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National Book Lover’s Day Make up: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Tutorial

National Book Lover’s Day is this week!

When I found out there was a day dedicated to celebrating your much-beloved reading habits (this year, it’s August 9th), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy immediately came to mind. I grew up on these books — both my parents are what you’d call “Standard Nerds” — and their words have stuck with me for many years and kept me company. Soothing words, such as:

“Would it save you a lot of time if I just gave up and went mad now?”

– Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

…something I’m sure anyone who has done a degree, a hard sudoku, or a Student Finance Loan application has similarly considered.

If you’re the kind of person who enjoys celebrating National Days but loathes the chore of reminding and explaining to people what day it is – like some sort of unpaid advertising executive or an online calendar run by Bing – then your solution is simple: dress up as your favourite character and give no explanation. Let the unaware work it out for themselves.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is one of the most well-known collections of words by the human known as Douglas Adams, also known for smaller musings like The Meaning Of Liff (not a spelling error), and larger series such as the adventures of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. For this beauty of a book look, we’ll be taking on the style of the average, the confused, the befuddled Arthur “just-really-wants-a-cup-of-tea” Dent.

The Outfit:

Arthur Dent is a fairly average man who finds himself plunged into a galaxy of extraterrestrial hitchhiking, alien political plots, mind bending technology, and towels. Having been practically plucked straight from your bed, no-one is prepared for what Arthur will learn about. Pulling off this outfit requires three things:

  1. Start with a dressing gown — comfortable, multi purpose, fluffy. 
  2. Pair with a baggy shirt and PJ bottoms. To balance the focus of the look, add faux fur, slip on, flat heeled mules, otherwise known as slippers.
  3. To accessorise, drape a towel over one shoulder and a book with the words “Don’t Panic” in large, friendly letters on its cover.

The Look:

Begin with a fresh out-of-bed face. This should be slightly grumpy, and a little knackered. To achieve this effect:

  • Use black eyeliner on your under eyes, cheekbones, and eyebrows, blending to create a shadowy appearance.
  • Take black eyeliner and trace your frown lines, then blend.
  • Use a touch of red lipstick, or whatever you have to hand, to give the appearance you’ve been rubbing your eyes since you hauled yourself out of bed

Now for your emotional makeup (for the truly committed):

  • Add a dash of confusion, because who’s woken up in the morning and casually accepted a giant yellow bulldozer in their front garden?
  • Highlight with touches of exasperation and shock throughout the day as you don’t seem to know what the hell is going on — a feeling we can all relate to. This book could not be more relatable for a uni student — especially one who’s been to Wednesday union with 9am lectures the next morning.

“’This must be Thursday,’ said Arthur to himself, sinking low over his beer. ‘I never could get the hang of Thursdays.’”

 – Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

And there you have your completed look! Detailed, yet simplistic (and really quite comfy). I love this look as I can display my utter contempt for the unknown, without compromising my comfort, though possibly my dignity. 

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