Disney villains are certainly bad. They’re mean, they’re bitter and they’re hell-bent on ruining the lives of our favorite protagonists, be they princesses or pups.
Say what you will, though, they do have a certain style. Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent knows full well that black is slimming, and her makeup is sheer drama. Arched brows that would make Joan Crawford jealous. Purple eye shadow as vivid as any of the hot new mineral makeup tints available on Etsy.com—vivid shades like Rattata by Shiro Cosmetics.
Snow White’s Evil Queen is doing something right when she paints her cupid’s bow-lips with scarlet and emphasizes her dramatic features with a hood. After all, there is only one person fairer than she is: Snow White. And who among us can compete in the looks department with a fresh-faced 16-year-old? Apples to oranges.
It’s true that Cruella De Vil has an unfortunate obsession with the fur of dogs and other critters, and goes about wearing jackets and accessories begging to be splashed with red paint by a PETA activist.
And yet, her fashion sense must be acknowledged. The woman has the panache to wear elbow-length gloves and to smoke with a foot-long cigarette holder. Underneath that fur coat, her bod—angular as a fashion model’s—is draped in a timeless little black dress.
Watch Disney’s “101 Dalmations” and then watch “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and Hollywood’s biggest secret is revealed. Cruella De Vil is simply a revved up version of Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly.
Where do I start with the dress-appeal of this dirty doc? His decision to forego a shirt beneath his purple vest is punk-rock haute couture, as are the heroin-chic circles ringing his eyes. And Lord knows it’s time for the pencil moustache to come back in style.
Want to emulate the vibe of these charismatic baddies? You can, starting Sept. 30, when Mac's Venomous Villains line hits stores, featuring lipstick, beauty powder, eye shadow, blush and nail polish inspired by Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Cruella De Vill and Doctor Facilier.
I tell you about the launch now because I sense a feeding frenzy for this limited edition collection. Urban Decay designed a "Book of Shadows" eye shadow palette in conjunction with the March 2010 release of Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" and it sold out quicker than you can say Jabberwocky. Used sets are currently going for as high as $100 on sites like Bonanzle.com.
"Come on--aren't the nastier ones more fun? It's great to be sweet and kind, of course, but everyone wants to take a bite of forbidden fruit from time to time."
I hate to name names, but clicke HERE to visit the Temptalia.com blog, which lists the names--and shades, and prices ($12 to $29.50 per item)--in this coming-soon set.
And while you're counting the days until the release, you can get started on your new dirty look. Just practice your most sadistic shine.
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