A Retro Alien Babe Makeup Look That Would Stun Captain Kirk

I decided to get groovy with an Urban Decay eyeshadow palette and make myself prime James T. Kirk bait.
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I decided to get groovy with an Urban Decay eyeshadow palette and make myself prime James T. Kirk bait.

Being human is boring: no spaceships, no Gene Roddenberry food generators (cheeseburgers on demand!), and most importantly, no alien babes. 

Do not fear, Earthlings! Total alien babe camouflage awaits you. After I found this gorgeous photo of Gabrielle Drake last week, I decided to get groovy with Urban Decay Book of Shadows Volume IV Redux and make myself prime James T. Kirk bait.

Yes, Captain, I did wake up like this.

Yes, Captain, I did wake up like this.

This look is ‘60s-inspired for ultimate Star Trek-itude, using a cut crease and funky lips made to custom match my alien eyes. I used purple as my color theme, but any bright color will work well. Alternatively, one could use neutrals on both the eyes and lips for a dramatic and significantly more wearable look. 

Here are the ever-important swatches of what I'll be using:

From left to right, Sephora Waterproof Jumbo Liner in White 01; UD Book of Shadows IV, Polyester Bride; Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner, Black; Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner, Perversion; UD Book of Shadows IV, Creep; UD Book of Shadows IV, Psychedelic Sister; UD Book of Shadows IV, Grifter.

From left to right, Sephora Waterproof Jumbo Liner in White 01; UD Book of Shadows IV, Polyester Bride; Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner, Black; Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner, Perversion; UD Book of Shadows IV, Creep; UD Book of Shadows IV, Psychedelic Sister; UD Book of Shadows IV, Grifter.

Start with skin and brows prepped as you normally would; I do suggest filling in the brows at least a bit, as this look is so heavy on the eyes that it may be overwhelming without some definition. Blush should be very light or skipped altogether to keep the ‘60s vibe alive and avoid competing with the vibrant lips and eyes.

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First, I applied eye primer all over my top lids and bottom lash line; since intense color payoff is so important here, I wanted to make sure it really showed up everywhere I wanted. 

Next, I used Sephora Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear Waterproof in White 01, a shimmery, cream white, all over my mobile lid, making sure not to go past the start of the orbital bone. This look is really precise on the mobile lid, so staying in the lines is elementary-school-drawing-time levels of important. 

Next, I went over this area with Urban Decay’s Polyester Bride, a glittery white that’s slightly less tacky than it sounds and absolutely perfect for being space-age glam.

There is some fallout already, but this is easily fixed with a Q-Tip.

There is some fallout already, but this is easily fixed with a Q-Tip.

Next, I wet a thin liner brush and traced my crease with a black shadow; to keep with my Book of Shadows theme, I used Creep. This should be a faint line that’ll serve as a guide for the badass cut crease to come. Don’t worry if your crease isn’t well-defined: just trace the line where your orbital bone starts. 

Instead of tracing down to meet my lash line, I extended Creep into a long and gently curving wing. The angle of this wing should match the one that will extend from the lash line; I personally find it easier to match angles by doing my crease first, but the other way around works just as well.

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Welp, here comes the scary part: free-handing liquid liner sans the training wheels of a lash line. The trace line makes this 1,467%* easier, and you only have to worry about keeping the lower part of your line clean since more shadow will be blended on above. 

*78% of statistics are made up on the spot.

*78% of statistics are made up on the spot.

I started out with Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liquid Liner in black, but I found that the pen was not a fan of the combination of cream and powder shadow that was already on my lids. I used the Stila liner where I could, but I busted out my black Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner, as well. Its wet brush tip was much easier to apply with the other products, although the opacity leaves something to be desired (as seen in the swatch).

The cut crease is drawn, and the training wheels are gone! Let’s get back to safety, though, since both lash lines are feeling naked. 

I drew a thin line extending into a wing on both my upper and lower lid. The upper wing should mimic the curve of the wing above. I made my lower wing symmetrical along a horizontal axis with the upper wing, although I did not extend this one as far out. 

Welcome to Freckle City, how may I help you?

Welcome to Freckle City, how may I help you?

Additionally, I busted out my Sephora Jumbo Liner again to highlight the inner corner of my eye and halfway across my lower lash line. Also using the Sephora liner, I filled in the spaces between the three wings as precisely as I could; however, I found that if I accidentally went over the black liner with white, another helping of Urban Decay liquid liner fixed the issue.

Next, I used Creep again to make a thick line above my cut crease liner using the same wet liner brush. This layer doesn’t need to be quite as precise as I made it, but I wanted to ensure that the width of the color stayed consistent across both eyes.

By blending Creep out and adding a healthy dose of mascara, one could easily stop the look here.

By blending Creep out and adding a healthy dose of mascara, one could easily stop the look here.

Now, it’s time to get funky. Using a shadow brush, I heavily blended Urban Decay’s Psychedelic Sister, a shimmery, deep blue-purple, into Creep, and carefully extended Psychedelic Sister out to follow the angle of the wing. The overall width of Psychedelic Sister on the lid should be approximately equal to Creep. 

To create a gradient effect, I then blended Grifter--a glittery, pastel pink-purple--into Psychedelic Sister so that the black faded to a lavender shimmer as the shadow reached my eyebrows.

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On my bottom lid, I traced a line of Psychedelic Sister under the black liner and wing. Then, I found that I looked a bit sickly, so I extended my swipe of Sephora Jumbo Liner all the way across the bottom lid, under Psychedelic Sister. 

I created some fake “eyelashes” using my Urban Decay liquid liner; the Stila had heavily revolted by this point, so the “lashes” are not terribly opaque. 

Lastly, I added a healthy dose of Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara.

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Although Gabrielle Drake’s look sported the usual pastel 1960s lip, I wanted to get weird. I really only own red lipstick (someone help me), but I wanted my lips to match my eyes, so I got creative. 

I put a thin coat of Urban Decay Primer Potion on my lips, both to cancel out the natural pink and to help the vibrancy of the color. I blended Psychedelic Sister onto my lips using a shadow brush and defined the edges using a liner brush. 

At this point, I freaked out because my lips turned lethally dry (who knew eye primer wasn’t awesome for lips? Oh wait, everyone), so I layered some Vaseline on top. This helped quite a bit; the feeling was similar to a two-step long-wear lipstick, like Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Rouge. 

Oh, hello Jim. I didn’t see you there.

Oh, hello Jim. I didn’t see you there.

I patted more Psychedelic Sister on to make the finish more opaque and less glossy. Again, you can do this lip with any color you picked for your eyes.

So, what are your thoughts? Who is your favorite spaceship captain (Malcolm Reynolds, no question)? Would I fit in aboard the Enterprise?

Beam me up, Scotty!

Beam me up, Scotty!