As it is the first Monday of the month, it is time for my Monthly Makeup Monday; last months edition was from ‘Pulp Fiction’, this month I took inspiration from the film musical ‘Funny Girl’
Don’t Rain on my Parade
Whenever I hear mention of the musical ‘Funny Girl’ or indeed Barbra Streisand herself, I always want to burst into the famous song Don’t Rain on My Parade; this song is ingrained in my memory when I was going through a particularly rough point in my life and I can remember when I come through it, walking down a sunlit street, feeling the best I’d ever felt and the first song that came into my head was this one.
“Who told you you’re allowed
To rain on my parade!”
I think it’s the determination and enthusiasm that runs through the song that resonates with me. The song is like a battle cry of a woman that will not give up without a fight. It is a song of someone who has battled her own demons in life and has come out the other side.
However, whenever I do think of the song, it makes me want to it sing very loudly and in a very over exaggerated manner much in the style of Shirley Bassey; something that can get you very strange looks indeed, especially when you are singing it when having a discussion with some work colleagues. The fact that I actually did sing it in that exaggerated, comic, way shows how far I have actually come in the past ten years or so; I was very much a ‘shadow of my true self’, I wouldn’t have dreamed of being so blasé and exhibitionist, even though my job and passion is within the Performing Arts area.
Back to the film; I did not actually realise that the stage musical and indeed the film that developed after is actually a biographical film about the life of Vaudeville actress Fanny Brice who was an icon in the 1920’s. The themes that run through the musical (gender equality, feelings of emasculation within a marriage, fighting to be taken seriously, gambling addiction and crime) resonate as strongly in the 21st century as they did in the 1960’s when the film was made.
I can identify with the character quite a lot; her kookiness of character that seemed ‘odd’ to other people, her energy and enthusiasm and her ability to overcome things with hard work but luckily I have avoided her bad taste in marriage department. (Mr T is more interested in board games than pulling off criminal activity).
A Hollywood Icon
Of course that role of Fanny has become synonymous with the actress that is Barbara Streisand, it seems a role that was written especially for her; I am sorry to admit that I did not watch the film till well into my 30’s but when I did I was not disappointed. I did however know the legend that is Streisand from an early age; my mother and myself being massive Neil Diamond fans; I used to belt out ‘You Don’t Bring Me Flowers’ at full pelt, singing into my hairbrush.
The Way We Were
I also knew her from the film ‘The Way We Were’ which was a film I watched so many times as a teenager, the sadness of the love that was destined to fail, it was so heart-breaking and many 13 year old tears were shed and I remember myself thinking that I wanted to look just like she did in the movie, beautiful and vulnerable but able to hold her own if needed. Of course I adored the makeup that Barbara wore in that film, her eyes were made to look so memorising and cat like, I had serious eyeliner envy back them.
The makeup of the 1960’s has always been a favourite of mine; the cut creases, winged liner and ‘cat eye’ look are techniques that are still popular today and Streisand was at the cutting edge of this style. The look I have created here was influenced by two images of her, one from the movie when she is getting married and another image of her with her iconic ‘mega star’ look.
I had done a similar look for a makeup competition where I recreated a Sophia Loren picture; but this was testing my skills on a whole new level, the amount of dark grey and black eyeshadow it entailed scared me more than running out of a discontinued favourite makeup product.
I feel like I did the look justice and made it work for me and my eyes, because not everyone has the beautiful eyes that Streisand has. The look is an absolute stunning one if you are creating black and white photos, it just oozes class and sophistication, something I usually do not identify with; I am a typical ‘brassy northerner’, I am sassy rather than classy.
What do you think of the look; would you like a tutorial video on this very dramatic look? Let me know what you think in the comments. I hope you are enjoying the Monthly Movie Monday’s, if there are any film looks you want me to recreate then don’t be shy, let me know.
Ciao for now makeup fans xx