Beauty and the Geek – The Rogue Look in a Makeup Collaboration

Greetings from a band of true adventurers, fellow rogues!

Let me ask you this: what’s better than the wisdom and flair of a beauty adventurer? Why, the wisdom and flair of TWO beauty adventurers, of course! Today, I’m very excited to bring you yet another collaboration with the incomparable adventuress Melissa over at Kiss and Make-Up!

Right! The theme we chose for this collaboration was one very dear to my heart indeed – rogues! Yes, we’ll both be bringing you our sneakiest, stealthiest, stabbiest rogue-inspired looks, so sharpen your daggers and eyeliners, friends, here we go!

Mine is derived from the curious obsession with outrageous black eyeliner exhibited by pretty much every character (male or female) in the recently released videogame Thief (also known as Thief 4, Thief 2014, and The Thief Game That Everyone Was Hoping Would Be A Bit More Awesome, But Was ‘Okay’ Instead).

Here are some not insignificant characters from the game:

Characters from Thief 4

Madam Xiao Xiao, Orion, Erin (the inspiration for this look, and the gaily homicidal sometime protegee of…) Garrett! (the titular Thief). These images were taken from their respective pages on this Thief Wiki.

Something that you may notice about all of these individuals is their apparent shared love for the panda eye. So, while I could think of any number of ‘rogue’ themed looks, I chose to unleash my desire to go nuts with black eye makeup and replicate Erin’s look. The images below also illustrate an appreciable number of common rogue emotions, and the usual causes of these.

Rogue or Thief 4 Inspired Makeup Look

A Rogue’s Tale…


This look is incredibly easy to achieve, and will have you ready for plundering vaults within minutes! :

Face: The ghostly whiteness of my skin in the photos above is actually what you get if you take a normal, pale rogue, coat her in a couple of good layers of Chanel’s Le Blanc de Chanel (a white highlighting base product that I borrowed), dust over some powder and stand her in direct sunlight. The camera was wigging out! Skip concealer under the eyes – you don’t care if there are shadows there to start with!

Eye: I started with a layer of Urban Decay’s Primer Potion followed by a slick of lip balm over the lid and in the inner corners to help create that slightly lived in, oily look. You could also use clear lipgloss, but I don’t own any. That was followed by copious quantities of the matte black shadow Blackout from Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette. Everywhere. Lid, crease, under the eye. Everywhere. Lastly, I used Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner in Zero to draw around and around my eye with a small wing, and Perversion to tightline. Lashes were curled and coated in Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara (review here), not that you can really see them!

Brows: Erin’s brows are kind of short and relatively thick, without a pronounced arch. I used Blackout to fill and thicken mine, getting rid of some of the arch and attempting to give the illusion that they’re shorter.

This look is fabulous! You literally cannot screw it up, no matter how much you’re getting jolted by the missiles from attacking guards as you make your escape across the rooftops. It’s disasterproof – if you spill or smudge or smear, it just makes it look all the more authentic, which is a delightfully rogueish deception. It’s your choice how much of the giant wing shadow is liner and how much is shadow. If I owned a black gel eyeliner, I probably would have gone a bit further, and darkened the whole thing more!

For additional (slightly more colourful) inspiration:


Rogue or Thief 4 Inspired Makeup Look

The Queen of Beggars, rocking some fabulous purple accents to her smudgy black eye look. (Source)


The above is concept art released for a character called the Queen of Beggars. To transform the look I did above into hers, simply blend a decent whack of your favourite shimmery purple shadow (UD Psychedelic Sister, perhaps?) onto the browbone, and cry heavily into your mascara (alternatively put on some non-waterproof liner and mascara and drop water over your eye). Her brows are quite thinly plucked and pale, and of course she’s rocking some wicked purple lipstick too.

Speaking of lips:

Erin’s vary in pictures from totally pale nude to a sort of brownish pink colour. Taking that, and the Queen of Beggars there as ispiration, might I suggest the following to complement whichever rogueishly smoky look you choose:


Rogue or Thief 4 Inspired Makeup Look

A choice of lipsticks for your Thief: my current favourite ‘nude for pale people’, Revlon’s Lacquer Balm in Demure; Bloom Charleston for a more tawny pink, and an old favourite MUFE #49 for the purple Queen of Beggars!


Before you ask, no, I did not alter that picture of MUFE 49. It really just does go on that creamy and opaque. It is glorious, and if you’re a fan of purple/dark lipsticks who doesn’t own it yet, you need to remedy that as soon as you can, and raid a nearby MUFE hoard! With your new eye look, your stealth should be unparallelled….eheheh…

(Please don’t steal from a MUFE counter….)

