A skeleton is a tried and true Halloween costume, but instead of taking the easy route, learn how to make an intricate, painted-on skull that looks as realistic as, well, a living skeleton. You'll only need three products to get this look, and while it might not be as simple as wearing a mask, it's rather easy to re-create.
One of the most whimsical Halloween costumes is the enchanting fairy. Searching online, you might find a lot of green makeup looks, but to get the full fairy look, you can experiment with hues of purple and pink. Find the longest lashes you can muster, some pigment, and a flower crown, and you're all set. The real key to this look is extending the shadow past your eyelids and above your brows but also bringing it underneath the eyes, similar to a painted-on mask. Expert tip: create texture on the "mask" by splattering a mix of isopropyl alcohol and pigment on the skin with a mascara wand or toothbrush — just be sure to keep your eyes closed during the process.
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A sweet, sugar-and-spice fairy is a fine Halloween costume. While there's nothing wrong with that, isn't it more fun to be a bit bad? When the results are this stunning, the answer is definitely yes. MAC Senior Artist Louise Zizzo created this "twisted fairy" makeup look, focusing on a distressed purple eye and pale skin. See the step-by-step transformation in our gallery — and use it as inspiration for your own Halloween look.
Whether you want a naturally enhanced lash or a more glamorous look, these expert tips from MAC Senior Makeup Artist Romero Jennings will have you applying your own false lashes like a professional. And with his easy tips in mind, your lashes are sure to stay in place all day or night long.
The following post was written by Alison Elle, who blogs at Alison*Elle, and is part of POPSUGAR Select Beauty.As seen at Roberto Cavalli (L), Marni (R)
Accompanying many of the bold fashions walking the Fall 2013 runways earlier this year was a distinct, almost subversive kind of makeup. The look was undone but well done, or, "I fell asleep with my makeup on and this is what it looked like when I woke up." Thankfully for all of us nonmodels, smudged, kohl-lined black eyes and berry-stained lips are very translatable into real life, and both are excellent ways of making over our Fall 2013 beauty routines.
1. Even out your complexion with a matte foundation to create a blank slate for your eyes and lips. Try Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation ($36).
2. To get a deep black eye, start with a black cream base like MAC Blacktrack Fluidline ($15). Using a black kohl pencil, smudge liner around the eye keeping things a little messy for a smoldering, smoky look. Try Avon Kohl Eye Liner in True Black ($7), which has a built-in smudger on the end.
4. For the lips, apply a berry lipstick and blot with a tissue to remove any glossiness. Try Annabelle Twist Up Lipstick in Vamp (inquire for US pricing), MAC Lipstick in Sweet Succulence ($15), or Avon Totally Kissable Lipstick in Racy Red ($8).
The following post was written by Kayla S., who blogs at Sheer Beauty Blog and is part of POPSUGAR Select Beauty.
It's time to switch up your makeup routine and try something new for Fall. I have a makeup palette that is inspired by this Fall's berry lips trend. I think this look can suit any skin tone, as well. I hope you enjoy!
To start off this look, I first groomed my brows with a spoolie brush and used the Up in Smoke shade from Too Faced's The Smokey Eye Collection ($36) to fill in my brows. I then highlighted my brows with MAC's Pro Longwear Concealer ($19). To do this, I took a flat brush, dipped it into the concealer, and blended the product out.
I next moved on to my eyes, priming my lids with Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($20). Once I was done, I took MAC Swiss Chocolate Eye Shadow ($15) and applied it from the outer to inner creases. After applying Glamour Doll Eye Shadow in Boyfriend Sweater ($6) to my lids, I applied Up in Smoke with a pointed crease brush into my outer v's and creases, stopping in the middle. I went back, using circular motions in my outer creases, to blend the product out.
Then I sprayed MAC Fix+ ($21) onto an eye shadow brush and dipped that into Boyfriend Sweater. I applied the wetted shadow to my lid to give it more intense pigmentation. Using a black pencil from Khroma Beauty, I lined my lower lash lines. Then I used Shroom Eye Shadow from MAC ($15) to highlight my brow bones. To finish, I curled my lashes with an eyelash curler and applied my favorite mascara, which is currently L'Oréal Voluminous Million Lashes ($9). If you want to take this look one step further, you can apply false lashes.
Once I finished my eyes, I moved on to my face. I began by priming with Tarte Clean Slate Primer ($30), followed by Pro Longwear Concealer and set with Ben Nye Banana Powder (inquire for pricing). I used Forever 21 Love and Beauty Bronzer (no longer available) to contour my face and then I applied The Balm Mary Lou Manizer ($24) to highlight my cheekbones.
Last, this look wouldn't be complete without berry. I used MAC Lipstick in Hang Up ($15), which has a creamy finish that's perfect for Fall.
Lady Gaga gives us easy Halloween inspiration, given her makeup and hair are almost always on the bold side. Whether she's sporting a blunt bob with a painted star on her eye, a meat hairpiece, or an extravagant mask, it's easy for people to recognize Gaga with her eye-catching looks. This year, if Gaga will be your go-to, you'll want to give her watercolor paint makeup look from the "Applause" video a whirl. It's a piece of cake to apply and will take less than 10 minutes to give you a complete Gaga transformation.
Twiggy is a beauty icon, and we've seen her mod look done a variety of ways. We put our own touch on her notorious lashes and matte makeup to create this easy-to-follow Halloween tutorial. If you don't have Twiggy's signature crop cut, no worries. Just work in a side part and pull your hair into a tight chignon.
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The following post was written by Alison M., who blogs at 10am Beauty, and is part of POPSUGAR Select Beauty.
Fall is my favorite season. The weather cools but doesn't get cold. Sweaters and boots come out of hiding. Pumpkin everything is at my fingertips. But most importantly, it's time for deeper makeup shades. The jewel-toned smoky eye is a Fall classic and with a few key products, it is easy for anyone to achieve.
For a heavier eye makeup look, always start with the eyes. This will prevent eye shadow fallout from ruining the foundation and concealer that we spend so much time perfecting. I like to begin with Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Skinny Jeans ($20), which allows powder eye shadow to adhere better, appear bolder, and last longer.
To intensify the look further I use a creamy black eyeliner pencil like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Zero ($19) to draw a line across the upper lash line and in the outer V of the lid. I smudge the line to blend, and then the lid is then ready for color. The original Shady Lady Eyeshadow Palette by The Balm ($40) is quintessential for Fall. Jealous Jordana, Risqué Renee, and Curvy Cami are perfect hunter, navy, and plum tones, and the remaining six shades are fabulous complementary colors.
For this look I chose Risqué Renee and blended it all the way into the crease, creating a softer color at the top. The base of cream eye shadow and eyeliner takes some of the work out of blending, as they already created a gradient effect on the lid. Using a deep brown eyeliner on the waterline and All About Alex, an antique gold, on the lower lash line softens the look.
A light bronzer to contour, soft nude-peach blush, and a sheer-to-medium peachy nude lip color top off this look. Volumizing mascara and filled brows are a must to balance the rich tones on the eyes. The finished look has me ready for Fall. Who's with me?