Great Gatsby Myrtle Inspired Tutorial


Hello! Last month, I finally got around to seeing The Great Gatsby movie. I LOVE the book and love Baz Luhrmann’s artistic vision, and ended up loving the movie too! Today I have a Myrtle inspired look that really focuses on matte skin, subtle eyes, and bright lips.



Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ in shade 30 Porcelain
MAC Pro Correct and Conceal palette in Light
Pixi Primed and Poreless Primer
NARS Madly blush
Urban Decay Naked Basics palette
Andrea Half Lashes
Ardell Brow Perfection Stencils in Glamorous
Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette
Ben Nye Neutral Set powder
MAC Painterly Paint Pot
L’Oreal LaLaque in Lacque-onic
Elf Matte Lip Color in Rich Red
NYX Lip Liner in Hot Red
Flower Extreme Measures Lengthening Mascara
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade
NYX Gel Liner and Smudger in Dark Brown


Hee hee… 🙂

After moisturizing, I applied Pixi Primed and Poreless all over my face. I recommend not skipping this step since primer will help to smooth out the skin and provide a flawless canvas. Next, using a Real Techniques buffing brush, I applied MUFE Mat Velvet+ to my face and finished it off by patting with a Beauty Blender sponge. If you don’t have this foundation, there are more affordable drugstore options from Boots, Covergirl, and even Rimmel, but the key here is matte skin. With the MAC Pro concealer palette, I lightly concealed under my eyes and blended with the Beauty Blender.

Next, I worked on my brows. This was a trickier part of application. I used the Ardell Brow Perfection stencil in Glamorous to give my brows a different shape by filling in with the Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil. As you can see in Myrtle’s photo, the brow is very dramatic and the ends are extended, which is what I did too.

The eyelids are fairly easy to do. The main idea here is to have a light lid and a more defined crease with a subtle brow highlight. First, apply Painterly, or another primer/base all over the lid. Then, take the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette and apply Walk of Shame all over the lid, blending up to the brow bone. With the same brush (I used a MAC 239), pat Foxy gently over the lid, combining the two shades for brightness.


Now it’s time to work on the crease! I used Faint from the UD Naked Basics palette, and with a pointed detailer brush worked it into the outer V and into the crease. With a MAC 217 brush, I blended the edges for softer lines, and applied a little more of Foxy to brighten up the brow bone.

When that is finished, take a liner brush and apply the NYX Gel Liner and Smudger to the upper lash line, then apply mascara to the upper and lower lashes.

Finally, apply the half lashes to the outside of the eye.

mert5Eyes and brows done!

Now it’s time to work on the rest of the face. With the Real Techniques multitasking brush, I applied Madly lightly to the cheeks. Using the same brush, I applied MAC Lightscapade on the tops of the cheekbones for a very subtle brightening/highlighting effect. Wet ‘n’ Wild Reserve Your Cabana bronzer would also work for this.

With a fluffy brush (EcoTools bronzer brush), I blended the Ben Nye Neutral Set powder all over my face to set the foundation. MUFE Mat Velvet+ isn’t so matte that it will look cakey with powder, which is something I like about it.


Now it’s time for the big bang of this look: the lips! Save the lips for last to avoid getting powder on them after. You’ll want to really accent the cupid’s bow area, so I overdrew my lips a little higher than they are naturally using the NYX Hot Red lip liner. I also outlined the rest of my lips with this pencil.

Next, I applied the ELF Matte lip color in Rich Red all over my lips to fill them in, and added L’Oreal LaLaque lipstick in Lacque-onic to the middle of the lips for some shine.

Now for the finished product!


Thanks for reading!

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6 Responses to Great Gatsby Myrtle Inspired Tutorial

  1. amazing! i love the loreal lalaque on you

  2. Jenn says:

    Gorgeous look. I loved this movie, it wasn’t perfectly true to the period as far as styling, but it was very loyal to the book and portraying the characters exactly as they were written. Before I saw it I was afraid that they would change it so Daisy was more sympathetic. Or so Gatsby didn’t seem quite as desperate and frantic. In the end it hit the nail on the head, all of them had problems that went beyond just the excesses of the time.

    • MelissaC says:

      Thank you! 🙂 Also, I had the same concerns. Surprisingly, I thought Tom Buchanan stole the show.

      • Jenn says:

        Oh, he did. I sat through the entire movie thinking, I am supposed to find this man far more repulsive than I do. I did kind of want just a little more romance between Nick and his girlfriend whose name escapes me. I didn’t think their relationship was so platonic in the book.

      • MelissaC says:

        Jordan…I agree. They just seemed like pals in the movie.

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