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Doctor Who Companion Series: A Rose By Any Other Name

I am a recent Whovian convert. Little Brother was visiting a while back and was hell-bent on getting us into Doctor Who, and wouldn't you know it, the cheeky bugger succeeded.

A primer: Doctor Who is a long-running British sci-fi series, brought back in 2005 after a long hiatus (Classic Who ended in 1989, with the exception of a 1996 TV movie). I watch New Who, and have only seen one storyline of the classic series so far on Netflix.

Now here is where the show is going to start sounding very stupid. Doctor Who is about a man called The Doctor, a time-traveling alien with two hearts who regenerates into a totally new physical being whenever he is mortally wounded and who travels through time and space in a phone box that's bigger on the inside. Still with me? When the series picks up in 2005, the doctor is in his ninth incarnation, played by Christopher Eccleston, and he saves and befriends a 19-year-old London girl from the projects — Rose Tyler, played by Billie Piper.

She's a bad, bad wolf. Source

Rose is my favorite companion in the series. Her very obvious love for the Ninth and later Tenth doctor is beautiful to watch. She's kind, funny, tough, and even though she's got that whole "stand by your man" thing going on, she never loses herself for the Doctor. She's not afraid to put her centuries-old love on notice if he, say, is willing to allow disembodied alien creatures from taking over human corpses. Without giving anything away, Rose is the woman who steals the Doctor's heart(s), and I don't think he ever gets them back.

One thing I love about this character's look is that she's obviously wearing makeup. The other companions have that look that's supposed to pass off as "no makeup," but when Rose cries, there are just puddles of mascara going down and smearing her obviously rouged cheeks. She's a teenager! Can't you just picture a teenager, when presented with the opportunity to visit all of time and space, saying, "Hold on a minute, Doctor, I've got to finish putting on my powder"?

So for my Rose-inspired look, I went with a strong brow, a bronzed, shimmery eye and a near-matte peach lip. I was going for her look in the Series 1 two-parter, "The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances." I backcombed and pinned back a section of my hair, and worked styling wax through the rest of it for a messy, beachy look (you could probably get good results with Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray — I haven't tried it because I don't think it would work with my texture, but you never know). And of course, you need pounds of liner and gobs of mascara.


Products mentioned:

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation

Physicians Formula Concealer Twins

Benefit Hello Flawless Powder Foundation

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

MAC 187 stippling brush

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

MAC 217 brush

Stila In The Know Palette

NARS Blush in Deep Throat

NARS Laguna Illuminator

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Powder (translucent, with shimmer) and 100% Natural Origin Bronzer (tinted, without shimmer) are good products to fake a glow for half the price of the NARS Illuminator

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

MAC Prep + Prime for lashes

Benefit They're Real Mascara

MAC Cremesheen in Ravishing

Beyond The Zone Stiff Head







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