Beauty and the Geek: Almost an Avenger with Kate Bishop Make-Up

Ever since Kate Bishops’ introduction in Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung’s Young Avengers (2005), the character has only gained popularity. She took over the mantle of Hawkeye after Clint Barton’s death in Avengers: Disassembled and kept it after his return while he worked under the name Ronin, Kate Bishop has more earned the title of Hawkeye. In the popular series Hawkeye by Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Javier Pulido, Kate returned, along with Clint, and both operated under the Hawkeye name. The series was a smash-hit for Marvel, and only further skyrocketed Kate Bishop’s success and popularity as an individual character.

Fancasts for the character are wide and varied. Frontrunners are Teen Wolf alum Arden Cho and Crystal Reed. Not to long ago a fan edit of a Hawkeye Netflix series posted, starring Aubrey Plaza (and Jeremy Renner), hit the web and made a huge splash with fans and journalists. The power of Kate Bishop, and the recent Hawkeye, can’t be denied. So it was a huge disappointment for fans everywhere to see the series come to an end. However, the fandom surrounding the series, and Kate Bishop, lives on. I wanted to contribute to that fandom and love of Kate Bishop in my own way, and thus we have this month’s Beauty and the Geek!

According to the Color Palette Generator, Kate Bishop’s colors are as follows:


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The palettes are pretty different, but one thing remains the same – purple. Makes sense, Hawkeye’s main color, thoughout the mantle’s long history, has always been purple. So that’s the main color I’m basing this month’s column around for Kate Bishop make-up.


I always start off with a freshly cleaned face. I keep it pretty simple even when I’m doing a full coverage face.

  1. Moisturizer
  2. Primer
  3. Foundation
  4. Concealer

You can interchange when you use concealer and foundation. I’ve read that using foundation first can help save product so you’re not covering up spots with concealer that can be covered with foundation. But I still sometimes use concealer first, then foundation, then bits of concealer to get any tough spots.

makeupI sometimes suffer from red spots, so I use two different types of primer; one regular (Rimmel Stay Matte Primer 003) and green primer (L’Oreal’s Studio Secrets Anti-Redness Green Primer). I have combination skin, which means my T-zone (the upper part of my forehead, down my nose and chin) gets very oily while other parts of my face are dry. I really like Rimmel’s Stay Matte products. I’ve talked about Rimmel’s Stay Matte Translucent powder before, but I like this primer better. It comes out in a white gel almost, and you have to work it into your skin but it keeps my face shine free for a good couple hours. I use it every morning before class. L’Oreal’s Studio Secrets Primer helps alleviate the redness on my face if I have any, but it doesn’t blend as well. If you use this brand then make sure it’s blended into your skin really well, otherwise you can get green lines on your face.

I use a few different types of concealer. First for my under eye circles, I use Maybelline’s Dream Lumi Highlighting Concealer in Nude and Hard Candy’s Glamoflauge in Medium Beige. I love and adore my new Dream Lumi, gets rid of those pesky circles like a, well, dream. Hard Candy’s Glamoflauge, some people seem to love it, but I don’t. It works well enough I guess, but there are better concealers out there.

Beauty and the Geek Tip: Draw a triangle under you eyes instead of a circle to better conceal dark eye circles.

makeupFinally I use Revlon’s Colorstay Foundation for Combination Skin in Medium Beige. If you have a combination skin and are looking for a good drugstore foundation, this is the one I recommend. I also use a stipple brush to apply my foundation. Just tap, tap, tap the foundation into your skin with the brush instead of painting it. I haven’t mastered the use of the beauty blender yet.

The really cool thing about Revlon’s Colorstay Foundation line isn’t just that it targets different skin types (normal, combo, dry), but also has a really wide range of colors. I know that darker skinned women of color often times have trouble finding foundation that matches their skin color, without having to seek out high end brands. I can’t promise that Relvon has your specific color, but it has a pretty large range so something to check out, ladies!

Beauty and the Geek Tip: Remember to always check for swatches before you buy a color of anything! Even foundations have swatches nowadays. Check Pinterest, Google, Tumblr, don’t waste your hard-earned money buying the wrong color.


So the focus here is purple. First thing I did was cover my eye in white using NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk (because you can’t just call it white). Don’t worry about making it perfect, the point is to get as much of your eye covered in a “base” color. Doesn’t have to be this specific pencil (which is more like cream eyeshadow), but any sort of white eyeshadow will work. The purpose is to bring out the rest of your shadow colors and act as a base. After covering my eye with the white cream pencil, I blended it out with a brush.


Beauty and the Geek Tip: Using a piece of tape on the outer corner of your eyes keeps everything slick and clean looking, especially your eyeliner.

I came up with a couple looks for Kate Bishop based around her color palettes. Two are what I dub “dramatic” and the other is “everyday/casual.” Lets start with the dramatic looks.

After applying and blending out the white eyeshadow, I used the browbone color from Wet ‘n Wild’s Walking on Eggshells palette. Then using Wet ‘n Wild’s Floral Values palette, I filled in my crease with the browbone color. After that, I covered my lid in the darker purple definer color. In the inner corner of my eye, I went back and used the browbone color again.

This is my second time using liquid liner and the first time was a train wreck. I recently bought Relvon’s Colorstay liquid liner and for a novice like me it’s not terrible. The color is darker, darker than my gel liner from Maybelline but not as easy to apply. What I do is use an eyeliner brush and dip it into the container then apply. The brush it came with was just too difficult for me to use.


Beauty and the Geek Tip: I outline my liner using gel liner first. I found this created a “guideline” of sorts making it much easier to apply my liquid liner after.

For the other eye, I followed the same process. I covered my lip in white eyeshadow first. Then I filled in my crease with NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencil in Iced Mocha (it’s brown!), then covered my lid in Floral Values definer color. I also used Walking on Eggshell’s browbone color to highlight under my eyebrow and the inner corner of my eye. Then I blended everything together and did my eyeliner.


The final “dramatic” look came out looking like this:

Though I really don’t think the look is so “dramatic” as to not be able to wear out. For my eyebrows, I used Milani’s Eyebrow Kit in 003 though I can’t get my one eyebrow perfect to save my life. For my lips, I used NYX’s Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen which is a reddish plum shade. I wanted something more purple, but finding good purple lipstick was difficult unless I wanted to order online.

For the casual look, I followed the same basic process. I started with a clean eye and filled in the lid with white eyeshadow. After that, I went over my crease with the crease color from Wet ‘n Wild’s Walking on Eggshell’s palette. Then, I filled in my lid with Wet ‘n Wild’s Floral Values browbone color, followed by the definer color. I also added a touch of color to the outer corner of my eye with NYX’s Jumbo Pencil in Purple Velvet (goodness). Not much, but just a bit to give it a bit more pop while still keeping it simple. Then, I used a black pencil I’ve had forever from Rimmel to outline my eye top and bottom. I didn’t worry too much about getting a picture perfect line, just creating that outline is key. Finally, I took a smudge brush and smudged my eyeliner so that it looked less messy but still clean.

For my lips I used NYX’s Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm because it’s a nice subtle pink.


Final complete look!

And that’s it for this month’s Beauty and the Geek starring Kate Bishop! Let me know what you guys thought, or what comic character you’d like to see in future installments!

Desiree Rodriguez

Desiree Rodriguez

Desiree Rodriguez is currently majoring in Converged Communications. She's a writer, geek girl, and proud queer mestiza woman. Desiree is an entertainment writer for The Tempest, and contributor for Nerds of Color. Desiree has written for The Young Folks, The Feminist Wire, and Geeked Out Nation.