It’s Halloween! 2016’s Costume Look: Patronus/Etheral Deer

Happy Halloween to all my Halloween loving lovelies! I’ve always been obsessed with Halloween; I feel like I can really let my creativity flag fly. This year I found these amazing silver deer antlers (covered in glittery goodness) at Spirit Halloween, and the idea of being a Harry Potter Patronus morphed. I’m also thoroughly in love with all things Harry Potter. I know it’s a little late to create this look now, but there’s always next year! Or any surprise future costume parties. Below is what I used to achieve this look, now Expecto Patronum!

Costume

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Makeup


Face:

  1. Use your regular foundation and concealer.
  2. Used NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk for the spots, along with NYX White Liquid Liner for some smaller spots.
  3. Contoured my nose with Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette, any contour shade will do just wanted to make it wider looking.
  4. On the bridge of my nose I used Colourpop’s Highlighter in Honeymoon. (Wish it didn’t look so muddy in this picture, but I promise it looked glowing and beautiful!)
  5. Forehead and chin: Mehron Metallic Powder in Silver, mixed with Mehron Mixing Liquid. Make sure to have enough powder in the liquid for more opaqueness. Used a Q-tip to apply on my nose, and a wedge sponge to apply on the forehead and chin. Also, dotted some spots of this on my face.
  6. Lips: Mehron Silver Powder, topped with NYX Wicked Lippie in Stone Cold.

Eyes:

  1. Lid: LORAC 2 shadow in Silver (any silver shadow will do). Then, I applied Too Faced Glitter Glue on the lid with my finger and packed NYX Face and Body Glitter in Crystal all over.
  2. Underneath: Sculpted this area with NYX Milk Jumbo Pencil, drawing a line from the outer corner of my eye in a diagonal almost to my nose. Then  I filled that whole area, and my waterline with Milk as well.
  3. Gems: Got both sets at AC Moore. They have sticky adhesive on the back, but I used a little lash glue to hold them on a bit better.
  4. Lashes: Any pair will do, I like Ardell’s lashes as an affordable option. These were a silver and black Halloween style from Target (don’t know the brand off hand)
  5. Top Liner: NYX Matte Liquid Liner 
  6. Brows: Fill in with your regular brow product, and I added some of the NYX Crystal glitter with the glitter glue on the outer arch.

Body: 

  1. All Mehron Metallic Powder. I used on any exposed skin, so my legs, arms, neck and torso as well as up my neck and some of my back. I needed 2 bottles, and would definitely recommend ordering 3-4 bottles if it’s the smaller powder. I just had enough.
  2. First, I mix the powder and mixing liquid. You want the powder to grab your sponge and not be overly liquid-y.
  3. Dip a wedge sponge and apply in stroking motions, this works better than patting, that makes it look super spotty. But if you have streaks then pat lightly over the area. This stuff does move a bit before it dries.
  4. This will not get on anyone once it dries down, you really have to scrub it off (I went through a whole bar of soap!), but it’s great for going out as it won’t transfer on people or your car.

Hope you guys enjoyed this blog post, and have a safe and very wicked Halloween!

Easy Halloween Makeup Look: Leopard

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If you want a fierce, yet achievable makeup look for Halloween any sort of cat/leopard or cheetah route is a great way to go. Cat costumes are always classic, and fairly easy to accomplish. You can grab any bodysuit and wear it alone, with leggings or even a fun animal print skirt (you may even have these at home, making this look affordable as well). Even many of the makeup products I used you probably already have or can substitute what I used for something you own! Read below to figure out how you can transform into this fierce feline for a killer look this Halloween. If you’re looking just for a specific step such as the leopard spots, I broke into steps, the spots are last if you’re curious!

Makeup Steps and Products

Step 1: Face Base

  1. Start with your normal foundation, concealer and powder routine.
  2.  Take a makeup sponge, I used Walgreen Wedges (similar: Target Cosmetic Wedgesand dampen by wetting and squeezing the excess water out.
  3. Dip your sponge in a yellow face paint, I used Mehron’s Paradise Paint in Tropical Rainbow (yellow shade) or even a more yellow toned foundation works for this. I blended this near my hairline, into my contour lines and down my neck.
  4. Take a bronzer, or darker foundation and put all over your face until it’s a warmer color.
  5. Fill in your brows bushier and larger than normal; I like to use a powder for this as it looks more natural. I used Maybelline Brow Drama Palette in Deep Brown.

Step 2: Eyes

  1. I used Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario shades Isabel (crease), Violet (wing this out with a blending brush from the outer crease towards the end of you the tail of your eyebrow) and Kim all over the lid.
  2. Next apply black liquid liner into a large wing, thing as catlike a possible, I used NYX Matte Liquid Liner. This is THE best liquid liner I’ve ever used by the way.
  3. Underneath my eyes for the wing shape, I used Spirit Halloween’s Black and White Makeup kit.
  4. First outline by making a sharp black line with the black crayon from a bit below the liquid liner on my eyelid to right before my nose.
  5. Next fill in with the white cream, I used a Q-tip for easy precision and then patted it with a white eyeshadow (any matte white shadow will do).
  6. Then I went over the black crayon with my NYX liner. Go slow with this, or use a black gel liner and brush for better control.
  7. Apply lashes, I used Ardell Demi Wispies, but I would use something more dramatic next time. I just didn’t have anything else at the time!
  8. Use a black eyeliner pencil for you waterline, I used L’Oreal Silkissime in Black, and I used my liquid liner underneath that as well.
  9. Top with a mascara on bottom and top lashes. I used L’Oreal Feline Noir Mascara (because it only seemed right!)

