DIY Halloween Beauty
We show you how to achieve Tyra Banks, Carine Roitfeld, Miss Piggy and Gwen Stefani at home!
The perfect costume for the hardcore fashionista (or America's Next Top Model fan), Tyra's cover for German magazine I Love You's Wrong Issue (above) made us — for the first time in our lives — want to immediately spend all our money on bright-yellow eyeshadow. This look takes a fair bit of practice with an angled brush, so you might want to do a trial run (or two). All products from MAC.
Aside from the eyes, this is a super natural look. Begin with Prep + Prime Skin Smoother for a flawless base. Then apply Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 foundation, which has a natural matte finish. Add a touch of the pinkish-beign Cream Colour Base in Shell on the apples of the cheeks, and finish with Bronzing Powder in Matte Bronze — this gives flawless sheer coverage, so it's perfect for a bit of light contouring on the temples and under the cheekbones.
Start with the yellow: armed with Pro Acrylic Paint in Primary Yellow (available at MAC Pro stores) and a #263 Small Angle Brush — which works for both lining and shading — carefully build up the colour around the eye until it matches on both sides (note that it doesn't matter if you're a little off, as the gel liner is going to cover your mistakes). Then use Fluidline in Blacktrack to do the winged liner on the upper lash-line, the painted lashes on the lower lash-line, and the outline for the yellow. You might have to do this twice to get the black really opaque.
For a barely-there but still-defined lip try Lip Pencil in Spice and a touch of lip balm.
Black blazer, red collar (or, if that's too hard, just wear a red shirt with the collar out).
To achieve the true Carine look, one must do as Carine does: sleep in your eye makeup. Unlike the Tyra costume, this look is perfect for those who aren't so confident at makeup application — you can just chuck it on and hope for the best.
The night before your Halloween party, fill the waterline of your eyes (that's the inner rim between your eyeball and your lashes) with Korres Eyeliner Pencil in Deep Black, and then go to sleep! Korres is all-natural, so you can sleep safe without worry about waking up with pink-eye. The next day, re-line eyes with a kohl pencil like MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder and apply natural-looking point lashes such as Shu Uemura Slim Flare False Eyelashes. The kit comes with lashes in three different lengths, so you can be as natural or as OTT as you like. Start at the outer corners of the eyes and work your way in — you may on need to use one or two lashes. Then coat everything with a great mascara like Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes in Black, and fill in any gaps with the kohl pencil. Create an authentic CR smoky eye with a hint of khaki by using MAC's Jungle Camouflage Full Face Kit from the Carine Roitfeld collection.
Carine is all about caterpillar brows (in a good way). If you're not as well-endowed as her, fill in any gaps with Bobbi Brown's Dark Brow Kit, then follow with the Natural Brow Shaper & Hair Touch Up (also by Bobbi).
Skin should be as no-fuss as possible, so try an all-in-one like Dr Brandt Flexitone BB Cream (available at Mecca Cosmetica), which magically suits every skin tone. MAC can help you with the perfect nude lip: the MAC Carine Roitfeld Lipstick in Tropical Mist is probably our favourite product in the collection. Finish off with MAC's Nail Lacquer in Undercover Nude (also from the Carine Roitfeld collection).
First you will need a rubber pig snout like this. Once you've got the prosthetics under control, it's time for the fake tan — lots and lots and lots of it. For a particularly authentic (orange) effect, try the cheapest fake tan you can find at the chemist. Or, if you'd rather not commit (and actually look acceptable), try using an entire bottle of ModelCo One Night Tan (Note that we haven't actually tried this, but if you do, feel free to send us photos.) Remove all trace of human lips using Benefit's Lip Plump, and add a touch of colour using NARS Blush in — what else? — Orgasm.
Start with a crazy pair of come-hither lashes, such as Manicare Glam Eyes Madonna Lashes, topping with a false lash–esque mascara such as Too Faced Better Than False Lashes (available at Mecca Cosmetica). Go nuts with a frosty, blue-toned pink eyeshadow like MAC's Pink Freeze and then finish with a liquid liner like Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner Pen (also at Mecca).
Preferably something involving sequins.
Gwen Stefani 'Cool' Two-Face
No Doubt might have a new album, but we are still obsessed with Gwen's fifties look from the video for 2005's 'Cool'. If, like us, you can't decide between 'Woman Scorned' Blonde Gwen and 'Secure Relationship' Brunette Gwen, why not do both? All you need is this beautiful half-blonde, half brunette wig (and a pair of scissors).
Just in case you end up in a music video of your very own, keep on hand a bottle of Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, a high-coverage matte formula that looks great on camera. On the blonde side dust the cheekbones with a red blush like Nars Exhibit A, and on the brunette side use a pink blush on the apple of the cheek and a bit of bronzer in the hollow — Nars Blush/Bronzer Duo in Orgasm/Laguna is perfect. For a matte, flawless look finish with Lancôme Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup.
Start with a subtle false eyelash such as Make Up For Ever Nude Eyelashes #108. Add to the effect by coating top and bottom lashes with L'Oréal Paris Lash Architect 4D. Use Bobbi Brown's Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink above the top lash-line — slightly heavier on the brunette side, if you want to be REALLY authentic. Grab a classic palette such as Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Eyeshadow Quad in Maestro, swipe the lightest colour all over the lid and up to the brow bone, then push the light grey into the crease. Finish off with a strong brow — Maybelline Eye Studio Master Shape Brow Pencil comes in both Blonde and Soft Brown.
Line lips on the blonde side with Revlon ColorStay Lipliner in Red, then apply two coats of a matte red such as YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats in Rouge Rock. On the brunette side you just need a sheer pink gloss like Chanel Aqualumière Gloss in Roselin.
All you need is a half-polkadot, half–leopard print dress and voilà! The Gwen Stefani costume you've always wanted but never thought possible.