Face to Face

How to look like a pop-punk vixen from the video age.

The 1980s were an adventurous time for eye makeup. Take two of our favorite pop-punk princesses of the era, Siouxsie Sioux (of Siouxsie and the Banshees) and Bow Wow Wow’s Annabella Lwin. They both got super creative with liners and shadows in wild colors and shapes, and it just made them look powerful and awesome. You can copy their looks pretty easily, too. Let’s go.

1. SIOUXSIE SIOUX She was the leader of Siouxsie and the Banshees and of the Creatures, and her wicked, sharp, funny, provocative music would influence artists as different as Jeff Buckley and Shirley Manson (which is to say, really different!). Her look has been equally influential—you can see shades of her bondage-inspired clothes and sharp geometric makeup in basically any fashion magazine you happen to pick up. Here’s my take on her more recent, more colorful look, seen above:

Products I used:

INGLOT’s 382 Matte (matte red shadow)
INGLOT’s 371 Matte (matte blue shadow)
• Sugarpill’s Tako (matte white shadow)
• Naked Cosmetics’ Ivory IV-01 (shimmery white loose shadow)
• Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Gel CreamLiner in black
• Urban Decay’s 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion
• NYX Brow Cake Powder in Brunette
• Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
• NYX Round Lipstick in Femme
• NYX Slim Lip Liner Pencil in 817 Hot Red
• Wet ’n Wild lip gloss (there’s no name on the tube—it’s a reddish strawberry color)
• NYX Cosmetics Mosaic Powder in Rosey
• Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed

I used separate brushes for:

• blush
• foundation
• gel liner
• blending (two of these would be nice)
• shadow (a flat brush)
• brows

2. ANNABELLA LWIN In 1980 Malcolm McLaren (who was also an early supporter of Siouxsie’s) heard a 14-year-old girl singing along to a Stevie Wonder song at the dry cleaner where she worked, and picked her to lead the New Wave band he was putting together. That band, Bow Wow Wow, recorded only three albums, but you can still hear their songs on the Marie Antoinette soundtrack and detect Annabella’s influence on singers like Gwen Stefani and Santigold.

I copied Annabella’s makeup from the video for “Do You Wanna Hold Me” when I did Paula’s makeup for the prom shoot we posted last week:

Products I used:

• Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour Concetrate in Platonic (For Paula, I used this instead, in IV-04—it suited her golden skin tone more because of the gold flecks. I’m more pink-toned, so I used a pink-based shimmery shadow.)
• Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Gel CreamLiner in black
• Urban Decay’s 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion
• Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion (This is the blackest black eyeliner I’ve used. I think the most important liner for this look is the liquid, though.)
• NYX Round Lipstick in Femme (On Paula, I used her own NARS lipstick. They are both orangey reds.)
• Gorgeous Cosmetics Glitz Fix (This is just to make the loose shadow adhere better—if you use a pressed shadow you don’t need this.)
• eyeliner brush
• eye shadow brush
• false lashes (totally optional)
• Q-tips and makeup remover (MOST CERTAINLY NOT OPTIONAL)

Yes, I used three liners for this look! Mostly because I wanted the fine edge that liquid offers, but didn’t want to waste my liquid liner, so I filled in the outline with gel and went over it with a pencil. I drew the outline in pencil, then layered liquid on top of that.

Step One
Make your outline! This is the part that takes the longest. I futzed around for ages with mine, and in the end I wiped half of it off and it looked much better! This look is very angular, and to pull it off you need to figure out what shape works best for you and how far to bring it down on your face. Take your time with this!

I did it two ways here: first, with the method I used on Paula (the super-exaggerated version), but on my face that looked weird. The second way, I wiped off the pointy ends and changed the shape a little to suit my eye shape better. Experiment with your pencil liner to figure out what shape works best for you.

Step Two
Now that you have settled on an outline for both eyes, fill it in with gel liner, then go over the patchy spots with your pencil.

Step Three
Run your liquid liner over the edges so they look extra sharp. I decided to do a little cat-eye on my upper lash line to unify the look, because it was really bottom heavy on me (here’s a cat-eye tutorial I did back in November, if you need help). I connected the edges on the top cat eye with the bottom situation so it didn’t look discombobulated. I didn’t do this part on Paula—I just put mascara on.

Step Four
Fill in the blank part under your eye with the shadow of your choice. I suggest a neutral shade like the shimmery cream I used, because this look is pretty bold already.

Step Five
This is completely optional, but if you want to, you can add false lashes. I didn’t do this on Paula, but I did on myself. Here’s a false-lashes tutorial from Amy Rose.

