Bond Girl Makeup Tutorial: Xenia Onatopp (aka Famke Janssen)

Mexican actress, Stephanie Sigman was recently announced as the latest Bond girl to join the cast of upcoming 007 film, Spectre – though it remains to be seen whether her character, Estrella, will be a hot friend or smokin’ foe to our beloved British spy.

After hearing this news, I started thinking about the film franchise’s best female villains. Of all the badass Bond girls, Xenia Onatopp is, to me, the most memorable – although Mayday, portrayed by Grace Jones, is a fierce contender. With killer bone structure and deadly ambitions, Xenia’s striking look and man-crushing thighs made her the ultimate femme fatale…

(Image: Vimeo)

Got tickets to the gun show? (Image: Vimeo)

This gun-wielding sadist had a good aim, and she never missed the mark when it came to makeup either; in particular during the Casino scene. This is where Xenia has her first face-to-face encounter with jaunty James, and orders an euphemistic vodka martini (‘straight up, with a twist’ – cue a raised, on fleek brow from Pierce Brosnan).

Xenia straight up

‘Straight up… With a twist’ (Image: Vimeo)

I wanted to recreate this look and so asked my colleague, Karen-Sofie, if she would let me transform her into the lethal vixen. She agreed, and over the course of one Sunday afternoon – fuelled by a few vodkas, naturally – we completed our makeup mission. Here’s how it was done…

Xenia product shot

The ultimate tools for recreating Xenia Onatopp’s look

Foundation: I primed Karen’s skin with ApiRefine Radiance Serum and then applied HD Foundation in Warm Ivory by Make Up For Ever with Louise Young LY43 Super Foundation Brush for a bright, even complexion.

The ‘before’ from the before and after…!

Smoky eyes: I used a mixture of shades from the ARTISTRY Eye Shadow Palette and Collection Eyes Uncovered Palette in Nude Bronze; then COLLECTION Big Fake Curves Mascara. I avoided using eyeliner. Instead, I achieved the winged eye shape (and a pair of arched brows) with Artistry’s dual-ended brush and a dark eyeshadow.

Contouring: Karen has great cheekbones, as does Famke Janssen (the actress who played Xenia), but to really make them stand out, I contoured using Palette Bronzette by Pixi Beauty (this brand is awesome).

xenia cigarette

Xenia real casino

‘It’s clean. I had to ventilate someone’ (Image: Vimeo)

Lipstick: A bold red lip is essential when it comes to emulating Xenia’s look. I opted for MUD Lipstick in lady-bug from PAM.

xenia red lipstick

Hair: To create a glamorous, coiffed, yet slightly severe-looking hairdo, I softly backcombed the top layer of Karen’s hair using Kent Perfect for Backcombing Brush – far superior to a comb thanks to its stiff bristles and pointed beechwood handle – and L’Oréal Elnett Satin Volume Excess Hairspray. I then pulled her hair into a bun and fixed it in place with kirby grips.

Xenia Onatopp 1

Close, but no cigar.

Finishing touches: Red nails (I used Nella Milano’s Chesnut Road), a faux-fur coat, and a cigarette prop to mimic Xenia’s cigar!

Xenia Onatopp 6

‘This time, Mr. Bond, the pleasure will be all mine.’

Model: Karen-Sofie Kvamme
Makeup, styling and photography: Heledd Williams/Yesterface

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