Happy Halloween month loves! October is my favorite month; I love all things Halloween, and it’s also my birthday month 🙂 Anyway, late last night I drank a grande Toasted Graham latte from Starbucks and went to town painting myself this lovely shade of green. I really wanted to up the ante on the Halloween looks I did this year because I’m a firm believer Halloween is the time to let your imagination come to life. I will say, this makeup was more difficult than I anticipated. But I’ll get into that below, where the tools, methods, and what I used will be listed. Happy haunting and good luck on all your Halloween makeup endeavors.
After viewing a sick statue makeup video by Samantha from Batalash, I saw she used Mehron’s Tropical Paradise Palette, $27.99, to achieve the brilliant and opaque gray color. I knew I did not want to use traditional Halloween makeup for these looks as it can be streaky and difficult to build the colors (I will give some options below though if you guys would like to go with the convenience of buying in-store).
I also picked up some soft paint brushes from AC Moore I honestly didn’t use them all that much they didn’t really make the paint stick to the skin. I used my Real Techinques Beauty Sponges, I actually used two so if these are your everyday concealer sponges I recommend buying some back-ups because they will stain.
Unfortunately, Samantha’s video didn’t go into too much detail on how to apply the Mehron paint, so for me it was a lot of trial and error. I had watched a few videos, but for me lightly tapping the paint into the skin, where you let the sponge “bounce” off the surface definitely worked best. I would not suggest rubbing or pressing to hard as it removes the color, I had parts of my skin that looked faded to the point you could see my skin even after I layered from pressing the sponge to hard. Seriously, use an extremely light hand. I also recommend wetting your sponge and squeezing it once or twice, you need it pretty damp to activate the color to a creamy consistency.
I finally completed my look after about an hour and a half. If I knew the correct application process for the paint it would’ve been about an hour I think. Blending is key! I also hit pan on the light lime green in the palette, so I think these will cover your whole face, ears, neck. shoulders, and chest, but not your whole body. Mehron does have individuals of these though. I found mine on Amazon.
Achieving This Makeup Look
Note: I will link all items below where you can view them easier along with dupes. Below is an in-depth step by step.
- Face and Body: Mehron Tropical Paradise Palette, $27.99. I used the bottom lime green color all over my face, body, neck, chest, and ears.
- Setting Powder: I used Kat Von D’s eyeshadow in Birdcage to fill in any spots that showed some skin.
- Shading : I used the dark green to shade my forehead, chin, and cheeks. I blotted the color along my hairline and forehead as well as along my chin and then blended it out with some of the lime green color on a different sponge. I then used the medium AC Moore paint brush to place two “contour” lines in my cheeks and once again blended with the sponge until I got a hallowed look. I put some of this dark green in my nostrils as well.
- Highlighting: I took some of Spirit Halloween’s cream makeup in White and my large paint brush and painted this in my collar-bone and in between to create the T shape. I also put some of this on my nose with my finger and blended.
- Shading step 2 (this is how you get it to look creepy!): For this I used charcoal and black accents on my collar-bone and dip in my neck, so it creates a kind of T shape. I used the color Charcoal on a domed eyeline brush (sorry a lot of the makeup brushes I used were older, don’t have names) from the LORAC 2 to create that look (I’ll put more options below, but a dark grey or black shadow works for this).
- Shading step 3: I used LORAC’s Black shadow along my hairline and brought down a bit, I used a small contour/blush brush to do that. I then blended again with my sponge that had a bit of the lime green color until it looked melted into one another.
- Undereye Area: I used Deep Teal from the LORAC Megapro Palette (I’d probably use a deep green without shimmer but I didn’t have one, so I just layered colors), then I blended with my sponge again. After that I use LORAC 2’s shade Plum to give a more bruised look and added some of the shade Double Tap from the Too Faced Stardust Palette. I used a small and dense eyeshadow brush and dabbed the colors together under the eyes. I then blended everything with my sponge.
- Eyebrows: I almost left the eyebrows green, but I think the black really brought this look together. I used LORAC’s Black Shadow on an angled eyeliner brush to fill in the brows. I wanted to use gel liner, but couldn’t find mine. I think this worked well though, just make your eyebrows bold and kind of square with your brush.
