I re-watched In The Mood For Love over the weekend and have found myself recreating Maggie Cheung's makeup. In every scene the makeup is immaculate and in my opinion, a very wearable look, even though the movie is set in the early 60s.
The base must be perfect without looking overly "done" - I have been skipping foundation but spending a lot of time concealing with MUFE Full Cover Concealer. Then I set with a translucent finishing powder. There is a tiny bit of highlighting on the upper cheekbones in some scenes.
The eyes are all about the flicked eye liner - I used L'Oréal Super Liner to draw a medium line with a strong tapered upward flick. Lashes are not that important in this look but I still curled them and wore 2 generous coats of mascara. Brows are thick but not 50s heavy.
There's not much blush, only the slightest hint of soft pink/peach. I have been using Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Cherub.
The lips varies from pink to rosewood to a soft plum stain to a classic red. Lipstick only no gloss.
I love the story but I have to say it's not to everyone's taste - lots of people tend to find the story a bit slow. The cinematography is unbelieveable but I think the costumes are even better. She has a different "cheongsam" (traditional chinese dress*) in every scene and they look incredible.
* my grandma used to wear these as everyday clothes with the same kind of set hairstyle - amazing.