Halloween Makeup Tips for the Non-Zombie
Many of you have already picked out your costume for Halloween and good for you. Personally we plan on carrying around a cardboard square with "YouTube" written on it, singing "Never Gonna Give You Up" and telling people that we're a Rick Roll. Poverty is great for the creative processes.
But maybe you have the scratch to go all out, and if so we want to help. See, while people will go to great lengths to make sure a costume fits, most Halloweiners we know rarely test out their makeup before hand. They just pick up the package that vaguely approximates what they want to look like and assume that anyone can do it.
We're not talking about the latex effects for zombies and monsters, either. We mean the simple-looking stuff you apply for more elegant masquerades. To help you out we've enlisted the aid of two professional makeup artists, Damian Vasquez and Brittany Brandy.
First off though, the most important thing to do before you get dressed is to practice your make-up. Making the night you go out your first attempt is stressful, likely to show in your finished work, and just not any fun. Besides, most of what you are going to buy isn't single use size, so you might as well use it. We'll let the pros take it from here.
Brittany Brandy: If you don't want to use the greasy oil based make up from your local "super mart's" Halloween aisle, you can use a foundation that is 4 or 5 shades lighter than your natural skin tone to get that chalky goth look. A matte white eye shadow will also do the trick. For these looks, a smoky eye would be perfect. A lot of brands sell smoky eye kits with tutorials but if you don't want to go all out you can always buy a matte black eye shadow or powder liner (Laura Mercier), silver eye shadow and watch a YouTube tutorial. There a literally hundreds of videos. Now when it comes to black lipstick my favorite is the Make Up For Ever shade 50. It's creamy and hydrating and it will last all night!
Damian Vasquez: Well, many people don't do this sort of makeup on a daily or even weekly basis, so people may not want to invest into professional makeup. Here are a few tips to achieve a look close to what they may want without spending too much....but remember, you may not get the color or the longevity with the non professional products.
Vampires are a Halloween staple...male and female. They are known for their mysterious eyes and beautiful skin and striking features....so that's what we want to do. Vampires don't need to be clown white, but a light fair color foundation from the drug store would do good. For the eyes, deep purples, blues and black are some great colors to use. You can even use these same colors to contour and give dimension to sunken cheeks. Black pencil eye liner for the eyes and lip liner work well too.