A Bewitching Halloween Makeup Look
I’m really excited to share this post with you all – creating a bewitching halloween makeup look.
Each year, I look forward to Halloween and go all out to deck out my house and join in the fun. OK, not quite to the same level as Christmas but it’s definitely an occasion I fully embrace. I take the kids to Halloween events, we watch a couple of scary movies and then of course, we welcome trick or treaters before we venture out ourselves.
Over the last five years, I’ve noticed more and more families in our neighbourhood pulling out all the stops. It’s exciting, it’s fun and it’s something to look forward to in half-term.
HALLOWEEN DURING COVID
But of course, this year we’re in a pandemic. Trick or treating isn’t actually banned if people follow the rule-of-6 and social distancing guidelines. But I don’t feel comfortable with having people come to my door or for the kids and I to visit others’ houses.
So I’ve decided to fill some cauldron and pumpkin containers with sweets and leave them on my driveway, so that anyone trick or treating can help themselves. I’ll ensure I’m only offering individually-wrapped sweets and might even leave a bottle of hand sanitiser next to the containers.
HALLOWEEN AT THE DOAL’S
I usually turn my porch in to a grotto but I may have to give that a miss this year because kids usually like to come up to the house to check out the decor. I think for everyone’s safety, it’s probably best to keep things on a smaller scale.
I came across the term WFH (Witch From Home) a few weeks ago and decided to embrace it fully. It’s disappointing we can’t celebrate the spooky season in the same way we normally would, but we’ve become quite used to cancelling things, postponing others and adapting to ‘the new normal’.
So I am doing what I can to up my Halloween game at home, so the kids don’t feel like they’re missing out in any way. And not just the kids. Like I said, it’s a time of year I really look forward to.
And I started a few weeks ago with three Halloween makeovers, which I did before the rule-of-6 and mixing with other households came into force. I’m going to share the three different looks over the next few posts.
My niece Manisha is such a creative and talented person. She’s our go-to family member for Halloween and fancy dress because she does a stellar job with painting our faces. A few years ago on Sukh’s 40th birthday, he asked for the Terminator and she delivered!
Of course, all eyes were on him anyway because it was his party but she did an outstanding job and people thought we’d gone to a professional. This is just a hobby for her but she can recreate almost any image, putting her own spin on it too. So together we decided on three different looks and I’m sharing the first one with you here.
THE FIRST MAKEOVER
For my first makeover, we decided to go with an oldie but a goodie. I wanted to be a witch but I didn’t want to go down the ‘Grotbags’ route – with a green face and curly wig. My vision was for something a bit darker, less cartoon-esque and kind of glam too.
I needn’t have worried because I was in safe hands with Manisha. She thought up the look as she went along. The only thing she was certain of was that she wanted to paint a spider over one eye.
CREATING THE BASE
Manisha started out with doing my base make-up. We used my regular Mac Pro Longwear Nourishing foundation because it’s creamy, medium coverage works well as a canvas for face-paints.
Once the foundation was set with loose powder, Manisha began to create a green and black smokey eye, using my Morphe 3502 pallette, which actually came in very handy for all three makeovers.We kept the look as glam as we could by using plenty of eyeliner in my tightline and waterline and finished off the eyes with my favourite Tatti Lashes (TL4). Manisha topped up my smokey lids with some glitter because well, there can never be too much glitter!
A GREEN WITCH
We knew there had to be some green on the face to complete the look, so she went in with heavy contouring using face-paint and my Mac eyesshadows.
I bought my face-paints from Revolution Beauty. There are 12 colours in the palette so you can create almost any Halloween look you want. To be honest, I was quite surprised that they have such a good range of Halloween make-up.
I had been looking for the kits I usually purchase online but those seem like child’s play compared to the creamy formula you get here. Plus as it’s a reputable make-up brand, I knew I wouldn’t see any adverse effects on my skin. I also picked up the fake blood, scar putty and latex.
The other plus-point was the price of all four products, which came to £17. I spent another £3 on the brushes from Amazon, which had me coming in at £20 for everything. I think that’s quite a bargain, seeing as I can get multiple use out of all the products.We were torn between a red lip for a more glam look or a green lip for a darker look. We opted for the latter because we went for red lips in one of the other makeovers. You’ll see that in a few days.
Manisha wanted to create a 3D spider, so she added depth and shadow using white paint and brown eyeshadow. I particularly love the gritty, dirty look she created on the face by swiping black eyeshadow across the nose, forehead, cheeks and jawline to darken up the contour.
My makeup usually hides the two beauty spots on my chin. Here, Manisha accentuated them with eyeliner. She even turned one into a mole – because well, what is a witch without a mole?!
RECREATING THE LOOK
I could never have created this look on myself off the top of my head but now that I’ve seen her do it, know the tools, colours and processes Manisha used, it’s definitely something I can recreate.
And there’s so much you can do with a look like this to adapt it to personal taste. You can opt to remove the spider. And you can create a sexier witch with red lips, more glitter across the eye and a winged liner. It’s definitely given me some food for thought when trying out Halloween looks in future.I can’t sign off without thanking Sukh for taking some amazing photos. He’s responsible for most of the pictures that appear on this blog. I know a lot of you know that but he really went all out for this post. We ended up doing a whole photoshoot with each different look! Manisha helped to shortlist the pictures and it was a real team effort and fun experience all round.
I look forward to sharing my second look with you later this week. Have a safe and happy Halloween!
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