‘It was a teenage wedding, and the old folks wished them well. You could see that Pierre did truly love the mademoiselle. And now the young monsieur and madame have rung the chapel bell, “C’est la vie” say the old folks, it goes to you never can tell’
If anyone has seen the cult favourite ‘Pulp Fiction’ then you will be familiar with the song above and the iconic scene in the movie where Mia Wallace and Vincent Vega (Uma Thurman and John Travolta) compete in the Jack Rabbit Slims twist contest. Since deciding to do this look I have had that song in my head all week.
I cannot believe that a month has gone so quickly, it doesn’t feel that long since my last Monthly Move Makeup Monday. The past two months I have done very dramatic character makeup so this time I wanted to change things up a bit and do something that was wearable.
I was struggling for ideas this month, my creative energy has been pumped into work at the moment so it left me unable to think of what to do. Once again, my lovely makeup friends came to save the day and gave me some suggestions of what I could do.
My lovely friend #QueenBee Hannah suggested that I did Mia Wallace as a movie look that could be put together quickly. The instant she suggested it I was determined to do it, my mind was instantly made up.
Although I am not a major fan of ‘Pulp Fiction’ as a film in itself, I love the iconic look that Uma Thurman rocks so confidently. Her look was one of the seminal looks of the 1990’s; playing homage to 1950 glamour with the red lipstick, slightly smoky eyeshadow and the winged eyeliner.
She also has a air of beatnik about her style, I’m thinking of the film ‘Funny Face’ featuring my all time favourite Audrey Hepburn, with her signature dark hair and monochromatic fashion sense.
As a teenager I desperately wanted to look like Uma Thurman in that film, she was absolutely stunning with her blunt, black bob. I really wanted to have black hair as a teenager (my favourite actress then being Winona Ryder) but my mother always said I would look like ‘Winnie the Witch’ and it would wash me out. I was definitely influenced by the 60’s beatnik style back then.
I got my wish in my early 20’s and dyed my hair black and although I loved it I soon got bored and then discovered how hard it is to get rid of the black hair. I took me the best part of 2 years to actually grow the black fully out. If Layla ever asked me if she could dye it black I would be definitely making her aware of the magnitude of her decision.
Back to Pulp Fiction, which of course was directed by the phenomenal Quentin Tarrentino, who is actually one of my favourite directors. Tarrentino has to be classified as one of the directors that made 1990s cinema what it was. His style managed to pay homage to classic movie genres of the 60’s and 70’s while having a cutting edge that dissected the hedonistic era that was the 90’s.
Another thing that Tarrentino was amazing at was incorporating music into his films; I have actually used the Pulp Fiction title music at work as a drama teacher along with ones from my favourite Tarrentino series ‘Kill Bill’. You can tell that he is a music lover and he introduces some amazing music that accompanies the films fast paced assault on the senses, (hide your ears from Mr Pink)
Enough about my love of movies (unless you beautiful people want a series on it), on to the makeup. My apologies that the wig is not exactly the same as hers in the film but I could not use my own hair due to it growing my grey out. (more of that in a future post). I achieved this look using the following products:
ELF eyebrow pencil in dark brown
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Anastacia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette in shades:
Tempura (to set the eye primer), Buon Fresco (transition shade), Warm Taupe (crease colour) Cyprus Umber (outer v) and Primavera (on lid and as highlight shade)
Collection Extreme Felt tip eyeliner in black
Essence Big Lashes mascara in Black
Nyx HD primer
Seventeen 25 hour stay time foundation in Porcelain
Seventeen Phwaor paint in fair
Nyx HD power
Freedom Pro Strobe palette bronzer shade and lightest contour shade
Makeup Revolution Skin Kiss Highlighter in Ice Kiss
L.A. Girl Lip liner in Wine
Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick in shade 30.
I really like this look; it is vampy but classy and can be worn both on a night out and as a bold day time look. I am currently sat in a children’s play centre rocking this look; I have a 1950’s style blouse on over a black top and dark jeggings.
I feel very empowered sat here typing on my tablet; cappuccino in hand and a pack of salt an vinegar squares tempting me to eat them. It might not be the glamour of Mia Wallace’s L.A. but it makes me happy and I am grateful for the little things.
Ciao for now makeup fans xx