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10/19/13

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Inspired Makeup Look

 "A pale, anorexic young woman who had hair as short as fuse, and a pierced nose and eyebrows. She did not in fact have an eating disorder. She had a wide mouth, a small nose, and high cheekbones that gave her an almost Asian look. Sometimes she wore black lipstick, and in spite of the tattoos and the pierced nose and eyebrows she was ... well ... attractive. It was inexplicable." ~ Stieg Larsson.
This is my attempt at recreating Rooney Mara's Lisbeth Salander look in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

About the character: Lisbeth Salander is a world class computer hacker (under the name 'Wasp')with a Eidetic/Photographic memory. A survivor of a traumatic childhood, Salander is highly introverted, asocial and has difficulty connecting to people and making friends. She is particularly hostile to men who abuse women, and takes special pleasure in exposing and punishing them.
 


 
Face:
Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation in Light Porcelain #010. I picked this pale shade just for this look. This foundation is really very matte.
MAC MSF Natural Powder.
Brown e/s to contour nose. I made it look shorter and flatter. Used same e/s to contour under cheekbones.

Eyes: I used 3 eyeshadows from Sleek Oh So Special Palette. Matte reddish brown & brown e/s -Wrapped & Boxed - on my crease and lower lash line & Black e/s Noir to smudge outer half of lower lash line. Rimmel black Kohl to tightline upper lash line.

If you want to look more Rocker Chic with dark smokey eyes, I did a tutorial here


Brows: Lisbeth had bleached eyebrows in the movie. I used Bourjois Happy Light Concealer & then brushed Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Medium on top. They looked lighter off camera, now I think I should spent more time lightening them more =\

Lips: I applied Maybelline Baby Lips Hydrate, blotted it, then concealed edges with Bourjois Happy Light Concealer #21 and then dabbed a very tiny amount of Revlon Va Va Violet Lipstick on the center of lips to give them a little bit of life.

Hair: I just tied my hair in a high ponytail, then I clipped the Fringe at the crown, higher up so it looks short. 
Clip on nose rings from Ebay. You simply push the round thingy and they open. | Eyebrow ring is an earring. I looked and looked for stick on eyebrow barbells or chain. I was this close to cutting the silver balls from the drain blocker in out bathtub...hehe. I do have a necklace with silver balls that I could cut, but it's in India.
Clothes: Mr.CZ's Black sweatshirt.  | H&M Leather Biker Jacket | If you plan to dress up like Lisbeth on Halloween, just complete the look with black skinny jeans & black kicks (those ankle length sneaker type shoes.) If you can ride a bike, even better. Your better half can dress up like Batman or Superman and he can sit behind you =D
Sometimes we forget that there are women who have a different idea of "PRETTY", who feel beautiful dressing up in a way that's different, who don't want to look like a doll, who don't try to squeeze themselves into that unwelcoming man-made box of "PERFECTION".  There's just something so carefree & honest about that.

I hope you liked this transformation. You know, I thought about doing this look since last year. I got the clip on fringe especially for it. But it took time for me to get the other accessories. The nose rings also came early this year, but then there's the eyebrow ring.  In between, I used the fringe for my Veronica Lodge look here

Movie Trailer:

I think the movie did full justice to the book. I choked up and wanted to cry during that scene.


AGAINST: RAPE, DOMESTIC ABUSE, BULLYING

[....and CROCS]




55 comments:

  1. This is hands down your best look EVER!
    We see so many conventioanl pretty looks,but looks like this are what makes us realize just how transforming makeup can be.
    you need to do more looks like these.You could be the Promise Phan of India..Transformation wise..!
    xoxo,
    Love Always,
    Fathima
    www.brittu00present.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Fathima! Lovely compliment, coz Promise is super talented!

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  2. Not over the top yet very different ♥

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  3. This is flawless. You've done it beautifully.
    It's one of my favourite books and makes me cry/gasp everytime I read it.

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  4. okay. best ever. you nailed it. especially the eyes.

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  5. Suuupeeeeer Taanted you are !!!

    AS :)

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    1. Sorry = TALENTED ( )

      AS

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  6. I Bow to the Master.. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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  7. whoa!!!! thats an amazing work :):)
    You are just totally awesome. :):)

    Get..Set..Blush!!

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  8. Wow. Now thats called transformation. :)

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  9. Wow! You look amazing!!! Great job! :)
    Btw, I have the same concealer and I love it! haha

    Natalia xo
    thelandofmymind.blogspot.com

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  10. amazing Role Play hats off ur ultra talented

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  11. This one is your besssssst yet CZ! I've been in absolute love with Salander since 2010, I liked your look better than the English version! :) :)

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  12. hey I wear CROCS!! (lol)

    and this girl with the dragon tattoo inspired look is awesome! Your so talented Cynthia and always entertain us in these amazing looks of yours :D.

