Celebrity Makeup Breakdown: Mika Nakashima as Nana

January 19, 2006

Finally saw Japanese manga-based movie Nana and totally loved it! Although I was never into the punk rock look, I have to say Mika Nakashima looked *really* good in it. Everything about her just looked awesome – hair, clothes and of course, makeup! And since one of Nana’s major looks is smoky eyes (my favorite), I am going to write about it today.

Here’s a breakdown Nana’s signature look:

* Smoky eyes
* Light eyebrows
* Pale skin
* Red lips
* Red/Black nails

Step-by-step Tutorial On Getting Nana’s Makeup Look

1. Do your foundation, concealer and powder as usual.

2. Lighten your eye brows by either using a lighter brow gel.

3. Dust an extra layer of loose powder under your eyes to catch any fall-out.

4. Color your entire eyelid with a black pencil eyeliner.

5. Apply a medium brown eyeshadow on your crease to increase depth. Blend downwards.

6. Apply a silver eyeshadow all over the eyelid, blending onto the crease.

7. Line your upper and lower lashlines with a black eyeliner. Use a liquid liner for more intensity or MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack if you do not have a steady hand.

8. Curl your eyelashes and apply two to three coats of mascara. For a more dramatic look, apply false lashes.

9. Sweep off the excess loose powder under your eyes.

9. Skip blush.

10. Pucker up in a red lipstick if you have pale skin. Go with a nude color if you are on the dark side.


  • Reply Anonymous May 8, 2006 at 12:55 am

    For step #6, what kind of silver eyeshadow do you suggest? o_O

  • Reply Anonymous April 9, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    Wow, you are fantastic. I love your ideas, and overall this article is awesome. I followed your steps and i can honestly say that it was the best makeup job ever!
    thank again luv,

  • Reply [a} May 22, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    I saw this breakdown a few days ago, and then googled Mika..and listened to a few of her songs (and REALLY REALLY loved them; she has such a great voice m.a.) ..and then..watched Nana..which is so great.

    Thank you for pointing this awesome celeb out to me 🙂

    And your breakdown. It works so well on me!

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