Burlesque (2010) Make-Up and Outfit Inspiration

As some of you may be aware, Burlesque (2010) the movie, is on Netflix at the moment. It stars Christina Aguilera who plays a girl named Ali from Iowa who dreams of stardom and therefore moves to L.A. She enters a Burlesque club one night, run by Tess (Cher) and is mesmerised by the classiness of the dancers, the costumes, the drinks, the lights. It is a simple plot, yes, but it follows the tenacious hopes Ali has to combine her burlesque routines with her heart fluttering ballads. All the actors do an astounding job and it’s truly uplifting if you’re a bit stressed out by your career. It shows that with persistence you can manifest your goals.

I’ve watched it about 3 times over the past 2 weeks.

This post will be looking at costume and makeup (because they’re the best bits about the film) and how to get inspired by them, by trying similar looks out for yourself.

The key part when she’s singing about being in love has got to be a stand out moment; she looks like a forest nymph goddess. The satin emerald floor length dress flatters her curves, glints in the stage lights and makes it unforgettable. How can we channel this look ourselves? Because prom season is approaching and I think we should all be going ga-ga for green.

Here is the scene: have a watch because it’s adorable. Also a cute song if you have caught romantic feelings.

Here are a few affordable options:

(It’s a bit hard to find the exact shade of luscious peridot that Christina is wearing but the joy of green is that it offers up ample shades which are still as gorgeous).

  1. ASOS Metallic Bandeau Mini-Dress. £60. This sheeny party dress offers more movement for dancing and seems like the fabric is a bit more sturdy if you were less sure about the clingy look of Christina’s dress. I think it’s fun and yet perfectly acceptable if you had a cocktail event or wedding reception to go to this summer.

Buy it here: http://www.asos.com/asos/asos-metallic-bandeau-mini-dress/prd/5612886?iid=5612886&clr=Green&SearchQuery=green%20dress&pgesize=36&pge=6&totalstyles=708&gridsize=3&gridrow=9&gridcolumn=1

Olivia's Green Velvet Glitter Wrap Dress


2. Olivia’s Green Velvet Wrap Dress. £29.99 If you’re more into velvet and glitter than this is for you. From one of my favourite stores, Quiz, you won’t be disappointed with this number. It’s an adaption of Bardot neckline, a more subtle way of showing the shoulders. Perfect for clubbing because you’ll be a sparkly, witch green on the dance floor.

Buy it here: https://www.quizclothing.co.uk/clothes/00100009625.html

Sarah Plunge

3. Petite Sarah Plunge Drape Maxi Dress. £20. Got a barbecue coming up? This is perfect for feeling glamourous as you eat your burger in a plastic chair on the patio. And it flows enough if you felt like dancing.

Buy it here: http://www.boohoo.com/page/search?q=green+dress#esp_cf=matrix_rcolour_size%3Am_colourrational&esp_filter_matrix_rcolour_size%3Am_colourrational=green&esp_pg=3

Sia Boutique


4. Sia Boutique Embellished Ruched Maxi Dress £12. At such a bargain price, if you are on a budget this summer but you still hope to attend the ball- go for this turquoise gem. Some people might think that it’s a bit too busy with the ruching and the sparkly bits of wheat…but it would look perfect if you had pre-prom/ball drinks in a meadow. I’d buy it and wear some serious silvery Steve Maddens with it. The investment has to go somewhere.

Buy it here: http://www.boohoo.com/page/search?q=green+dress#esp_cf=matrix_rcolour_size%3Am_colourrational&esp_filter_matrix_rcolour_size%3Am_colourrational=green&esp_pg=8


5. Modern Trumpet/Mermaid V-neck Jersey Asymmetrical Tiered Prom Dress. £105.99. The thing about the Mermaid dress style, is that it never really goes out of fashion. It is such a flattering design for slim figures and this demure dress from Milly bridal is perfect for swanning through marble-floored hotel receptions.  Do it. Treat yourself and then book a cruise so that you can wear it then.

Buy it here: http://uk.millybridal.org/product/modern-trumpet-mermaid-v-neck-jersey-asymmetrical-tiered-prom-dresses-ukm020102466-17367.html

Another little comment to make, which is spiritual:


The shade of her dress wholly compliments what she is singing about. Being terrified to love for the first time but has finally found her way. Her emotional wounds are healed. A truly transforming shade to wear. Source: http://organicdailypost.com/the-best-meditation-chairs-for-a-silent-mind/

But what about the makeup?

 You need winged eyeliner. Deep red lips. Red nails. (Red and green are complimentary colours so the whole look will pop.) Natural looking curls and some sort of tropical flower.

This is one of the top lippy’s for 2017. Dior Rouge No. 999. It has hylarounic acid in it which apparently keeps your lips plump and moisturised. Basically don’t wear it you don’t want to be kissed. Lol.

Okay you just have to have this as your nail shade. Why? Because it’s from O.P.I. Alice Through the Looking Glass Nail Lacquer Collection. And if you have seen the film, there is that famous line:

“What’s Ali short for?”


“Well Alice, welcome to Wonderland.” 

Although it’s from Spring 2016, the underlying meaning makes it worth the fresh set of red hot acrylics.

I’m one of those people who just cannot do my eyeliner well. Maybe one day I’ll be able to do it. But it’s a great look all the same, and is signature to Ali’s style in the film. Don’t forget the false lashes and matte cherry lip shade.

Consider having a scavenge on Etsy because i came across this gorgeous 50’s pin-up lily:

£8.50. I love the pin-up look. So you can have this hair-piece for you Ali Spring Dressy look and you can also save it for your 50s vintage obsession. I used to have a similar lily hair piece that I bought on holiday in Greece but unfortunately a guy I dated ages ago sat on it and he said he would buy me a new one but he never did. 😦


And as for the trundles of curls?

Well (above) is my natural hair and all I have to do is wash it and towel dry it. So I’m blessed with these cherub curls but if you’re a straight haired girl it’s time to get busy with your tongs.

And keep your curls intact when you go out with a rosy pink headscarf. Source: http://caguilera.tumblr.com/post/80510962539

Straight hair is easy to maintain but with this Burlesque look you can look romantically dishevelled. It is rather Bardot don’t you think?

Please watch this film. It’s amazing. The make-up and wardrobe stylists deserve an Oscar. And the dance routines are pretty awesome too. It also has a cute/ funny love story in it too. With Cam Gidget as the love interest.

Love, Georgia FashionFae xx


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