*DISCLAIMER* not all products mentioned in this post are vegan/cruelty free. I created this post before I started my transition to v/cf beauty, but I wasn’t ready to delete it! I still continue to use up the products I had purchased in the past because I’m not a fan of waste, but I now only purchase products that are completely vegan and cruelty free! 🙂
Halloween is like the Kardashians – you either love it or you hate it. You either groan at the fact that your job is forcing you to waste time and money finding a costume, or you plan out your time so that you can fit in every look that you want to try, because how can you narrow it down to just ONE costume per year???
If you’re like me, you’re fine with people not even seeing you in each look, because half the fun is creating it. And I mean as long as you get a good Insta out of it, does it really matter if you just sat on your couch and watched a movie afterwards, rather than show it off? This year I did a number of costumes, and I am here to document them all.
#1. Creepy Clown
This look was actually super easy, and required very few products.
Foundation: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow in shade 202 mixed with L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover in shade 302 (this is what I use every day and it works amazingly). **Note: feel free to not conceal under your eyes, because it makes you look extra creepy if you’re blessed with dark circles like mine.
Eyebrows: Elf Cosmetics lock on liner and brow cream in shade medium brown – using a darker shade than normal helped my brows blend into the black triangles above my eyes a little better.
Contour: ABH Contour Kit in light/medium – this agressive contour made my cheeks look extra hollow.
Black triangles above/below eyes: Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in shade Weirdo – applied using a thin lip brush and a liner brush
Eyeshadow: ABH Modern Renaissance palette in shades Burnt Orange, Raw Sienna, and Red Ochre; KVD Shade and Light eye palettete in shades Succubus and Shax – I used these on my lids as well as under my eyes to enhance my dark circles and add extra creepiness.
Eyeliner: KVD Tattoo Liner in shade Trooper
Lips: Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in shades Weirdo and Designer Blood
Lashes: Ardell double up…something – I forget but they were just super dramatic ones!
#2. Throat Slit
I did not take photos or film throughout the process of creating this look, partially because I forgotto, and partially because I feel like tutorials aren’t my thing. But if you’re interested, go check out Karolina Maria’s Youtube channel, which is where I found the tutorial for this special effects look.
Eyeshadow: KVD Shade and Light eye palette
Lips: KVD Everlasting liquid lipstick in shade Bow ‘n Arrow
Mascara: Elf Cosmetics Volumizing Mineral Mascara (fav drugstore mascara)
Brows: NYX brow pencil in shade warm taupe, followed by Benefit Gimme More brow gel in shade 1
Throat slit was done using layers of facial tissue and liquid latex, which I picked up at Spirit Halloween, along with the fake blood. I also used the ABH Modern Renaissance palette in shades Red Ochre and Realgar to create the bruising effect, as well as Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour liquid lipsticks in shades Weirdo and Designer Blood to darken the inner part of the wound.
Overall, this look was fun to try, and a mess to clean up. I swear if my sister would’ve come home while I was washing it down the sink, she would’ve thought I had just murdered someone.
Moving in a completely different direction, I dressed up as Elsa for Disney theme night at work. This was my first actual costume that I left the house in, and it was so much fun to do something more cute and girly.
Eyeshadow: NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette
Highlight: ABH Moonchild GlowKit in shades Blue Ice and Pink Heart
Lips: Mac lipstick in shade Pink Plaid
The only difficult part of this costume was the braid, as my hair is only shoulder-length. I still have my hair extensions from when my hair was longer, and braiding them into my hair was no easy task. BUT I discovered that the trick is to clip in the extensions vertically, right along the middle of the back of my head, where they would be covered up by the braid. I then proceeded to do a simple dutch braid all the way down, and used some hair gel to try to keep the ends of my real hair from sticking out all over the place. But it was so much fun to have kids think I was the real Elsa, and now I’m moving to Disneyland.
#4. Marilyn Monroe
This was a super easy costume, but was probably my favourite. Something about the simple Hollywood glam was everything I wanted. I got to try doing pin curls for the first time, and I definitely did not too bad! Aside from the hair, it was just a simple red lip and of course the beauty mark!
Lips: Nars Velvet matte lip pencil in shade Cruella, topped with a thin layer of Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte liquid lipstick in shade Reign
This concludes my Halloween 2017 costume series! I had so much fun this year in my multiple costumes (I also dressed up as Garth from Wayne’s World with a friend at work tonight), but it’s time for it to be over. The end of October kind of marks the end of fall to me as well, since it starts snowing and the Christmas decorations start to come out in stores. While it’s heartbreaking to see my favourite season come to an end, I think I’m ready to move onto the true most wonderful time of the year – Christmas!