There’s just something about being dark and mysterious for this fall. Most of us have noticed the increasing trend in dark movies and even fairytales like Snow White are being recreated on-screen with a darker more haunting vibe. This trend is not just seen in Hollywood but also in the runways of the different fashion weeks. For fall 2012, Badgley Mischka embraced this gothic fairytale trend with their collection that was not only very strong but also super chic.

The brand teamed up with makeup artist Tom Pecheux to create a beauty look that was perfect for the collection. The result was beautiful with a haunted feel. The first time I saw the look, I was immediately reminded of Helena Bonham-Carter in the movie version of Sweeney Todd and a little bit of Charlize Theron’s Ravena in Snow White and the Huntsman. It turns out that aside from the collection, Pecheux was also inspired by Tim Burton. Dark and twisted as this makeup may seem, it also remains gorgeous and glamorous: particularly due to the dusting of gold eyeshadow contrasting the deep red lips. Check out how to get this look for yourself right after the break.

How to: dark fairytale makeup


Start recreating this look by prepping up your skin. Wash it well and put on some makeup primer to keep your skin healthy and make your makeup last longer.

Next, apply foundation and if needed, concealer. This look is very matte so we’d suggest using a foundation with a matte finish. If you don’t have one available you can create that matte finish by setting your foundation with powder. It doesnít really matter if it’s compact or loose.

To get that slightly paled skin, all you have to do is to use a foundation shade that is slightly lighter than your skin tone. If you need to use a concealer for certain areas, make sure that it is also slightly lighter than the shade you would normally use.


The eyebrows for this look are arched well but they’re not exactly well defined. They have a rugged look that you can get by taking some eye shadow and applying that to your brows with a brush. Use very light short strokes moving sideways to create that slightly fuzzy effect.

Now it’s time to work on your lids and for this you will need two matte eye shadows, one in burgundy and the other one in black plus a good blending brush. To get the very dramatic eyes this look features, start by taking the burgundy eye shadow and applying it all over your lids until you reach your eye brows. Next take the black eye shadow and apply it to the lowest part of your eye lid, taking up about 1/3 of your lids. You will see the stark difference between the two shades of eye shadows.
Next, take your blending brush and start blending the line of the black eye shadow upwards. This will create the gradation from burgundy to black.
Curl your upper eye lashes and apply mascara to define them.
For the next step, you will need a gold eye shadow or powder. Take a brush and create a line just below your lower lash line. The gold provides much needed contrast for this look and not to mention extra glam.

fairytale beauty backstage


To make your features appear stronger, take a dark shade of blush and contour your cheeks by applying it right above your jawline. Make sure you keep the apples of your cheeks free of any colour because the main focuses of this look are the eyes and lips.


You have two options for this: For the show, the models had very strong lips that when worn with the eye makeup is perfect for a night out. To get this, take a dark shade of matte lipstick, I recommend a really dark almost-black shade of purple, and then apply it with a lip brush. If you want a day friendly version of this look, you can wear it with a lighter shade of matte lipstick.

dark lips

To really get that dark Fairytale Queen look, opt for a hairstyle with plenty of volume. It doesn’t need to be as extreme as the curls on the Badgley Mischka runway – you might try some voluminous undone waves for a glamorous yet not too fussy take.

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