Alanis Morissette: 'Precious Illusions'
(In Style) -- In the video for "Precious Illusions," Alanis Morissette -- not known for silly love songs (but includes this one on her latest album "Under Rug Swept") -- is courted by a handsome prince who gives her a diamond and invites her to live happily ever after.
But this is a split-screen story with a dark side. While the left side of the screen follows the fairy-tale romance, the right side gives it an Alanis spin: In place of the prince, her suitor is a guy who asks her out by e-mail. He does propose, but in a way that reminds us that love isn't all blossoms and butterflies.
As Morissette puts it, "The right side is more me." Still, she didn't mind fielding the romantic proposal. "I'm not anywhere near being in a position to ask or be asked," she says, "so it was charming and amusing."
For Morissette's princess look, hairstylist Danielle Russell let her hair air-dry and applied Kiehl's Creme with Silk Groom to take away the frizzes. She then used American Crew pomade, running it through her hair with her fingers, followed by a little heat from a dryer. She used a straightening iron to keep Morissette's luxuriant waist-length locks sleek (even in front of a wind machine). "We made it messy for the realistic part of the shoot, then made it very coifed and piecey for the period," says Russell.
"I don't like it when my lips steal the show," says Morissette. "If the eyes are the windows to the soul, I'd rather people look there first." Makeup artist Cheryl Platt used Stila Barefoot Contessa shadow and a wet black liner on the upper lash line. Maybelline Great Lash mascara in Very Black, applied to curled lashes, finished the look.
"We used MAC Spice lip pencil and blended it," says Platt. "Then we applied a soft ruby gloss."
Stylist Leesa Evans chose a White Trash Charms unicorn necklace (pictured here, $195; 310-854-1058) to suit the video's mythical theme. Morissette wore nine different outfits in the video, including a cotton knit navy-and-white-striped print shirt by Earl Jean, Theory low-rise linen trousers and an Urban Outfitters gray cotton spaghetti-strap tank top -- for the video's reality scenes. "One thing I love about her is that she's not afraid to be a sexy woman," says Evans.
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