We all recall the first time we saw Gisele Bündchen make her acting debut as Serena in The Devil Wears Prada. Her statement look as a Runway employee sealed the deal as one of the most iconic cameos in film history. Think pinned up hair, Bayonetta glasses and a smokey-eye that made up the highly-lauded aesthetic. One of confidence, air and that hint of sultriness. Derivative of the video game character, Bayonetta, the beauty brief follows dark-purple lids, thinly-arched eyebrows and a slicked do. And by the power vested in this same fictional heroine, Bayonetta glasses are now a known signature in the eyewear world.
With the signature frames making its resurgence via It girls like Bella Hadid and Gabbriette Bechtel, so has the emblematic libarian-core aesthetic that ruled the early 2000s onscreen. Slipping into this alter-ego almost feels liberating, especially when it comes to channeling a sexy, powerful figure that is meant to be revered. The fun part? Experimenting with which Bayonetta you want to be. Whether it be choosing to emulate Jessica Alba’s smoking guise in Fantastic Four or Doja Cat’s recent iteration with a fiery engine red pout, the references are crystal-clear. Should you wish to give Bayonetta make-up a serious go, local make-up artist Zoel Tee offers his insights and tips in nailing the look below.
How do we go about perfecting our base?
The base need to be as clean and flawless as possible. Serums like Guerlain Advance Double Serum or La Mer Crème are great for prepping skin, as they are creamy and sticky enough to attain a flawless base. When your skin is well prepped, it will prevent foundation from looking cakey or patchy. I recommend Dior Forever Glow foundation for a flawless finish. Make sure you blend around the nose and mouth area too.
What eyeshadow colours should we be opting for?
Dark purple with black or dark red with black. Depending on which version of Bayonetta you want to do. For smokey eyes, always start with eyeshadow primer to ensure the eyeshadow intensity and longevity on eyelid. Blend the black eyeshadow starting from the lash line and work upwards to create a more lifted/winged end. Always make sure the shadow on the lower lid connects to the top at the outer corner. Then layer purple shadow to blend out and soften the edges.
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What brushes should we be using and what should we pay attention to?
Dense shadow packer brush for intensity and a blending brush for the purple to blend out. For a cleaner smokey eyeshadow look, first apply darker shadow by pressing the shadow on until desired intensity then use a blending brush with lighter colour to blend out the edges. Followed by minimal blending on the intense colour near the lash line.
This trend involves glasses, any tips on how to treat your lashes just so they don’t get in the way?
A proper fit from the eyes to the glasses should usually be around 14mm-18mm. I would curl the lashes for those who have straighter lash. For people who are opting on stick-on lashes, I would keep the length between 10mm-12mm so that it doesn’t touch the lenses of the glasses.
With eyebrows, how should we go about doing them?
If you’re going for an anime character, I will do a darker and thinner arch brow, followed by cleaning up the extra brows with concealer.
What is a common mistake that people make with this make-up look?
Not getting the base clean enough and missing the intensity of the eyeshadow colour.
What’s a lip colour you would recommend with this look?
Glossy dark brown/purple depending on your skin undertone and shade.
With the hair, how do you ensure a perfectly coiffed updo?
Use a little bit of mousse or styling cream/wax or leave in conditioner to create the shiny and stay-in-place effect.