Friday, August 12, 2011

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.

A couple of the DRD girls and I are all taking a summer elective at our online schools, The Novels of Jane Austen.  Woman's favorite author.  It's been a blast so far, and not only have we talked about all of the Austenian heroines we love so dearly, we've also dressed up as some of them.

Last week, we had a "webcam" day where we pretended to be a certain character from the Jane Austen novels. I chose to dress up as one of my favorite heroines, Miss Elizabeth Bennet, the lucky wife of the famous Mr. Darcy and the star of Austen's most famous novel, Pride & Prejudice.  

Want to know how I achieved the look?

  • First apply your concealer.  Try using a concealer with the lightest appearance you can find.  It's important for the skin to be completely without flaw or blemish, but it should also look as natural as possible.  Benefit's Erase Paste is a good investment for looks like these. 
  • Apply a light foundation.  CoverGirl's Nature Luxe Foundation is perfect for this look.
  • It's time to contour.  Take a light bronzer *without any shimmer or sparkle* and apply it in a straight line down the sides of your nose.  This will slim and define the bridge.  After you've blended, take a contouring or blush brush and apply it to the hallows of your cheeks.  Jane Austen girls were very round-faced, but they also had very defined cheek bones.
  • Now it's time for blush.  Use a cream blush a shade darker than your natural cheek color to make the look more flushed and effortless.  
  • Austen's heroines have strong, filled in brows.  Using whatever you use to fill in your brows (I used a dark brown eyeshadow and an eyeliner brush) fill in your brows just a bit in flicking motions.
  • For your eyes, use a matte finish primer.  You won't be using any shadow, but this will take the stained parts of your eyes, along with any veins or puffiness you might have, and smooth them out.  You may also use a concealer, but a primer is much less heavy. 
  • Apply a brown eyeliner to the tightline, the outer corner, and the first third of the waterline.  This will give more definition to the white of your eye.
  • Curl your lashes and apply a lengthening mascara.
  •  Moisturize your lips with a lip balm (personal favorite is any EOS lipbalm). If you don't have the luxury of a lip primer, just make sure your lips are moisturized but not wet.
  • Now line your lips with a bright red lipliner.  You can also use the tip of your lipstick to line your lips.
  • Now spread on that red lipstick, being careful to stick to where your natural lip line is.  Nothing looks worse than a bad red lipstick job.  
  • If you mess up, never fear! Get some water on a Q-tip and smudge the corners where you spread a little too far.  Afterwards, line the outsides of your lips with the same light concealer.  Now your lips are super defined!
Now just throw your hair in a bun and curl the front pieces and you're good to go! 

I hope you enjoyed! 



  1. Ooh I love the character makeup! Gives me ideas for halloween! :)

  2. Whoa!!!!! I never knew about that elective!! I would TOTALLY have signed up!

    Ah, well. Wasn't meant to be. But you do look really cute. =]