Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Canterbury Tales Series: The Wife of Bath

As an English nerd, I wanted to do something that would incorporate my love of medieval lit with my love of makeup. So I decided I wanted to create modern looks for some of the female characters in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. To kick of this little series, I present to you: The Wife of Bath.
Bold, powerful, sexualized, rich. The Wife of Bath is her own woman, and doesn't adhere to what society dictates for women. She is a business woman and shows her success from all of the red (an expensive color for fabric) that she wears and all of the pilgrimages she has been on. She is also sexualized--she has a gap between her teeth and has had five husbands (currently on the prowl for #6). She doesn't take sh*t from anybody, and while there are also other aspects to her personality, this is what I tried to portray in her look.  
Products Used

Face
Covergirl Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 foundation in 810: Classic Ivory
Too Faced bronzer in Chocolate Soleil (for contour)
Physician's Formula Magic Mosaic bronzer in Light Bronzer (as blush)

Eyes
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe (lid)
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk (brow-bone highlight)
Jordana Fabuliner in Black
ModelCo mascara in Black
Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette
NYX Brow Cake Powder in Dark Brown/Brown
Maybelline Great Lash mascara in Clear (set brows)

Lips
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam
Since the Wife of Bath has a dramatic and bold personality, I wanted her look to also be dramatic and bold. Therefore, I went for a stronger contour paired with bolder, thicker brows; thicker, longer winged liner, and a red lip--all matte.
How do you picture the Wife of Bath? Are there any characters from The Canterbury Tales that you would like to see next?

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