Makeup Tutorial: Klaus Nomi












I’m not very good with makeup. But, when I found out about New Wave singer Klaus Nomi, I knew I had to try and re-create his signature look. It’s definitely not subtle. 😉

Let’s start with the products I used:

~Manic Panic Goth White Powder Cream Foundation

~Black Eyeliner

~Lip Balm

~Hot Topic Black Lip Gloss

~Hair gel

~Lots of hair spray

Step 1: Face

Apply the Goth White foundation over your entire face. I just used my fingers because I’m trashy and unprofessional like that. The foundation itself is a cream, but it sets like a powder. It actually feels good on your face and covers well.

Step 2: Eyes

This is where the black eyeliner comes in. I really love black eyeliner. It just has so many uses. Klaus makes interesting use of eyeliner in his look. I applied the eyeliner to my bottom lashline and waterline. Klaus did not wear eyeliner on his top lashline, so I didn’t apply any there either. He also applied the eyeliner in a strange location: just above the eyelid in a half circle. I would say this was the hardest part of the tutorial for me. It was pretty hard to draw a perfect semicircle and it didn’t turn out great, but whatever. I can’t be bothered with perfection! 😛 I was not about to shave off my eyebrows like Klaus. Razors close to my eyes scare me and I like my eyebrows too much. haha

Step 3: Lips

My trick to the perfect black lip: eyeliner. I have tried black lipsticks and glosses, but they all end up being crap. And I hear that from other people as well. So eyeliner it is! Before I put on the eyeliner, I rub on a layer of lip balm. This will keep your lips from drying out due to the eyeliner. Next comes the eyeliner. I used a black lip gloss over top of the eyeliner since I like a glossy lip, but Klaus preferred the matte look.

Step 4: Hair

I knew that I wanted to include hair in this tutorial because it really completes the look. Klaus had a receding hairline and crazy hair that stuck straight up. Thankfully, I do NOT have a receding hairline (I will cry if it ever happens!). To get my hair to stick straight up I used some gel and a ton of hairspray. Normally I dislike using any hair products other than shampoo as my hair gets oily super fast. This was an exception, though. Which hairstyle do you like better?

Now it’s time for random photos!




















I definitely enjoyed spending hours on this look. Klaus Nomi was a tremendous talent who left the world far too soon. His music, persona, and style will live on forever.

I also wanted to include this tutorial I came across. Everyone loves Nomi! 😀


An epic man. My next post may just be inspired by him…;)

The Hawkline Monster

I believe that Klaus Nomi fans are referred to as “Nomies”. If that is the case, then consider me a proud new member among their ranks. For Klaus Nomi has, in only a relatively brief amount of time, become not only one of my favourite artists (I ended up ordering a “best of” CD before I’d even listened to that many of his songs) but also one of my biggest inspirations. Klaus Nomi has achieved legendary status among those who are connoisseurs of the strange and unusual. His music combined New Wave rock and opera in what I suppose you could call Popera.  I suppose the musicians I’ve listened to who have come closest to his style would probably have to be Lene Lovich (who I only discovered recently, thanks to AsylumAttendant) and Martyn Jacques (lead singer for The Tiger Lillies). But to be honest, there was no one like Nomi. And we need more musicians like…

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My Return + Lake Michigan Vacation


I seem to have neglected this blog lately. I do apologize for that. I haven’t run out of ideas or time. I think I’ve just been putting my energy into other things. But, I’m back now and excited to get posts rolling out again. Your Asylum Attendant is still unleashing insanity upon the normal folk. 😉

I look so normal here! Scary…

About a month ago I went on a vacation to Lake Michigan. The beaches were so beautiful that I never wanted to leave. I thought I would share some pictures from my trip and the stories that go along with them.

The rental house I stayed in resembled a barn. Very different looking with a lot of character. There was also an antique full-length mirror in my room that fascinated me. I wonder how many have peered into its depths…

In front of the barn/house was a small pond. Not long after I arrived, I began to hear a strange noise coming from the pond. It was loud and odd. I saw something moving in the water and it turned out to be a frog. Once one started to croak, many others would appear and join in a chorus. It was quite entertaining. The frogs were very active at night and would respond to my calls from the deck. I never knew I could speak frog, but I felt as if I had full conversations with the frogs. They were great company on my vacation.










I wanted to steal the fake cow. And the huge biker Porky Pig stuffed animal. The entire ice cream parlor was full of pig figurines, toys, stuffed animals…probably why it’s called Oink’s. Too cute.







The best part of my vacation was spending time on the beach. So relaxing and picturesque. I want to own a beach house at some point and just live on the water all the time.

I was sad to leave Lake Michigan, but I hope to be back next year.