Sunday Video: Balloon Animal DIY With Ira Glass

Ira Glass is the creator of the public-radio show This American Life, but he used to have a really cool job. As a tweenager he performed at kids’ birthday parties as the “Magical Mystifier” (true story), doing magic tricks and making balloon animals. Here, he shares some of his children’s-entertainment skills with you, while answering your questions about haircuts and blow jobs.

The book he recommended for aspiring balloon-animalists is Roger’s Rubber Ark: One Balloon Zoo, Volume Two.

(He asked us to tell you that you don’t have to be afraid of the balloon popping. The only reason that one popped, he said, was that it was old.) (Suuuuuuure.)

How to Make a Layup

When I was in the 12th grade, I chose to go to an Elton John/Billy Joel concert instead of playing in a school basketball game. For an entire day, this was a pretty big controversy in my high school’s basketball community. My coach, teammates, and, weirdly, guys from the men’s team came up to me, upset or perplexed about my decision. The whole situation was strange, especially because I wasn’t even one of the better players on the team—I wasn’t a total benchwarmer, but I also wasn’t essential to gameplay in any way. Clearly, these people took basketball super seriously, while I played for fun and wasn’t going to let the sport stop me from seeing the John/Joel “Face to Face” tour.

I may never be the kind of person who chooses basketball over hearing “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” live, but I do enjoy the game, and after years of playing it, I (a) am almost always able to win the biggest prize at any carnival or amusement park basketball game, and (b) can show you how to execute a few basic shots.

Face to Face

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. ♦

How to Do a Two-Minute Beehive

This isn’t exactly supposed to be a full-on Winehouse situation, but if your hair is greasy and you need to look put-together real quick, I have faith that you can master this faux-beehive with just a little practice. No hairspray, hair rats, or teasing necessary—just lots of bobby pins, and some PASSION.

Amazing Technicolor Hair Dyeing

Photo by Arabelle

I get a lot of questions about my hair—specifically, how do I dye my very dark, very thick hair all kinds of Skittles colors without going bald? I’ve even written a hair FAQ to deal with such questions. But we figured it would be helpful to SHOW you how to dye your hair and not just talk about it. Now, I have a big confession to make: my DAD dyes my hair! I just mix the products and do touch-ups afterward.

In this video my dad and I will show you how we get my hair purple. If you have a super understanding dad like I do, or a rad friend to help, this video will give you guys some pointers. Disclaimer: if you mess up it ain’t my fault! Go to a professional if you’re scared—that’s what I did the first time.

Products I used:

How to Look Like Juliet

Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet (1996) is a movie rife with visual inspiration, from the set design to the crazy bright Catholic imagery to the wild floral Hawaiian shirts worn by Romeo’s gang.

This past Halloween I was inspired by Claire Danes’s angelic costume-party get-up and threw on a pair of feathered wings and styled my hair into my own take on Juliet’s halo look. The hairstyle I created that night was my inspiration behind this video tutorial, and I hope you guys are into it. It’s the perfect hairstyle for days when you’re feeling a little dreamy, and it’s super-easy to do, too.

Here I am last Halloween with my wings and wild angel hair. I added a salt spray for texture and teased the ends a bit with a fine-tooth comb.

Now you’re ready to fall in love with the offspring of your family’s mortal enemy. Just don’t stab yourself, please! ♦

How to Look Like Clara Bow

Last month we told you that the wonderful Jane Marie from the wonderful Hairpin would be doing a beauty tutorial for us, and we asked what look you wanted her to teach you. The overwhelming majority of you asked for…Audrey Horne! But Jane basically already did that with her 1950s Glamour Tutorial on the Hairpin back in August, so go watch that to Audrey Horne yourself up.

The second-highest vote getter was Margot Tenenbaum, but Jane pointed out that that tutorial would be basically “Flat-iron your hair and use a ton of black eyeliner.” No one needs a tutorial for that.

Third in the rankings was Clara Bow. (Audrey Horne, Margot Tenenbaum, and Clara Bow? Damn, you Rookies are cool.) Jane jumped all over that idea. And here is the awe-inspiring, adorable, hilarious result:

Thank you, Jane! We love you.

If there’s a specific look you want one of our staffers, or a guest, to teach you how to do at home, let us know in the comments!

How to Do a Cat-Eye

Nicki's makeup by Arabelle, hair by Charles Olson, styling by Tavi, photo by Petra.

We loved how Arabelle did Nicki’s eyes in the photo above, from the beginning of October on Rookie. And how the style looked in Chrissie White’s girl gang photos from yesterday. We asked Arabelle to show us how to do it on ourselves, and she obliged with the video below.

Video edited by Rivkah.

Next month Jane Marie from the Hairpin will do a video tutorial for us on the look OF YOUR CHOICE. Tell us whose makeup and hair and ESSENCE you want to steal: Beyoncé in the “Why Don’t You Love Me” video? Debbie Harry? Josephine Baker? Audrey Horne? Margot Tenenbaum? The Ronettes? Penny Lane? Or someone not on this list that you’re obsessed with? Vote in the comments!