Step Six
This was the same shape I did on Paula, but I didn’t really like it on me, so I dabbed a Q-tip in makeup remover and swiped off the dagger points, then curved the liner to mimic my eye shape:

Off topic, my camera lens was really dirty, so it makes all these photos look really dreamy. I’m not complaining. ♦


  • mahalee May 21st, 2012 7:28 PM

    This is freakin’ bad ASS! Thanks so much for showing me how to do this, you made it seem super easy, can’t wait to try it out!

  • Tyknos93 May 21st, 2012 7:44 PM

    Arabelle is such a vixen. Did any of the makeup cause irritation though? I’m nervous about the glitter.

    • Tyknos93 May 21st, 2012 7:46 PM

      Sorry I meant nervous about the glue.

  • maddzwx May 21st, 2012 8:48 PM

    Arabelle, you look so fucking badass! Also, can not wait to try these looks!

  • AnguaMarten May 21st, 2012 8:58 PM

    damn i love this kind of makeup. too bad my parents won’t let me wear it.

    their reasons:

    i’m fourteen

    i’m an autumn, whatever the fuck that means

    i look like a tramp with makeup on

    i left a bright red lipstick in my shorts and they went through the wash and now my lacrosse uniform is stained with red

    it’s not flattering

    i look so pretty without makeup

    other girls don’t wear makeup

    i’m an athlete

    i should be worrying about school

    it’s not appropriate

    so yeah basically i wanna go all teenage rebel grrrl on their asses and do it anyway. MAKEUP INSPIRATION 4 LYFE.

    • ladylaurenia May 21st, 2012 11:02 PM

      do it gurl, do it! I’m the same age as you, and I want to try this too! To quote Drake, you only live once!

  • Bug May 21st, 2012 8:58 PM

    The Annabella look is awesome! I think I like Arabelle’s version better though…

  • sn0wwhite May 21st, 2012 9:32 PM

    This is seriously the best.
    I’m gonna rock the Siouxsie look this weekend!

  • Toria Crux May 21st, 2012 9:33 PM

    So pretty! So lazy… derp… need black eyeliner… double derp…

  • teenager May 21st, 2012 9:38 PM

    Arabelle you’re such a beaut

  • Caden May 21st, 2012 9:40 PM

    Arabelle, you are so clever! These looks are amazing :)

    Caden x

  • KinuKinu May 21st, 2012 10:54 PM

    WOW THIS IS GREAT!!!!! I’m gonna do this and scare all the children.Thanks so much,Arabelle.

  • Mags May 21st, 2012 10:59 PM

    I love the last photo. You look gorgeous!

  • taste test May 21st, 2012 11:10 PM

    oh my god. I’ve been wondering how to do Insane 80s Eye Makeup lately, and here is a fabulous tutorial. both of these are great, although since I fail at makeup they’d probably take me like 20 attempts each to get right.

  • Pashupati May 22nd, 2012 12:02 AM

    Hmm… If I can’t do that on my eyes because you won’t see it behind my glasses and can’t do nails art because I chew my nails, I wonder if anybody already did drawings on their lips like they do on nails and around eyes and if there is any ressource for it? I might experiment a bit even if I don’t find anything…

    • Arabelle May 22nd, 2012 1:19 AM

      i wear glasses too, it doesn’t stop me :)

  • anisarose May 22nd, 2012 12:15 AM

    very cool but i wish you had done some of the detail on the inner corners of the eye! also, where do you get inglot stuff? i’ve looked for it at sephora a few times but they don’t have it

    • Arabelle May 22nd, 2012 1:19 AM

      inglot has their own store and website you can buy things from :)

  • Susann May 22nd, 2012 12:52 AM

    I really like the way it looks in the last photo!

  • mayaautumn May 22nd, 2012 2:18 AM

    absolutely bloody beautiful!!!!
    i prefer it in the last pic for sure – before it was a bit !woah there..strange!

  • Libby May 22nd, 2012 11:44 AM

    This looks amazing.
    I was actually having a chat with my dad about Siouxsie & The Banshees, and her eye makeup, last week.

  • Mila May 22nd, 2012 1:30 PM

    this is great!
    my all time favourite song is “hong kong garden” by siouxsie and the banshees.
    god, its the best!

  • Liz Armstrong May 23rd, 2012 3:12 AM

    l o v e t h i s !!! YES! I would love to know how many girls showed up to school looking like this today. hopefully TONS.

  • Ben May 25th, 2012 9:50 PM

    I loved how they used that song in marie anttionette! I just watched it for the first time recently and it’s one of my favorites! Nice makeup! I also love Gwen stefani so i should probabnly listen to some Bow wow wow cuz I think I’ll like it!