Halloween is a night for ghoulish fun. Kids go door to door, trick-or-treating in search of candy, adults dress up to attend parties and clubs where they dance under the moon to the spookiest grooves. I love seeing everyones creativity on display—kids of all ages dressed up as the latest movie characters, superheroes, aliens and any pop icon you can imagine.
Some of my favourite costumes are the timeless creatures of the night, which also happen to be some of the most popular of all time. These costumes scream halloween and if you’d like to try one yourself—or three—I have a simple makeup tutorial that will work as a base for three halloween classics. Using one look you can transform yourself into a witch, vampire or mummy in combination with some minor changes to your outfit and hair, because you never know when you might need to make appearances at three separate halloween parties.
If you want to watch the full tutorial check it out at cbc.ca.
First thing I always do is apply a primer. This helps the foundation stick to the face, and makes the makeup last throughout the day. I love the Smashbox Primerizer if you have dry skin or the Smashbox Photo-Finish, if you are more prone to getting oily throughout the day.
Next, pick up your favourite foundation. However, there’s a catch. You want to use a shade three tones lighter than your skin. This will give you a paled out, “spooky” look. I recommend using the Makeup Forever HD Stick Foundation for more theatrical looks because it has nice full coverage and lasts all day long. You could also try the Maybelline Fit Me! Foundation as a cheaper alternative. Apply this over the face with either a brush or a beauty sponge.
Skip the concealer (since we will be darkening the under eye area.) We are going straight to contour. I like using a cool tone shade to really hollow out the cheekbones. You are also going to apply this to your temples and in the hollows of your under-eye. A great product for this is the PÜR Cosmetics Contour Diaries Palette.
Perfecting the brows. While you want to look scary, witches, vampires and mummies should be glammed up a bit! Use your favourite brow product and glam up those brows. I used ColourPop Brow Pot to define the area.
Next, me move to a charcoal coloured eyeshadow—apply this all over your eyes. It’s okay if you’re messy because this look is a bit grungy. You can start layering the pigment, even dipping into a black shade. Grab a tiny brush and pop that shade on the bottom lash line to define the eye look. Pick up a black eyeliner for the waterline and finish off the eyes with some dramatic lashes. My favourite, affordable eyeshadow palette is the Covergirl TruBlend Eye Palette, Smoky. You can use whatever eyeliner you like best, personally I love using the Annabelle Eyeliner and my current favourite lashes are the Ardell Wispies.
Now it’s time to customize the makeup: For the vampire look, apply a red liquid lipstick all over your lips. Next, pick up that grey charcoal eyeshadow that you used on the eyes and apply this with a brush to the centre of your lips. I love using ColourPop Liquid Lips because they stay in place all day long, great for a night out! I used the shade Creeper to create this look.
If you are going with the mummy or witch, you will want to apply a light concealer or the foundation you used on your face (something lighter than your natural face shade) on your lips. You want to give this a ‘muted-out’ look. You can apply this with your fingers or a beauty sponge. Next, repeat the same steps, and apply the charcoal eyeshadow to the centre of your lips. It helps if you keep your mouth open while doing this. This will give you a super scary effect and make everything come together.
Last but not least, apply your favourite setting spray to make sure everything stays in place. My all-time favourite setting spray is the MAC Cosmetics “Fix Plus” Setting Spray. This also helps all the powders on your face melt together and gives your makeup a seamless look.