Halloween is fast approaching and if you’re planning to dress up, it goes without saying that the makeup you pair with your chosen spooky outfit is just as important as the outfit itself.
The only thing is, we don’t necessarily want to go out and spend a small fortune on buying new products that chances are we’ll only be able to use that one night of the year. So, to give you a little outfit inspiration and to make things as simple as possible, we’ve created three different looks using products from our current makeup bags.
Here are a trio of simply but effective looks to try your hand at…
Doe a deer
Start by prepping your skin with with primer and foundation. Using Collection’s Lasting Perfection in Fair 1, £3.99, apply the concealer under your eyes, down the bridge of your nose, on the flat of your forehead and chin making sure not to blend to mute the tone. Set the concealer in place using the BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop, £30. Next, take MUA’s Bronze and Sculpt Contour Kit in Medium/Dark, £5, and with a contour brush sweep down the hollows of your cheekbones, along your jawline and on your temples, making sure to take the colour all along your hairline. With a small, fluffy eyeshadow brush run the contour colour in a line from your inner eyebrow all the way down your nose. Repeat this down the other side. Taking Revlon ColorStay Eye Liner in Brown, £6.29, draw a heart shape at the on the end of your nose and fill. Finally draw a line down the centre of your nose down to your cupid’s bow.
For your eyes, take the same contour colour and using a fluffy eyeshadow brush sweep across your lids, smoking out in the corners. Using the Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner in Brown again, draw a a thin line along both your upper and lower lash line, flicking out at the outer corner. To create the ultimate doe-eyed look, in the inner corner join the two lines using the edge your nose as a meeting point. Finish the eye with lashings of the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, £19. To complete the look, draw spots in the heavily bronzed areas of your face using your concealer. To make these standout even more, take a white finishing powder like the PS…Pro Finishing Powder and using an eyeshadow smudger brush, densely pack the powder on top of the concealer. Use MAC’s Taupe lipstick, £14, for the ultimate fawny lips!
Apply a bright pink or red blusher like MAC Powder Blush in Desert Rose, £18.50, to your cheeks using a makeup brush in a circular swirling motion. Next, trace white eyeliner along your lower waterline – we used Barry M Kohl Pencil in White, £2.99. Using a Rodial Smokey Eye Pen, £17, draw along your bottom lash line.
Apply false lashes and give your bottom lashes a few coatings of mascara. Using the black and white eyeliner pencils again, create a straight line with each from the corner of each side of your mouth down to your jawline. Ensure the black and white line are directly next to each other. Apply a slick of pink lipgloss or lipgloss like Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Gloss in Heartbreaker, £20, to your pout and you’re good to go!
Day of the dead
First, create a normal foundation base then dust Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder, £12.69, over your whole face for a pale ‘just back from the dead’ finish. Use H&M High Impact Eyeshadow in Stargazer, £4.99, to trace around your eye socket and then blended this area out with a fluffy brush. Using Illamasqua Powder Eyeshadow in Obsidian, £16.50, use an eyeshadow brush to apply it on your eyelid and under the lash line to deepen the eye socket. Glide *black eyeliner* in along your waterline, then added lashings of black mascara. To complete the eyes, pop on a pair of Eylure Halloween Carnival Lashes, £6.95.
For the cheeks, use the same blue and black eyeshadows to create a sharp contour from the top of the cheekbone all the way to the start of the lips. Using the same shade, contour the tip of your nose and create 4 vertical lines across the lips with a small eyeshadow brush to create a shadow effect. Finally, taking a deep red lipstick like MAC Retro MatteLiquid Lipcolour in High Drama, £17.50, follow the same lines on your lips with a slick of deep, blood red liquid lipstick.
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