A few days ago, I shared some ideas for Halloween beauty looks along with an inspiring mood board. My suggestions included a creepy doll, harlequin or alien. In preparation for the celebration on the 31st, I thought I’d have a go at creating my own Halloween makeup look, and have shared the results below.
It goes without saying that I’m a total amateur when it comes to applying makeup. I can just about manage to get my head around how to contour, but most of the time I’m completely winging it. Crease this, hooded eyelids that – I can’t pretend to know what I’m talking about. Halloween, however, is a perfect opportunity to experiment with makeup, as it can be as messy and freaky is you like, depending on the result you’re going for. When I decided to create what I’ll be calling an ethereal witch kind of vibe, I knew that my lack of skills wouldn’t be too much of a hindrance.
I started off by preparing my face using Tropic Skin Care’s Face Smooth Brightening Polish, massaging it in circular motions before rinsing it away with warm water. Following my cleansing and moisturising routines, I proceeded to prime using Arbonne’s Makeup Primer and e.l.f.’s Studio Hydrating Under Eye Primer. I decided to skip applying a first coat of concealer and went straight onto applying Illamasqua’s Skin Base Foundation using my Nanshy Flawless Foundation brush. To conceal, I added a small amount of Barry M’s Flawless Light Reflecting Concealer in Beige/3 under my eyes and on my chin, and gave my brows a quick brush using a Morphe double-ended spoolie and angled brush.
Moving onto the eyes, I primed my lids (going up to the eyebrows) using an e.l.f. primer, before using an old Body Shop eyeshadow brush to put down a base shade. I used Tropic Skin Care’s Mineral Eyeshadow Palette in Wild Wisteria to create this eye look, and started by applying the pinky shade as a base, bringing it up to the brow bone and sweeping it round underneath my eyes too. Using a clean brush, I took the dark purple shade and applied it in the creases of my eyes, looping around and under my eyes again. I blended the two shades together using an e.l.f. blending brush.
Next, I used OCC’s Feathered white liner pencil to line the insides of my eyes, and added the lightest shade from the Wild Wisteria palette as an inner corner highlight. I decided not to use mascara (though white false eyelashes could look cool!) or fill in my eyebrows, though I did use the OCC pencil to lighten my brows. To finish my eyes, I took a small amount of OCC’s lip tar in Sebastian and dabbed it on the middle of each eye lid – don’t do this! Because of the peppermint oil used in their lip tars, OCC recommend against using them near the eye area.
I thought a contour might add some hollowness to my face – perfect for a deathly witch – so I used the bronze shade from the Wild Wisteria palette and applied it using an eyeshadow brush to my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose. I used the e.l.f. brush to blend out the contour, before going in with the palette’s lightest shade to add an exaggerated highlight to my cheeks, nose and cupid’s bow. For my lips, I used OCC’s Feathered white liner pencil to conceal my lips before applying their beautiful Sebastian lip tar. You could add a pop of mauve or red in the middle of your lips for a scary ombre effect, but I decided to apply the shade all over.
To complete the look, I used the white liner pencil to draw witchy symbols here and there on my face, including a crescent Moon – popular with Goddesses – and the cross, which stands for balance. You could tidy these scribbles up using a concealer brush, but I decided to leave them a little ragged for that ethereal, half-dead vibe.
Scared yet? Let me know what you’re going as this Halloween.