A Bangarang Last-Minute Costume: Rufio From 'Hook'

It'd be a little creepy if I was still crushing on this smoky-eyed, red-streaked Lost Boy, so I've graduated to being inspired by his look instead.
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It'd be a little creepy if I was still crushing on this smoky-eyed, red-streaked Lost Boy, so I've graduated to being inspired by his look instead.

For those who have no idea who I'm talking about (gasp!), Rufio is only the coolest pirate-fighting bad boy of the 1990s. He was played by dapper Dante Basco and served as the foe-turned-BFF of Peter Pan (played by a fresh-faced Robin Williams) in the movie Hook.  

To further refresh your memory, Rufio is the smoky-eyed, red-streaked, bone-wearing leader of the Neverland's Lost Boys. And any pre-or-early teen in her right mind would be a fool to not swoon over him. As a woman in my late 20s, however, it'd be a little creepy if I was still crushing on Rufio myself. So instead, I've graduated to simply being inspired by his character.

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That said, I clearly look nothing like him. Even my everyday demeanor is his counter opposite, as I tend to be shy and reserved instead of in-your-face and aggressive. 

In lieu of a literal interpretation, I opted for subtle allusion to his physical appearance and spirit.

FACT: I actually felt stronger and more empowered once emblazoned with Rufio-like accessories and makeup.

FACT: I actually felt stronger and more empowered once emblazoned with Rufio-like accessories and makeup.

The Eyes

In my opinion, it's the messy, smudgy, smoky eye that serves as the star here. The best part is that you don't have to be on the set of a Spielberg movie to pull it off. Here's the breakdown:

I started with a light coating of Urban Decay Primer Potion. 

Next, I applied a matte gray shadow to my lid with a fat, all-over eye shadow brush. The key here is to not try to create perfect lines, but to slowly build color a little bit at a time. The eyeshadow should extend slightly above the socket line and flare out at the outer corners. Really, really blend the color into the skin.

Using a black eyeliner pencil, I lined my entire upper lash line. I also lined my lower lash line just below and on the waterline. 

Then, wasting no time, I smudged/blended the upper and lower eyeliner with a blending brush, keeping things messy and blurred instead of precise. As Rufio, it's best to save precision for your sword fights.

To add a bit of life to the smokiness, I finger-patted on a wee bit of Urban Decay's YDK shadow, a medium, coppery brown with lots of shimmer. Put a little on a blending brush and gently go over your bottom, smudgy liner, as well.

Once you've finished, apply two to three coats of mascara on the top and bottom lashes and throw on some faux eyelashes for extra oomph. Rufio is full of oomph, so don't go lax! I used CoverGirl's Clump Crusher mascara and NYX's Fabulous Lashes in "Some Like it Hot."

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Cheeks & Lips

As for the rest my face, I kept things really simple. I applied a rosy powder blush to my cheeks for a soft flush. 

For lips, I applied a hint of concealer and then followed up with a top coat of Stila Lip Glaze in Ginger.

Hair & Nails

For my hair, I did a French-braided crown starting at one ear and moved my way to the other, then pinned it at the nape. 

I then pulled the rest of my hair over to one side and gave it a little curling iron action. To complete the look, I hairsprayed the bottoms of craft store feathers and strategically stuck them into my braid.

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Lastly, my nails. We all know a look isn't complete without a proper manicure, even if he didn't have one. 

Inspired by Rufio's jet-black hair and blazing red highlights, I opted for a super inky black base with a blood red, talon-like triangle on top.

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 What do you think? Is it weird that I own a cow skull? And while I'm asking questions, how about that glorious food-fight scene in Hook? I've never wanted to consume so much mystery grub in my entire life. The color! The texture! Those happy, satisfied faces! Please, someone throw a technicolor mystery food party and invite me.