There’s something about watching makeup tutorials that’s just so captivating. It’s one of the reasons YouTube beauty bloggers rake in millions of views on their how-to videos. It’s all about watching an artist work and the excitement of seeing the final product come to life. Of course, we also learn a lot from their skills, like the best concealer tricks and how to use highlighter. But before YouTube, makeup tutorials weren’t about the dozens of beauty products and fancy brushes we now have at our disposal. We were reminded of this fact when Shane Paish, a makeup artist and Australian Vogue Australia beauty editor at large, posted a throwback video to his popular Instagram account that shows Elizabeth Taylor doing her makeup.
In the clip, she sweeps on her eye makeup with one tiny brush. It’s pure old-school beauty without any gimmicks or tools. Taylor applies dark blue eye shadow in the crease of her eyes, creating a stunning smoky eye. Watch as she precisely uses the same brush to apply shadow as eyeliner. It’s like magic to watch the icon in action, creating a look we know and love.
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Wondering why Elizabeth Taylor favored such dark blue eye makeup as opposed to classic black? Makeup artist, chemist, and Gállány beauty founder Ida Gàl-Csiszar told Marie Claire that Taylor was “obsessed” with making her eyeballs look superwhite—which blue makeup does. “Blue is on the opposite side of the color wheel and balances a red eye,” Gàl-Csiszar explained.
The clip Paish posted to his Instagram account is actually from Taylor’s 1974 movie The Driver’s Seat, in which, according to IMDB, she plays a “mentally disturbed spinster”—one with killer makeup, apparently. Watch the video below and learn from the master herself.
Then check out this behind-the-scenes video of Kendall Jenner’s October 2016 Allure photo shoot: