Get the Look: Natalie Portman in "Black Swan"


Black Swan, the 2010 psychological thriller, transported audiences to the more disturbing side of modern ballet. Filled with dark twists and turns, the bold visuals complement the dramatic storyline. What really makes this film a visual treat? We'd have to go with the amazing makeup design--I was instantly mesmerized! Makeup artist Judy Chin transformed Natalie Portman's Nina into both the elegant yet tortured White Swan, and the bewitching and sensual Black Swan. When crafting the film's Black Swan makeup, Chin revealed that she wanted a look that "gave you the feeling of the dark version of the white swan…beautiful and sexy but dark and dangerous at the same time."

Want to adapt this dramatic look in real life? It's easy! The Black Swan has all the elements of classic glamour: contour, highlight, and liner. Chin's makeup tip: "Ease up on the wings…and you can do a smokey eye that's very dramatic!"


  • Apply Starblend Theatrical cake makeup all over your face and blend into the necklace.
  • Take your ring finger and blend MAC Chromaline in Black Black all over the upper eye lid and smudge under the lower lashline. Use a fluffy blending brush to blend Chromaline out in the crease before it sets.
  • With a damp eyeliner brush, swirl the brush in the lid of MAC Silver Pigment to grab enough pigment to draw on the eye. Paint thin streaks of silver on the eyelid. You can go as dramatic or subtle as you want!
  • Apply your favorite mascara and/or false lashes and contour your face with a darker pressed powder (any brand will do.)
  • For an ultra avant-garde/costume look, paint a thin line of MAC Chromaline in red onto the lower lashline
  • Line lips with MAC Vino lip pencil and blend inward.
  • Apply MAC Dubonnet lipstick to the center of the lips and blend out.
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