Unlikely Beauty Muse: Arrested Development

My sister and I took makeup and hair cues from the Bluth/Fünke ladies. PLUS: 2 AD-inspired DIY masks!

Arrested Development is finally back, with new episodes streaming on Netflix RIGHT NOW! I spent the last week celebrating by making frozen bananas to eat while watching (no mayoneggs for me, because ew) and by drawing beauty inspiration from the three female leads: Lucille Bluth, her daughter Lindsay, and Lindsay’s daughter Maeby.

I didn’t have to use much makeup to recreate their everyday looks. As long as you have some foundation (if you need it), good eyeliner, and a few lip colors to choose from, you’re set.

Personally, my budget only allows for drugstore makeup. I know this is the story of a wealthy family, but they’re a wealthy family who lost everything. So I like to think that Lindsay now begrudgingly shops at CVS instead of Sephora for her makeup.

Not Lucille, though; she probably doesn’t even know what CVS is. Let’s start with her!


I admit that with my hair, I’m much closer to resembling Liza Minnelli's Lucille 2: a darkish area... with points. However, I couldn’t pass up the chance to mimic my number one idol, my motivation for growing older, and everyone’s favorite mom: Lucille Bluth. I also wanted to do the wink.

The wink is surprisingly hard! My hat is off to Jessica Walters.

Anyway, this first look is pretty simple. Unless you’re going for post-op Gangee. Maybe save that look for Halloween.

I feel like Lucille tends to wear a lot of eye makeup, so I used a thick coat of Maybelline EyeStudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner. Personally, I’ve found it to be the best drugstore brand of eyeliner, and it definitely has me sold on using the gel variety from now on.

For just the right amount of barely-there lipstick, I used Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey. It’s a very natural, everyday shade.

After that, throw on a statement necklace, just brush out your hair and reset it, and grab a vodka rocks. Oh, it’s breakfast? And a piece of toast.


Ah, Lindsay. My favorite philanthropist. Somehow, in between saving trees and wetlands and foreskin, she manages to look perfectly groomed--maybe sometimes overly groomed. When recreating her look, remember it’s her style to go all out.

I caked on foundation (I’m currently using L’Oreal True Match in Soft Ivory) and left on the eyeliner from earlier. Then, I took it a step further and added my favorite red lip stain, Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick in Top Tomato, and some glitter eyeliner from e.l.f. that I picked up at Target for $1 that screamed Lindsay to me.

This look is perfect for jail visits and getting your father to spend money on you.


For recreating Maeby’s look, I brought in my sister Kaila.

Maeby’s look is all about the curly hair; she doesn’t need much makeup since she’s young and naturally pretty. We originally tried two bright pink lip colors but decided it was too much.

We used a standard flat iron to curl her hair. We created tight curls by wrapping small sections of her hair around the straightener, then (starting near the roots) slowly pulling the straightener down to the end.

You can use any product you want for extra hold. We didn’t use any--not even hairspray!--because her hair is just that amazing. Hours later, it’s still holding the curls. I don’t know how she does it, but this girl should be in a shampoo commercial.


Here’s some DIY face masks that you can wear while marathoning the new Arrested Development episodes. I don’t have any diamond-encrusted lotion lying around, so I whipped up two easy face masks of my own creation: The Banana Mayon-Egg and the Just Blue Myself!

For the Banana Mayon-Egg mask: Mash a ripe banana, add a few drops of lemon juice and honey, then add a dollop of mayonnaise. If you’re not leery about putting egg on your face, then add some egg whites, too. This is great for dry skin, and will moisturize and brighten.

For the Just Blue Myself mask: I found a blue face mask at my local grocery store and brought it home, excited to try it. Unfortunately, it was more robin’s egg blue than Blue Man Group blue. Then I had the bright idea to add a few drops of blue food coloring to get it just the right hue. Luckily, someone stopped me before I blue myself. Literally.

“Um... you know that will dye your face blue, right?” interjected my sister just as I was about to spread it on. So this particular face mask tutorial was a failure, but Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Mud Pac is definitely worth the $1.50 that I paid for it at Giant.

So, tell me: Which Bluth are you? Have you finished tearing through the new episodes yet, and if so, what do you think?