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  13. U nailed it girll.. wat a transformationn.. Best look ever.. not so girlyy but yet veryy prettyy!! U r just awesumm girll!!:)

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  14. I'm one of those "person who does think beauty is different from what most people think" and have to listen to a lot of wrong judging just because...I have different taste from most. It's not that special nor wrong, but you know sometimes people jumps very easily to very insulting conclusions. I find you prettier like this actually, you're pretty in both ways but I find you more attractive breaking the mold ;)

    Greetings.

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    1. I know what you mean. Most people are shallow and narrow-minded even when they say they're not, that's the sad truth. Happy you prefer me this way hehe.. :)

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  15. Great job Cynthia :) I second Fathima's thoughts :) you re Promise Phan of India :) (y)

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  16. your doing pretty off the track looks these days Cynthia ..your just awesome :)!!!

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    1. I'm feeling off the track these days :D

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  17. You look so much like Rooney Mara looks in the movie!
    I remember tearing up when I saw the movie and thinking it did so much justice to the book. We can say that of very few movies based on book.

    You are talented C!

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  18. I'm speechless! You are the BEST! What an amazing transformation. You have done this so brilliantly. I'm surprised why all the top magazines aren't queuing up outside ur door to have you on boards their stylist/creative visualiser....

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    1. Oh, I'm sure they have better ones already in their offices, Dollie! :D

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  19. You are so talented! And you look very pretty in both looks :D This is my favourite look of you :)

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  20. Lis Sanders, it is! Great job! Cannot believe a beautiful CZ could do wonders with makeup to make that transformation happen on herself.

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  21. Now Those Freakin Stupid PPl Know why You Are THE BEST BEAUTY BLOGGER....!!!! NO One ever could do SOMETHING Like Dat in Their Whole Life ..................... Helll Awesome ..... LoveD It Totally Cz Di ......How you Turned From A pretty Girly Princess To A Bold- Rocker Chic Gal ..... Seriously Freakin' Awsum.... <3 ShrutikA

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    1. Hahaha Shrutika! :D You're too sweet! :*

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  22. OMG !! This is so fab !!! :bows:

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  23. Wow, it's right smack awesome! You're totally rocking this look.
    Random Beauty by Hollie

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  24. Flawless Cynthia, you have nailed it to the T ..freaking awesome :)

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  25. Such tutorials show how talented you are and why you deserve to be called the best beauty blogger in India :)

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  26. amazing transformation. People would have difficulty in recognizing you if this picture was not on your blog

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  27. There's an Adjective Called Unique and Not Everyone Is Blessed To Live With It..

    I Had a Real Tough Time Finishing That Book..

    Like I Say Always, You are Beautiful (And, That's Coz You Make Others Feel B'ful Too!)

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  28. You nailed it!! Absolutely perfect & so Lisbeth :D

    http://www.glossandmagic.com/

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  29. Absolutely stunning look .....you are so talented dear
    Kisses

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  30. Amazing!! You did a perfect job, and I LOVED that paragraph about some women having different idea of "pretty". One of your best posts! Keep it up :)

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    1. ...and now I know that it's okay to stick with your personal style. To h*ll with haters. I've never changed into a clone of "fashionable" girls, but I used to feel bad about it. Not anymore!! Thank you, CZ! Love you!

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  31. You look more like Larsson's conceptualization of Lisbeth than Rooney Mara! And you look so beautiful CZ, you even have the right expression in your eyes. Absolutely kickass. I love your Halloween idea :)

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  32. Congratulations! You're a beauty does't matter the look you recreate. Kisses!

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  33. wow....thats an awesome transformation!!! hats off to u!!

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  34. I love that you took the notion of conventional prettiness and threw it out of the window and had the courage to do something out of the box. It is exactly this kind of a post that sets your blog apart from the rest. This look was like a breath of fresh air.

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    1. Thanks for that very lovely comment :)

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  35. This one is amazing.. I really follow Promise Phan and now I have an Indian blogger to look up to.. waiting for your next transformation :)

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  36. you look perfect in both pics:) especially the first one is too beautiful :) mr cz is really lucky guy :)

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  37. WOW! This is super cool. You are so talented

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  38. THANK YOU so much everyone for appreciating this one! <3

    ♥xx♥

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  39. I like the look. But more than that, I like the lines where you said there are women who have a different idea of pretty. Good work

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