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KARLIE KLOSS: SUPER MODEL: Conquering fashion and crushing tech - photography: Carter Smith - styling: Bill Mullen - hair: Harry Josh - makeup: Hung Vanngo - manicure: Casey Herman - text: Laura Brown - INStyle June 2017

“Almost 10 years in, her modeling career has encompassed more runways han JFK, more covers than a ….cover band, and more campaigns than some presidents. Kloss is two years into Kode with Klossy, her 10-city (and growing) program to inspire young girls to learn coding and enter the tech world.”

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A Century of Glamour Ghouls: 2000s

Liz Sherman in Hellboy (2004) & Hellboy II (2008)

The Movie

The 2000s saw the rise of the comic-book franchise movie, a wave we’re still riding today. There were of course many many comic-book adaptations on film earlier, but the 2000s were when it became the top blockbuster genre with films like X-Men (2000), Spider-man (2002) and all their sequels. Looking back, Hellboy (2004) and its sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) are refreshing in that they feel like a traditional series of films (that probably should have had another entry). The universe they share is vast but well limned and there’s no overly contrived continuity. ANYWAY.

Hellboy is a supernatural-action movie with humor, horror elements, and the occult mixed in. Despite the variety of films Guillermo del Toro has worked on, there is significant cohesion among them. Even his films that aren’t strictly classed as horror films carry base elements of horror and an undercurrent of folkloric fantasy. The perfect choice for a Hellboy movie seeking to seamlessly incorporate action, supernatural horror, and folklore-based fantasy. In fact, he had just finished adapting Blade II (2002) when del Toro started work on Hellboy. It can easily be argued that Hellboy isn’t strictly a horror movie, but it’s a movie informed by and infused with horror and that’s quite meaningful for the present and future of the genre.

In 1944, a special team of Allied troops with the help of occult-expert Trevor Broom defeat Rasputin and a group of occultist Nazis and shut down their inter-dimensional portal. Rasputin gets sucked into the portal and a small demon baby has slipped out. Broom adopts and raises this baby and names him Hellboy. In the present day, Hellboy works for the super-secret Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD) alongside Abe Sapien, a psychic amphibian. Hellboy’s movements have been restricted lately in order to keep his existence a secret from the American public. He’s been sneaking out after missions to visit Liz Sherman, another BPRD associate with pyrokinetic powers, who is currently checked into a mental institution as she tries to cope with the destructiveness of her powers. Meanwhile, Rasputin has been reborn into our dimension (in the Birgau/Borgo Pass of all places). Rasputin machinates to summon the Ogdru Jahad and bring on the end of the world using Hellboy. Hellboy must struggle with what he’s been led to believe is his destiny while BPRD and a newly minted FBI agent race to stop Rasputin and his cronies.

The diversity of horror in film grew in the 2000s and exploded in the 2010s. Horror has refreshed itself again with quite a few creative and imaginative films. In parallel with over a decade of remake/reimagining-focused horror filmmaking, there have been lots of original works or fresh takes on older concepts released like The Descent (2005), 28 Days Later (2002), or House of the Devil (2009) in the 2000s or It Follows (2014), The Babadook (2014) or The Witch (2015) from this decade. Horror has also started expanding into other genres often, as the Hellboys and the Blade movies did with action. Warm Bodies (2013) mixed horror with a rom-com. Shaun of the Dead (2004) and What We Do in the Shadows (2014) mixed horror and comedy in bright new ways. The Witch (2015) is somehow a wide-release hit arthouse horror film. And this is only limiting myself to Western films!

Horror has never died and it has barely even receded since it was first recognized as a film genre in the 1930s. Good horror taps into our collective consciousness and digs its claws into our base emotions. Under the guidance of the right filmmakers, horror can naturally exist in any other genre; be it crime thriller, detective, psychological drama, sci-fi, period piece, comedy (teen or otherwise), or action.

The Look

In the first Hellboy film, Liz is struggling. She spends the first half of the film institutionalized and the second half reintegrating herself into the BPRD team. Understandably, her hair and makeup is quite simple. Liz’s costuming throughout suggests she’s constantly cold, which I can relate to. It’s thematically important though as constant coldness is usually associated with poor circulation which reflects her psychological blocks around her mystical powers. On top of the nice duality of a person with fire powers being associated with the cold. It also opens her costuming up to perhaps the most 2000s element of her styling: giant oversized knit pieces.

In the second film, Liz has gotten back to work and is styled in a sleeker, more tactical manner. Not an oversized knit in sight.

The Clothes

When Liz is institutionalized she wears deep-red scrubs and a chunky-knit duster sweater, a trend I’m glad has not had its revival yet TBH. After her return to BPRD headquarters, she is costumed in lots of layers, all in black, occasionally with a beret. This is the look I chose to emulate for my casual cosplay. I’m wearing a long black coat over knitted arm-warmers, two scarves layered atop one another, a midi-skirt with black gauzy fabric layered on top, black tights, a beret, and combat boots.

Liz’s BPRD uniform, so to speak, is a cropped leather moto jacket over a black t-shirt with tight black low-rise pants, a tactical belt, combat boots, and a metal cross necklace. This is what I chose for my full cosplay look. I made the belt buckle using red cello paper, a silver sharpie, and red construction paper. I layered two necklaces to try and mimic the look of Liz’s necklace.

The Makeup

Since Liz’s makeup is similar for both films, I just did the one look with a few modifications for the full cosplay.

Liz’s face makeup is pretty minimal, though I went for a full, but neutral base since I’m going to contour. How heavy you go is up to you. The contouring I did was specifically because I don’t resemble Selma Blair in the slightest, so it’s obviously optional for you. I contoured my chin to look longer and nose to look shorter and added lighter matte powder in the hollows of my cheeks to make them look a bit fuller. The first photo is showing the contouring shapes before I blended and the second is after blending.

Moving to the eyes, take a warm brown shade and go just over the moveable lid up to the crease. Drag that shade out and down a little past the outer edge of the eye. In a few scenes in Hellboy, Liz has touch of red in her eye makeup that I liked so I went back in with a reddish-clay shade and concentrated it on the outer half of the eye. Finish off the eyes with a few coats of black mascara and tightlining on the upper lashline only, if you like.

The eyebrows are a very natural shape at the head then taper off sharply to make a rounded shape. Brush your brows into shape. Take a powder shade just darker than your hair color and fill in any gaps in your brows. Use the powder to define the shape as needed.

Liz’s lips are usually either bare or stained with a deep brownish pink shade. Since I also wanted to mimic Blair’s lip shape, I started with concealer on the outer edges of my lips. Take a lip brush and a lighter wine shade and draw out the shape of your lips. Take your finger and, with a bit more of the lipstick, rub it into your lips. Then take a lighter neutral shade with a little bit of shimmer and put that only on the center of your lips. Rub your lips together lightly to blend the shades.

For the full cosplay, I only made two adjustments. First I took a bit of the warm brown eyeshadow and brought that along my lower lashline. Next I took more of that neutral nude shade and applied it all over the lips.

That’s all folks! I hope you’ve enjoyed this series and maybe gathered some inspiration for your own costumes. Happy Halloween!

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