Thursday, October 25, 2012

Breakfast At Tiffany's

Doing a complete 180 from my last Halloween post I decided to go from ghoulish to glamorous! 

When it comes to Halloween, I prefer to be more on the cutesy and glamorous side.  This costume and makeup is definitely both of those!  Not only is the makeup for this look simple, but the costume was actually very easy to throw together as well.  So for those of you who are still scratching your heads about what to do this year, this may just be the look for you!

For a little background on this look--We have a group of girls that get together once a month to play Bunko.  It’s turned into quite the shindig and it’s something I look forward to every month.  So of course for October it was Halloween themed.  My costume for the evening was none other than the  Ms. Audrey Hepburn from the movie Breakfast At Tiffany’s.  Here’s is the iconic picture that served as my inspiration for this costume look:

Audrey’s makeup for this look is very natural, simple, and classically beautiful.  Here are the key features to her look and the products I used:

-nude eye shadow over the whole lid (Brule by MAC)
-mid toned brown softly through the crease (Omega by MAC)
-classic black “kitten” eyeliner (Blacktrack Fluidline by MAC)
-wispy false lashes (Ardell lashes)
-pink glowing cheeks (Pink Swoon by MAC)
-pink lips (NYX Lipliner in Pale Pink to outline and fill in the lips)
-nude eyeliner on the waterline (NC15/NW20 Chromagraphic Pencil by MAC)
-and finally, most important of all—THE BROWS!  The thicker the better.   As for the shape of the brows they are more straight across than over arched or angled.  (I used Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette).

Here’s my final makeup look!

For the costume, I basically already had everything I needed for this look.  All I had to buy was a fake tiara (found a pack of 6 at Hobby Lobby for $4 with the little girl party supplies), and a pair of black elbow gloves ($7 at Halloween Express)!  (The cigarette holder I already had from a Cruella DeVille costume I put together a few years go.)  Here’s the costume inspiration board I put together for the look.  See if you can pick me out in the bunko pictures below!  
Breakfast At Tiffany's

And me as Cruella Deville! (In 2009--Gosh, time flies!)
that chipmunk (who is actually my boyfriend)  is
holding my cigarette thing!
Need more ideas?!  Check out my Halloween post from last year: Easy Geisha, Pin Up Look, Halloween 2011!

Hopefully I’ll have one more Halloween post up on Sunday.  I’m thinking it will be a little compilation of pictures from the Halloween festivities coming up this weekend.  So stay tuned!!
What are you dressing up as for Halloween? 
Does anyone else out there play Bunko?!
For the love of beauty & Audrey,
…Casey B

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Sugar Skull Halloween Makeup

I’m back with a full on Halloween makeup tutorial!  For those of you who love elaborate makeup looks, this will be right up your alley.  That’s right people; we’re doing a sugar skull makeup tutorial!
Of course the best part of this Halloween costume is that the makeup does all the talking.  It is the focal point of the overall look which means the clothing portion of the costume is very inexpensive.  You probably already own pieces you can wear to complete this costume!

For a little back ground on sugar skulls:  Sugar skulls are little sugary-sweet candies that are sold on the days leading up to the Day of the Dead festivities (a Mexican holiday that celebrates the lives of friends and relatives who have passed away).  These little skulls are decorated with bright colorful icing, glitter, shiny foils, and even sequins!

There are millions of different sugar skull makeup looks you can create, so get creative!  Regardless of the pattern you decide to go with there a few key products that you will need:
  1. Face primer
  2. White and black face paint
  3. Translucent powder, baby powder, or white eyeshadow (to set your white face paint)
  4. Small detail brushes to create the intricate patterns
  5. Colorful cream products to create the patterns (You can use more face paints, just buy the little color set when you buy your black and white face paints!)
  6. Bright shadows to set the cream products
  7. Black liquid eyeliner
  8. Lash clue, individual rhinestones, and glitter to spruce up the look (optional)

  1.  The first thing you want to do is apply your face primer to ensure the look last all night long.
  2. Then apply your white face paint by using your fingers, a foundation brush, or a damp makeup sponge.
  3. Set the face paint with either a translucent powder, baby powder, or even just a white eyeshadow (which is what I did).
  4. Using your black face paint, and a small detail brush outline the black circles around your eyes.  The easiest way to do this is by following the line of your natural eye socket.  Once you have the outline, fill it in!  Use a black eyeliner to fill in the inner rim of your eyes to keep everything extra dark.
  5. Do the same thing with the shape you want to create for your nose!
  6. Set the black face paint with a black eyeshadow.  I used a blue eyeshadow along the parts of the eyes that I would normally apply my eye highlight (inner corner & center of the lids), to give the eyes a little extra dimension.
  7. Using an eyeshadow color that goes with your over all look (navy, black, you could even do reds, purples, greens—you choose!)  contour your cheek bones to give the face a little extra shape.
  8. From this point, you should be as creative as possible!  Make sure to layer your cream color products and eyeshadows to build up color and staying power to the design you create.
  9. For the lips you can draw in a pattern that looks like exposed teeth or fill in your lips using a regular lipstick.  Since I want my sugar skull to be a little more “me” I went with a bright red lip detailed with some red glitter pressed over the top.
  10. Use your black liquid liner to trace the outline of any detailed shapes to make them stand out.
  11. After you have your pattern down you can spruce up the look by adding glitter and rhinestones!  I also added some fun fake lashes for the heck of it.

Here’s my final look!

I’ve also put together an easy and inexpensive costume idea board to go with this makeup.  It’s composed of items I think a lot of you will already have and cheap craft store goodies!  Hopefully it will provide a little inspiration when you are completing your sugar skull Halloween costume!
DIY halloween costume

I hope you enjoyed this post!  This makeup was SO much fun to do, and a huge step outside of my comfort zone.  I cheated a little by making my interpretation super girly with glitter and rhinestones, but that’s how I would wear it.  If you decide to do a sugar skull makeup look for Halloween, let me know how it goes!  Post a picture on my facebook page, I’d love to see how it turned out!

For the love of beauty and skulls,
…Casey B