Inspired by... "Snowpiercer" (2013) + 5 Reasons Why You Need to Watch This Film

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Today I am back with another Inspired by post (which is officially a "thing" now, here on Impression Blend), and this time it's brought to you by a fantastic movie called Snowpiercer. It got released on DVD/Blu-ray two days ago, and you best believe I had this pre-ordered. The setting for this film has to do with a global ice age and a train circumnavigating the Earth. Naturally, I was inspired by by snow, ice, and metal, and I had the PERFECT eyeshadow duo for the look I had in mind. The one I'm talking about is the Kevyn Aucoin Eye Shadow Duo in #206 (which was part of my birthday gift from the wonderful Gummy) with two beautiful shimmery shades: a pale taupe and a blue black. I have to say, I am beyond impressed with Kevyn Aucoin eyeshadows because they are incredibly soft, easy to blend, pigmented, and have no fallout. For the eyes, this duo was the only thing I used.

First, I put the light shimmery taupe shade all over the lid, as well as the inner corner. Next, with a fluffy crease brush I started to gradually blend the shimmery blue black shade into the crease and the outer third of my eyelid. Blending is really key for this look, since I'm not using any transitional shades. I also blended whatever blue black eyeshadow was left on my brush under my lower lashes to smoke out the look. Then, taking a winged liner brush, I picked up more of the blue black shade and pushed it on top of my upper lash line, winging it out slightly, and also  a bit on my lower lash line. I added some mascara, and the eyes were done. After applying some cool-toned blush, I took a fan brush and went back to the light shimmery taupe shade, picking up a very small amount and using it as my highlighter on top of my cheekbones, on my brow bone, down the bridge of my nose, and on my Cupid's Bow. I normally don't go this crazy with a highlighter, but I really wanted to give this look a frosted effect. Finally, I applied Lime Crime's Carousel Gloss in Snowsicle (appropriate name, isn't it?) to my bare lips. This is a clear gloss with the tiniest hint of blue and some iridescent glitter. Click the photos to take a closer look!

I hope you guys like this makeup—it's really easy to do, but I think it gives the icy effect I was looking for. Now, let me tell you about this film that inspired me and that you REALLY should watch. 

Snowpiercer is a post-apocalyptic story based on a French graphic novel (which I have NOT read). It's directed and co-written by Bong Joon-Ho, the same man who brought us The Host (not the terrible Stephenie Meyer novel adaptation, but the Korean monster film). Here is the premise: in 2014 us humans decided to attempt to counteract global warming by launching a coolant into the atmosphere (smart, huh?), and it all went wrong, plunging the planet into an ice age. The only people who managed to survive are on this train called Snowpiercer, and just like in modern day society things aren't great for everyone. 18 years later,  a revolution is stirring because the disadvantaged have had enough.

Here are five reasons why you need to watch this film:

  1. Because the story is great. This movie is dark, gritty, and imaginative. It is not your cheesy "unique and individual snowflake" dystopian tale. Even though there are some elements that seem a bit far-fetched, it all works together. 
  2. Because Chris Evans is doing it right. To be honest, the acting in this film is great across the board, but Chris Evans is something else. I actually love him now. If you need a film to convince you in his acting ability and prove that he's not just Captain America, this is it.
  3. Because the world building is excellent. There is so much attention to detail! Throughout the story we see different sections of the train, and it's like seeing different worlds. You can feel the mood of every location—it's actually creepy. And when it gets violent, it doesn't hold anything back.
  4. Because the structure is smart. I can't tell you how many times during this film I said "Ahhh! THAT'S why he said/did that!" In Snowpiercer every detail matters, everything is connected and makes sense sooner or later, small phrases reveal their meanings as the story goes on. I loved the fact that everything was there for a reason!
  5. Because it makes you think. This film is filled with metaphors and thought-provoking content. Most of it I can't really talk about without giving spoilers, but consider this: the train is a microcosm of today's society. At the engine, we have the creator of the train, who is worshipped, but almost nobody has seen him in years. Then, there is a small number of rich and privileged people, taking up the front of the train. After them, there are train cars that have to do with production, and at the tail there is a large group of poor people living in horrible conditions, most of whom have never set foot past their section. Reminds you of something, doesn't it?

Even talking about this film makes me want to watch it again! If you're surprised you haven't heard of it, it's because of stupid studio nonsense that really hurt the release and marketing of this movie. Basically, The Weinstein Company got freaked out and decided this movie needs to be more mainstream, because it's too smart for the Midwest. They wanted the director to cut 20(!!!) minutes out of it and add opening/closing monologues. After the director refused, the film was given a very limited release, which is pretty much a crime. 

Will you be watching Snowpiercer? Have you heard of this film?