How to Create a Moulin Rouge Look

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How to Create a Moulin Rouge Look
A red gown is the basis for a Moulin Rouge look. (George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

The Moulin Rouge was a Parisian cabaret that opened in 1889 in the city's red light district. The music hall featured young, beautiful women performing dances such as the cancan to entertain mostly male clientele. The historical venue was the basis for the 2001 movie "Moulin Rouge," starring Nicole Kidman as Satine. You can achieve a look similar to Satine's red "smoldering temptress" gown worn in the film.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Foundation make-up
  • Nude or champagne eye shadow
  • Black eyeliner
  • Black mascara
  • Red lipstick
  • Eyebrow pencil
  • Curling iron
  • Flexible hold hairspray
  • Victorian-style long red dress
  • Black heels

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    Apply make-up, starting with foundation. Wear a nude or champagne colour on the eyelids and lightly apply eyeliner and mascara to the bottom and top lids and lashes. The focus of the make-up for a Moulin Rouge look--Moulin Rouge meaning red mill--is the bold red lips. Fill your eyebrows in with an eyebrow pencil if your eyebrows are light-coloured.

  2. 2

    Curl your hair by wrapping 1-inch sections around the outside barrel of a curling iron. Hold each section around the barrel for at least five seconds before releasing. Do this around the entire head. Allow each section to cool completely before running your fingers through the hair to create a wavy texture. Spray with light hairspray to hold the waves in place.

  3. 3

    Dress in your red satin gown. The "smoldering temptress" dress in the film was based on a formal Victorian-style gown having a bustle, corset top and train. Wear black heels or other formal shoes that match your dress.

Tips and warnings

  • Take caution when using a curling iron to avoid burns by wearing a heat protective glove on the hand not holding the iron.

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