It takes an extremely beautiful and elegant woman to catch the eye of our favourite womaniser, James Bond. New Bond Girl “Severine” played by French actress Bérénice Marlohe is the epitome of a Bond girl: sexy, sophisticated and extremely alluring. The “Bond Girl” image is rooted in the 1960’s look of the original Bond films. Although throughout the decades Bond Girls have modernised, the premise is still the same. Classic, sophisticated and extremely sexy. Focus is placed on the eyes and lips, typically through a smokey eye, classic winged eyeliner and a stained red lip.
We may not all be stunning and exotic as Marlohe but we can at least copy her sultry makeup look from the film. Hopefully this will attract you your own Daniel Craig lookalike, however, if he introduces himself as “Bond, James Bond” run a mile!
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to create the perfect base to carry this look. To begin with we must prime the face with a good primer to help makeup sit flawlessly. Use Napoleon Auto Pilot ($55)
Try Napoleon ‘China Doll’ Foundation ($62) for your base. This foundation is light but longwearing and sets with a beautiful velvet finish which is still skin-like but not shiny or dewy.
To conceal use Napoleon ‘The One’ Concealer ($39) which is an amazing product that hides many flaws.
To create those dramatic cheekbones we are going to contour using the darkest shade from the Lancome ‘Blush Subtil Pallette’ in no. 385 Plum Elegance ($72). This compact is fabulous because it contains a matte contour powder, a complementing blush shade and a highlighter. This is a fantastic all in one that saves you carrying around three different compacts. The palette also comes in six colour-ways.
After you have contoured under the cheekbones and around the forehead with the powder. Lightly dust the blush on the cheeks, brushing up and away from the apples of the cheek. You will then use the highlighter in the palette to highlight the brow bone and cheekbones. It is important to add a little bit of radiance back into the face seeing as we have used a semi-matte foundation. We do not want the skin to look dull, so adding back colour and light is important. If skin still needs warmth, dust face with L’Oreal ‘Glam Bronze Mono’ in Golden Cinnamon ($30).
To create the smokey eye we are going to use the Karl for Shu Uemura ‘Raspberry and Mocha Palette’ ($88). I rarely use solid black when doing a heavy smoky eye. If the eye is quite dramatic, I prefer to use deep aubergine colours. This helps make a smoky eye look a little bit more classy and less gothic for those who may not wear a heavy eye often.
Dust entire lid with the Pearl Petal Pink shade, the using the Reddish Brown shade start applying to the crease of the eye, blending out. Next add the darkest shade to the eyelid only and blend up to the crease. Add some of the shadow under the eye in the outer corners and meet up with the shadow on the lid. Using a black eyeliner, line the eye heavily and line the inner water line as well. For this use L’Oreal Infallable Liner in Black ($23). Which is a long lasting liner which is guaranteed to last the day.
For lips go for a statement red using L’Oreal Colour Riche ‘Intense Lipcolour’ in Red Passion or Deep Raspberry ($18).
If a smoky eye look isn’t for you then don’t despair, you can still be a bond girl, instead try using a liquid or gel eyeliner to achieve the slightly less heavy look worn on the deck in the below boat scene.
I recommend the Shu Uemura Painting Liner ($55) which is a gel liner that you apply using a thin angled brush. Line the above lid with the liner and flick out at the edges subtly creating a “winged” effect. Using eyeliner pencil, line under the eye and the inner water line of the eye. I would blend this as best you can, then using black eyeshadow apply on top of where you have used your pencil and blend out.
Keep lips soft with a nude shade of lipstick close to your own lip colour, as the image above, or dab lips with a deep plum or raspberry colour for a more intense lip.
Now you are ready to take on any man’s charms, wield a weapon or be saved from impending death in absolute style. You might even like to add foreign accent to your look to make it more authentic!