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September 17, 2023 3 min read

Perhaps one of the alluring things about 1883 is that Elsa was relatable in a way. Deep down, don’t we all have a little bit of that rebellious, don’t-tell-me-what-to-do teenage spirit still within us somewhere? And she had an authentic, approachable aesthetic about her, a bright-eyed believability that felt true to the trail, and more hard-times than Hollywood. Needless to say, when it came to capturing that, our stylist Lisa Martensen had her work cut out for her.

“It’s what I like to call ‘gritty pretty’!” Lisa laughed. “I’ve been working with Double D for decades, and a lot of times, the look they’re going for falls somewhere in that wheelhouse, so I’ve gotten to play around with it a lot. Occasionally, we’ll venture out to something glam like Gayle, that retro Western pinup vibe, or rockstar like Nashville, but ‘gritty pretty’ is generally a good rule of thumb for my DDR looks. This one was very outdoorsy, Wild West wagon trail, so I went with a monochromatic look, tawny, like prairie dust.”

FACE: Beauty Blender “The Leveler”, Hourglass concealer

“Forego the flawlessness, aim for balance. Conceal problem areas; under eyes, blemishes, redness on the tip of your nose – Kaylin is particularly prone to that when we shoot outside. Then blend it out with The Leveler, which is actually a primer, but it will mattify and seal in your makeup, it will help reduce shine.”

BROW: Matte brown eyeshadow

“This is always my go-to technique for a brow, unless it’s a look that needs to be really precise and defined, but for most of what I do for DDR, it’s ‘furry and blurry’ forever! Use a matte shadow and a flat brush to fill in your brows a half-shade to a shade darker than your usual, and that will be different for everyone – sometimes I even blend two colors. The brand doesn’t matter so much here, I think Urban Decay has a good brown palette and Smashbox usually does, too, the important thing is to try to get good pigment and no shimmer. No one needs sparkly eyebrows!”

EYE: NARS Duo in Cordura

“This is where the tawny comes in, the ‘Shimmering Walnut’ side of the duo. It’s ok to have a little shimmer here, because you’re not going to apply it too dense. It’s not one of the looks where we rely on heavy pigment, just sweeping color on the lid, and then use a thin flat brush to line the under eye, because we’re not going to do actual liner here. And of course, no mascara.”

CHEEK & LIP: RMS Buriti Bronzer

“If you’ve attempted many of my DDR looks, you already have this in your makeup case, it’s one of my favorites. I use it in place of a blush when we are going for sun-kissed over demure, which we’re doing for Untamed. Even Margaret and the aunt who started out prim and prissy on the train were dusty within a day or two, so a coquette pink cheek is not the move here. But, in this instance, I also used the Buriti Bronzer on the lip rather than a gloss. Just dab a little bit to achieve the monochromatic look, and top with a little bit of balm, rubbed in – nothing glossy, just for moisturizing.”

HAIR: Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo or ORIBE Dry Texturizing Spray

“Loose and piece-y. This is a great look for getting away with a dirty hair day! Dry shampoo is good for texture and piecing out your hair, and if you just washed it, spray in some Oribe, that will help you do the same. You can just lightly barely wave it with a wand – not a curl, though – if you need texture. Or try spraying Oribe in it, then put it in 3 or 4 braids while you do your makeup, then take them out and finger comb them. No-fuss fabulous!”

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