There were several iconic figures that passed in 2016, David Bowie being one of them. Bowie not only created music that influenced countless artists, but also bended gender norms with his avant garde fashion sense. He was known for wearing makeup both on and off stage. One of his most influential makeup looks is from his Ziggy Stardust album. The bright colors paired with Bowie's red hair is one of the images that will forever remind us of such a beloved artist who will continue to inspire generations to come.
So this look is for all of you Bowie fans who want to pay homage to such an amazing artist or if you're wanting to just look super glam rock this Halloween, this one's for you too!
Glam Rock Ziggy Stardust
One of my favorite things about this costume is how easy it is to whip together. All you need are some fabulous shoes, sparkly or colorful, jeans, a tank and a big fabulous coat. Most everything you can find at a thrift store or ask your friends if you can borrow some of these signature pieces like I did. My favorite part of the look, aside from the awesome coat, is the gold choker which I found at Windsor. Really, this costume is all about attitude, as you can see from Caroline's fierce pose. Bowie was wearing an astronaut outfit in the original Ziggy Stardust image, so just take creative liberty to make the look as glam rock as you'd like.
This look is all about the makeup and hair. I started with a light foundation all over Caroline's chest, face and ears. Next, I contoured her cheekbones around her jawline, and forehead with a bright pink blush. If you're wanting a more chiseled look, you can add purple to your cheekbones for that deepening effect.
I used a bar of soap on a mascara wand to flatten Caroline's brows and then just added foundation and powdered over them with a light powder foundation. If you're wanting to really block out your brows, check out this tutorial here. For her eye makeup, I took creative liberty to add more color than what's on Bowie's original look to add a more feminine glam vibe. I used purple and pink shades from my Coastal Scents palette for the eyeshadow (found online here). I didn't add liner or lashes to this look to keep the focus on the bolt, but you can always add a purple liner and some fun lashes if you're wanting to make the look even more glam.
Now for the quintessential bolt! You want to first trace the outline of the bolt using a white eyeliner; it's much easier to erase any mistakes that way. You also want to have q-tips and makeup remover handy when you do want to erase any imperfections. Remember, you don't have to get it perfect the first time. It's all about taking your time and being patient. For the blue and orange colors, I used pigments that I've had for some time by True Colors. You can easily find the same type of pigments at a drugstore, Clare's or online here. I first applied the colors dry and then used MAC's Fix Plus to dampen a flat brush and apply the pigments wet (you can also use water). Wetting any eyeshadow or pigment helps so that the color really pops! I used a black gel liner and thin angled brush to add the black in the bolt.
For the lips, I used a magenta gloss and added a purple pigment to create the perfect color. Last but not least, I teased Caroline's hair and pulled it back into a bun. I then sprayed red hair paint all over her hair, and volia, I give you Ziggy Stardust!
I'm very interested to see if anyone is daring enough to try this fun look. If you do, please let me know how you like it and I'd love to see photos. Just tag #makeybyfatimad in your instagram photos so I can check it out.