How to Channel David Bowie

We couldn’t figure out how to do a tutorial for being immortal, but here are some makeup ideas.

David Bowie, you man of glamour, you. While we would all like to look like him every day, drawing a lightning bolt on your face can be time consuming. Here are three Bowie-inspired tutorials for a quicker, more subdued and outfit-friendly glam look. (Though if you have time to pile on the glitter, PLEASE DO.)

Three basic strategies for applying dramatic eye shadow:

How to get Bowie’s sunsetty glow:

Subdued red Ziggy Stardust eyes:

Thanks to the Dogs for letting us use their music.


  • stylepukka January 30th, 2012 7:12 PM

    Yessss, eye makeup that’s super cool and unique but is good for school and easy/everyday too.

  • MissKnowItAll January 30th, 2012 7:16 PM

    Yeah. I’m going to channel my inner glam man and do this tomorrow!

  • SpencerBowie January 30th, 2012 7:17 PM


    I love these vids, but YOUR HAIR! AWESOME! Love the color!

    But these tips are so great, will def try 3rd vid! LOVE!

    Also the music was freakin’ amazeing!

    Plus love the Siouxise bg and GOLD-LIPSTICK-I’VE-ALWAYS-WANTED-TO-TRY-CAUSE-IT’S-SO-BADASS-AND-COOL David Bowie pic y’all used!

    Rookie is perfection. :)

  • MissKnowItAll January 30th, 2012 7:25 PM

    Dear Arabelle,
    Why are you so pretty and talented?
    Please tell me how you got to be so awesome
    Love Me

  • Petra January 30th, 2012 7:28 PM

    i lovee

  • kirsty January 30th, 2012 7:57 PM

    arabelle, you are ridiculously beautiful!

  • season-of-the-witch January 30th, 2012 8:11 PM


  • Adrienne January 30th, 2012 8:16 PM

    Love these looks! I especially love the sunsetty glow…gorgeous!

  • plutosproject January 30th, 2012 8:51 PM

    HER HAIR. I’m in love. Instead of amazing Bowie DIYs could you give a hair-dye how to?

    • Arabelle January 30th, 2012 10:07 PM

      Maybe! My dad actually does my hair (and not very often!!) but next time i do my roots i’ll see if i can record it. :)

  • Chandler January 30th, 2012 8:56 PM

    Hey Arabelle! I am definitley going to try each one of these looks out, they are just so pretty! I was also wondering what type of dye you used to get your hair to the purplish/redish color it is. And how you dyed/bleached it? I have dark brown hair and have been wanting to put that exact color in my hair. Thank you so much.! :)

    xx Chandler

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  • sobrina January 30th, 2012 10:57 PM

    I want a sunsetty glow! And I’m pretty sure your dad totally rules.

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  • Susann January 31st, 2012 1:54 AM

    These videos were so cool and inspiring! :)

  • KayKay January 31st, 2012 11:25 AM

    Purple hair? ZOMG pure awesome!! Love it!! <3

    P.S. I have no clue what the "z" in zomg stands for, but it sounds as cool as your hair looks, so I felt obliged to include it :P

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  • Serena.K January 31st, 2012 12:51 PM

    I am so going to attempt this!
    P.S. Loving all the Bowie on Rookie lately.

  • Cosmo Beatrix January 31st, 2012 1:54 PM

    she is be-ay-utiful!!! and wow we have the same make-up brushes – we are at one.

    i also have oriental eyes and the eye shadow on sunsetty glow is really .. not flattering rookiemag doesn’t like that right? really… enhancing.. i love the colours too!!


  • kittenpuke January 31st, 2012 2:53 PM

    so much bowie this month, i love it!!

  • mamacass February 1st, 2012 10:26 AM

    I can watch makeup videos forever. So dangerous!

  • Jenn February 2nd, 2012 10:03 PM

    ahhhh all of these are perfect you are fabulous ok hi!

  • xgiovanna February 9th, 2012 8:14 AM

    hahahahaha your dad’s funny.

  • LindseyMarie February 23rd, 2012 11:14 PM

    Arabelle, I just want you to know how absolutely charming you are. Seriously.