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Happy November, you guys! I awoke this morning to cooler, almost-fall-like weather, and tons of inspiration for the months ahead. But mostly I was just super excited to share some photos of a few Halloween makeup looks I helped create. This post details three of my client costumes.
I did Brian‘s hair and makeup for this costume, and it was a treat to work on, as Beetlejuice is one of my absolute favorite fictional characters ever.
Products used are as follows-
HAIR: store-bought wig, styled with surf wax and Tresemmé aerosol hair spray. I textured and blended the rubber forehead part with the same makeup used on Brian’s skin.
FACE: Mehron cream makeup in white for most of the facial skin; Mehron Paradise Paint in black, brown, and blue for the dark eye area; liquid latex and tissue for the textured gunky spots; Mehron Paradise Paint in green and brown atop the textured bits once the latex dried.
The whole face and neck was sealed with barrier spray and Temptu setting powder to help it stay put for the night.
Here he is, below, with girlfriend Lauren dressed as Lydia, at a Halloween party on Friday night.
Next, a full costume collaboration with one of the smartest and most dynamic ladies I know, Camille. It was such a pleasure to work on this project, and not just because I have the biggest girl-crush on Imperator Furiosa.
Well before the makeup part on Halloween day, I was working behind-the-scenes on this custom belt and buckle, inspired by the one worn by Charlize Theron in the film. I used metallic Sculpey, sculpted and carved by hand, then baked and aged with acrylic paint and enamel. Once the medallion piece was completed, I affixed it to a leather backing, added dangling chains in various sizes, and fashioned a customized belt onto which the buckle would go.
At our makeup session, I did Camille’s face and hair after spending awhile freehand painting the prosthetic arm for her character. For the robot arm, we used Mehron Paradise Paint in black and brown, Mehron metallic powder pigment in silver, and a range of brushes from tiny fine-point to medium and wide for blending. My goal was to apply black to the areas we wanted to disappear, so that the metallic bits would stand out.
The face makeup for this one was simple: black cream makeup atop a fresh, pretty natural look. I used black eyeshadow by BH Cosmetics and a black Sephora kohl eyeliner pencil to smudge and soften around the eyes. We also used Kat Von D Shade & Light palette to contour with slightly darker tans than usual, to make her face appear somewhat sun-kissed and dirty.
To balance out the gritty, nerdy character transformations, the last client set I’ll show you is feminine and fancy and, well…sort of organic.
Lindsay chose a Poison Ivy costume this year, which she put together on her own. I did her makeup and rendered her slightly green to tie the ensemble together.
FACE: bareMinerals powder foundation and mineral veil on the skin, and Kat Von D’s Shade & Light contour palette for the contouring on Lindsay’s “normal” side. On her eyes, we used the three greens and two yellows in the coveted limited-edition Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca eyeshadow palette (available at Sephora. I used the same green eyeshadow so as contour powder on the ivy side of Lindsay’s face. Eyeliner is Stila Stay All Day liquid liner in black, and lashes are by Ardell.
LIPS: I mixed Urban Decay eyeshadow pigment in Graffiti with clear gloss OCC Lip Tar to create a custom metallic green lip color, applied with a brush. Lips are lined with a dark green Sephora eyeliner pencil, which I also used to draw on the viney swirls around Linday’s temple and cheek area. Drop shadow on the vines is Kat Von D ink liner in brown.
Perfectly poisonous and pretty!
Which look do you like the most? Did you wear or see some creative Halloween makeup this year? If so, tell us about it in the comment section!