Congratulations! You’ve successfully cancelled the apocalypse, become a living legend among your fellow Jaeger pilots (and, well, pretty much all of humanity, to boot) and damn if you didn’t look gorgeous all the while. Mako Mori is officially holding court as the reigning queen of sci-fi this summer, so let’s initiate neural handshake and get drift compatible with her stunner style.
BREAK IT DOWN, NOW…
SKIN | Let’s face it – everything in the Shatterdome looked pretty humid and sweaty, Gipsy Danger probably didn’t get refurbished with A/C, and a lady like Mako has more important things to worry about than blotting papers.
So how do you get that dewy glow without coming across like an oil spill in the cargo bay? Easy! Prime your face with a spritz of a mattifying product like Urban Decay’s De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray – this gives your makeup something to grab on to so it won’t slide down your face in the middle of sparring with your co-pilot or saving the world. Atop that, apply a BB or CC Cream-style foundation in a shade that matches your skin tone. Many brands, from drug store to designer, are carrying fantastic BB and CC foundation, and they contain lots of moisturizing goodness (and sun protection!), as well as help correct a multitude of skin issues.
Dust your face lightly with a good setting powder (I love Make Up For Ever’s HD Microfinish). A light flush of color along your cheekbones -keep it super-subtle here and use a color that closely mimics your own skin when you blush-, and then mist once more with your setting spray. You’re good to go!
EYES | Quick and natural is still the name of the game here. Stick with a matte, nude shadow all over the lid; MAC and NARS have fantastic nude shadows in a wide range to fit pretty much any skin tone. Tightline your inner lashline (tutorial coming soon!) and sweep on some brown or brown-black mascara.
Mako rocks a gorgeous, full brow – and we know I love a good full brow – which you, too, can rock. Pick up a brow pencil no more than one shade darker than your hair color, or try a product like Dior’s Diorshow Ultra-Fine Precision Brow Pencil in Universal shade. I know – “universal” is a hefty claim, but it truly is flattering on everyone. I’ve used it when my hair was black, and I use it now with red hair. Use short strokes to fill in your brows wherever they are sparse. If you’re not super-confident in your brow-shaping prowess, brow stencils such as Anastasia’s Beverly Hills Classic Stencils take all the guess-work out of it and leave you with brows that frame your face beautifully!
Of course, if “inspired by” is the name of your makeup game and you’re ready to knock some slathering inter-dimensional nightmares into next year with a truly stand-out look, use a thin angle brush and line from the outer corner to the middle of your lower lashline with Kaiju-blue NARS Outremer eyeshadow. Mere coincidence that it translates to “overseas”? I think not.
LIPS| Keep it low-key and no fuss. Mako isn’t pausing mid-battle to touch up her lipstick. Scrub your lips with a damp washcloth, smooth on a moisturizing balm that has a hint of color, like Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF 15. Just because it’s the apocalypse, doesn’t mean we need to suffer dry, chapped lips.
Of course, we can’t forget about Mako’s signature detail – her blue tips! To score her style without permanently stressing your hair, check out this easy-as-pie chalking tutorial. And just like that, you’re ready to get your chain sword on.
Wondering what to wear with this look? The lovely Bria and Lin over at White Hot Room have got you covered. They’re kickin’ it Pan-Pacific-style all weekend for Tumblr-famous JaegerCon and putting together outfits inspired by our favorite denizens of the ‘dome.
What are you waiting for? Suit up!