Once upon a time there was a princess* in search of true love who had been promised to a man who didn’t even begin to pull at her heartstrings. Enter her knight in shining armor. She gives him her heart and he returns the favor. But before they can live happily ever after, her knight needs to become just that—because, you see, he's been living a lie this whole time!!!!! Sir Ulrich—scratch that, Will—that is one big no-no. Don’t you know Jocelyn deserves more than your lies!? Gosh, men!
Let’s rewind. This is the story of 2001's A Knight’s Tale, one of Heath Ledger’s greatest, if most underrated, films in his unfortunately short career. He plays commoner William Thatcher, a man determined to “change his stars” by becoming a knight. He begins masquerading as Sir Ulrich von Liechtenstein of Gelderland, competing in jousting tournaments and, in the end...well, watch the movie and see how it ends for yourself—it’s pretty effing spectacular. At some point, like in any great movie, our hero becomes distracted by an outstanding beauty, in this case, a rebel of her time, Jocelyn, played by early-aughts starlet Shannyn Sossamon. Other than the lingering shots on Heath’s dreamy eyes, we'd venture to say the best part of the film is the undeniable cool of Lady Jocelyn: the not-so-subtle rock star touches to her medieval ensembles, her ever-changing edgy hair and makeup, and, of course, her sassy attitude.
For her part, Sossamon manages to make Jocelyn's various looks seem effortless and somewhat natural (obviously gold eyelids and colored extensions are super easy). Make note of the lack of visible mascara because, DUH, they did not use mascara in medieval Europe. Anyway, she pulls wacky off well, to a point that it made us wonder, 'How can we, too, wear crazy makeup in the most normal way possible?' If you've seen the film and found yourself wondering the same thing, look no further. We have some answers:
For Jocelyn’s glowing, flawless, and seemingly makeup-free skin, we’d reach for Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion followed by a thin layer of Laura Mercier’s Radiance Foundation Primer. And then that’s it. C’est fini! Well, for your face, at least.
To get our leading lady’s bold eye look , prime your lids and under-brows (is that a thing?) with Urban Decay's Eye Shadow Primer Potion. It's awesome. Then, CK One’s Gloss Eyecolor in Spin is the way to go. Apply the bright-yellow shimmer pencil in an exaggerated cat eye, from lash line to eyebrows. If you want an even more intensely yellow effect (obvs to match the canary yellow gown you have at the ready), try adding a bit of Make Up For Ever’s Pure Pigment in Yellow. Yes, you may look a bit bizarre, but hey, Sossamon looks great in the movie. Try it out. Maybe we can start a trend. For those of us slightly less bold, consider Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Shadow in Skinny Jeans, which works as a quieter, metallic substitute. For Jocelyn’s more subdued eye moments , try a light helping of Estée Lauder’s Shadow Paint in Chained, dabbed with your fingers at the outer corners of the eyes. Fresh, simple, and a bit ethereal, no? Anchor each of the looks with brows as seriously full, and sexy, as Sossamon's; pick up MAC's Veluxe Brow Liner, in the shade best suited for you.
As for your lips, the “au natural” look is the goal. To accomplish this: a light coating of Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream. It wil keep your lips looking kissable, so all the knights in your life will keep coming back for more. (Too far? A little gross? Heath does that to us.)
Now, hair. Jocelyn dons some interesting ‘dos and tress-cessories throughout the film. Obviously a fan of the hat, she seems to have had an excellent milliner, responsible for her awesome Mongolian-inspired piece  and that large-brimmed, eye-shielding hat she wears for a day at the races (er, jousting competition) . However, it's when she lets her hair down that she really shines. This may be a controversial opinion, so bear with us, but we’re guessing these styles may not have been totally possible in the 14th century. But no issue, we have access to things like curling irons! Rejoice! For Jocleyn's springy updo, you'll need a one-inch barrel curling iron, a heavy hand with the Elnett, and some gold ribbon (available at a craft store near you) . If you’re feeling less 'disco' and a bit more 'punk/rock ‘n’ roll,' Manic Panic and Bumble and bumble are your friends. To create an style similar to the one she has as she promenades with Sir Ulrich (her very '80s metal look), we recommend you first work some clouds of Bumble's Bb. Thickening Full Form Mousse through your locks (texture! a bit of oomph!), and then, color: say you want red and green streaks, à la slide #1? Try Manic Panic's Dye Hard Temporary Hair Color Styling Gel in Vampire Red and Electric Lizard. Prefer a purple tint similar to slide #6? Opt for a few squirts of Purple Haze. After you're happy with your new hue(s): Elnett. Lots of it.
Phew. All of that said, let’s be honest: it's Heath and his magnificent cornflower locks that really deserve attention [1, 3, 9, 10]. Talk about the perfect dirty and disgusting hair. Other than avoiding showers/baths and doing your best to live like a medieval knight, Bumble and bumble’s trusty Surf Spray will help you achieve the unwashed look. Try using a bottle or three per day.
*Note: It’s unclear what her position actually is—she speaks with a British accent like everyone else in the movie (except for her handmaiden, who is French), so who knows...