Look Like Margot Tenenbaum, And Other Wes Anderson Muses

You may not be able to actually be in a Wes Anderson film, but you can look like you're in one.
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You may not be able to actually be in a Wes Anderson film, but you can look like you're in one.

Love him or hate him, director Wes Anderson is a cultural force of our generation. With his charmingly anachronistic dialogue, intricate sets, and whimsical costumes, he’s undeniably talented, with an eye for design. He uses his keen eye to craft his characters; they are styled so specifically that their look alone gives you a sense of who that person is.

Anderson has created some of the most stylish and memorable women in film. From Eleanor Zissou to Madame D, today I'm exploring simple versions of Anderson film character looks (using my sisters as models).  

Margot Tenenbaum

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Gwyneth Paltrow as Margot Tenenbaum in The Royal Tenenbaums. (Photo: © 2001 - Touchstone Pictures)

Gwyneth Paltrow's character, Margot, from The Royal Tenenbaums annoyed me at first; she’s self-absorbed and apathetic, unimpressed with her own genius or wealth. Oh, never mind, she still annoys me. I just like her style, with its nod to the grungy '90s. She’s kind of the worst.

makeup swatches on arm

L-R: Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss for Rimmel in 17, Sleek MakeUP i-Divine Eye Shadow shades Toast, Taupe, Glitz, and Noir

Margot’s look is simple: dark, smudgy liner, light brows, and a nude lip and cheek. I added just a touch of pearly Champagne shadow to really make my sister Cassidy’s blue eyes pop.

tightlined eyes

First, we tight line. I’m using Wet n Wild Color Icon liner in black.

smoky eye makeup

Next, I line her eyes, then set and smudge with some glitzy black shadow. Using a fluffy shadow brush, I swept some of the Champagne color from the inner corners of her eyes outward, adding just a little under her brow. Light mascara and a barely-filled brow complete the look.

90s grunge makeup

Not amused

Madame D

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Tilda Swinton as Madame D in The Grand Budapest Hotel. (Photo: © 2014 - Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Madame D in The Grand Budapest Hotel is by far one of my favorite characters Tilda Swinton has ever played. A complex caricature of an old rich lady, her look was crafted from trappings of the 19th century, complete with over-rouged cheeks and loud, plain shadow. Simple to reference, it looks fresh without the liver spots.  

pastel makeup swatches

Hard Candy Single and Loving It Eye Shadow in Obsessed, and Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in Cherry Me

To get extra luminosity, I mixed just a dot of NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam with NYC Smooth Skin BB Cream in Light before applying with a wet sponge.

nyx liquid illuminator

While waiting for the BB cream to set, I patted on the purple shadow, blending so it hardly peeked above the mobile lid. A thin coat of mascara, and just a touch of brow powder--good grief, blonde brows are tricky!

purple eye shadow

After it set, I applied some Baby Lips in Cherry Me lower on the apples of the cheeks and lips for a vintage flush.

blonde pixie cut

Eleanor Zissou

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Anjelica Huston as Eleanor Zissou in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. (Photo: © 2004 Touchstone Pictures). 

Though she doesn’t talk much, Anjelica Huston's character in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is effortlessly cool. It’s made completely clear that Eleanor is the brains of the Zissou operation, she’s sauntering around in silky clothing, chain-smoking exotic little cigarettes, and calling the shots.

Start with a light BB. Eleanor’s skin is dewy and bronzed, and appears naked. Her eyeliner look is easy enough to achieve, but I added some electric blue shadow to add dimension.

blue eyeliner swatches

L-R: Wet n’ Wild Color Icon liner in Charcoal, Rimmel Kate in 08, and Sunset #6 by Sleek

Tightline your eyes with the navy liner. Using a small, angled brush and the blue shadow, smudge the liner and sweep it out toward the outside corners of your eyes. Pro tip: dust your lids with translucent mineral powder to keep pesky color transfer at bay.

navy eyeliner

To cop her summery hue, I mixed a dash of Wet n Wild Ultimate Minerals Bronzer with some moisturizer and smoothed it on my cheeks. A thin coat of mascara and some brow gel, and I looked weird and worldly.

wet n wild bronzer after

For the blue streaks, I used Jerome Russell Temp'ry Color Spray. I was pretty hesitant to streak my hair with a cheap blue spray, but other than it smelling quite foul, it was pretty perfect for what I wanted. It dries to a powdery finish similar to hair chalk, but was much easier to apply and brush through. It didn’t even stain my blonde ends!

blue streaked hair
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