Lucille Ball is one of my life-long idols and for a few years now I’ve been wanting to do a makeup tutorial based off of her look. Makeup-wise, her I Love Lucy beauty routine is pretty simple. Not a lot of shadow if any at all on the lids, just a thin line of eyeliner, not too much blush. The real focus was on the lashes and the lips. For I Love Lucy the goal was to make her eyes look wide and innocent, but still those of a grown woman with lots and lots of lashes. That was Lucy’s character, a grown up child and that’s why we loved her! One thing Lucy loved to do that most makeup artists frown upon is over-living her top lip dramatically to make it look not only rounder but fuller. Somehow, she managed to wear it well.
I filmed the I Love Lucy tutorial twice. The first time, I was wearing an awful wig that was really difficult for me to fit over my hair and I thought it was a good idea to cover my brows with glue stick and draw them on like Lucy’s. It’s been almost two years since I fully covered my brows so I guess my skills were a little rusty. I ended up looking like a patchwork quilt! And to add insult to injury, I ended up looking like a drag queen and there’s nothing I dislike more than when people try to recreate a Lucy look and end up looking like they’re dressed in drag. So, out with that.
Instead I just styled my own hair in a similar fashion to how Lucy styled hers and changed the color of my hair (and even my eyes while I was at it) in photoshop to match up better to how Lucy’s was. I figured, everything was in black and white back in the day and the only way we knew what Lucy’s color hair was is because it was mentioned on the show that she was a redhead.
All in all, I had a lot of fun making this tutorial! One of the funnest parts was making my own Vitameatavegamin prop:
I found the original label online and used it as a reference. On the show, they say the stuff contains 23% alcohol but the label says 11%. The funniest thing about this is that the recommended dosage for adults and children over 12 is actually LESS than the recommended dosage for children. The original bottle was square and made of glass but all I had that was anywhere close to resembling it was this plastic bottle that was for hydrogen peroxide. Obviously, I emptied and rinsed it out with soap and water a few times before filling it with some water and getting ready for my scenes! Haha
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer in “Porcelain”
MAC Eyeshadows in “Gesso” & “Wedge”
Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Liner in “Trooper”
Lancome Le Crayon Khol liner in “Blanc”
Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara
Elite #19 False Lashes
Illamasqua Blusher in “Spite”
BH Cosmetics Lip Liner Pencil in “Retro”
Lancome Color Design Lipstick in “Red Haute”