Hey all you spooky ghouls and gals! It’s that time of the year again! The time of the year where I rise and take my place as the Queen of all things Halloween. 🙂
I know its been a while, but after graduation I felt that taking a break from blogging was the best thing to do for my mental and emotional well being. I appreciate you guys being patient with me during this hiatus.
But enough of that, let’s focus on the real reason we came here today: Halloween! While I know it may not be for everyone, Halloween is my favorite time of the year. I just love all the movies, candy, festivities, and overall spooky vibes that this holiday brings. This year, I decided to take things to the next level by challenging myself to do five Halloween inspired makeup looks. This was such a fun and exciting thing for me to do, and I can’t wait to share them all with you, as well as some tips and tricks for creating your own fun makeup looks.
Foundation: Fenty Beauty Eyeshadow: Kat Von D Pastel Goth palette and Juvia’s Place Masquerade palette Highlight: Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit Eyeliner: NYX Cosmetics Lashes: Ardell Faux Mink Lashes in 810 Lipstick: Too Faced Lipstick in shade Wicked
“Look it, look it! It’s freaking bats. I love Halloween.” – Iconic Vine
If you don’t recognize this quote, then you need to look it up. This iconic is definitely one of my faves, and I couldn’t help but quote it when I posted this look, inspired by one of the many makeup gurus I follow. Which is actually my first tip! Look for inspiration from makeup gurus on Instagram and Twitter. I prefer to look at smaller/lesser known influencers when it comes to inspiration, especially if you want something unique, simple, or beginner friendly. I definitely wouldn’t recommend working with special effects makeup, unless you know what you’re doing. So stick with what you know!
Foundation: Fenty Beauty Eyeshadow: Kat Von D Pastel Goth palette and Juvia’s Place Masquerade palette Highlight: Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit Eyeliner: NYX Cosmetics Lashes: Ardell Faux Mink Lashes in 810 Lipstick: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette
“You know, for someone who’s supposed to be a mad genius, I’m not seeing much of the genius.” – Shego from Disney’s Kim Possible
When I saw Snitchery on Instagram create a look inspired by Shego from Kim Possible, I knew I had to recreate it. Kim Possible was one of my favorite TV shows growing up as a kid. So getting to do a makeup look around one of its characters was a no brainer. Which is where my second tip comes in, find inspiration in your favorite TV shows and movies: especially Halloween movies (like my next look) 😉 The more obscure or lesser known the character is, the more unique the look! Try and find characters that are colorful or have distinctive features so your look is easily recognizable too!
“I’ve seen the EXORCIST ABOUT A HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SEVEN TIMES, AND IT KEEPS GETTING FUNNIER EVERY SINGLE TIME I SEE IT!” – Beetlejuice
Oh the iconic Beetlejuice, which turned 30 years old this year. I just couldn’t help but do a look in my favorite bio-exorcist’s honor. Out of all these looks this one is one of my favorites, but it definitely didn’t take very long to do. Believe it or not, I think this was one of the simplest looks I did. Tip #3 is to keep it simple! I could have gone all out for this look: white face paint, facial prosthetics, the whole nine yards. But I didn’t. Firstly, because I was lacking the time, skill, and resources. And secondly, because this character is still recognizable without all that extra stuff. I kept it simple!
Foundation: Fenty Beauty Eyeshadow: Modern Renaissance palette and Juvia’s Place Masquerade palette Highlight: Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit Eyeliner: NYX Cosmetics Lashes: NYX Cosmetics Lipstick: Too Faced Lipstick in shade Granny Panties “Face Paint:” Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette
“Violet, you’re turning… violet!” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Okay y’all, here it is. My favorite look! This one was so fun to do, and I am honestly amazed with the results (not to toot my own horn or anything). It definitely took the longest though! For the purple ‘face paint’ I used a few shades from my Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette, mixed them together, and the blended the crap out of it! Once I was satisfied with the blending, I went back in and created the ‘veins’ so that it looked more realistic and true to the movie. Could I have went to a Halloween store and actual bought face paint for this look? Probably. Did I have to? No! Here’s my next tip: use what you have! You don’t have to go out and by a bunch of special makeup to create these looks. I definitely didn’t. Now there is a disclaimer to this tip. Always be safe with your makeup. If you have sensitive skin, don’t use lipstick as face paint. Make sure you buy cosmetic grade glitter, as regular glitter can cause eye irritation. And when in doubt, research and don’t risk it! Your safety is not worth an Instagram picture.
Foundation: Fenty Beauty Eyeshadow: Kat Von D Pastel Goth palette Highlight: Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerrieo Glow Kit Eyeliner: NYX Cosmetics (black) and NYX Cosmetics (white) Lashes: Ardell Lashes Lipstick: Kylie Cosmetics in shade Pumpkin
“Sweet like Candy Corn.” – me 🙂
This look is the only one out of the five that is completely my own. All the other ones were inspired by makeup artists I saw one Twitter and Instagram, but this one was just me having fun with makeup. It was so fun to just relax and not have a guideline for this look. I just knew I wanted it to be fun, cute, and look like candy corn. So here’s my last tip: sometimes you have to just go with your gut, and be creative! I think the best things come out of creativity. All of the makeup look that inspired me were original to that artist. They created something unique, and inspired me to recreate it. When you think about it, it’s really cool how we all influence each other, especially in the makeup community. If my Halloween makeup looks inspire someone to recreate them, or even to just create some of their own, that would make me very happy.
I have been wanting to do Halloween makeup looks for years, but somehow I always put it off until it was too late. I hope you all enjoyed this post, and even if you aren’t a fan of Halloween or makeup, I hope you were encouraged to try something new. Do something you’ve been telling yourself you’re going to do but have been putting off continuously. I promise you’ll be so proud of yourself afterwards.
I hope you all have a Happy Halloween, whether you are watching horror movies with friends, trick or treating with kids, or hanging out with family. Be safe and I’ll see you guys next week for another Halloween themed blog post!