Bombshell Beauty Burlesque Style
By Tina Turnbow
“I ventured out thursday night, the lure and fascination of taking in an intimate burlesque show was like a web that spun around me and pulled me out the door. Advised by my friend at loveinthedumps.com I went to Nurse Bettie LES to check out his pal, Calamity Chang and her gang.
I couldn’t wait to get the beauty scoop on the look of a cool modern day burlesquer. Calamity did NOT disappoint. her show was full of life, laughs and lipstick! She warmly welcomed me into her tiny backstage area, before i knew it i was helping her tighten her corset. All her products in a Hello Kitty case. Her hair pin curled, waiting to be freed w/ perfectly curved Bettie Page bangs. Her brows filled in with black eyeshadow using a firm brush to frame the eyes “they are so essential to accentuate. It’s all about enticement, with a dash of tease.” False lashes play a big role here. One of the dancers, Run Around Sue, had 4 pairs on, she trims to suit her eye. Try: for a softy smokey liner in lieu of the harsher looking liquid liner, try Wet n Wild Kohl. But, the most important magical product was ***GLITTER***across lids, brow bone, lower lash line and decollete’. Try: MAC loose pigment. She also rubs a shimmer powder on her hi cheekbones for dewiness. Try: Lorac Perfectly Lit in Spotlight. For her cheeks she uses a hot pink “placed hi on the apple of the cheek, for a youthful flush.” Try: .
Before her L’Oreal foundation, she perfects and evens out her skin with a green toned primer. Try: Smashbox Photofinish Adjust in Green. The drugstore is her favorite place for cosmetics. Olay Night Cream is a must. As is her Ponds Wet Cleansing Cloths followed by Clean n Clear cleanser–goodbye stubborn glitter! My FAVORITE trick of the night. First Lady Calamity applied her drugstore red lipstick “the more chemicals and dyes the better,” try: Maybelline Color Sensational in Red Revival.
then she dipped her finger in RED GLITTER and tapped it on top of the lipstick. Her lips flickered like a red passionate flame.
We may be talking superficial here, but Ms. Chang is anything but. She says her confidence comes from her sense of accomplishment and taking care of what she consumes. Dancing for her is therapeutic, an important form of self expression. She is a writer and web designer by day…by night she uses her body, instead of words, to tell a story. She added…”lately I’ve been using Lierac Bust Lift Cream”… I don’t think even gravity could keep Calamity Chang down…. she’ll just keep chang chang changing along.”