Hello everyone, I have returned!
Perhaps you noticed I've been absent for the past two weeks. Do not fear; I didn't abandon you. I was finishing college.
Yep, my college career ended on Friday, and I am now officially an "adult," apparently. That's what happens, right? I don't really know. I've been paying rent and taxes and buying groceries for a while now, so I feel like maybe this adulthood thing kicked in years ago. But a lot of the time I still feel like a four-year-old (and act like one, too), so who knows. Maybe I'll be this way forever.
In the meantime, I'd rather look to the past instead of the future--so far into the past that I wasn't even a human yet.
We're going back to 1982, the year Blade Runner was released, and with it, a beauty and fashion icon was released, too. I am referring of course to the character of Rachael, played by Sean Young.
Blade Runner has pretty much been drifting in and out of my consciousness for as long as I can remember. You see, it's my dad's favourite movie, and so for my entire childhood, it was kind of this looming reference that never went away. In the early '90s (prior to Internet), my dad figured out a way to make our home computer make Blade Runner sound effects whenever it performed different actions. For example, when you emptied the trash, you'd hear "Wake up ... time to die!" which is sort of disconcerting and weird for a child to hear, especially since I was nowhere near old enough to watch Blade Runner and so I couldn't catch the reference.
And now, it's 2013 and Blade Runner is in my consciousness yet again with the release of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Sci-Fi Lullabies collection. BR is just one of many films that inspired the products in the collection, making for two polishes (Electric Sheep and Batty) and three Lip Tars (Pris, Batty, and Zhora). Other films inspiring the collection include Alien, A Clockwork Orange, and The Fifth Element. Killer, no?
But that brings me back to Rachael, who sadly doesn't get a shout-out in terms of product names or shades, which is a shame, because she's such a babe! Her whole look is very 1940s femme fatale tinged with 80s high-glam and futuristic sheen--all pompadour'd updo and glossy red lips.
When I learned about the collection, I immediately thought of her and how I'd been wanting to recreate her look ever since I finally saw the film about six or seven years ago.
And so, despite the fact that I've been wasting away with a sinus infection and cripping stress from finishing up school, I was able to gussy myself up Rachael style and take a few photos for you all. Read on to learn how I created my little homage.
So, replicating replicant hair is harder than it seems (LOL, good play on words, Hannah).
Sean's hair at the time was super long, and was rolled into 1940s-style victory rolls at the top, and then the ends were curled under into a pompadour at the front. My hair is cut into way too many layers to get that look, and I already have bangs, so it proved difficult, but I made due.
I used my flat iron to curl my bangs under tightly and then pushed the hair into the middle of my forehead to create the angled bang effect.
Next, I brushed the sides of my hair tightly upwards against my scalp and pinned ferociously with bobby pins to keep it in place. The remaining hair I looped into a loose-hanging bun in the back with a hair elastic. Basically, it's a simplified version of the look, but it gets the job done.
Rachael has really glowy skin, so I used a large, flat makeup brush to stipple the slightest bit of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Pris all over my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose. You seriously only need the tiniest dot and this stuff will make you crazy shimmery.
Obviously, it looks beautiful when used for its original intention--on the lips--but I love MacGyver-ing my beauty products and forcing them to work overtime.
Then, to add some definition I blended Lush Charisma Skin Tint into my cheekbones and up into my hairline. This stuff is a warm bronze with the tiniest bit of shimmer, and it really warms up your skin. I love it for faking bone structure.
For the eyes, the brows are super important. Rachael has super defined but bushy brows. Mine are pretty full, but I added a bit more volume to them by applying Purely Pro Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Luxury with an angled brush. Any dark brow powder or dark matte eyeshadow will do.
Then, for the smoked out metallic look she has going on, I lined my upper and lower lid with Topshop Beauty Eye Crayon in Pewter, which is unfortunately currently unavailable on their site. For a similar shade and texture, try using Maybelline Color Tattoo in Audacious Asphalt. Basically, look for any cream formulation of a steely midtone gray and blend along the entire lid, up into the crease, and along the lower lashline.
For further definition, I used LORAC Front Of The Line PRO and wiggled it in really close on the outer corners of the upper and lower lash lines.
To get that super 40s-meets-80s red lip, I used Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge in 08 Iconic Red. It's a two-step long-wearing lip colour that seriously won't smudge. I painted on the creamy red base in a retro '40s shape that rounded at the cupid's bow and then let it set for a few minutes.
Then I topped it with the included clear gloss for lots of shine. I like that the gloss negates any dryness that long-wearing formulas incur, and glossy red lips just feel so Studio 54 outrageous to me, which is a look you can't go wrong with.
One tip I will add is that, at the end of the night when you're ready for this stuff to come off, use an oil-based cleanser (or olive oil and a washcloth, if you're in a pinch). Oil helps break down the pigment much better than any other cleanser and you'll be able to wake up the next day without freakishly red lips.
Ta-da. Am I pulling it off? Should I be Rachael for Halloween? Do you think Pris was more of a beauty icon? Tell me in the comments--let's talk it out.