Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween! | Pop Art Makeup Tutorial

Happy Halloween everyone! It may be springtime in SA, and Halloween isn't really celebrated here, but hey - I'll take any opportunity to dress up :)

After last year's creepy makeup look (and my cracked porcelain doll look), I thought I would try something a little more costume-y this year. I've seen 'Pop Art' makeup looks all over Pinterest, so I thought I'd give this look a go! It's surprisingly easy - the hard part is remembering not to touch your face! If you're still looking for a Halloween look for this weekend, here's how I did my face. (PS: I didn't have a photographer to help me this morning, so here's a makeup tutorial entirely in front-camera selfies!)

First up - your base. You want full coverage and a matte finish. I started with Smashbox's Hydrating Primer. I used Catrice's Camoflague Concealer to even things out, then went in with my Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation, buffing it in to get an even finish. I finished off with a generous amount of powder - using Stila's Sheer Pressed Powder. I also put on some moisturing lip balm to prepare my lips for later.

Next up, finishing my "normal" face. I gave the apples of my cheeks some rosy colour using a blush from The Body Shop (the name has rubbed off, but I think the shade I have is "Guava"). I used my Catrice Eyeshadow Base, and then went in with Bliss and Gilded Gold from the Stila In The Light palette. I lined my upper and lower waterlines with a black eyeliner pencil from essence, and then went in on my upper lids with Maybelline's Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner. I finished off with a generous amount of my L'Oreal False Lash Butterfly Wings mascara.

Here's when things start to get fun! Get your cartoonish eyebrows on by outlining them and filling them in with eyeliner. I used Rimmel's Waterproof Gel Eyeliner.

I grabbed my Maybelline Liquid Eyeliner again and started outlining my face. I drew under my cheekbones, along my jawline, around the hair line and around my nose.

Time to start "colouring in" your face using comic-book style dots. In comic books, this is normally done with red dots on the white paper, but when done in makeup, it looks a little too much like a bad case of the measles for my liking, so I stuck to white instead. I used the Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, which is wide enough that I could just dot it on instead of drawing circles. Stagger your dots evenly and try to keep your lines straight.

It gets a little odd around your nose and forehead, but carry on!

Powder over your dots to help "set" the makeup! Remember to dab the powder on gently with your brush, do not use sweeping motions.

Grab your red lipstick! You want something long-lasting with a matte finish. I chose Stila Stay-All-Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso (THE BEST RED LIP EVER!!!) and filled in my lips with a lip brush. Once the lipstick had dried, I outlined my lips with my liquid eyeliner. (Between the dark lip and outlining, this can make your lips seem smaller, so don't be afraid to paint your lips on a little outside the natural lip line). 

I didn't add the typical tear-drop (because, let's face it, if I was in a comic book, I'd be the villain, not the damsel in distress!) or the white "shine" in the lips (because I'm actually going to work like this and my lips have to last all day, including several cups of tea and lunchtime).

You can wear this look with your natural hair, but mine's quite thin and boring, so I decided I wanted a nice full wig! I braided my hair into two french braids and pinned them up before pulling on a very sheksy wig cap to hold everything in place.

Pull on your wig, straighten it out, and you're DONE! :) The wig I'm wearing is the "Kerry" wig from Wonderland Wigs

If you're brave, you can pair this look with your best spandex superhero suit, or be like me, and wear black skinny jeans with a superhero logo t-shirt. (How cute is this black and sparkly SuperMan tee from Jay Jays?!)

Happy trick-or-treating!


  1. Wow the dark hair really suits you! You should totally consider dying it that exact shade!

    XoXo One stiletto At A Time

    1. Thanks Abby! I'm def going to go dark again next time I dye my hair!

  2. This is awesome!!!


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