Happy October, folks!
One of my favorite things about Halloween is carving pumpkins. Picking out the most perfectly shaped subject for your intended design, the kitchen smelling of fresh pumpkin, the texture of pumpkin insides…it’s one of the most autumn-y things I can imagine. So, what better thing to be inspired by for my next Halloween makeup tutorial than these beloved orange nostalgia makers?
There are lots of tutorials out there that will show you how to do jack-o-lantern makeup. Personally, I prefer not to do stuff with tons of black and orange on my face because (A) I will get it all over everyone (B) I will get it all over my sheets when I exhaustedly pass out later and (C) human jack-o-lanterns are f’ing terrifying. So! I opted instead to do something a little more interpretative. I know. Shocking.
Step 1: Start with typical base makeup. I used Amala Purifying Mattifier for smoother-looking skin, Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer under my eyes and on uneven spots, and Shiseido Translucent Face Powder overtop.
Step 2: Apply a peachy-pink blush, such as Smashbox Warm Apricot (this came in the Master Class Palette, but a comparable product would be Blush Rush in Apricot. Sweep blush from the apples of your cheeks upward using a blush brush.
Step 3: I didn’t want to do a matte orange because I felt like it would be too flat, so I wound up combining a super bright matte yellow (Sephora Eyeshadow in Banana Split) and the bronze shade of Napoleon Perdis Prismatic Eyeshadow Quad 11, spreading the color across my lid and outward.
Take a bright green pencil liner, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Freak, and apply it along the lashline in a fairly thick width. Then, use a darker green (I picked the same Urban Decay pencil liner in Covet) and draw a thinner line along lashes, both on top and bottom.
Now, you can either stop here for a simple, pretty look. Or you can keep going and get considerably more dramatic and bright!
Step 5: Eyebrows. Weird, weird eyebrows. Sharp, bright green, sparkly eyebrows. Use that same Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Covet, penciling eyebrows over with it. I exaggerated the arches, then tapered a little longer than my natural brow, but you can do whatever shape you’d like. Smooth it over a little bit using a small eyeliner brush to eliminate any clumps or uneven spots. I also used that brush to wing my original green liner out a little.
Step 6: Apply a bright orange lipstick, like Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Punch Drunk, accentuating the curvature in your lips to make them rounder (like a pumpkin, naturally, because I’m silly like that).
I had tons of fun doing this makeup, so I wound up having my roommate snap a few more shots:
Now, I love both sexy costumes and non-sexy costumes. Whatever floats your boat, you should do (though there are limits, particularly when people go as “sexy (insert children’s character)” or something equally creepy). So, I picked three outfits to go with my makeup, each on different ends of the spectrum.
Costume 1: I wore a tight, small orange H&M sweatshirt from tenth grade and zipped it halfway up to my boobs because…well, why not? I wore green stretchy pants (that are incredibly soft and surprisingly comfortable) plus a pair of grey H&M kitten heels. My boyfriend says it’s very “red riding hood,” but I think he just doesn’t understand colors.
Overall, very simple, very cheap, and rather warm. Sure, my boobs would be on the chillier side, but I would be able to walk in my short heels and not wind up with cold legs.
Also, yes, I know I am incapable of posing like a normal human.
Costume 2: I wore the same pair of pants and put on my roommate’s cute green sweater from Workshop/Andrea Jovine. Again, warm! But it’s a little more work-friendly, so you could just do the original makeup (sans green brows and orange lips) with it for a subtler look.
Costume 3: Same sweater but this time, I wore a creamsicle-colored skirt from H&M (apparently, 90% of my wardrobe is from there). It’s very comfy, very loose and reveals very little. The skirt is less warm than the pants from the other two options, but still covers my legs!
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