Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Black Swan Natalie Portman FOTD!! (mini review of Ben Nye colour wheel)

And now for something a little bit different..!!!

Totally out of my comfort zone but I wanted to see if I could create a theatrical look. Obviously I wouldn't go out looking like this unless it was for a fancy dress party or Halloween! I think the movie Black Swan is one of the best films I have seen in a long time. Natalie Portman is just phenomenal playing a top ballet dancer who is slowly losing her grip on reality yet at the same time on a deep journey of self-discovery. If you haven't seen it, go!
This was the inspirational picture from the movie:

This was my take:

Products Used:

Ben Nye Monster Wheel - the white shade and the grey shade

NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean

ELF HD Powder
Clinique Lipstick in A Different Grape
Matt red eyeshadow from the Coastal Scents 88 Palette

Shimmery silver eyeshadow from the Coastal Scents 88 Palette
L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara
MAC Shadowy Lady Eyeshadow (matte dark mauve colour)

Stila Makalu Eyeshadow (matt black eyeshadow)


So I basically covered my whole face and ears with the white Ben Nye face paint. I set the product with the ELF HD powder which is basically a translucent white powder.

I then drew the main shape of the eyes with the NYX pencil, filled it in and set with the black eyeshadow.

I took an angled liner brush and mixing the white and pale grey shade drew flicks of colour over the eye area to mimic feathers. I set the cream product with a silver eyeshadow. I did the same with my hands.

I took the white face paint and lined the waterline and set with the red powder.

I then smudged the black eyeshadow on the lower lash line and went over it with the red eyeshadow.

I applied mascara and black kohl to the tightline (upper inner rim of the eye).

Using an angled blusher brush I applied the dark matte mauve colour into the hollows of the cheeks to create that dark blush effect.

I then lined my lips with black kohl pencil and blended it into the centre of the lips. I went over the whole lip area with the Clinique A Different Grape lipstick which is basically a deep purple colour.

I used Photoshop to create the red and black eyes!

What do you think??

For a HIlarious tutorial to create the same look check out this link OMG!!

Ben Nye Colour Wheel Review and Treasure House of Makeup

As you know I went along to IMATS London 2011 and met the lovely Ann from Treasure House of Makeup. She helped me to find the perfect colour wheel so I could create this look. Treasure House have an amazing range of specialist makeup items for the stage and general beauty requirements. Most importantly, they are the exclusive UK distributor for Ben Nye. If you haven't heard of Ben Nye before, they are an iconic Hollywood makeup line who are the creme de la creme of the movie makeup industry. Ben Nye products are such good quality and so highly pigmented that non-stage makeup artists also now use their products. Check out the concealer wheels and eyeshadow palettes at So reasonably priced too!

The colour wheel I used is called the Monster Wheel. It has creamy smooth pigmented shades of white, grey, duck egg blue, moss green, chocolate brown and mauve/black. The colours blended really easily but were not too slippery. Once set with powder they hardly budged at all.The colours on the skin were true to the shade they appeared in the wheel. I couldn't have been more pleased with the wheel and can't wait to pick up some other products from the Ben Nye range from Treasure House.

NB Treasure House did not pay me for this review and I purchased the item with my own money. The review is my honest, personal opinion.

xoxo Angel5ace xoxo


  1. Hey Marked for Glamour thank you so much! It took ages and I was so nervous putting the pics up on my blog! Really enjoyed it as it was v challenging - for me at least! xoxo

  2. You did an amazing job!. I have passed an award to your blog :) x

  3. Thank you for having the courage to put the photos up, I look forward to seeing more of your creativity. I too have also passed an award on to your blog! x