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Made-Up History: The Unicorn in Captivity, ca. 1495-1505

the unicorn in captivity

For Harry Potter week, I thought I’d do a Made-Up History of an actual work of art I glimpsed in The Half-Blood Prince. This is a tapestry called “The Unicorn in Captivity,” and is the seventh in a series called The Hunt of the Unicorn or Unicorn Tapestries. I’m not sure where I first found out about this work—probably in a documentary I saw about restoration—but it was a great Easter egg for me when I saw it in that Room of Requirement scene in HBP:


The artist of this series of tapestries is unknown, though it is widely believed to have been commissioned by Anne of Brittany, who became Queen of France twice.

MUH - Unicorn in Captivity - Face 1

The work is decidedly… well, green. With really small hints of yellow and red. I went in with a shimmery olive-y khaki green shadow on the inner 2/3 of my lids, & Other Stories Eyeshadow in Percaline Khaki and faded it out to a matte moss green, MAKE Matte Eyeshadow in Hudson Green. I did a bit of crease work with Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Cocoa Bear, which is a warm red-toned brown, but I wish I went a bit cooler on that front.

MUH - Unicorn in Captivity - Eyes

I’ve got MAKE Satin Eyeshadow in Acid on the inner corners (& inner 1/3 of the lower lash line) and a combination of MAKE Matte Eyeshadows in Poison Oak and Midnight on the outer 2/3 of the lower lash line.

MUH - Unicorn in Captivity - Face 2

Upper lash line’s lined with Dolly Wink Liquid Liner, upper lashes are curled and mascarafied with Ilia Beauty Shadow of a Doubt Mascara, which is basically their brown mascara. Cheeks are the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed—Lawwwwd help me not to use this shit anymore and be more creative~+—and lips are Ilia Beauty Lip Conditioner in Crimson & Clover, applied lightly.

Products Used: Ellana Minerals Loose Foundation (Caramel Latte)*, One Love Organics Skin Savior Balm, K-Palette 24H Real Lasting 2-Way Eyebrow Liner (G101)*, MAC Paint Pot (Painterly), NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (Ginger), Illamasqua Cream Foundation (CF 320), bareMinerals Mineral Veil, Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush (Exposed), Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Palette (Dim Light, Incandescent Light, Radiant Light), &Other Stories Eyeshadow (Percaline Khaki), MAKE Post-Impressionism Palette (used: Acid, Poison Oak, Midnight, Hudson Green), Makeup Geek Eyeshadow (Cocoa Bear), Ilia Beauty Shadow of a Doubt Mascara, Dolly Wink Liquid Liner, Ilia Beauty Lip Conditioner (Crimson & Clover)

MUH - Unicorn in Captivity - Face 3

What do you think? I think I could have afforded to go a bit more green. 🙂 I hope you enjoyed this edition of Made-Up History, and second post of my self-imposed Harry Potter Week. 🙂

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+ I love Tarte’s Exposed but I feel like it’s such an easy blush to fall back on just because it does go with everything!

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  1. I love this because I’m low-key obsessed with unicorn tapestries! Although I prefer the Cluny ones with the red background and the motif of the sense. 😀

  2. laura says

    Wow! I never thought the color yellow would look nice on the eyelids 🙂 What brush did you use here? That’s a really good gradient!

  3. The colors you chose are pretty on-point, but I gotta agree with the warm brown. It’s not so obvious in most pics but on the last (natural light) I can see how it affects the look. THIS IS SUCH A GOOD SERIES YAYYY! Are you open to doing crazy abstract art? I’d love to see how you’d interpret that 😀

  4. Love it! (Though I agree that more green could be had – but I bet it looked more green in person.) Great look // want to steal all your make up in the night (but like, return it after, because I am nice like that)!

  5. Wonderful interpretation! I like the level of green you applied, it reflects the soft muted greens in the tapestry. This is such a fun way to apply makeup, must try it one day soon.

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