Step 3: Nose and lips

  1. Contour your nose, you want to make this wider like a leopard’s, so I shaded down and around the sides with Kat Von D contour shade in Shadowplay. I also contoured by cheeks with this. Any matte brown shade will work for this.
  2. Use the white cream from the Spirit palette, and apply lightly with your finger rubbing in until you get a faded effect.
  3. Use the black crayon and outline your nose, don’t put this too high up on your nose, it looks more realistic the lower down it is.
  4. Use the black cream on a Q-tip and “color in” your nose. Make sure you get the sides of your nose, as far inside as you’re comfortable with, and underneath slightly. I rounded underneath a bit with the Q-tip.
  5. Use the Q-tip and black cream to draw the straight line connecting the nose and upper lip.
  6. For the whisker spots I used my NYX liner and dotted lightly. If you miss up, wait for it to dry and remove with a Q-tip, it will come right off! You can also use a felt tip eyeliner for an easier application. Dot about 6 or 7 going slightly up and then about 4 underneath that.
  7. Then I used Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lip in Witchy Night (this is an awesome drugstore black. Found mine at Walgreens).
  8. On the bottom lip you can use any lighter nude lipstick, I used Skimpy by Colourpop. I love this color combo, but I would advise using a matte nude as this transferred to the black a few times.

Step 4: The Leopard Spots

  1. Once again, I used the NYX Matte liner to draw the black of the spots. You want to draw “squiggly” C’s and open O shapes first. You could use a black cream, gel liner or pencil eyeliner to create these as well. I also drew some smaller “closed” spots.
  2. You also want the spots to vary in size and make them somewhat parallel on both sides.
  3. Then I took Mehron’s Gold Metallic Powder and Mixing Liquid and mixed them into a cup. First, pour in a little of the liquid and then a bit of powder (this will vary on how many spots you do, but I needed the littlest bit).
  4. Mix these together until you get a liquid.
  5. Take a Q-tip and dip in and then fill in your open spots!

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Star Wars Alien Inspired Makeup and Review of Star Wars Lipsticks by Covergirl

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Hello earthlings! I’m back today with an Alien/Star Wars inspired makeup look. This look was really easy to do and fast for any last-minute Halloween ideas. I’d grab a metallic jumpsuit or leggings and you’ll look like you spent a ton of effort even if it’s a last-minute costume. I was inspired by the new Star Wars The Force Awakens makeup line by Covergirl for this look. I picked up three lipsticks from the collection (that’s all the shades they had left at my Walgreens). They cost $8.99 each. I really wanted the gold color for my actual costume this year (hint it’s also Star Wars) but I haven’t had luck finding it yet. Hopefully this look inspires all your galactic dreaming this Halloween. Mini review, swatches, and detailed steps for this look are below.

Review:

Star Wars Force Awakens lipstick

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So I have to admit, I am not a huge fan of Covergirl products. Everyone has always raved about their mascara, but it’s not something that has ever worked for me. That said, I have liked when super star makeup artist, Pat McGrath, has collaborated with Covergirl’s lipstick lines, which she did for this collection. I will say if you are not a Star Wars fan I don’t think these are the best lipsticks for the money, except number 20. The lipsticks aren’t named, just numbered, and they are all a very satiny finish. Here’s an individual look at each.

  • Number 20: 20 is a silver-lilac that is actually pretty pigmented. It has an intense metallic finish, and I haven’t seen any other lipsticks like this color. I really think this is a unique shade to add to any collection.
  • Number 30: 30 is a satin red with a decent amount of sparkle. It’s not as deep as the tube looks but it is a pretty color for the holiday seasons if you like sparkle in your lipstick. I don’t mind it, but I do think there are a lot of drugstore options that I’d use before grabbing this.
  • Number 50: 50 is a metallic eggplant color, also with a satiny finish. I like this, but I prefer a more matte finish for a deep color like this.

Overall the lipsticks I bought are a good option for Halloween makeup, but not a must have for your collection. I’m curious how the silver and gold in the collection look. If I happen to come across them I’ll post a review here!

Swatches

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Makeup Look

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Primer: L’Oreal Magic Lumi Primer

Foundation: Too Faced Born this Way in Porcelain

Concealer: It Cosmetics Eyelift in a Tube in Fair

Brows: It Cosmetics Liner Love in Black used with an angled liner brush. Used MAC Black Glitter with Fix + on inner part of eyebrows. (you can use any black glitter or pigment for this)

Eyes: 

Cheeks: Colourpop Supershock Cheeks in Pegacorn. Similar: NYX Cream Blush in Hot Pink.

