She is certainly not a modern woman if you ask me.
Unrealistic? Most definitely.
(She gives her love, devotion and her own life because this man had smiled upon her once. I mean, Come on! )
However, every woman has a little bit of "Liu" in her heart, and that is why this character speaks to us so dearly.
I myself cannot help but shedding a tear or two whenever I see the opera although I would detest women like Liu in real life (if they ever exist, anyway).
Guerlain has captured this helplessly beautiful character into a makeup palette for the holiday 2012.
I was very excited (and nervous) to create a look using this palette.
Here is my first take on this. :)
Being a realist, I tried to wing lines as much as realistically possible, but I did use all the eyeshadow colors in the palette. ;)
I really like the cake eyeliner. I used this liner dry and it still creates great definition.
I filled my folds with the eyeliner after I flicked the lines first, then blended it with the warm gold and greige shades finishing with highlighting in the shimmery ivory color.
I chose the warmer toned red lip color today pairing with matte brown pink blush.
The warm gold eyeshadow color is my favorite.
It is surprising since I usually shy away from any warm toned colors, but it adds such a luxurious feminine touch to the whole look.
I will try a couple more looks, maybe soon I will come up with a perfect party look for this holiday season.
Makeup products used for this look
In case you are interested in the story of the opera "Turadot",
Liu's Aria "Signore, ascolta (Lord, listen)"
(Caballé is not my favorite singer, but her rendition of this aria is simply great.)
In this aria, poor Liu pleads with the prince Calaf confessing her love for him.
"Sir, listen! Ah, sir, listen!
Liu can bear no more!
Her heart is breaking! My, how long I’ve walked
With your name in my soul
With your name on these lips!
But if your destiny
Tomorrow, will be decided,
We will die on the road of exile.
He’ll lose his son
I, the shadow of a smile.
Liù can bear no more! Ah!"
Did the prince Calaf listen to her?
No, of course not. He was no different from any other men.
What do you think of this look and the palette?
Thanks for looking. :)