How Did David Bowie Do the Makeup in "Labyrinth"?

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"Labyrinth" is a very popular fantasy movie from the 1980s starring David Bowie. Find out about how David Bowie did his makeup in the movie "Labyrinth" with help from a certified makeup artist in this free video clip.

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Hi. I'm Erin Hendley, professional makeup artist, and today I'm going to show you how to do David Bowie's makeup in the movie Labyrinth. So his makeup was essentially a black and white eye going on at the top. And it was cream based. So what we're going to do is take our cream pallete, and first we're going to go and sketch out where our black's going to be. So this is a pretty intense makeup application. It's dramatic. So what we're going to do is start with an angle right here depending on your brow shape. You can adjust. And we're really going to just make a triangle. And it goes down shadows to the contours of the cheek. And just fill in and then coming out from the shadow we're just going to extend upward. Just giving it a very theatrical brow. And now coming from the sides, if you go too far out just take a Q-tip and clean it up. It's easy to do because we are actually chopping off the end of our own brow and shortening it. So a Q-tip's the easiest way to fix that. And now we're just working our way up from the outside corner of our eye, up and just kind of blending out the edges. The best way to do that is with the finger. So now that we have created our eye, with the black part we're going to go in and fill with the white. So basically where we have all this skin we are just going in with this white color. And now we're going to take the white and just go over the eyebrow to kind of just give it that appearance that it got chopped off. And then just fill in the middle of where the black is. And just scoop it up. And of course we can bring the black down a little more and really just marry the two colors together. So we get a little bit of a gray effect in there in there as well. And then we're going to go to the other side and mimic that as well. And we just want to mimic on this side what we achieved on the other side. So same rules apply. I'm Erin Hendley, and I just showed you how to do David Bowie's makeup in the movie Labyrinth.


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