Make Up in Film: St. Trinians
Back in 1992, when I was roughly eight and half years old, I spent a couple of holidays going to the local YMCA Kids Holiday Club. I haven't really got a glue what it was called, I just know that I went! I remember that we did all sorts of fun stuff, including going to the Cinema (this is how I know it was 1992, because it was my first trip to the Cinema and we saw "Hook". I went home with chewing gum stuck to my cardigan....lovely!!), rollerskating and other fun activities. One time, I remember, we had a Fancy Dress Disco, and I did not have a clue what to wear. So, my friend suggested that we dress up as "St. Trinian's". Now, noting that I was only eight and a half, I didn't really know what St. Trinian's were. But, I fathomed that it involved wearing a School Uniform but in a more "rebellious" kind of way. Y'know, shirt untucked, tie done up wrong, holes in your tights etc.
The original St. Trinian's came in two varieties: the rebel younger girls, and the slutty older girls:
1. Unfashionable Glasses - CHECK
2. No or Very Little Makeup - CHECK
3. Wacky Hair Style - CHECK
4. Expert user of technology - DOUBLE CHECK!!
What more can you say really??
Head Girl is very similar to Posh Totty, in that it's more grown up, and is quite a sexy look. However, whilst the Posh Totty look was more neutral colours, Head Girl's makeup is more sultry, intensified by the red lipstick. But, I think that the aspect of Head Girl that really shows that she is in charge (apart from the attitutude and the hard stare) is the hair cut. It's a very traditional hair cut for a empowered female "femme fatale" type character, that has been used a great deal throughout film history:
There's no denying that St. Trinian's uses makeup to express different clique character-types quite well, from the simple but sultry to the expressive use of eyeliner.