So that’s it, folks! A foolproof, heistproof, questproof makeup look for all the rogues and thieves out there, and anyone wanting to re-create some of the looks from Thief 4. Next time you want to try your hand at thieving, though, just make sure you leave my tea and biscuits alone…


Melissa’s Rogueish Look

Curious about what Melissa’s rogue is up to? If we know Melissa’s epic skills, I’m sure the first thing that she makes off with will be your breath! Click here to check out Melissa’s sultry rogue in red and black, complete with a fabulous description of what a rogue is for those who might be curious…

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!


I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images on this site, unless otherwise noted, are the property of Syl, and may not be reproduced without permission. If you do, I will be forced to unleash drunken bards on you. The pukey ones.

Thief 4, and all its characters and associated trademarks etc and so forth are the property of Square Enix. If you’d like more information, please visit the very fancy official website, at: (do note that the site requires an age declaration before entry).


30 thoughts on “Beauty and the Geek – The Rogue Look in a Makeup Collaboration

  1. Pingback: Beauty and the geek | A shadowy rogue look in black and red | KISS & MAKE-UP BEAUTY BLOG

  2. Hey Syl. oh wow this is a dramatic look whichever lipstick you choose! I like the shape you created. It’s like wearing a mask when you’re not! MUFE #49 is probably a more “stage” lip shade, but it sure looks cool on!


    • Hehe, yeah, MUFE 49 means *BUSINESS*, but it’s a lot of fun! I may have forgotten slightly about any sort of ‘wearable’ angle when making this post… whoops! πŸ˜‰


    • I *really* hate it when people eat my biscuits. πŸ˜€ (to this day, IRL, my grandmother will refer to me as ‘The Biscuit Queen’)

      MUFE 49 is fabulous. For such a dark lipstick (or ror any lipstick, really), the creaminess, shine and coverage are exemplary!


  3. I love those eye photos! I thought they were drawings at first, because of the ink-washed look of the eyeshadow. And biscuit theft is definitely a throwing-dagger-worthy offense. The first thing I plan to do upon landing in the UK is get my hands on some McVitie’s chocolate-coated digestive biscuits.

    That dark purple lipstick is stunning. MUFE isn’t a brand I’ve explored very much, but their lipsticks look great.


    • I have it in mind to pick up a few more shades from MUFE, actually – I was really impressed with 15 and 49!

      One of the good things about living in the more recent colonies: lots of UK foods are available! πŸ˜€ McVitie’s is in the supermarket here, I think…


  4. ~offers a Gingernut~

    I’m trying to gather my thoughts here from your amazing and highly descriptive post. Both Erin and the Queen of Beggars are fabulous. I agree wholeheartedly with Sunny that MUFE 49 looks cool – by far the most wicked.

    Additionally I think what needs to be said here is that your eyebrow should win some form of an acting award. Best supporting in a drama or something like that. It took the cake – or er, biscuit.


    • *accepts, and devours gingernut* πŸ˜€

      Aha! IT WAS THE EYEBROW ALL ALONG! It’s always the one you least expect…

      My eyebrows are oft credited with being very mobile. It’s like my superpower or something…


  5. I am interested to note that the range of rogue emotions is so closely linked to biscuits and the availability thereof. I had suspected this, but now there is (pictorial) confirmation. Must be similar to how ranger emotions (in this case, at least) are linked to the presence or absence of tasty roasted things.

    The smokiness, it is epic. You and Melissa have inspired me to have another go at the smoky eye… though I will probably be waiting until A Certain Shipment arrives, since I actually have no black eyeliner. *cringes in anticipation of WTFBBQ from the gallery*

    Also this is one time where I will allow that purple venom lipstick to be a good idea. It IS rather awesome.


    • Mmm…tasty roasted things… (Biscuits are still superior, obviously) πŸ˜‰

      Purple lipsticks are the best lipsticks. Not, perhaps, the easiest to wear in all situations, but undeniably awesome!

      ACertainShipment is on it’s way…


  6. I was gonna say other stuff but Charleston is such a beautiferous lip color that it distracted me *happy sigh*

    Oh yeah, I was gonna say this: Black eyeliner is important. Pandas are important. (Not strictly related?) The Queen of Beggars is a babe who I wouldn’t want to brawl with… and so are you!


    • I wore Charleston to uni just yesterday πŸ™‚

      The Queen of Beggars is definitely not to be trifled with. Me, I may be able to be swayed by biscuits. But only really nice ones. πŸ˜‰


    • Hehe, it was a bit of an easy target, if I’m honest, but so much fun! Also, I just really love how everyone has the same eye look, regardless of age, gender or status πŸ™‚

      A kind of emo-egalitarianism for eye makeup?


  7. Pingback: Rogueish Fun and Games – A Gandyl the Grey Caption Contest! | The Painted Rogue

  8. Pingback: Nude Dungeoneering! The Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Review | The Painted Rogue

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s