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2.2.2016

How We'll Do Our Makeup In The Future, According To Film

There’s something so sexy about the future. We love predicting what kinds of new gadgets there will be, what kinds of clothes people will wear, and the most fun of all, how people will do their hair and makeup.

In reality, our tastes in this department haven’t changed in thousands of years (who doesn’t love a simple kohl eyeliner, à la the ancient Egyptians?) Still, we see the future as if it were another world than our own, and forecast beauty trends accordingly. Here are some of the best predictions past filmmakers have had about the future of beauty.

Blade Runner

The year is 2019. A bunch of illegal, genetically engineered superhumans are on the loose. They’re visually indistinguishable from humans in every way but one—they look way cooler. Only some transcendent being could make a botched spray tan look this good.

JOANNA CASSIDY as Zhora in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Blade Runner: The Final Cut.” PHOTOGRAPHS TO BE USED SOLELY FOR ADVERTISING, PROMOTION, PUBLICITY OR REVIEWS OF THIS SPECIFIC MOTION PICTURE AND TO REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF THE STUDIO. NOT FOR SALE OR REDISTRIBUTION.
Who came first: Zhora or Britney Spears?

A Clockwork Orange

The future projected in A Clockwork Orange is a little terrifying, but when it comes to style, it’s far from bleak. This movie has some of the most iconic visuals ever, and the characters’ looks are no exception. It’s also reassuring to know that even as society crumbles, we’d still have the motivation to match our eyebrows to our purple hair.

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“This is sin! This is sin!”

The Jetsons

Sure, it’s a little Hannibal Lecter, but we’re always looking for ways to make our morning routines faster and easier with combination lip/cheek stains, all-in-one face creams, dry shampoo and the like. So the idea of just slapping on a new face every morning isn’t too out-there, when you think about it.

The Fifth Element

In the throes of an alien apocalypse, it’s important to keep in high spirits, or at least stay pretty. That means, naturally, long nails, lots of pastel colors, and a face as glittery as the cosmos itself. And of course, it doesn’t hurt if all of your clothes are Gaultier.

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This whole movie served perfect looks.

The Hunger Games

Okay, so The Hunger Games is pretty recent, and it doesn’t necessarily take place in the near future, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t include one of these incredible looks. We especially like the subtle eyeshadow/dark lipstick combo here. Very 2090s.

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Capital fashion is very Lacroix, no?

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

A time machine can be a powerful thing when used wisely. And the wisest possible use, it seems, would be to gather intelligence about the future of beauty phenomena, so we know how to prepare. Apparently, we’ll need to get rid of all of our warm colors, and adjust our eyes to perpetual darkness—a small price to pay to stay ahead of the trend.

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Extra shade.

A Trip to the Moon

This classic, set in 2002, probably inspired more makeup trends than it predicted. The quirkily imperfect colorizing of the film can be seen, for instance, as a direct inspiration to looks like Gaga’s Applause makeup, or—to a lesser degree—the smokey eye. Sharp and precise colors are overrated, smudgy is in.

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Everyone looks better in soft focus! Why must HD exist?

Stay tuned to Milk for more in futuristic beauty.

Images via Blastr, IMDb, Theaterbyte and Mentalfloss

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