How-to Tuesday: Makeup-Based Halloween Costumes

Cat

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  1. Take a black eyeliner — felt tip or gel liner tends to work the best — and draw an upside down triangle on the tip of your nose.
  2. Use the same eyeliner to outline the top of the upper lip and add whiskers to the cheeks.
  3. Draw on an exaggerated cat eye, including lining the top, upper portion of the lid to meet the tear duct and a classic wing.
  4. Add on a light pink lipstick.
  5. Put on a pair of cat ears.
  6. Wear all black, possibly add a tail.

Bonus: Spend all night repeating what other say and be a copycat.

Vampire

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  1. Use a foundation a few shades lighter than your current skin tone.
  2. Contour with deep brown (or even a grey eyeshadow) under the cheekbones to create a hollow, dead appearance.
  3. Create a dark smokey eye with black, grey and red-toned eyeshadows.
  4. Use a felt tip eyeliner to trace veins underneath the eye.
  5. Brush on a red or maroon eyeshadow to the undereye to emphasize dead, hollow eyes.
  6. Add a dark red lipstick. Using a liquid lipstick works best.
  7. Put on vampire fangs.
  8. Use the same liquid lipstick, fake blood or red food coloring as blood dripping from your mouth.

Mermaid/Fish

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  1. Put on foundation as normal.
  2. Use a colored eyeshadow as a light contour and brush eyeshadow over your lids.
  3. Take a pair of fishnet tights and use them as a template to create scales. Place them on the cheekbones and color over with a colored, shimmery eyeshadow. Add more scales wherever you’d like.
  4. Add the same colored lipstick.
  5. Put highlighter on all the highpoints of your face.
  6. Wear a sequined top or dress.

Beetlejuice

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  1. Find the lightest foundation possible or invest in some white face paint, and place all over the face and even cover your lips.
  2. Use a green eyeshadow or face paint to contour your cheeks to look dead.
  3. If possible, use a temporary green hairspray to dye your hair.
  4. Take a black eyeshadow and put it all around your eyes to get the hollow effect.
  5. Wear a black and white striped shirt.

Comic Book Character

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  1. Put on foundation as usual.
  2. Use a black eyeliner, I recommend felt tip, to trace all the angles of your face. For example, place a single line of eyeliner underneath your cheekbones, on the side of your nose, on the top of your nose and on your forehead to show expression.
  3. Fill in eyebrows with a black shadow or gel.
  4. Outline lips with the same eyeliner. Add a pink or red lipstick.
  5. Optional: Add a tear outline under one of your eyes and color it in blue.
  6. Take a white face paint and create dots around the entire face and even on the neck.
  7. Add a setting spray to prevent smudging of the dots.

Krista Burton is a contributing writer. Email her at violetvision@nyunews.com.

 

 

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