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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Ming the Merciless Inspired Look

With Halloween round the corner and everything, I’ve been wanting to do weirder looks at the moment and for some reason Ming the Merciless from Flash Gordon keeps popping in to my head. Now, not having a fabulous moustache and a bald bonce, this is obviously a loosely inspired look and I made the brows more feminine if not still, in my personal opinion, bloody magnificent. My pictures ALL came out awful, but with costume season coming up I wanted to show you guys how super-duper-easy it is to create a villainous look simply by switching up your eyebrows!


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Eyes:  MAC Paintpot in Blackground, Sleek black and dark brown from Storm palette, Collection2000 Extreme 24/7 pen liner in Black, random indie highlighter Katie Price false lashes.
Lips: Urban Decay Perversion, Illamasqua Violate
Cheeks: Inglot AMC Cream Blush, Sleek Suede.

I did this very quickly and in the dark, so it’s not the best, but you get the idea. I’m lucky in that I don’t have to cover my eyebrows, so if I want to play around I can just draw over them. If I was doing this as an actual costume look, I would cover them so you can’t see any hairs. If you don’t want to cover your eyebrows (or perhaps if you’re doing this on a friend who isn’t used to wearing makeup and won’t sit still that long!) try drawing over them and playing with the arch and shape on the top of the arch to change the shape and thickness of the brow and make it look cartoony and obvious.

You can really use anything to draw the brows on as it’s okay to make them look totally fake – face paints, eyeliners, brow pencils, etc. Just make sure you set it well if it’s for a party or so on!

ming the merciless makeup

You know. Just for like, posterity.


  1. Those Katie Price lashes are... really nice! *shocked*

  2. Hahaha this is awesome! I love that shot of you with the drawn-on facial hair.

  3. I love this! Love the eyebrows too :) xx

    PS...and I LOVE the fact you got the idea from Flash Gordon...loved that film when I was a kid! :)

  4. Saviour of the universe! When will you draw on Brian Blessed's beard?

  5. Those are some pretty major brows! What do you use to cover brows? I think you would be one to know how to do that properly.

    1. I use Pritt Stick - kids glue stick. It's a bit of a ballache, I'm not super good at it to be honest! Petrilude has a really good tutorial.

  6. love the brows (reminds me of illamasqua a little bit) and the lips!
    liloo/@tsunimee xx


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