Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.
All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.
But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.
Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.
S. Jae-Jones uses gorgeous imagery, and one of my favorite scenes from the books involves Leisl’s encounter with The Lorelei, mythological creatures similar to sirens and mermaids. I was so inspired by the scene that I came up with this look! Hope you enjoy.
What I used:
- For the face, I just used foundation all over the model (hi cookie!) with a damp beauty blender.
- Next, I used the blue shade from the UD Electric palette over her lids, beneath her eyes, across her cheekbones and swept it up to the temples. After that, I went in with a navy shade and started stippling this across the original light blue color and applied this to her crease. I didn’t want this look to be precise, so if it gets messy, don’t worry. The Otherworld isn’t very neat or precise either lol.
- From there I started adding highlights with the silvery shade and used a damp brush to press the color into her temples, on her brow bone, inner corners of her eyes, on the center of her lids and on the tops of her cheekbones. I also did the same on her neck to create this ethereal mermaid/scale-effect.
- I finished up the eyes with a sloppy smokey eye by applying black shadow in an outer “V” (shape: >) and finishing with winged eyeliner and over-drawing the brows.
- From there, we started contouring, with a very dramatic contour in her cheekbones and beneath her collarbones.
- After that, I used the MAC pigment pots and dusted the silvery vanilla shade over her cheekbones and used the blue-brown to add shimmer to the contour spots. I also wanted the skin to look a little stressed, so I took one of the pink shades from the UD palette and applied this below the blue on her cheeks.
- Finished it up with very small gold accents above her brows and neck, applied false lashes, and voila!