Halloween: the perfect excuse to break out the adventurous makeup items and skills you might not otherwise dare to let see the light of day – or most likely the dark of night, in this case. While 2016 has been the breeding ground for many fantastic costume inspirations (we can’t overlook the many releases from Marvel such as Captain America: Civil War and Netflix’s Luke Cage, to DC’s Suicide Squad, the Star Wars story Rogue One which is soon to hit the theaters and already making a huge splash in the world of cosplay and comic cons, ABC’s Once Upon A Time, and an honorable mention to the notable rise in mermaid mania) it can be challenging amid the sea of Black Widows, Jedi Knights, and Evil Regals to define your own original take on them makeup wise.
In addition, 2016 has seen the close of the “no-makeup makeup” reign and as we prepare to head into 2017, we have seen the door opened to more futuristic falsies, electric hues in blue and pink, thick brows, fresh faces paired with bold lips, geometric shaped liner, and highly pigmented glitter lids. Why not trying putting an original spin on your whole look this year by combining modern cosmetic trends with a classic Halloween vibe?
To help, here are a few tips and tricks for you to try out this Halloween that will be fun, effective, and best of all – isn’t harmful and won’t break the bank!
What says Halloween like spiders do? If you are a Marvel Comics enthusiast much like yours truly, then it’s a possibility that Black Widow is your cosplay of choice this year. Now while everyone is trying to replicate her flaming tresses, black cat suit, and minimal makeup look, why not put an actual black widow spider spin on it? Grouping your lashes in long, dark spikes will give the illusion of spider legs, and if you can pull it off on your own – good for you! Otherwise, try using Maybelline’s The Colossal Spider Effects mascara, only $7 at your local drug store. It combines length with volume, and the best part? It is long-lasting and washes off easily at the end of your night. Just apply a few coats and voila! To finish, use the red lip or eye pencil of your choice to draw the hourglass shaped black widow symbol in two geometric triangles directly above the outer corner of your eye. (For those of you interested in a mod look, this mascara can double as some 60’s icon glam).
Ombre Lacquer Lips
Vampires, seductresses, and Katana cosplayers – this one is for you. Want to spice up your look with a little off the wall trend that still speaks to the origins of your inspiration? A deep, emboldened ombre lip finished with a satiny lacquer will win every time. Let your dark side speak when choosing your colors: First, pick the lighter of the two and shape to the center of your lips, then blend out, finishing with the darker color. Top it off with the lip finishing lacquer of your choice. For your base colors, I recommend Maybelline’s New ColorSensational lipstick line ($7) which features a wide assortment of beautiful, unique, and very bold colors (I paired shades Smoking Red and Blackest Berry for this ombre). Want to pair this lip with a spectacular eye for a Katana cosplay? Try doing a thick black cat’s eye under the eye instead of above using e.l.f. Intense Ink Eyeliner In Blackest Black; $3 at your local drug store.
Mask Enthusiasts Welcome
Halloween is all about the perfect mask, right? Here are a couple of fresh mask ideas: For an artistic cat mask, try WetNWild’s Color Icon Eye Shadow Single in Panther ($0.99) or Idol Eyes Cream Shadow in Graphite ($0.99) to create a finger painted ink-smudge mask. Feeling like you belong under the sea? Try an avant-garde mermaid by drawing scalloped seashell scales in pearly greens, pinks, and blues or create a watercolor mask (eye pencils by WetNWild $0.99 and Maybelline Eyestudio Colortattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eye Shadow $6.99). Or if you’re feeling more like a phantom mermaid, try pairing a classic cat eye (e.l.f. Intense Ink Eyeliner) with a simple masquerade ball mask and a black and pink ombre lip (Maybelline ColorSensational lipstick).
Contouring is an art, but it doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult! Hard Candy Look Pro! Ultimate Contour & Sculpt Kit contains everything you need to contour beautifully and get it right the first time; $8.00 at the drug store. It comes with 5 assorted creams and powders with a dual ended brush. Plus, it’s all day staying power is easy to remove with cleanser when you get back home. Need a cool idea? For a unique mod approach, try contouring your face and then only blending and finishing one half. Quick tip: When contouring, pucker up! It will help identify your natural curve and cheekbone definition.
Last But Not Least, Halloween Kits
Halloween makeup kits can seem like a real bargain – I mean, who can resist a cute kitty package for only $6? You will be better off buying your individual items. Makeup kits are typically made with cheap additives, baked at a low temperature and melted, which can irritate your skin later on and cause problems for days afterwards. If you really want that glitter kit, save yourself the pain later, don’t use craft glitter, and opt for some drug store products which won’t hurt you later and won’t leave you penniless either: e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner, WetNWild Color Icon Glitter Single, Hard Candy Eye Def Glitter Eye Shadow, Hard Candy Lash Tinsel Mascara, Hard Candy Take Me Out Liner, WetNWild Mega Glo Illuminating Powder. These items are made with non-irritants, are easy to apply and remove, long lasting, and practically a steal.
I hope some of these tips will help you find your creative side this Halloween. But before you go, I have one last tip for you.
You absolutely read that right. Baby power is going to become your new best friend. Not only does it come in scentless and Fresh Scent, but it’s white color and staying power makes it perfect for that vampire costume when you need to pale your skin. Plus, it’s soft texture can make for an airbrushed finish. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s also one of the best deodorants. Ever.
Well, there you go! In the end, the best tip is this: be creative and let your imagination run wild. The possibilities this year are endless. Have fun, experiment with your look, take risks, and above all… have a happy and safe Halloween!