Hey spooks and kooks!
Since Halloween is a little more than a week away, I figured I would make a couple in-depth posts that are fairly simple to recreate if you don’t have an idea for Halloween yet. This first one I created for my sister (the beautiful model in the pictures; thanks babe for letting me post them) for her theatre banquet, which was jungle-themed. She figured that most girls would go as some sort of jungle cat, so she wanted to do something different. She came up with the idea to do something snake-related from a huge plush snake she had won years ago. I then drew inspiration from the different shades of green incorporated into the plush.
If you want to do something relatively simple for Halloween without having to wear overly used cat ears, here’s how you can become a glamorous snake princess! All of the products used will be listed at the end.
First thing you must do is prime your eyes!!! After all, we are using heavy makeup, and if you’re going to a Halloween party, you don’t want those greens slipping and sliding all over your face otherwise people will think you were trying for the Wicked Witch of the West!
After priming, you want to blend the tiniest bit of eyeshadow that is either close to your skin color, or a neutral/cool-toned brown, into your crease. This will make attaining that diffused smokey look much easier. Next, you want to run a stark white base all over your mobile eyelid. Not only will this help those shadows stick even better than if you were just using primer, but it will make the colors you use more vibrant. I personally recommend using a white eyeliner, but any safe, creamy product will work.
Next comes the fun part! Choose 2-3 shades of green to lay down on the mobile lid, but save a super dark green for the crease. The colors you choose are up to you, but based on the plush my sister had, we used a yellow-green and a bright green. Place the lighter shade of green on the first half of your mobile lid, and then place the darker shade of green on the second half. I recommend using a short, flat brush to pack on the colors. It’s best not to initially sweep on the colors, but rather save the sweeping for blending the two colors into each other to create a nice gradient on the lid.
Now you want to create a cut-crease. It’s a lot easier than it seems I promise! Using a brush that is pointed in order to get that precision, trace a thin line in dark green just above your crease so that way it is visible when your eyes are open. The easiest way to do this is by looking down into a mirror. Be sure to flick it up and out at the end to add that extra DRAMA. Now all you need to do is blend the mother-fluffin’ life out of that line, making sure to use a clean fluffy brush. This is going to take a while. Be sure to take your time building up the color and blending it out, repeating this step over and over until you are happy with the intensity. Just be sure to blend up, and avoid getting any dark green eyeshadow on your mobile lid. Once you finish blending, I would suggest going back in with the original green colors used on the mobile lid to add back any color that was lost from blending.
Next comes the eyeliner. Create a big dramatic wing, following the curve of the cut crease up and out. I would suggest using a gel or liquid eyeliner as not to disturb the lid color too much. Be sure to set this eyeliner with a black eyeshadow in order to prevent transfer of liner into the crease. After all, you worked really hard on all that blending! Also take the eyeliner down into the inner corners of your eye, ending it in a point. This is really going to transform your eyes into that snake-like shape. Set this with black eyeshadow too. While your at it, run some eyeliner onto your waterline.
If you want to you can blend some of that light green eyeshadow underneath the inner half of your lower lash-line, and that slightly darker green eyeshadow underneath the outer half of your lower lash-line. Now just add some mascara to your top and bottom lashes. If you want that extra glam you can add one or two pairs of fake eyelashes. Also ff you want to you can highlight the inner corner of your eye as well as your brow bone.
Now that you’re done with the eyes, it’s now time for the scale-like pattern. I’d recommend using fishnet stockings of anything that has a pattern similar to that. We ended up using an old sports bra that had that fishnet-like cutout pattern. Just be creative! The trick here is to make sure that once you start applying the makeup over the fishnet, you must not move it, otherwise your pattern will get messed up. Place your fishnet wherever you want the patter, and dab the slightly darker green eyeshadow over the fishnet. You must not sweep the color! Be sure to dab up and down. This may take a while, but sweeping will only create a thick band of green on your face. Then dab the lightest green eyeshadow overtop of that slightly darker green, but make sure that it is only applied down the middle of the fishnet. This gives the pattern a much cooler effect. Just repeat this anywhere you want the pattern!
Finish off the look with a black or dark purple lipstick and you are good to go! I hope this was easy to follow! Comment below if you tried this, and tag me on twitter or instagram if you recreate this look and post it! Happy Halloween my loves! xx
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- Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer- Translucent
- Urban Decay Naked Palette- Naked
- NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil- Milk
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- Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette- Loaded
- E.l.f. Essential Expert Liquid Eyeliner
- L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24HR Lacquer Intense Gel Eyeliner
- NYX Smokey Fume Shadow Palette- Black
- Jordana Best Lash Extreme Mascara
- Urban Decay Naked Palette- Virgin
- NYX Butter Lipstick- Licorice
- MAC 263
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