Bowie Aladdin Sane makeup
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David Bowie tribute makeup “Aladdin Sane”

Bowie Aladdin Sane makeup
Bowie Aladdin Sane makeup

With sadness we learnt of the death of David Bowie, whose talent changed the world of popular music, culture and fashion. This makeup is our tribute.

With the album cover
With the album cover

Skin and base

We blocked out the eyebrows followed by many layers or concealers and powder in order to finally have orange eyebrows. Foundation is pink mixed with white, no ‘real’ or ‘natural’ shades. It is a light foundation and contrasts heavily with the neck colour deliberately, for clownish effect.

Bowie Aladdin Sane makeup
Bowie Aladdin Sane makeup

Colours

used are from a cheap market palette with around 48 colours or even more, I never counted. They are frosted, satin sheen or shimmer, but not glitter. That would be too harsh. I would use pure pigment but I worry about heavy product fallout. There is no hint of any matt finish as it’s the 1970s! Everything should be shining, glossy and iridescent. Minimal contouring as that is a fairly modern concept. Nina the client is Korean and has perfect Korean skin. She has hooded but symmetrical eyes with double eyelid crease, and her nose is already well-defined and straight. Therefore contouring is kept to a minimum.

There is no lipstick. Instead it is frosted pink eyeshadow with orange eyeshadow lining on the inside.The black line is done with Illamasqua black gel liner, using the finest brush. The whole look has been achieved using makeup and not face painting products, so as to create the frosty sheen and avoid matteness.

With my client wearing Bowie Aladdin Sane makeup
With my client wearing Bowie Aladdin Sane makeup

Hair

is a faux hawk, with feathery sections pinned to fall over both sides of face to give illusion of a shorter feathery layered cut.

Nina says: “I had a great time and thank you! Your makeup is inventive and imaginative. You have a real talent for choosing the right look and executing it perfectly.”

Before and after
Before and after
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