Category Archives: make-up quotes in movies

La voz humana (2020)

The Woman (Tilda Swinton) is applying mascara in front of a round mirror. The bathroom she’s in is tiled in different colours and is full of beauty products and toiletries.

Starting from the left red-tiled niche, I’ve identified:

Rochas Eau de Rochas bath and shower gel

Chanel La Crème Main hand cream

Perlier Honey Miel bath and shower cream and Thai Coco body lotion

Chanel Paris-Biarritz shower gel

Moving right, there’s the blue-tiled niche, where there are two hair products:

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Touchably Full conditioner

L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil oil-in-milk leave-in hair cream

Now there’s the washbasin counter, packed with bottles of medicines.

The first perfume bottle I’ve spotted is Hermès Eau de Citron Noir cologne.

Then there’s obviously the Chanel No. 5 factice.

Next, three products by Natura Bissé from the C+C Vitamin line – face cream on the far left, sun protection at the top left corner of the washbasin and micellar cleansing water next to the tap.

There’s also a bottle of Chanel Les Beiges foundation among the medicine bottles.

All the right part of the counter is for Chanel make-up items. So we can see

Joues Contraste powder blush

Rouge Allure red lipstick

A cream blush

Poudre Universelle Libre loose powder

Les 4 Ombres eyeshadow palette in Tissé Camélia

Palette Essentiel in Beige Clair

Les Beiges compact powder

Le Lift Lèvres et Contours firming cream.

Last, two toothpastes in a silver glass

One is Marvis Classic Strong Mint toothpaste.

The other is Verkos Kemphor toothpaste.

Tall Girl (2019)

tallgirl_bornunicorn (1)When Jodi (Ava Michelle) decides to get a make-over to impress the exchange student Stig, she asks her beauty pageant-winning sister Harper (Sabrina Carpenter) to help her. Much to her dismay, her mother Helaine (Angela Kinsey) is part of the glam squad. The first place they go to is a MAC counter, where Helaine comes up with very specific requests.

macladydanger_bornunicorn-1.jpgWhen asked for a lipstick, the sales assistant (Candi Brooks) suggests Lady Danger, a classic vivid bright coral red.

tallgirl_bornunicorn (2)But Helaine thinks it’s too vampy.

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On the other side of the spectrum there’s Crème Cup, a light blue pink shade, but Helaine thinks it’s not vampy enough.

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macspeaklouder_bornunicornFinally, the sales assistant recommends Speak Louder, dark pink with a pearl finish, but Helaine doesn’t get it’s the name of a lipstick shade 🙂

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mac187brush_bornunicornAnother MAC product shown in this scene is the 187 synthetic duo fibre face brush.

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maclipglass_bornunicorn.jpgFinally, when they go to a hairdresser, we can see Jodi holding two lipgloss tubes and wondering what’s the difference between a regular gloss and a lipglass, another MAC product which has a glass-like finish (hence the name). Obvious difference for any beauty lover, incomprehensible for someone who doesn’t care about make-up.

Destination Wedding (2018)

destinationwedding_bornunicorn (1)destinationwedding_bornunicorn (2)destinationwedding_bornunicorn (3)destinationwedding_bornunicorn (4)Jack (Keanu Reeves) and Lindsay (Winona Ryder) are attending a wedding neither of them is happy to attend, but they find a connection between them. At the ceremony, for example, they comment on the minister, a friend of the newlyweds. Jack asks if he’s wearing make-up and Lindsay confirms it by namechecking one product Levy always uses.

narsradiantcreamyconcealer_bornunicornIt’s the Radiant Creamy concealer by NARS.

The Neon Demon (2016)

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theneondemon_lipstick_bornunicorn-3When the main four characters – the make-up artist Ruby (Jena Malone), the models Sarah (Abbey Lee) and Gigi (Bella Heathcote) and the newcomer Jesse (Elle Fanning) – first meet, they have a conversation about lipsticks. Gigi kicks it off by saying she loves the lip colour she’s wearing; Ruby comments on the name of the shade – Redrum [1].

jeffreestar_redrum_bornunicornBeauty addicts know this is the name of one of the most popular Velour liquid lipsticks by Jeffree Star, but Gigi is not wearing it (see the applicator: no hot pink in sight).

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theneondemon_lipstick_bornunicorn-5Ruby goes on saying women often choose to buy a lipstick “if it’s named after food or sex” and gives some examples.

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cliniqueblackhoney_bornunicornThe first shade name she drops is Black Honey, the most popular lipstick by Clinique, first launched in 1971.

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maybelline_plumpassion_bornunicorn loreal-plum-passion-lipstick-cheryl-dizzybrunette3Plum Passion is a popular name for lipsticks. Both Maybelline and L’Oreal have Plum Passion lipsticks in their collection.

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jawbreaker_peachykeen_bornunicornThe last shade she names is Peachy Keen. A product by Gerard Cosmetics comes to my mind, along with a line by the super-wicked Courtney Shayne, the protagonist of the black comedy Jawbreaker (1999) by Darren Stein.

[1] This word comes from The Shining by Stephen King.

I Capture the Castle (2003)

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icapturethecastle_bornunicorn (5)Rose Mortmain (Rose Byrne) complains because her family is poor. She’s hungry and sad, she can barely stand living in their castle. Her wishes include a roast-beef dinner and a make-up item (a Tangee lipstick).

tangeelipstick_bornunicornRose is surely referring to Tangee’s “changeable” lipstick, which was first sold in 1922. It was the best-selling lipstick in the United States between the two world wars: it looked orange in the tube, but it turned natural-looking when applied. Much to my surprise, this lipstick is still on the market.