Halloween's a holiday worth celebrating — not just because of the mountains of candy, but because it's the one time of year when you can put aside your regular daytime makeup and try something totally off-the-wall without anyone giving you the side-eye for it. And if you've tried and failed at re-creating that gorgeous Gothic-zombie-vampire-skeleton look you saw buzzing around Pinterest, using a few insider Halloween makeup tips can make all the difference.
That's why we've made it easy. Here's a step-by-step breakdown of how to make every part of your face as terrifying as it is beautiful:
A base of makeup will help your colors go on smoothly and stay in place long enough to get through a Halloween party or a long night of trick-or-treating. Instead of paying for expensive makeup bases from Halloween stores, try using your regular foundation. If you're going to cover your face with another color, no one will even know the first layer is there. If you want to look pale -- for a vampire or zombie costume, for example -- use a foundation that's a few shades lighter than your normal color. To add a slight tint to the base layer, mix an eyeshadow of your selected shade into liquid foundation. Do the mixing on the back of your hand, not in the bottle or on your face, and apply the makeup with a sponge to get even coverage.
Outline your entire face before you color anything in. This way, if you realize it's not going to work, it'll be much easier to get rid of what you've done so far. Try using colored eyeliner instead of makeup pencils; they smudge less and have better staying power. You can probably find some in great colors at a low price at a grocery or drug store. There's no need to go with a big name brand for just one night.
The eyes are the windows to the soul, and on Halloween, they're the key to your costume. Focus on your eyes when you apply your makeup, because that's usually the first place people look. Take extra time applying makeup in that area, and consider using temporary colored contacts if they suit your costume. If you're going to be a fairy or other mythical creature, all you may need is color and maybe a few crystal tattoos around your eyes.
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