Halloween is a time of slutty costumes and makeup prowess. I don’t really do either (anymore, ehm), but I like that it gives me a kick in the butt to be more adventurous and creative with makeup. There are a lot of great Halloween makeup tutorials on Youtube, so this is not meant to be that. This post is just me sharing my interpretation of a mermaid makeup look and of course she’s caught in a fisherman’s net. The inspiration came from the new ColourPop Opalescent Highlighters (see them here) and the sea of glitter I got recently (here).
This makeup is also my participation to the third episode of the #FallInLoveTAG2 by Caffelatte for Breakfast. Check out the other parts of this tag here and the introduction post with all the prompts here.
We’re officially a week into Fall and my hands were itching to do something different makeup-wise. So when Natyra on Instagram (@natyrabeauty) suggested a collaboration themed on Gods and Goddesses, I knew I was in. I have always believed in the power of nature, so I would have picked Mother Nature, but because Fall is my favorite season, I decided to homage it by picking the Goddess of Harvest for this fall makeup look.
Hey you there
How you doin’
Can I ask you something
Are you dead or alive
When you’re drifting slowly away
I’ll be here to keep you today
With fire in my eyes
I’ll be like fire in your eyes
This Guano Apes song was running in my head while I was creating this fire inspired makeup for Carnival this year. I am not one to usually celebrate since here in The Netherlands it’s all about terrible music and naked bodies. This year however a few friends were coming over to visit and see the dutch carnival, so I decided to join and spring to the occasion of playing with makeup and create something different than what I wear usually.
“Anyone who throws boomerangs has some real issues letting go” – Harley Quinn
Third episode of the Fall in Love Tag and we’re talking about Halloween of course! The most fun holiday of the year, at least regarding makeup. It gives me an excuse to wear black lipstick and dark red smokey eyes and release my inner gothic self. In this tag we are asked to describe our Halloween traditions and scary stories, I don’t have anything scary to tell but I have my own little tradition.
For the past three years every Halloween I have been on stage with my band Whatever Alice Said, rocking out at the Boekend Rocknight. There isn’t much Halloween-y about it and nobody wears a costume, but the music is good and loud, everyone wears black and it’s a hell of a party! For my own makeup, I am allowed to go all out with dark smokey eyes and dark lipsticks because that’s what I love to wear on stage. I have shown a few modifications of the same look here and here so this year I wanted to attempt something closer to a costume.
“Don’t worry! I landed on my head!”
I decided to attempt a Harley Quinn makeup, inspired by the villain in the Batman comics who always had this creepy grin and was good friends with the Joker. There are many versions of this makeup on the web, but I found this one by Julia Graf and decided to take it as a starting point to then put my own twist to it. Red and black are my two favorite colors so I knew I wanted to do something absolutely not subtle, because why in the world would one be subtle on Halloween!
“At what point did my life go Looney Tunes? Batman is to blame!”
This look was one of my first real challenges using gel eyeliners (Inglot) as base to deliver a vibrant and saturated color that eyeshadows alone cannot give. I had to work quick before the gel liners set to buff out the edges so I would avoid harsh lines where I want gradients of color. Then I set everything with powder eyeshadow, the black from the Lorac Pro palette and the single shadow Ember from an old LE by Neve Cosmetics, which I was waiting so long to be able to use. Then blending it all out with a dark plum shade (Nabla Mimesis) for the black quadrants.
And the lines..oh gosh the lines were a nightmare. With a round face like mine it was a real nightmare to draw straight lines. The best suggestion I can give is to start by outlining the shapes lightly with a black eyeshadow and at the end go over it with a felt tip eyeliner and try to keep it as straight and thin as possible. The least the strokes, the better in this case.
“Gee, it’s amazing the things you find in people’s glove compartments.”
Finally I lined the lips with a black pencil, filled them in with a black lipstick (Kiko Cream Lipstick 523) and dabbed some red loose pigment from Essence (anyone remember those? I am so happy I collected them before they were discontinued) in the center of the lips. Then I elongated the side of the mouth with again the same felt tip liner.
Robin: “What was she before she went bonkers?” Batman: “A clinical psychiatrist.” Robin: “Figures.”
L’Oréal Infallible 24h Matte foundation in 200 Sand
Mac Blot Powder in Medium
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Light/Medium
Inglot Gel Liner n.77 (black) and n.79 (red)
Lorac Pro palette black eyeshadow
Neve Cosmetics Ember eyeshadow
Nabla Cosmetics Mimesis eyeshadow
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner in Black
Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Eyeliner in Black
Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara
H&M false lashes
Kiko gems from a very old collection I can’t remember
Brows and Lips:
Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl in black (the black brow)
Neve Cosmetics Pastello Labbra Teatro (the red brow)
Kiko Creamy Lipstick in 523 Black
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner in Black
I hope you liked this look. I sure had a lot of fun doing it and making crazy faces to be in character (I know I’ll never be an actress). In the end I’m going to be my usual (or maybe more dramatic) rock chic on stage for Halloween, maybe that look will come by the blog as well if it turns out nicely.
What are you going to dress up as for Halloween? Are you attempting a makeup look?
Happy Saturday beauties!
Did you enjoy Halloween last night? I had an amazing time playing with my band Whatever Alice Said. Being on stage is such an amazing feeling, I can never get enough! Another great thing about being on stage with a rock band is that I can go heavy and crazy with my makeup, the bigger and the darker, the better! So here is what I came up with yesterday, a dark burgundy and black smokey eye with dramatic winger liner and dark red and black lips.