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How to totally master Instagram's Halloween mermaid makeup

Ivy Boyd is a beauty blogger and a makeup artist who has previously worked for Sephora and as a graphic designer. She studied art in college and brings that approach to her makeup artistry and YouTube tutorials. Ivy loves everything from...

A simple mermaid makeup tutorial to bring out your inner mer-woman (or mer-man)

Every little girl wants to grow up to be a mermaid. Now you can make all your childhood dreams come true with just a splash of makeup.

With a quick scroll of the Instagram feed, you'll see that #MermaidMakeup is all the rage as Halloween approaches. But what your favorite Insta-bloggers may not be telling you is how flippin' easy it is to master this makeup tutorial — as long as you've got a spare pair of fishnets on hand.

A simple mermaid makeup tutorial to bring out your inner mer-woman (or mer-man)
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Finally, you can bring your mermaid dreams to life in way less time than it takes to shop for Halloween costumes online.

1. Begin by placing fishnet pantyhose or a wig cap over your face

A simple mermaid makeup tutorial to bring out your inner mer-woman (or mer-man)
Image: Ivy Boyd/SheKnows

You will look like the ugliest version of yourself during this step. It's worth it, I promise.

2. Start creating the mermaid scales

A simple mermaid makeup tutorial to bring out your inner mer-woman (or mer-man)
Image: Ivy Boyd/SheKnows

Using a sponge or your fingertips, tap a blue cream shadow like Maybelline ColorTattoo Cream Gel Shadow in Tenacious Teal at your temples, forehead and tops of your cheekbones. (Maybelline, $7)

3. Give the scales an ombré effect

A simple mermaid makeup tutorial to bring out your inner mer-woman (or mer-man)
Image: Ivy Boyd/SheKnows

Next, take a green cream shadow like Maybelline ColorTattoo Cream Gel Shadow in Edgy Emerald, and apply below your blue areas, moving closer to the center of your face. (Maybelline, $7)

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4. Highlight the scales with silver cream eyeshadow

A simple mermaid makeup tutorial to bring out your inner mer-woman (or mer-man)
Image: Ivy Boyd/SheKnows

Using a silver cream shadow like Maybelline ColorTattoo Cream Gel Shadow in Silver Strike, tap on top of the high points of your face as highlights. (Maybelline, $7)

5. Remove the fishnets to reveal your makeup mermaid scales

A simple mermaid makeup tutorial to bring out your inner mer-woman (or mer-man)
Image: Ivy Boyd/SheKnows

Now, the fun part! Remove the fishnet, and see the scales you've created!

6. Apply blue cream eyeshadow

A simple mermaid makeup tutorial to bring out your inner mer-woman (or mer-man)
Image: Ivy Boyd/SheKnows

Using the same blue cream shadow and a synthetic brush or fingers, apply to the entire lid. Elongate the shape at the outer corners if you wish.

Next up: Make sure you blend the shadow

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