Happy Halloween season, all! These next upcoming weeks in the beauty community are some of the most creatively charged and energetic out of the year. I suspect it’s all because we actually get to pull out those crazy colors that everyone told us not to buy and put them to good use! So, here’s my take on a few Halloween looks using my own collection of vibrant colors. I tried my best to pick a few things that were different than the trends this year so as not to get lost in the abyss of Pop Art, Zombie, and Doe tutorials.
This lookbook is formatted a tad differently, however. Due to the elaborate nature of these looks I felt it best to demonstrate them in video format rather than just pictures. Video isn’t my forte so please excuse any rough editing, I had to produce and export three videos last minute and it took quite a lot more effort than expected or allowed in the time I had. Hopefully, sometime in the future I can re-edit and update those videos. But, for now, these get the point across. The videos are just the steps to achieve the look. Full resolution final pictures and all the details of products used will still be included in this post, so keep reading!
Let’s start with the base products. These are the things that I used in all 3 of the looks. I wanted a very full coverage for the base of these and a flawless canvas to work with, so I doubled up on foundation and used a liberal amount of primer. For lashes, I wore falsies with all three looks, but used my usual mascara to blend my real lashes with the fakes.
- L’Oreal Infalliable Pro-Matte Foundation– First layer of foundation
- Revlon Colorstay Foundation– Second layer of foundation
- Smashbox Photofinish Primer– Face primer
- Maybelline The Rocket Mascara– Blending mascara/ Top lashes
- Maybelline Pumped Up Mascara– Lower lash mascara
Look 1: Mermaid Halloween Look
First up, I have a Mermaid inspired look that is actually a re-vamp from the costume that I wore last last year. My roommates and I had a tutu making party and I recycled the fabric that I bought for the costume I had two years prior as the top. The tutu is really easy to make and is no sew. You can find tutorials on Pinterest.
This makeup is actually the look that inspired me to launch this blog, almost a year ago which reminds me that my one-year blogaversary is almost coming up! Anyhow, let’s get into the look.
I was inspired by the seafoam colors of the ocean for this look and went with more greens as opposed to blues and purples in the original look. The lip color can be very drying, so I recommend applying some balm before or you can use the Colourpop Lippie Stix in Charm instead, which is actually intended for lips.
- NYX Slim Pencil in Teal– Lip color
- Sephora Flashy Green Liner– Waterline
- Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer– Eyelid primer
- Makeup Forever Liner in 12L– Tightline
- MAC Blushbaby– Blush
- Ardell Fright Night Emerald– False lashes
- Colourpop Smoke N Whistles– Highlighter
- Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows
- Maybelline Color Tattoo in Edgy Emerald– Eye base
- Anastasia Contour Kit in Light– Contour (Java & Fawn), Snatch (Vanilla), Under eye powder (Banana)
- Collection Concealer in Medium Cool– Under eye clean up
- Mini Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown– Brows
- Sonia Kashuk Eye Couture Eye on Neutral palette– Blending eye colors
- Starfish hair accessory– Craft store/Amazon + hairtie (similar linked)
- Sonia Kashuk Brow Palette– Brows
- Stila Eyes are the Window to the Body Palette
- Aquamarine- All over lid color
- Emerald- Crease color
- Sequins and Adhesive Gems– Craft Store (Michael’s)
- Clip In Extensions– Amazon
I edited this video with Adobe Premiere and for some reason it exported at 720 instead of 1280, so the frames got cropped. I didn’t have time to redo it, so please excuse it for now until I can re-edit it.
Look 2: Starry Night Inspired Halloween Look
This look was inspired by a picture I saw of some Starry Night lip art (I can’t seem to find the source) and also Fresh Blush’s NYX Face Awards Entry. I wanted to do a sort of “live painting” for one of the looks and this is what I came up with.
- NYX Glam Aqua Luxe Liner in 24 Karat– Gold brush strokes all over, Moon, Stars
- NYX Wonderpencil– Waterline moon eye
- NYX Slim Pencil in Electric Blue– Waterline spiral eye
- Ardell Fright Night Evil Queen– False lashes (Ulta- unavailable online)
- Gerard Cosmetic Audrey Starlight Powder– Highlighter
- It Cosmetics My Sculpted Face Contour Palette– Matte white shade for blending face
- Makeup Geek Foiled Shadows
- Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bold Gold– Base eyelid color moon eye
- Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tenacious Teal– Base eyelid color swirl eye, Perimeter of face
- NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk– White brush strokes, Lips, Stars
- NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Peacock– Swirl eye, Accent brush strokes on face
This is the only video I edited with iMovie. It was the first one and it was taking forever to export so I switched to Adobe Premiere for the remaining two videos.
Look 3: Masquerade Halloween Look
This look was inspired by some makeup I wore to a high school dance my sophomore year. The theme was Masquerade Ball and I was having trouble finding a mask I wanted to wear, so instead my best friend and I had our makeup professionally done to look as if we had masks painted on. (Omg this is circa 2011… pre fleeked brows and contouring. Cringe.)
Here’s my take on it. I tried to make the technique versatile, so that you can customize the colors and the embellishments. You can make any outline shape you want and fill it with any powder colors or pigments (eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers, etc.) that you wish. I also paired the look with a bold, semi-ombre lip but stayed in the same color family to keep it balanced.
- Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper– Trim of mask
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil in Perversion– Outline of mask
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil in Rockstar– Mask embellishment lines on nose and middle corner
- Lorac Pro Palette
- Deep Purple– Shading between purple and black
- Black– Set eyeliner outline
- Makeup Geek Foiled Shadows
- Sequins and Adhesive Rhinestones– Craft Stores/Amazon (Michaels and Target dollar section)
- Colourpop Blush in Clutch– Middle magenta shade in mask
- NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk– Base for color in mask
- Colourpop I Heart This Lippie Stix– Middle of ombre lips
- Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Thankful (Limited edition, similar linked)- Lid area of mask
- Mac Rebel Lipstick– Main lip color
- Eylure Dramatic Lashes– False lashes (these are so fluffy and pretty… I love them!)
- MAC Soft & Gentle– Highlight
This video is the only one where all the factors came together, I believe. For only my second time using Premiere, I don’t think it’s half bad.
That’s it for this week! What look was your favorite? What did you think of the throwback pics? What was your favorite Halloween costume you ever wore? Let me know in a comment below or tag me using my following social media links or if you use any of these looks for your Halloween costume this year be sure to tag me! I hope you enjoyed and until next week-
All my love,