The day has come. I finally decided it is high time to let go of baking in this series and reach a little outside my comfort zone. Yes, I am speaking of Halloween make-up.
The truth is, I have two left hands when it comes to make up. I can do it… a bit, and that bit is enough for me. I do, however, love looking at other people’s pristine beauty routines and designs, and there are just so many beauty blogs in my regular reading list, you’d think I live and breathe make-up.
When it comes to a Halloween costume, or any fancy dress really, I just cannot say no. But often whichever tutorial I follow does not look even nearly as good on me as it did on the original artist. Yes, I know it is my fault. I will never be able to pull some of the designs off, because I simply do not want to devote my time to learning the craft properly. Most of the tutorials I fail are great. Just… not suitable for beginners.
And that’s why I thought it may be useful to see some of these Halloween make-up suggestions presented on a girl that is not a beauty blogger or a make-up artist. You know, just your average Jane who cannot even draw a decent cat eye. This way you’ll be able to tell which ones still look amazing, even if not finished to a great standard, and which need high precision and lots of skill to look even remotely interesting.
Though if you ARE a beauty blogger or a make-up artist, these photos may be quite hard to go through. You have been warned.
As always, in my Let’s try series I go through things I have pinned and never attempted before. However, since I do subscribe and read so many great people out there, I decided to show you some of my favourite designs too (still made for the first time!).
Half skull glam make-up by Zoe (Zoe Newlove)
What’s a good Halloween roundup without some skeleton make-up? Please. We need some classics around. But since I am as lazy as one gets, I decided not to go full face and picked this half-face design by Zoe Newlove instead.
It is really really easy. If someone like me could do it, anyone can. Especially when you consider that most of my lines were wonky and my face probably not fully covered, it still looked very spooky – both in closer inspection and from far away. And, bonus, on photos too (I hope).
Can one go wrong with a skeleton face? No. With a half-skeleton face? Maybe… But the idea is very straight forward and illustrated with a good set of step-by-step pictures, so you should most definitely be ok with it.
Frozen Frostbitten ELSA Makeup Tutorial by Mykie (Glam & Gore)
I love Glam&Gore a bit too much for my own good, since every time they release a new video, I want to do it, and 9 out of 10 times it turns out that I am not even nearly skilled enough to attempt it. But the Frostbitten Elsa looked just about within my reach. Right…?
Turns out, I think it was. As with any tutorial by G&G, the instructions were very clear and the process described step-by-step. The glam part was, of course, very easy, as all it required was purple eye shadow and… wait. I had to draw a cat eye. I take my easy back.
The frostbite bit was relatively simple too. A tad of liquid latex (which you can pick up at any party shop for a small price), a few eye shadows and glitter. It was tons of fun too; I even gave my boyfriend one and we were just roaming the streets in our full frostbitten form, scaring children and such.
I did attempt to attach some rock candy to my eyebrows to resemble ice but I failed miserably at this, although I tried three different glues, including two proper FX glues. Not something I recommend, by the way, putting glue in your eyebrows, even if it is meant to dissolve in water. It took me around three days to wash it off and the candy didn’t stick anyway.
Would I pick this look for Halloween though? Probably – surprise – not. I do love it and I wish it looked good on me; but it just doesn’t. Yeah, yeah, I know it’s meant to look gory, but it also does not suit my colouring at all. I may be a blonde and I may have a frozen heart, but I am just no Elsa. I am as golden as a blonde gets. So much grey and black on my face just makes me look bad, not costumed-up.
Easy Halloween DEER Make-up by Lauren (Lauren Kelp)
If scary is not something you want your Halloween make up to be, as I often don’t, then this Bambi-esque look is one to go for.
Don’t get me wrong. I do love a good cat make-up; but that got old real fast, didn’t it? Bambi – that’s a different story. Or any other young deer for that matter.
Just as the skeleton one, this is also a picture tutorial, which, to be honest, is often better for me anyway. Yes, it is less detailed, so for more complicated designs one would need quite a lot of pictures, but it also does not require me to pause every two seconds – and I am nowhere near as fast as make-up artists are, even when they are not going 5x speed.
I like this one not only because it suits my colouring quite well but also because I obsess over cute things a lot… Ok, it suits me and it’s cute. But it is also very easy and achieves a great effect at the same time. Perfect for a beginner like me.
It did, however, require me to fill in my brows. I never do that, which you probably will have noticed by now – please don’t kill me, beauty bloggers. And I also don’t know how to do it, as you will notice now. My excuse? I still had glue in my eyebrows at this point!
(I am sticking to this one)
Thank you, Lauren for this extremely cute make-up that shows you don’t have to be scary at Halloween! If you want more ideas on parties and all things entertaining (all in a very elegant classy manner) check out Lauren’s blog, Lauren Kelp.
CLOCK Butterfly make-up by Elsa (Elsa Rhae)
For all of you that can never make your minds up, I come with a final choice – Halloween make up that is half cute and half scary. Genius, right? I cannot believe I did not think of this before.
Elsa Rhae is someone I have been following for over a year now and just waiting for an excuse to turn one of her gorgeous designs into reality. They are very tough. For me. Some of you will probably find them a breeze, but since drawing a straight, thin line is not something I have mastered yet, I knew I would struggle.
And I was sure I had failed as I was going along. Everything looked so… uneven and unrefined. I was sure I’d look horrendous once I was done. So imagine my surprise when it turned out that it actually looked pretty nice (just not very neat).
Sure, if someone is a good painter of anything, they could do a way better job – but if one didn’t look very closely (which I would recommend), the overall effect was at the very least decent. Not breath-taking, but I would go like this to a party and that is not something I can tell of the majority of make-up tutorials I follow.
It is also so refreshingly original – I am sure I would not have a double that night (since everyone is going as Harley Quinn anyways, right?).
Thank you, Elsa for your fantastic make-up as well as hours of entertainment watching you transform yourself into all manner of terrifying beasts! I recommend all Elsa’s body painting videos (you can find them at her YT channel, Elsa Rhae) – they will keep you fascinated for days.
BONUS: Easy MERMAID glam Halloween make-up tutorial by Steph (Cocochic)
I took a long time looking for the perfect mermaid look, yet nothing was quite doing it for me. Sure, at one point I considered going for this look by Karolina, but I figured out there is no way I would achieve something as good, ever; and although I love her channel, it may not be of much use for a non-Polish speaking audience. But Steph posted this mermaid look and I was in love.
I was also unprepared. MAJORILY unprepared.
It was more of a last minute – let’s give it a go. All the other looks were ready and I had little to no time to pop to the shops to buy anything that I was missing, so I just kind of had to do with what I had. So I blame the fact that I failed miserably on too small fishnets (the only ones they had in M&S next door) and too pale blue (I don’t really do blue, let alone intense blue on my face).
I do believe you should give this one a shot – I can see how it works. It just didn’t work out for me, do click on the link to the video to see how it’s meant to turn out…It’ll be worth it.
Thanks, Steph for this look which I will try again one day (and maybe even get right!). You can find more of her beauty tutorials over at the Cocochic YT channel. And if you are looking for a new lifestyle blog to read, you can join me in following Steph’s life over at Cocochic blog too.
And who are you going to be this Halloween? Let me know of any great ideas you have!
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