‘It takes a legend….to make a star!’  – A beauty Break-down of the make-up in ‘Burlesque’

Apparently, ‘It takes a legend…to make a star!’, so says the tagline of the recent film ‘Burlesque’ starring the legend herself, Cher.   Burlesque has seen a massive rise in popularity in recent years, if you want to blame anyone, blame Dita Von Teese for frolicking around in a giant champagne glass, wearing 50’s style hair and make-up and little else.  The cosmetic giant that is MAC took note, and Dita became their ‘Viva Glam’ spokesperson, sparking ever more interest in red lips and false lashes.   Then there was 2010, the year of the false lashes, with British shoppers spending over £10 million solely on falsies.   This was largely due to Cheryl Cole’s daily use of them, but as everyone knows they are the Burlesque girl’s best friend (next to red lipstick).  It wasn’t long before film producers came up with ‘Burlesque’, which covers all areas needed:  false lashes, red lips, and enough sequinned outfits to satisfy every drag-queen the world over.   The film has already provoked beauty you-tubers, bloggers and forums to discuss the looks and obsess over what products were used.

The film is a stereotypical ‘small town girl meets big city and becomes a big star’ saga, with Aguilera playing ‘Ali’ who leaves Iowa to fulfil her dreams in the exciting city of Los Angeles.  ‘Tess’ (Cher) who is struggling to make ends meet, hires ‘Ali’ as a waitress in her ‘Burlesque Lounge’. ‘Ali’ quickly becomes fascinated by Burlesque and low and behold becomes a singer for the show, how unexpected.  The film’s make-up is what has so far enthralled me, featuring typical Burlesquing make-up, e.g. red lips, heavily lined eyes and false eyelashes.  The cosmetic company ‘make-up forever’ has released (for a limited time only), a line called ‘The Burlesque cosmetic collection’ featuring products to satisfy the modern pin-up girl. Judging from the intense amount of interest this film has generated,   I think we can expect more from ‘Burlesque’ in terms of make-up collections in the future.  Here’s a break-down of Cher’s Burlesque look which appears to be more wearable than some of the looks featured in the film.

As seen on ‘make-up411. ‘Skin Care:
TaUT Perfectly Taut Facial Masque combined with TaUT Aloe Vera Gel Treatment
TaUT Feather Lite Foundation in Beige and Bisque (mixed)
TaUT Skin Care Concealer in Medium and, where needed, Kryolan Dermacolor Camouflage Creme in D4W
Ben Nye Translucent Face Powder in Fair for setting and, where needed, Lancôme Dual Finish Powder in Matte Bisque
TaUT Skin Care Blush in Berry, accentuated with Smashbox Blush Rush in Passion and the edges blended off with Shu Uemura Paradis Fluos in Pink Hibiscus
Eye Shadow
Upper lid: TaUT Eye Shadow in Natural, Sephora Colorful Mono Eyeshadow in Tender Pink; sculpting with Janelle Mignon in Plum Café, TaUT Eye Shadow in Black and Make Up For Ever Star Powder in #917 and #90950, M.A.C. ‘60s Glitter Eye Brilliants in Neon and Pink. Under eye: Janelle Mignon in Plum Café with TaUT Eye Shadow in Black, edged with TaUT Watermelon Blush and M.A.C. ‘60s Glitter Eye Brilliants in Neon.
Eye Liner
Ben Nye Eyeliner Pencil in Onyx Black at inner corner of the eye only
TaUT Perfect Brow Control, Eberhard Faber Pencil in Ebony Jet Black Extra Smooth and Ben Nye Eyebrow Pencil in Black
Kevyn Aucoin The Mascara in Rich Pitch Black
False Lashes
Upper: Two pairs of M.A.C. #33 lashes (width of the second lash narrower than the first), lower:MAC 22 Lash upside down; Make Up For Ever Color Liner in #26 Iridescent Plum [try Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in 4L – Shimmering Plum], dotted at inner and outer corners of lashes to extend the look
TaUT Lip Pencil in Burgundy, Laura Mercier Crème Lip Colour in Truly Red, M.A.C. Dazzleglass in Extra Amps
Highlights / Countour
TaUT Subtle Contour Blush


 Christina Aguilera went for a updated ’30’s show girl’ make-up look, with full on false lashes, neon orange lipstick and her usual peroxide curls.

As seen on ‘Make-up411’ : Skin Care:
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre massaged onto the face and neck
RCMA Colour Process Foundation in Shinto II, applied with a damp sponge over the entire face and neck for medium coverage, concealing freckles and neutralizing any redness
Kryolan Dermacolour Camouflage Crème in D2 around the eyes, applied with a nylon brush and blended with fingers as highlighter on the cheekbones and brushed through the brows to lighten them
Kryolan Dermacolour Fixing Powder  set the make-up and made it waterproof for all of the extreme heat, perspiration and long shooting days on set.
Sally Hansen Salon Airbrush Legs in Light Glow was used over the entire body.
La Femme Blush-On-Rouge in Coral Spice to create a retro yet “glowy” cheek
Eye Shadow:
Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour  in Twilight Grey to deepen the crease of the eyes and create a 1930s-like smokiness to the under-eye area
Eye Liner:
Mac Fluidline in Blacktrack applied in a thin, liquid line on the upper lash line
Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil in Medium Ash/Medium Brown to arch the brows and create a retro feel to the eyes
Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara in Very Black on the top and bottom lashes
False Lashes:
Custom-made false lashes on the top lashes. (See “Additional Information” for details.)
MAC Lipstick in Neon Orange and a Prestige Cosmetics Classic Lip liner in a matching tone to give an intense pop of color
Highlights / Countour:
Paris Berlin Poudre Lumiere (a pearlized loose powder) in LU 2. The powder was applied under brows, across the lids, and on the high points of the cheekbones.
.Here’s the trailer so you know what to expect.

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