Who says Halloween makeup requires dropping a small fortune at a costume store on face paint, special effects products and things you’ll literally never use again. Not us, that’s for sure.
We as women tend to spend money unnecessarily anyway. I mean, how many of us have tons of beauty products that we’ve never gotten around to using? Or that we bought and just aren’t really sure what to do with it?
Me? I spent a load of money on this huge eyeshadow palette once, excited to go home and create makeup looks that YouTubers dream of, only to open the palette a whopping three times in the year since I bought it.
So why should we shell out hundreds of dollars paying a makeup artist to do a prize-worthy Halloween costume look for us? Why do we feel that we have to go above and beyond for just one night? Well, the simple answer is: we don’t.
I love this look because not only is it easy to pull off, but it’s effective. All you need is an all-black outfit, this makeup and you’re set.
Special thanks to Makeup Artist and SFX extraordinaire Elizabeth Graham for showing us how to achieve it. Ready?
Before we even begin, make sure you’ve cleansed, toned and hydrated your skin according to your skin type. Once that’s done, you’re ready to start applying makeup.
- If needed, fill in your eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil, pomade or even a darker shadow to your heart’s (and your brow’s) content.
- Apply a face primer to your skin – mainly in the T-zone, or wherever you get really oily especially.
- Using a damp sponge, apply a liquid foundation, starting in the middle and working your way out.
- Under your eyes, apply concealer. You can also add concealer on your forehead, nose and chin to enhance and bring those features forward.
- Pick an orange eyeshadow – or if you don’t have an orange shadow, use anything orangey with warm tones; maybe bronzer or blush, and apply generously on your forehead.
- Apply eyeshadow primer on your lids.
- Continue applying the orange shadow close to the hairline, eye crease, inner eye (carry it upwards towards forehead), and around the lips. You can also add glitter on the lid to make the look more glamourous.
- Apply black eyeshadow on the outer and inner corners of the eyes, and below the lash line in the shape of an upside down triangle.
- Use a nude or dark brown matte lipstick.
- With a gel liner or eyeliner pen in black, create a dramatic wing liner extending towards your temples.
- With the same eyeliner, draw a base line right under your eyebrows, and lines going upwards from where the eyebrow begins.
- Draw two lines below your cheekbones, the top line longer than the bottom.
- Draw in nose, and lines going upwards and downwards from the center of your lips.
- Have fun with it!
- When you’re happy with the final look, spray some setting spray, ensuring not to spray too closely to your face.
- If you really want to take the look to the next level, use black and orange bandannas to tie around your head, and to add a little extra to the look!
You can follow Elizabeth Graham on social media to see more of her makeup artistry work. Find her on Facebook Makeup by Eli, or on Instagram @mua_eli.