Thursday, 3 January 2013

Dressing Up: Halloween

I am going to be doing a series of posts about all of the dressing up that I've been and will be doing while at Uni. This will primarily be the fancy dress, but I will also probably include any other dressing up - possibly including NYE etc. I am starting with my Halloween costume as I had such an overwhelming response to this image below, when posted as part of an Instagram series, that I felt that I should delve a bit deeper into the fancy dres,s and tell you all a bit more about how I got the look.

Face: Barry M Foundation - White
Brows: HD Brow Kit
Eyes: Urban Decay Naked Palette, Barry M Intense Eye liner Pen, Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara
Cheeks: Topshop Cream Blush - High Five
Lipstick: Sleek Lipstick in Mulberry

Halloween this year was a bit of a last minute thing. We sort of knew that we would dress up but weren't really sure what we would be doing and so didn't really want to spend too much on our costumes. I bought some of the Barry M foundation as I knew this would definitely come in use when deciding what to do. I am not really a fan of the heavy white face paints as I don't really like the thought of it clogging up my skin and so thought this would be a much better alternative. It sits better on the skin and gives an effect as good as, if not better than the usual face paints. 

We decided to go to a house party and so had to figure out what we were going to dress up as. I decided I wanted to be a scary doll type thing and so started the make up from there. I took inspiration from the internet and started on my make up. I started by applying the foundation all over the face in a number of layers - I can't remember exactly how many it took to get this effect - sorry! I then started on the eyes by applying quite an elaborate shadow from the Urban Decay Naked Palette, using mainly the darker shades (the last two in the palette - Creep and Gunmetal). I then applied quite a large amount of black eye liner on the top lid and waterline. I then lined underneath my bottom lashes, using quite a thick line and then drew off the short lines to make them look as though they were lashes and therefore giving the wide doll-eyed effect. I finished off with mascara. 

I then topped up more of the white foundation on my face where the eye make up had possibly got to, and then moved onto the brows. I filled my brows in how I normally would but using a bit more product to make them more defined than I would usually have. I then went on to the cheeks. Using my Topshop Cream Blush in High Five (I wanted quite a pink shade and so opted for this over Neon Rose), I dabbed it on my cheeks using my finger in a circle formation as you would expect to see on a doll. I wanted it to look exaggerated so that it would contrast strongly against my white skin. I then finished off with the lips using my darkest lipstick, and applied the lipstick only to parts of my lips again to give the doll effect. 

I was really happy with the outcome actually as it was a last minute thing, and would actually be more than inclined to do this again next year but potentially with a bit more thought put into it. 

Last minute Halloween make up at it's best!

Here is a picture of me and my friend Holly, she went as a dead Harry Potter. 

This is a picture of me and Callum, my boyfriend, he dressed up as Kevin from Kevin and Perry!

What did you dress up as for Halloween?  How would you have done your make up? 


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