Saturday, 5 December 2009

Marlene Dietrich research.

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When I research a look for an icon or a celebrity I build a collection of images from different angles and different periods of their career.
I then study the pictures to find the similarities that would determine the subjects signature look.
From the pictures above you can see that :-
1) Marlene changed the shape of her eyebrows from her early days probably due to fashion. However, her eyebrows always remained thin, dark and defined.
2) The socket line was always very defined and blended.
3) Likewise, the cheeks were contoured and highlighted to give a very sculpted finish.
4) Liquid (Cake) liner was always present and flicked.
5) Marlene left the underneath of her eyes bare apart from a flesh coloured eyeliner on the waterline. This adds to the heavy lid quality.
6) The top lip is always rounded and the lips were red.
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25 comments

  1. Great post, I was interested to know how you always manage to extract that certain something that makes the end look instantly recognisable.

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  2. She was a beautiful lady with amazing bone structure. She was also a fantastic actress and i love her in Witness For The Prosecution which i highly reccommend to anyone who hasnt seen it. I loved the tutorial you did for this look,Then again i love every tutorial you do.Take care

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  3. Her high eyebrows combined with her heavy-lidded eyes makes for a distinctive look that isn't found anywhere else!

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  4. hi ladies, i was just wondering what you guys thought about Sigma brushes, i was told that they are made from the same manufacturer that makes MAC brushes and since MAC brushes are really good i thought Sigma could be a good cheaper alternative...possibly? anyway im totally clueless. what dyou reckon?

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  5. Very good observations. Those things are definitely her trademark look. I have to confess I haven't seen any of your YouTube tutorials yet. I'm going to, soon! :D

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  6. I found this look: http://media.photobucket.com/image/Marlene%20Dietrich/tracylord/dietrich/MarleneDietrich1935NickolasMuray.jpg

    It reminded me of your research. :) You did a fabulous job on the look! Love it!

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  7. excellent research!!! this tutorial was one of my all time favorites of yours! i think you can breathe easy about getting the look right. and although marlene is iconic....i think you looked much more stunning than her in the tutorial!

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  8. your tutioral was incredible, i loved it! your hair was beautiful too. x

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  9. i LOVED your tutorial for this look.. it was gorgeous!

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  10. She's a beauty and you did a wonderful job on her look. Thanks for giving some insight on how you do research on certain looks!

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  11. she looks much softer in that last pic, almost unrecognisable. i've never seen any pics of her in colour with red lip, going to check those out now and your tutorial.
    Amina
    http://aminasbazaar.blogspot.com/

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  12. Part of the reason for the change in her later appearance was due to using a Croydon Facelift under a wig.
    from Strange but True web site:
    In English slang, a Croydon facelift (sometimes Essex facelift, Council facelift or, on Merseyside, Scrawped) is a particular hairstyle worn by young women. The hair is pulled back tight and tied in a bun or ponytail at the back. The supposed result is that the skin of the forehead and face are pulled up and back, producing the effects of a facelift.

    This hairstyle is particularly fashionable among certain young women in England, and is portrayed in the media as belonging to young women from the lower social classes, particularly the so-called chav culture. Hence the term is considered derogatory because it portrays people from Croydon as being lower class. Croydon can be replaced by the name of any unfashionable residential area.

    The actress and singer Marlene Dietrich was known to use this technique underneath her wig to combat the appearance of wrinkles on her forehead.

    The character Vicky Pollard from the TV comedy series Little Britain wears this hairstyle.

    Traction alopecia can result from this hairstyle.

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  13. I've just discovered your blog via Youtube and it's amazing! Thank youu for sharing all these tips and inspiration!

    http://marosedessables.canalblog.com/

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  14. A really pro approach!

    You mentioned you were going to go to your daughters school, so what was the reaction to this look? :)

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  15. Hi Sam & Nic

    I have a quick question about Beaute "Masochist," Is that lipstick an "all-day" wear or constantly having to reapply? Did it get on your teeth easily? Was it super smooth on the lips or tacky?

    Am considering buying the lipcolour, but before i shell out - I wanted a Pros opinion. I value yours very much.

    Thank you for constantly doing tutorials for us. We really appreciate them.

    Violet

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  16. i really love the look you did on youtube. you're always so precise when it comes to beauty icons.. looove it! your replication looks so surreal.

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  17. hello, just letting you know i nominated you for the I Love Your Blog Award :)

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  18. Yes MD was such a stylish woman. I like her look a lot except for the brows that I find too thin, but they still works for her.
    Now time to chck the tutorial! :)

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  19. You are truly inspirational. :-) The best of the best when it comes to instructional videos - if I did drag you would have to do my makeup! lol :-p

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  20. I love her look - the pale even skin, the red lips, and the classy updo. Although I guess the eyebrows weird me out, but that was the trend back then - the rest though, is SO classic!

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  21. I love this look! I think the starlets from the 20s and 30s are just awesome - I wrote an article on the Illamasqua blog about Greta Garbo before I saw this! I think we may create a video about a 20s/30s actress soon!

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  22. I agree with all of the above, it's a great look and you did it effortlessly. I have much darker and thick brows than you so find the look unachievable. Do you have any tips? x

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  23. a great post, I love the actress. I'm following your blog. You're invited to take a look at mine http://10enbelleza.blogspot.com/.

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  24. oh...marlene!!!! I wrote a post about her!

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