With party invites already filling up your inbox and the clock winding down, threatening to thwart your ambitious Halloween costume goals — in other words, the only options still in stock are basics like the nurse or the witch — you might want to consider DIYing your dress-up this season. However, if you’re doing the crafty costume thing, your makeup better be on point. Here are some killer last-minute Halloween beauty ideas that even a novice can pull off!
Don’t let the name fool you: With a bit of contouring, a smokey eye, a nude lip and some strategically placed lines, this is one of the smartest (and prettiest) ideas we’ve seen.
Use a sharpened black eyeliner pencil and a ruler to draw two vertical lines — one from each corner of your mouth — straight down to your jawline.
We’re kind of obsessed with this powerful paint job. The key elements for recreation: understated brows, fiery red lips and pattern play worthy of the runway.
If you have dark brows, brush them with concealer (light brows can stay untouched). Then build a base for your “bandanna” with a creamy eye shadow. Next, using a variety of lip and eyeliner pencils, create a pattern. For extra credit, accent your design with small beads and sequins adhered with eyelash glue. Then pick a lip colour that compliments your new armor-like art.
With a great liquid eyeliner, you can master a handful of Halloween makeup ideas — everything from cat whiskers to a Mardi Gras mask. Liquid liner is also the must-have behind this genius — that is, evil genius, look.
Use liquid liner to trace a winged-mask design around your eyes, leaving the length of the nose free of liner. Then create the outline of a widow’s peak (or an upside down triangle) on your forehead. Fill it all in; then use a lip pencil to create winged lips or just go with a deep-berry-colored pout.
The terms “hippie chic” and “floral crown” kind of go hand in hand. Add this more delicate take on a mask into the mix, and suddenly your ’70s-inspired ensemble gets elevated to goddess status.
Use a collection of pink-toned lip liners to create a smattering of itty-bitty flowers and stars. Style your hair in loose waves, or consider giving fishtail braid pigtails a go.
ROSIE THE RIVETER
Red lips and a graphic cat eye give this iconic World War II gal a more glamorous vibe. We imagine your wardrobe already includes at least one piece of plaid, so your costume needs are pretty much set.
Use black liquid liner to create your favorite take on a winged-liner look, and choose a bold red lipstick to accentuate your pout. Then pull your strands into a sleek bun, leaving a small front section loose to twirl into a barrel roll, and finish it off with a bandanna head wrap.
A finger wave is the ultimate ’do of the Roaring Twenties. Rock this look with one of 2014’s most lust-worthy trends — the berry lip — and a dramatic smoky eye to transform yourself into the belle of the costume ball.
To master the finger-wave hairstyle, start with a deep side part and dry hair. Then apply a generous helping of strong-hold mousse and use the length of your fingers to pinch one-inch sections of hair perpendicularly down the length of your strands. Clip each pinch and spray with strong hold hairspray to set the style.
Tough girls have a soft, ahem fragile side, too. Show yours off with liquid eyeliner and this take on a ‘broken’ porcelain doll.
First things first, you’ll want to use a lightweight foundation to create the perfect porcelain canvas. Then, using eyeliner, draw a few large zigzag lines and then branch off each large line with smaller, more delicate jagged lines
Remember when we said you can do anything with black liquid eyeliner? We weren’t kidding. While everyone is doing the cat thing, switch it up with shorter whiskers and two topknots that mimic mouse ears.
Draw your animal nose and whiskers using the liquid liner. Then create pigtails and swirl each one into a topknot.
We’re almost certain that Elsa costumes will be ruling the primary school Halloween circuit, but for the more mature crowd, try a more elegant take on a frosty queen. Think silvery eye shadow and windblown strands for a style that’s sure to give everyone the chills.
Texturizing spray, hairspray and a few blasts with the blow-dryer will give you these tousled strands in no time. For makeup, it’s all about the eyes. A combination of glittery silver and shimmery blue shadow should do the trick. Play around until you find the perfect mix. Finish with doll lashes reminiscent of black icicles.