Nutcracker Makeup Series – Arabian


Today’s look in the Nutcracker makeup series is the Arabian divertissement. In some versions, such as New York City Ballet’s, it is referred to as Coffee, and at Pacific Northwest Ballet, the dancer dresses as a peacock. Every Arabian I’ve seen, no matter which company’s Nutcracker it is, has a costume of bold colors and some sort of metallic detail. So here is a look I came up with that I believe could accent any one of them. Again, it’s a bit complicated, so don’t worry about following every step if you don’t want to!

Remember, this look will follow the blueprint of The Basic Stage Eye.



Deanna McBrearty In New York City Ballet’s Nutcracker.
Photo by Paul Kolnik.


(These are the exact products in the look- but you can use any brand you like.)

Urban Decay The Vice Palette Eyeshadows in Muse, JaggedBlitz, Vice, and Unhinged.



  Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in 12L and 0L.

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Whiskey and Electric.

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Step By Step

(Click on pictures to enlarge.)

1. Apply a yellow gold shadow (Blitz) to the lid.


2. Sweep a darker metallic gold (Jagged) into the crease and outer corner of the eye to contour.


3. With your black liner (0L), draw a thick line along the lashes that extends slightly upward at the end.


4. With a dark purple shadow (Vice), go over the black line you just made. This will give a purple sheen while still keeping the line dark.


5. Now, using a medium brown liner (Whiskey), draw a line following the crease of the eye, and connect it to the end of the black/purple.


6. Taking a copper brown shadow (Muse), go over the line you just made, blending it out to ensure the line is not harsh.


7. Using the dark teal liner (12L), line the lower lashline, not going quite all way to the inner corner of the eye. If you don’t have an aqua liner, eye shadow will work as well.


8. Take a brighter teal liner (Electric) and finish the lower line. Just as before, you can use a bright aqua shadow instead.


9. Go over the entire underline with a bright teal shadow (Unhinged) to soften it.


10. Curl lashes and apply your favorite mascara.


11. Finish the look with false lashes as usual!


A bright red lip or even muted berry would continue the Arabic look. Don’t do a bright cheek for this  one- just a bronze for contour and a muted peach blush is enough. The eyes and lips are the statement here!

ASan Francisco Ballet.  Photo by Erik Tomasson.

San Francisco Ballet.
Photo by Erik Tomasson.

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