Thursday, July 8, 2010

Belated Tutorial Post~ Briar Rose Inspired Look for the Animated Angels Series

For this installment of the 'Animated Angels' series, I chose to take a very literal approach to recreating the signature tendrils and front 'swirls' of Disney's 'Briar Rose'. The 1959 film, 'Sleeping Beauty', is one of Disney's greatest achievements and was said to be Walt's masterpiece. It has inspired a whole new era of animated feature, and has served as the standard for 'stylized' animation in general.

Make Up
The colors I decided to use for this look were inspired by Aurora's assumed name of 'Briar Rose'. I had hitherto not done anything in shades of pink, on my channel, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to do so.
I chose somewhat modern shades but applied them in a largely traditional way that was in keeping with the 'sex kitten' style of the early 1960's. The cat-eye is a bit more exaggerated than classic 'pin up' application and the lips are contoured and full, with the lightest color concentrated on the pout.

I rolled my hair the night before in sponge rollers, using only a minimum amount of water to dampen the sections. Upon releasing the rollers I followed these steps:

1. Section off a triangular section at the top, including any bangs.

2. Twist this section into a large pin curl over the forehead, allowing bangs to escape and curl freely alongside the barrel curl. Pin in place.

3. Brush out the remaining curls in large sections, spraying each section with setting spray to keep them intact.

4. Add a headband or other accessory, if desired.

Video Tutorial Below:


  1. Inspired idea Lisa. Of course animated classics like Sleeping beauty and Snow white would have perhaps unconsiously echoed the hairstyles of the period, but with that little added magic of the illustrators brush!You've nailed the style perfectly.

  2. Aw, the Mark Knopfler song was our wedding song!
    Love the look!

  3. So cute! I can't wait to try it!

  4. Wow wow wee, I've been checking out your videos on youtube, and now I am totally sold to your blog. The Audrey Hepburn quote on top gave me the goosebumps! I will follow this blog and link you from my blog as well! :)

    Miss K

  5. i did this hair do! thank you! briar rose is my fave princess! and i put the pic on the belle blossom facebook with my new blossom!

  6. I tried this look this morning and I loved it! Thanks! See pics here:

  7. how do you put videos on ur blog? i tried and failed :/

  8. The bangs are absolutely perfect! I'm trying to replicate them for a Briar Rose cosplay, but I have much long hair, so gathering a triangle section to make the signature bang curl doesn't work. Any advice?