Sexy Cecaelia: Get Ursula's Over-The-Top Under-The-Sea Look

Ariel's cute and all, but Ursula is, by far, the sexiest sea creature in The Little Mermaid.

Have you ever noticed that while Disney princesses swan around looking naturally beautiful, the villains almost always have on a full face of dramatic makeup? Yzma, Maleficent, Cruella DeVille, the queen in Snow White: They all wear dark lipstick and have perfectly penciled brows and make bold eyeshadow choices.

I suppose Disney is insinuating that you’re evil if you care too much about your appearance or wear too much makeup. Everyone on this site is soooo evil, you guys.

I think the villains in Disney movies often look hotter and way more interesting than all the goody two-shoes who keep getting in their way. What makeup tips am I supposed to borrow from Belle? Wear some natural foundation, a little blush and tinted lip balm, and maybe a swipe of mascara? BORING. I don’t even do that for work because I’d rather use those five minutes to pick out an interesting pair of shoes.

I’m an all or nothing kind of girl when it comes to makeup, which is why I was so excited to do another Disney villain tutorial.

There were a lot of requests after the Yzma one, and as much as I love Maleficent and Cruella, I just had a hair change that is perfect for stealing the look of the sexiest witch under the sea: URSULA!

Now, I could have copped out and did a tutorial on Ursula’s hot human form, but I’m not stupid. I know that Ursula’s natural look is seriously bitching. And by "natural," I mean as natural as you can be while wearing five different makeup products under the ocean.

Here are the four main elements of her look:


The main reason I was motivated to try Ursula’s look is because my hair is similarly short and I just bleached it to a color close to hers. Sadly, it’s not pure white like hers is, so a little resourcefulness was in order: I laid down and had my sister dump baby powder all over my hair.

Hours later, I was still leaving a trail of white powder behind me, so if you’re crazy like me and decide to go this route, be economical with your baby powder. Pssst! Dry Shampoo would probably also add some whiteness to your hair, and if you really want to nail the look, get some of that Jerome Russell spray-on hair color in white. Even if you have dark hair, a hearty spraying of that should help your hair get to white.

Don’t forget that Ursula’s hair is perpetually floating high above her, so make sure to add some strong gel to make your hair stand up properly. I used Short Sexy Hair Hard Up Gel. (If you have long hair, another way to recreate this look is by pulling it back into a low, tight ponytail, and then teasing the top so it’s sort of like a high, tousled bouffant.)


Like any good villain, Ursula has killer red lips. I used to joke to my little sister as we watched movies, “Oh, you can tell she’s the bad guy because she’s wearing red lipstick.” She is SO tired of that joke now, but I’m not! I used my handy-dandy Revlon Ultimate ColorStay Liquid Lipstick in Top Tomato.


The eyes are the most complicated step (aren’t they always?). It’s worth it, though, because her two-toned eye makeup is awesome.

First, I applied my e.l.f. eyeshadow primer. Next, I lined just the top of my eyes with Maybelline EyeStudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner and my e.l.f. angled brush. Make sure you get into the inner corner of your eye as well. Then I took the same brush and gel eyeliner and used it to accentuate the arch, length, and darkness of my eyebrows.

After that, I took the Wet n Wild Color Icon Trio Eyeshadow and did a teal blue from “I’m Feeling Retro” on my eyelids, then a green from “I Dream of Greenie” going from my crease allll the way up to my eyebrows. Don’t forget to add a thin line of blue right under your eyes as well.

Finally, I used Ardell LashGrip adhesive to apply Sonia Kashuk Full Drama Eyelashes on the outer corners of my eyes only. (I cut them in half first.)

Yes, this is a dramatic look, and I know we’re not going for a Halloween costume--but the eyeshadow was my favorite part of her look, so I went for it. If you want to try a more wearable version of this, just do the blue eyeshadow and maybe add a touch of green right above it rather than going all the way up to your brow. You absolutely have to have the bit of blue under your eyes, though, because it looks amazing.


Wear something black, strapless, and tight. Ursula knows ALL about the power of body language.


Recreate her flawless skin with your favorite foundation (I used Neutrogena Healthy Skin in Soft Ivory) and some sunscreen for your bare shoulders. Nails should be red and talon-like. A little black mole under the side of your mouth can be replicated with the eyeliner.

No need for a seashell necklace or purple tentacles, but it’d be great if you wore this look the next time you’re planning to hang out in or around a body of water. I cheated and used a lake. It was a nasty, stinky, squelchy lake with lots of green gooey things on the bottom, too. The things I do for you guys.

After I was done floundering around in the lake, I went to my favorite bar for lunch and enjoyed some day drinking while still wearing the baby powder-covered updo, dramatic makeup, and wet dress. No one batted an eye, but I’m not sure if that’s because they’re still distracted by my new blonde hair or because they’re used to my shenanigans by now. Either way, this look is approved for public consumption!

Let me know if you’ll try it out on your next trip to the beach (or the bar). And remember, everyone: BODY LANGUAGE.