Joan Crawford’s dressing table is quite busy. She’s getting ready for the Oscars 1963 and she picks a perfume bottle among many of them. The glass bottle with the yellow pump is from the Bésame Cosmetics Decades of Fragrance collection. I wonder what perfume Joan wore: the 1960s floral chypre or a fragrance inspired to a previous decade?
One of the most striking elements of Jane Hudson’s look is her make-up. Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) invented it, taking inspiration from the concept of the “broken doll”, so important in the aesthetic of the 1962 Robert Aldrich film Feud is based on.
In the memoir This ‘N That, Bette Davis explained she imagined Jane as someone who would never wash her face, just put on another layer of make-up. The bright lips, caked white face make-up and the heart-shaped beauty mark all have a part in achieving the iconic result, not to mention the curly blonde wig, used by the other protagonist of the film (Joan Crawford) in an old movie.
The lipstick Bette applies is by Bésame Cosmetics, a bright orange-based red. My guess is that the shade could be Red Hot Red, described as “classic engine red,” a bold and brazen warm red.
Countess Elizabeth (Lady GaGa) wears Bésame lipstick in Bésame Red, a true red shade with a cool blue-toned base.
Countess Elizabeth (Lady GaGa) wears Bésame Cosmetics lipstick in Merlot, semi-matte brick red.
I love Emma’s look in this episode, which focuses on a Halloween party. Emma’s costume is a homage to Pulp Fiction‘s Mia Wallace – white shirt and black cropped pants, black pageboy hair, red nails and matching lips. While she’s getting ready for the event, some interesting items can be seen on her dressing table.
There are a bottle of Schwarzkopf got2b Smooth Operator leave-in conditioner and a bottle of Sally Hansen nail polish in a beige shade, probably Without a Stitch. There’s also a gold tube of Bésame mascara, with the trademark bullet shape and chrysantemum motif.
I was a bit on the fence when it comes to her lipstick: the tube looked Dior to me but I was not sure. Thanks to the show’s make-up artist, Ashley Walsh, now I know I was right. Ashley explained she used several shades on Willa Fitzgerald, including the Dior that appears in this scene (N°999) and Bésame Red Hot Red.
In the season finale Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange) has finally become a Hollywood household name, but her make-up habits haven’t changed: she keeps on using the same products she used back in Jupiter, Florida. In this scene she’s filming a commercial for Campfire Gold instant coffee, but she doesn’t like her script. On her dressing table we can see some items spotted in other episodes.
There’s a Bésame cake mascara.
There’s a red pot of cream rouge, a product which can be used on lips and cheeks.
The white pot with the red lid is the Brightening Violet powder, a translucent powder which brightens any skin tone.
The season finale aired yesterday but I know I’ll miss it. Sure, it had some serious WTH moments; I didn’t agree with some choices (poor Maggie), but I thoroughly enjoyed the last episodes. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to learning more about the 5th season.
Dandy Mott (Finn Wittrock) is now the owner of Elsa Mars’ freak show and, as such, gets ready for his “performing” debut… The spoiled boy definitely has a talent but it will turn against him. This scene is very interesting because it echoes a similar scene from the 5th episode (Pink Cupcakes). In both scenes, the owners of the freak show are putting their make-up on: they are using almost the same products, and some shots (the one where they apply some lipstick) are the same, as a mirror image.
There’s a Bésame cake mascara, which Dandy uses on the inner waterline.
Then there’s a Signature powder compact.
And then the omnipresent gold bullet-shaped lipstick. Dandy uses a nude shade, Champagne, creamy beige with a slight sheen. It looks like a lip balm on him.
The 4th season of the show is now over, but stay tuned for one last update.
Several products from the American brand have been featured in Freakshow so far: a lipstick and a cream rouge pot on the Tattler twins’ dressing table; a mascara, a powder compact and a lipstick on Elsa’s dressing table; mascara and lipstick again at a drugstore. The lip colours have been extensively used in the show, as well. Now that only two episodes are left, I hope we will be given more eye candy from the vintage-inspired company.
Have you ever wondered what is the exact lipstick shade worn by Agent Margaret “Peggy” Carter (Hayley Atwell), the Marvel character who is among the founders of S.H.I.E.L.D.? The British actress, who’s currently filming the tv series Agent Carter, revealed it on her Twitter account. When it comes to retro and glamourous shades, there’s one way to go: Bésame Cosmetics. The lipstick worn by Hayley is Red Velvet, a 1946-inspired colour.
It’s a deep red with a semi-matte finish, suitable for everyday wear. It’s one of the Bésame lipsticks I’ve tried, thanks to lovely samples I received from the American brand, and I can assure you it’s a fantastic colour. If you are red-lipstick lovers, you must have it in your collection.
Bésame Cosmetics cream rouge on Bette and Dot Tattler’s dressing table.