Lipliner: MAC Nightmoth. You could even use a black eyeliner as lipliner for this to intensify a bit.

Lipstick: Covergirl’s Star Wars The Force Awakens number 50 on the outer corners and number 20 in the center.

Black Gems: AC Moore.

Halloween Haunts: Glam Frankenstein Halloween Makeup Look

Frankenstein makeup 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.

Tools

Mehron Paradise Palette
Mehron Tropical Paradise Palette
Real techniques beauty blender and brushes
Real Techniques Beauty Sponge and AC Moore Paint Brushes

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

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Note: I will link all items below where you can view them easier along with dupes. Below is an in-depth step by step. 

  1. 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.
  2. Setting Powder: I used Kat Von D’s eyeshadow in Birdcage to fill in any spots that showed some skin.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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. 

Removal

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.

The End. 

3 Halloween Looks You’ll Want to Wear All October Long

Halloween is my favorite holiday, I get to dress up as whatever fictional character I want and delve into those spunky bright colors I can’t wear on a normal day. Because let’s face it, wearing green lipstick to class may have people looking at you like you’re the new student from Mars. But on Halloween we get to embrace our inner warrior queens, evil villains and beloved princesses. For this years fantastically frightful season I’ve created three looks that cover most of the Halloween makeup spectrum using makeup you probably already own!

 

Daenerys Targaryen Photo taken by me
Daenerys Targaryen
Photo taken by me
Poison Ivy Photo taken by me
Poison Ivy
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Princess Jasmine Photo taken by me
Princess Jasmine
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Photo taken by me

Daenerys Targeryn 

Game of Thrones is my favorite show and one of my favorite book series, so when I saw Spirit Halloween was releasing Daenerys costumes I swooned. I went for Dany’s Dothraki look, which can also work if you’re a warrior princess or goddess this Halloween. This look is dewy and stripped down, making it super easy to accomplish. Products used are listed below.

Products and more affordable dupes:

Smashbox Oil-Free Primer (dupe here)

Loreal True Match Lumi W1-2

NYX HD Photo Concealer Wand Porcelain

Tarte Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse in Medium Brown (dupe here)

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer Park Avenue Princess (dupe here)

Naked 1 Palette Buck (dupe here)

Lorac 2 Palette Mocha

Lorac 2 Palette Cocoa

Loreal Telescopic Mascara

Loreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner in Brown

Milani Blush in Luminoso

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strip in Sunset Strip

MAC Rihanna Highlight in Diamonds (Limited edition, similar here)

Jordana Lipliner Tawny

Sunna Claore Lipstick Prude (similar here in Honeyed)

Photo taken by me
Photo taken by me

 Poison Ivy

A few years ago this Batman villain rose to the top of Halloween costume lists when Kim Kardashian wore this look. I admit ever since then I’ve been obsessed with creating a Poison Ivy makeup look, and when I found a magically fierce Poison Ivy costume on spirithalloween.com I was ecstatic. This is definitely my favorite of the three looks and I hope this inspires you to bring out your inner bad ass, all while looking spellbinding.

Products and dupes:

Smashbox Anti-Redness Primer

Makeup Forever HD Foundation

NYX HD Photo Concealer Wand Porcelain

Revlon Colorstay Aqua Powder

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer Park Avenue Princess

NYX Eye Base in Skin Tone

Kat Von D Spellbinding Shadow Palette Gunner and Birdcage (limited edition, similar here, here and here)

Lorac 2 LT Brown and Jade

MAC Gold Glitter

NYX Cream Shadow Aqua (dupe here)

Jordana 12 HR Eyeshadow in Endless Emerald

Urban Decay Half Baked eyeshadow (dupe here)

HIP by Loreal Cream Liner in Teal 

Ardell False Lashes Fright Night Dark Maiden 

Milani Luminoso Blush

Mary Lou-Manizer Highlight by the Balm (got mine for $10 on Hautelook, check their for sales)

Lime Crime Serpentina Lipstick (dupe here)

 

Photo taken by me
Photo taken by me

Princess Jasmine

Princess Jasmine wins hands down for having the dreamiest makeup and outfit look out of all the Disney Princesses. I mean this girl doesn’t wear a poofy dress and she has a pet tiger, what’s not to envy? unfortunately, I do not have beautiful caramel skin like this princess, and all the bronzer in the world can’t help that, but I’ve created a bold purple eye look anyone can wear for their look. Costume from Spirit Halloween. Products listed below.

Products:

Smashbox Oil-Free Primer (dupe here)

Loreal True Match Lumi W1-2

NYX HD Photo Concealer Wand Porcelain

Tarte Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse in Medium Brown (dupe here)

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette Arcadia (dupe here)

Lorac SummerGLO palette purple shade (on sale)

Lorac2 Nude

NYX Crystal Liquid Liner in Crystal Pink

Loreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner in Black

Loreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Liner in Black

Milani Rose D’Oro Blush

Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls in Light Bronze

Maybelline The Buffs Lipstick in Maple Kiss

Gerard Cosmetics Lipgloss in Nude (dupe)