by - October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween, everyone! I thought I'd share my Halloween makeup with you and let you know how I got it! This look is actually incredibly easy while still being really impactful and fun, and I feel like it could work for pretty much anyone.

Here's how I got the look:

STEP 1: FACE - Prep the skin with whatever products you would for a normal makeup application and then apply your fullest coverage foundation. You're going to want your skin to be as flawless as possible. I used my Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation and concealed with my MAC Pro Longwear concealer. Set your foundation with a powder to matte everything down and give you an even more flawless finish. I used my Rimmel Stay Matte powder, because it really does give a flawless matte finish.

STEP 2: EYEBROWS - I started this look by filling in my eyebrows with a really black pencil eyeliner. You can use any black eyeliner that you have on hand, but if you're going to be wearing this all night it's probably best to choose one that will set. I used my Royal Nature Pantone Shadeliner from my K-Style 2 Memebox. This look has very exaggerated eyebrows and the intention is to make them very dramatic and emotional. I added the flick at the inner corner to give that disdressed look and then really sharply drew the outline of the brows before filling them in completely and making sure they were a very stark black.

STEP 3: CONTOURS - Using a black liquid eyeliner, begin to add smooth, dark lines to the contours on your face. I started around my hairline and then my jaw before moving on to the nose and cheekbones. Remember that you want to look like a comic book, so keep the lines smooth and black and don't even think about blending. Leave the eye contours for later. Again, any black liquid liner that you have on hand will do, but I used my Jordana Fabuliner for this step because it gives a solid black line and good control.

STEP 4: EYE SHADOW - This was actually the hardest part for me. I started with a white base so that any shadow I added over it would really pop. I decided to go with a kind of neon purple shade from my BH Cosmetics 120 Palette on the eyes and I packed on as much colour as my lids could take in a very dramatic V shape on the lid. I used a little bit of a fuscia colour on top of this shade to really make it pop.

STEP 5: EYE CONTOUR - Once your shadow has been packed on, use a Q-Tip to clean up the edges so that they are really crisp. Next, you're going to go back to your black liquid liner and start on the eye contour. For this step I switched from my Jordana Fabuliner, which is a felt tip, to my Physicians Formula Eye Booster liquid eyeliner, which has a brush, because I feel like I have a little more control with a brush tip personally. Draw a solid black line directly above your eyeshadow. I suggest that you draw it just above the crease, both so that it won't smudge and so that it will be more dramatic. Next, apply liner to the upper lashline, creating a dramatic wing that connects to the line above the crease. 

STEP 6: THE TEAR - Because this look is referencing Roy Lichtenstein, oftentimes you'll notice that there is a blue tear added below one or both eyes. This is an optional step, really, but I feel like it has punch. To get my tear, I used a bright teal eyeliner pencil and just sort of drew blobs beneath my lower lash line. I then added a little bit of white to the outside of the blobs to give dimension and lined the outside with black liner. Remember, this is supposed to look like a comic book so black outlines are your friend.

STEP 7: LIPS - Now, usually you'll see a punchy red lip with this look, but since I was going for cooler, more neon type shades in general I decided to go with a straight up hot pink lip. I chose the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Backstage Bambi, because this stuff does. not. move. Seriously. One application and you're good to go. I overdrew my lips for this look because there's no point in subtlety when it comes to a Halloween look, as far as I'm concerned. I left a little bit of a black spot on one side of my lower lip to add a punch of white for dimension. For the white, I used a white facepaint stick but I found that it didn't quite give me what I wanted. I would recommend instead using a white eyeliner that is really pigmented and creamy so that you can get the punch you're looking for. Finally, outline your lips with black eyeliner. I went with liquid, but you can also use pencil if it's easier.

STEP 8: DOTS - The final step is what is going to really give you that comic book look. Oftentimes you'll see people use red dots for this step, but I went with white because I feel like it keeps it prettier and less... diseased. But again, it's up to you. I suggest doing the dots in diagonal lines across the face for uniformity, but you can also randomly place them. Really, how you do this step is entirely up to you. However, I would again suggest that you use a really creamy, pigmented eyeliner or shadow stick for this step rather than a face paint stick, but it's really up to you.

So there you have it. A Halloween pop art look that you can do using products that you already have in your collection. 

I'm dying to know what you are doing for Halloween. Please comment below and let me know or even show pictures.

Have a happy and safe Halloween, everyone!

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