Enchanted Gilded Fae - An Ensemble

Hello Darlings!

I wanted to share one of my recent costume projects with you today. I’m always inspired by mythology, fairy tales, and fantasy. Somehow, all of these elements came together in this look I recently created. It started with an idea to do something floral, natural feeling, but gilded and statuesque at the same time. I wanted to create a headpiece with volume and dimension as well as an outfit or costume that has flow and grace to it to balance out the form. I found this beautiful gold lace fabric back a long while ago and used it for a previous fashion collection, but I had enough of it left to make just about one outfit, so I thought it would be perfect for this look.

I came up with the idea to do a long cape with a large oversized hood, and then a billowing and flowy top underneath. When worn together the pieces look very graceful and ethereal, but equally apart they are standout pieces. The blouse in particular could be worn with a different skirt or even jeans for the ‘everyday world’, which is definitely something I aim to do when creating multiple piece ensembles. I want all of it to work well together, but also for the individual elements to be able to be worn aside from the others. The lace has a seaweed/twigs pattern to it and it is entirely gold thread on a nude mesh base. I love the ethereal and majestic quality to It isn’t quite a floral pattern, but very natural feeling.

When making the headpiece, I wanted it to have volume, but still be close to my head and very feminine feeling. I chose to use the gold color in addition to pale yellows, purples and lavender. I absolutely love the way this piece turned out, I think the balance is right, and it has an excellent mix of complementary shades. It feels very ‘fairy princess’, and that is exactly what I was aiming for. I have already worn this multiple times! I used a mixture of techniques as I always do for this headpiece, mainly millinery and other sewing techniques. The base sits very snug on the head and it isn’t heavy at all. Pieces like this are going to be available in my online store very soon, so stay tuned!

I absolutely love working with makeup as well, it gives me the opportunity to fully transform into the character I’m envisioning. For this look, I wanted the makeup to be striking, and have the small accents of purple that I chose for the headpiece. For the face, I used Milani Strobe Primer , then Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation, which is one of my all time favorites. I am wearing the shade fair light honey, which is a great match for my warm/fair complexion. I use Tarte’s Shape Tape concealer in the shade light sand to correct and highlight. My eyebrows are defined with Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in soft brown. On my eyes, I used Stila Glitter & Glow in Gold Goddess and then all remaining shades are Urban Decay pressed shadows in the shades fishnet, 1985, and intergalactic. I topped off the eyes with Makeup Revolution renaissance liquid eyeliner and NYX Doll Eye mascara. Lashes are Ardell Demi Wispies. I used NYX Sweet Cheeks blush palette and Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter. My lipstick is Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme in the shade Precious. I absolutely love how this makeup turned out and think it suits the costume perfectly. I love experimenting with colors and products; makeup has always been one of my great loves in life.

Though this outfit is one of a kind, I can always commission something similar for you! Please email me at info@aubreybusek.com if you are interested in this look!

Until Next Creation,

Aubrey Busek