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Makeup Monday: Halloween Inspiration

by 2 October 07, 2013

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As I mentioned last week, the time has come to celebrate Halloween. For the next few weeks, we all get to eat delicious candy and fall treats (I’m thinking specifically of popcorn balls here), we get to stretch fake spider webs across our bushes and windows, and for one night a year we get to play dress-up.

Maybe you've already planned your costume out. Is there a sexy zombie ensemble in your future? Whatever you do, ditch the idea of cutting some holes in a sheet and being a ghost. Also abandon the idea of wearing a lousy, sweaty mask all night. What you need is the perfect cosmetic costume: something dramatic and impressive and possibly scary, but definitely wash-off-able.

For those of you seeking Halloween costume inspiration, below you’ll find some great (and EASY) makeup suggestions to get the ball rolling. For those of who are already invested in a particular costume, read on to see how to perfect the cosmetic aspect of your look.

Animal costumes:

You can transform yourself into a deer, fox, or lion using makeup you (probably) already have in your bag at home. These looks are quick and fun and allow for easy removal (just your average makeup remover!).

[caption id="attachment_4049" align="aligncenter" width="427"]"the cute deer" is an incredibly popular costume this year. finish this look with a brown bodysuit and some stick antlers. watch the entire tutorial here. "the cute deer" is an incredibly popular costume this year. finish this look with a brown bodysuit and some stick antlers. watch the entire tutorial here.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4051" align="aligncenter" width="480"]Like the deer, "Cute Lion" makeup can be done from cosmetics you already own. Watch the tutorial here. Like the deer, "cute lion" makeup can be done from cosmetics you already own. watch the tutorial here.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4050" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Foxy ladies: this one might require some face paint. But your look will be totally worth it. foxy ladies: this one might require some face paint. but your look will be totally worth it.[/caption]

Undead costumes:

Using minimal face paint (from a party/ Halloween store) you can create a variety of undead looks. Make sure your kit contains white, black and green!

[caption id="attachment_4059" align="aligncenter" width="630"]I love this subtle zombie look. Still pretty, but obviously dead. i love this subtle zombie look. still pretty, but obviously dead.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4055" align="aligncenter" width="630"]The best vampire is the new vampire. Putting fake blood on your neck (as well as coming from your mouth) tells a story. the best vampire is the new vampire. putting fake blood on your neck (as well as coming from your mouth) tells a story.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4058" align="aligncenter" width="432"]I love the bright green face of the Wicked Witch. The pink lips are still feminine, while the bold brows bring the dramz. i love the bright green face of the Wicked Witch. the pink lips are still feminine, while the bold brows bring the dramz.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4056" align="aligncenter" width="550"]For a more high-fashion Halloween, consider this "bride-of-Frankenstein" look. White face paint, red lips, and some spray-on hair color make for an easy transformation. for a more high-fashion halloween, consider this "bride-of-Frankenstein" look. white face paint, red lips, and some spray-on hair color make for an easy transformation.[/caption]

Pin-Up/ "Sexy _______" costumes:

Halloween is a time for you to go buck-wild with your hair and makeup while still looking totally glam and sexy. If your costume preference relies on femininity and dramatic cosmetics, here are some looks that will be perfect with your outfit.

[caption id="attachment_4048" align="aligncenter" width="236"]Channel Betty Boop through this awesome old-fashioned pin-up look. Exaggerated brows and false lashes make this an easy and flirty costume topper. channel Betty Boop through this awesome old-fashioned pin-up look. exaggerated brows and false lashes make this an easy and flirty costume topper.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4053" align="aligncenter" width="255"]For a more low-key pin-up face, try this super-pale style. Plummy blush and lip color, plus really fair foundation, give this look an almost grey-scale feel. for a more low-key pin-up face, try this super-pale style. plummy blush and lip color, plus really fair foundation, give this look an almost grey-scale feel.[/caption]

Pop Art girl costume:

I stumbled upon this tutorial and was completely amazed! The pop art face paint is relatively easy and is a wonderful change from the more typical costume. Plus, you get to retain your femininity without being a “sexy garbage man” or whatever the gals are rocking at the frat house parties this year.

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Clean-up tips:

1)      Wash your face with a gentle soap and warm water to get layers of stage makeup off.

2)      Use a soft cloth to remove makeup, being especially delicate around your eyes.

3)      For stubborn makeup, break out the old baby shampoo and/or oil.

4)      Don’t forget to moisturize your face after cleansing it! Wearing stage makeup or costume makeup can be tough on your skin, so be sure to give it some TLC once clean.

As the holiday approaches, I get more and more excited about what sort of witchy looks you luvvies will pull off for Halloween! Be sure to stay tuned to the website for all kinds of tips, tricks, and treats.

Happy Makeup Monday, dears. Go put on some (black) lipstick.

Katie-Signature





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