- Eyes: I had covered my eyes with the lime green paint and then put Birdcage, a lime green shadow I used when from a LE Kat Von D palette in the crease, along with a little bit of NYX’s Jumbo Pencil in Rocky Mountain Green which I drew sloppily in the crease and blended .Then I used LORAC 2’s Charcoal in the crease and really blended. I also put this color in the outer V. Used a domed eyeshadow brush and IT cosmetics blending brush to blend out. Everything blends easily on the paint without lifting it which is a major plus.
- Lashlines: I applied Jordana’s Cat Eye Liner in Black Leather on my upper lashline, no wing. Then I applied the Jumbo Pencil in Rocky Mountain Green in the lower waterline. I applied LORAC’s Black along the lower lashline and blended with my IT Cosmetics brush.
- Mascara: I used the new Maybelline Falsies Push-Up (I think I used waterproof which I don’t recommend, the non-waterproof works better). I topped off with Too Faced Better than Sex. I opted for no lashes, but you could definitely use some, Ulta always sells awesome Halloween ones.
- Stitch: First I used a small eyeliner brush to draw the curved line with Black eyeshadow, then I used some of the shade Girl’s Night from the Stardust palette and the color Plum from LORAC 2 on the same brush and pressed it into the line to give it a bruised look. I added the stitches with my black liquid liner. (I saw some way cooler techniques like using staples, but it was 2 am and I wasn’t sure how it’d work out) You can also add some effects like fake blood and stitches from the Spirit Halloween store.
- Lips: I also almost didn’t do a bold lip, I am so happy I did though. I think it completed this monster look. I used MAC’s Nightmoth lip pencil and filled in with NYX’s Wicked Lipstick in Betrayal. I then topped with a generous amount of Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in Fire Opal.
- Gems: I wanted it to look like my monster had that furrowed and distorted forehead look so I added some large green gems from AC Moore. They stick right on, I tried to accent with some smaller black gems but they did not stick well, I’d use some lash glue if you wanted to use smaller gems.
Makeup and Dupe list
Note: Not all items have dupes but links for items used are below too.
- Used: Mehron Tropical Paradise Palette. Dupes: Spirit Halloween Glow in the Dark Cream Makeup, Spirit Halloween Green Grease Makeup, Spirit Halloween Wicked Witch Makeup. (This has pretty much every color for a Frankenstein look) You can also use a Face Painting Kit from Michael’s or AC Moore, but I find you may not have enough of the one green to complete a full face look.
- Spirit Halloween White Grease Makeup
- Real Techniques Miracle Completion Sponges (I would not use the regular square sponges you get at the drugstore, I tried those and a makeup sponge works way better).
- Used: LORAC 2 and Megapro Eyehadows in Deep Teal, Charcoal, Plum, and Black. Dupes: Deep Teal: Maybelline Single Eyeshadow in Turquoise Sea, Cover Girl Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Turquoise Glow. Plum: NYX Matte Shadow in Skinny Dip. Charcoal: NYX Matte Shadow in Craving. Black: NYX Matte Shadow in Stripped.
- Used: Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette shade Birdcage LE. Dupes: NYX Matte Shadow in Covet, Covergirl Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Lime Lights.
- Used: Too Faced Stardust Palette in Girl’s Night Out and Double Tap. Dupes: Double Tap: NYX Matte Shadow in Skinny Dip, Catrice Velvet Matt Eyeshadow in Al Burgundy. Girl’s Night Out: Anastasia Beverly Hills Single Shadow in Burnt Orange.
- NYX Jumbo Pencil in Rocky Mountain Green
- Used: MAC Nightmoth. Dupes: Jordana Easyline in Plush Plum (I get these at Walgreens). NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Currant.
- NYX Wicked Lipstick in Betrayal
- Revlon HD Lip Lacquer in Fire Opal
- Found Gems at AC Moore, can’t find online but any medium-sized self-stick gem pack will do.
These face paints were super easy to remove and did not cause any staining to me or my sink. I used makeup removing wipes and some Garnier Cleansing Oil to take off. It took about four makeups wipes to remove fully.