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.
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.
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.
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)
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. 🙂
* PR Sample
+ 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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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. 😀
Thank you! 😀 Wow, those look so good. I miss art history lectures.
This is such a fantastic idea for makeup inspiration! Love your look. =)
Thank you, Natalie 😀
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!
Thanks Laura! I honestly don’t remember, but it’s for sure a flat shader brush.
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 😀
Yayyyy! Haha I did na non-figurative art but I’ll look for abstract that I like, lol.
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)!
I can’t wear too much green in public! I wore this to an awarding ceremony, lol. Imagine!
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.
Thank you so much! I hope you find it as inspiring as I did. 🙂