave, she decides to get preggo with his best friend instead. Hilarity ensues. Just watch this scene and try not to fall for her.

Her look in the movie coincides with the film's red, white and blue colour scheme. Messy curls worn down or piled on her head, accentuated with a blue bow. Pale blue shadow with a perfect flick of black liner, and pale rose lips.

Doing my best coy "please impregnate me" face.

Doing my best coy "please impregnate me" face. Photography shot with the Canon SL1.

SKIN

Anna has the matte, porcelain skin of a doll in this movie, so I completely evened out my skintone with Clinique Redness Solutions Makeup in Calming Alabaster and then applied a generous dose of translucent powder. 

I tapped and blended a bit of Topshop Blush in Flush onto the apples of my cheeks and blended upwards to my cheekbones for a subtle touch of colour and definition.

EYES

For that bright blue shadow, I knew I would get the best colour payoff with cream pigments, so I started by applying a base of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Creme Colour Concentrate in Vice, a bright white, all over my lid and blending up (just slightly above the eye socket) and out with a small brush.

Building the colour.

Building the colour.

I then used the brush to apply the same product in Melody, a bold true blue, in small amounts, making sure to really blend. Once I reached the bright, powdery blue I wanted, I was ready to move on to liner.

I started by tight-lining my upper lash line with my trusty Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Raven and made sure to really wiggle it in so that I had a nice defined base to build my cat eye off of. 

I used an angled brush to get into the liner and smudge it a bit so that the whole lash line looked soft and dark.

Next I started by drawing the outline of my cat-eye with LORAC's Front of the Line PRO liquid liner, which has a super precise tip to get the sharpest possible line. When I was finally happy with the shape, I filled it in.

Creating the perfect cat-eye, step by step.

Creating the perfect cat eye, step by step.

Last in the liner department and to further the '60s vibe, I smudged a bit of the black pencil on my lower lashline before adding in small "eyelash" tics along the outer half with the liquid liner. 

A bit of nude liner was added to my waterline to make sure my eyes looked wide and open.

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Two coats of Benefit's They're Real later and my eyes were done.

LIPS

Anna has a very unique mouth shape, where her lips are quite wide and full but also sort of flat looking, so I used Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Naked2 to fill in and then change the shape of my own lips. 

I made my cupid's bow a little less prominent and extended my natural lip line a bit before making sure to add extra at the corners of my mouth for a widened effect. 

Afterwards I blended a little drop of OCC's Lip Tar in Annika over top for that pale, rose-pink hue.

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HAIR

Anna's hair is always in various states of very chic disarray in the movie as she's always haphazardly pinning it up or pulling pins out, or teasing the whole thing into a lovely beehive. I chose to simply add curls to mine with a 1/2" flat iron and then, after letting them cool, I brushed them out and styled with my hands. 

Occasionally I'd pull my top layers up and away from my face and pin them into place, but I mostly just let my hair hang about in all its messy, curly glory.

I should've broken out my sailor dress for this.

I should've broken out my sailor dress for this.

Et … voila. Pop on a beret and/or some red tights and you've got that whole classy French '60s stripper thing DOWN.

Now it's time again for you to tell me what other beautiful babes from the past have looks you wanna cop. Transforming is fun.