With Halloween a mere fortnight away, it is time to start prepping your beauty look. Here are three tutorials from some of the biggest makeup artists on YouTube, to get you started.
* Holographic Unicorn
Let’s face it, if you can’t be a holographic unicorn mermaid hybrid on Halloween, then when can you? Star vlogger Kandee Johnson has put together a helpful tutorial on the ‘tear duct’ trend that will serve as a useful basis for a wide range of mythological costumes this year.
For that elusively shimmery inner eye, Kandee suggests using a base of light pink, lavender, pale green or even pale blue eyeshadow, a vibrant, candy-toned eyeliner, before dabbing a ‘base’ such as a primer or white eyeliner around the tear duct, blending it with the little finger. Take a dome-shaped brush and dab a holographic eyeshadow on top, layering colours to make the look as multidimensional as necessary.
You don’t have to go overboard for an effective Halloween look — in this tutorial, celebrity makeup artist Lisa Eldridge explains how to master a vampish beauty look that would work just as well for a wicked stepmother or sexy vamp costume as it would on the red carpet.
The look revolves around a very dark, berry-toned lip colour, and involves creating a flawless base before adding highlighter to give definition to the cheekbones. She teams champagne and neutral-colored eyeshadows with a touch of shimmer with a classic winged black eyeliner flick for definition, before applying a vampishly dark lipstick. She suggests using a brush to create a rough first layer, then outlining with a pencil to create a fuller and more precise look, especially for people who want to ‘overdraw’ the natural lipline.
* Full-on scary
If, on the other hand, you take your Halloween makeup very seriously, then you might want to take advice from star vlogger Emma Pickles, who has created a ghoulish look inspired by the posters for the upcoming horror film Jigsaw, which is set for release later this month.
The creative begins by applying a black cream base, before painting on a clay mask mixed with white liquid makeup, which cracks as it dries to create a truly terrifying flaky, scabby finish. She finished things off with some red face paint spirals on the cheeks and a black lip.