Yesterday, my family and I watched Frozen since we purchased the Sing-a-Long version. While it was only the second time I was seeing the movie, I absolutely love Frozen as much as every little kid in America does. It’s just such an adorable story with a lot of great singing and classic, fun humor in it. Of course, as a makeup artist, I was drawn to Elsa’s makeup in the movie. I kept thinking about what a pretty makeup tutorial and look this would make, so here we are. I decided to replicate Queen Elsa and make it into a slightly more adult, wearable version that you could actually wear outside of your house. I also give tips inside on how to make this look even more “true to character” if you are going as Elsa in costume or having a Frozen party!
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THE EYE MAKEUP: Elsa’s eye makeup is quite noticeable in the movie. She has a bright purple shade over her eyelids and swept slightly on her lower lash-line. In her socket and crease, she has a bright pinkish-burgundy shade. The crease shade is quite dramatic and defined. If you do this look for a costume party or on your child, you may want to go with a shade that is more pink in the crease. I went with a burgundy shade to make it more sophisticated and wearable. Elsa has eyeliner on both her lower lash-line and upper lash-line, and of course, her lashes are thick and luscious!
- Apply a mid-toned matte brown shade over your entire socket area, blending it upward toward your brow-bone. This is going to be our transition color and make the socket shades blend easily. I used Makeup Geek’s “Cocoa Bear” which is the perfect shade for this because it’s matte, but it also has a slight reddish undertone to it.
- Apply a matte burgundy shade (I used Makeup Geek’s “Bitten”) directly into the crease of your eye only. Keep building the color up with a small fluffy blending brush by swiping it back and forth. Focus fire this burgundy shade in the crease to get a nice defined socket line like Elsa has. Blend, blend, blend.
- Apply a shimmery lilac purple eyeshadow over your entire eyelid and along your lower lash-line. I used one from my Coastal Scents 88 Shimmer Palette.
- Go back and repeat Step #2 so that there are no harsh edges or lines in the socket area.
- Apply black eyeliner to your lower lash-line.
- Apply black eyeliner to your upper lash-line.
- Apply mascara and/or false lashes.
ALTERNATE TIPS FOR COSTUMES AND KIDS: Instead of applying a burgundy and a brown in the socket, use a bright, dark pink shade to stand out more and make the look more animated. Really focus on that purple eyelid shade by making it more intense with a wet eyeshadow brush. For kids, leave off the heavy liner.
THE LIPS: Queen Elsa is wearing glossy pink lips that are a medium tone. I used NARS Priscilla Lip Gloss for this. It is the perfect Elsa shade and complements the eye makeup well.
THE FACE MAKEUP: In typical Disney princess form, I kept my skin looking clean, fresh, and clear. I highlighted my cheekbones to give my skin a glow and made sure I used a doll-like pink blush shade on the apples of my cheeks. You can go a little heavier on the blush if you’re going to a costume party. Flushed pink cheeks are a Disney princess must!
Obviously, I don’t have Elsa’s super light hair color, but if you were going to a costume party or wanted to make this more authentic, you could braid a long blonde wig to one side. Elsa has glittering snowflakes in her hair, so you could pull off pieces from Christmas/Winter decorations and stick them throughout the wig and braid to make the look more authentic.
I just wanted to show you what Queen Elsa’s makeup would look like if it were on an everyday woman and she was wearing it out! This is my interpretation of Elsa. Does anyone want to see Princess Anna next?
Oh, and if you’ve never seen Disney’s Frozen, buy the movie here. It’s such a fun, re-watchable movie for the entire family. Even my dad loves it!
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