I love makeup. Well, I love the idea of makeup. It’s fun, it facilitates creative self expressive, and it covers up the dark circles under my eyes after a long night of gaming. While a lot of the things I buy sit in my bathroom and collect dust, I keep it around on the off-chance that one day I’ll get the courage to actually wear it, daydreaming of teal lips and glitter encrusted winged eyeliner.
In that sense, I admire the bold, colorful looks of the Great Fairies in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Despite the constantly changing weather conditions and spending much of their time underwater, they put in the work and bring home the glamor every day, and a great attitude, too. Nintendo could make a killing off of Great Fairy makeup kits and I would be first in line to buy one. Wondering what products to use to recreate these looks yourself? I have some suggestions in the eyeshadow, lipstick, blush, and nail polish departments. Check out our gallery to see what I found.
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All the Great Fairies of course have flawless skin that seems to stand up to enormous amounts of moisture, so start with a good foundation. I suggest the widely-beloved Make Up For Ever HD Foundation line, which has a decent range of colors and stands up well to heat and sweat. You should also use an eyeshadow primer, especially if you're going to use a bright or light color like the Great Fairies do. I like Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion. I also like to use their All Nighter Long Lasting Setting Spray in between layers of primer, concealer, and foundation so it keeps during the day. For a perfect matte powder finish I use NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 24, stippled with the Sephora makeup brush line's Classic Mini Multitasker Brush #45.5.
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Great Fairy Kaysa's look is my favorite, probably because of the bold but cool mint eyeshadow. I suggest Clay Pot Waterproof Liner by tarte, in the color Mint, available for $21 at Sephora. It's a smooth, versatile gel liner than can also be used to fill in your entire lid.
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The cheeks for this look are a bit trickier. This popular highlighter is BECCA's ubiquitous Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in the color Champagne Pop, $38 at Sephora. It's flattering on almost all skin types, but might be too sheer and shimmery for your tastes. If so, try an orange-based concealer like those offered in palettes for darker skin tones instead. Try the 5 Camouflage Cream Palette Color Correct & Concealer by Make Up For Ever in No. 4, $40 at Sephora.
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To get the bright coral hue on Kaysa's lips, I would pick NARS' creamy, long lasting Audacious Lipstick, in Grace, $34 at Sephora.
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I'm a big fan of BUTTER London; the company uses non toxic ingredients and the lacquer dries quickly and goes on in only two coats. Their spring line includes the Color of the Year, shown here as Greenery, and Coming Up Roses, a lovely shade of pink. They go for $10 and $18, respectively, on the BUTTER London website.
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For a lot of reasons (Zelda's capris, Link's fondness for snowboarding), Breath of the Wild reminds me of the 90s. The almost ganguro-like style of the Great Fairies' makeup reinforces it. Going one step further, Great Fairy Mija has that shimmery blue shadow that, along with Hard Candy's pastel nail polishes, was a staple of the era.
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Start things off with a bright pink lip, in this case, Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick by Smashbox, in the orchid-fushsia color of Let's Dance. $14 at Sephora.
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For the eyes, a luxurious creme shadow, the Ombre Couture Cream Eye Shadow in Bleu Céleste by Givency, $26 at Barney's.
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For the face, try Colourpop's Pressed Powder Face Duo in Double Play, $16 at their site.
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The nails, meanwhile, can be done by Deborah Lippman. My Boyfriend's Back and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun are an appropriate match both in color and name. $18 a piece at the Deborah Lippman website.