Look Like Margot Tenenbaum, And Other Wes Anderson Muses

You may not be able to actually be in a Wes Anderson film, but you can look like you're in one.
Publish date:
January 15, 2015
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Love him or hate him, director Wes Anderson is a cultural force of our generation. With his charmingly anachronistic dialogue, intricate sets, and whimsical costumes, he’s undeniably talented, with an eye for design. He uses his keen eye to craft his characters; they are styled so specifically that their look alone gives you a sense of who that person is.

Anderson has created some of the most stylish and memorable women in film. From Eleanor Zissou to Madame D, today I'm exploring simple versions of Anderson film character looks (using my sisters as models).

Margot Tenenbaum

Gwyneth Paltrow's character, Margot, from The Royal Tenenbaums annoyed me at first; she’s self-absorbed and apathetic, unimpressed with her own genius or wealth. Oh, never mind, she still annoys me. I just like her style, with its nod to the grungy '90s. She’s kind of the worst.

Margot’s look is simple: dark, smudgy liner, light brows, and a nude lip and cheek. I added just a touch of pearly Champagne shadow to really make my sister Cassidy’s blue eyes pop.

First, we tight line. I’m using Wet n Wild Color Icon liner in black.

Next, I line her eyes, then set and smudge with some glitzy black shadow. Using a fluffy shadow brush, I swept some of the Champagne color from the inner corners of her eyes outward, adding just a little under her brow. Light mascara and a barely-filled brow complete the look.

Madame D in The Grand Budapest Hotel is by far one of my favorite characters Tilda Swinton has ever played. A complex caricature of an old rich lady, her look was crafted from trappings of the 19th century, complete with over-rouged cheeks and loud, plain shadow. Simple to reference, it looks fresh without the liver spots.

To get extra luminosity, I mixed just a dot of NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam with NYC Smooth Skin BB Cream in Light before applying with a wet sponge.

While waiting for the BB cream to set, I patted on the purple shadow, blending so it hardly peeked above the mobile lid. A thin coat of mascara, and just a touch of brow powder--good grief, blonde brows are tricky!

After it set, I applied some Baby Lips in Cherry Me lower on the apples of the cheeks and lips for a vintage flush.

Though she doesn’t talk much, Anjelica Huston's character in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is effortlessly cool. It’s made completely clear that Eleanor is the brains of the Zissou operation, she’s sauntering around in silky clothing, chain-smoking exotic little cigarettes, and calling the shots.

Start with a light BB. Eleanor’s skin is dewy and bronzed, and appears naked. Her eyeliner look is easy enough to achieve, but I added some electric blue shadow to add dimension.

Tightline your eyes with the navy liner. Using a small, angled brush and the blue shadow, smudge the liner and sweep it out toward the outside corners of your eyes. Pro tip: dust your lids with translucent mineral powder to keep pesky color transfer at bay.

To cop her summery hue, I mixed a dash of Wet n Wild Ultimate Minerals Bronzer with some moisturizer and smoothed it on my cheeks. A thin coat of mascara and some brow gel, and I looked weird and worldly.

For the blue streaks, I used Jerome Russell Temp'ry Color Spray. I was pretty hesitant to streak my hair with a cheap blue spray, but other than it smelling quite foul, it was pretty perfect for what I wanted. It dries to a powdery finish similar to hair chalk, but was much easier to apply and brush through. It didn’t even stain my blonde ends!

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