Halloween is almost here, and it has to be my second favorite holiday of the entire year. I love dressing up, doing theatrical makeup looks, and going to a Halloween party every year. My cousin requested an Angel Makeup Look for her Halloween party. There are literally endless combinations and types of makeup looks you can do for an angel…everything from a pure white angel to a full on painted angel face with wing detailing. I decided to go more along the lines of ethereal, glamorous, and versatile. You can wear this if you’re going as a fairy, a Barbie, a doll, or really anything where you need to look super feminine and other worldly, but still pretty. I’ve got full details and more pictures inside!
THE EYE MAKEUP: For my interpretation of an angel, I went with very shimmery, light shades. You’ll need a light blue and a light pink-purple eyeshadow that are both shimmery. I prefer the combination of shimmering blues and pinks when I am doing ethereal makeup because they really complement each other when the light hits and gives you that other-worldly look. Here is how I achieved it:
- Apply a shimmering light blue eyeshadow into the crease and extend the shade upward toward your brows generously. Blend this shade into sort of a cat-eye that extends outside of your natural eye shape, using the end of your eyebrows as a guideline.
- Apply a shimmering light purple-pink over your entire eyelid, inner corners, and lower lash-line. The effect of the blue and pink together is very Barbie-like.
- Apply black liner to your upper lash-line in a very thin line. Extend the liner out to a cat-eye, using the end of your eyebrows as a guide of where you should stop. Every angel should have wings on their eyes, right?
- Coat your lower lashes with mascara and apply false eyelashes to your upper lash-line. Use lashes that have rhinestones or glitter on them. You can easily find them at any drugstore or mass retailer right now, especially in the Halloween section. Alternatively, you could use white feather lashes, as well.
- Apply two stick-on rhinestone stars along the cat-liner flick of your eye. You can find these in the nail art section of most drugstores. Many times, they will already be sticky on the back and so you can just peel and stick them on your face. If they’re not sticky already, use a dab of eyelash glue to adhere them to your face.
- Using the same eyelash glue that you used to apply your false lashes, create a triangle underneath your eyes. This will create a sticky base for some multi-colored glitter. You can find multi-colored glitter ANYWHERE, especially now that it is Halloween. I used a Wet n Wild glitter that I found at the drugstore and it only cost me a few dollars. This effect makes it look like you have glitter raining down from your eyes and it’s really pretty.
- For added decoration, I created a star “birthmark” using black eyeliner. If this feels daunting to you, just draw a regular star and then fill it in with the eyeliner.
- Using the same glitter that you used underneath your eyes, coat your eyebrows with it. I used a regular eye primer for this, as eyelash glue may cause damage to your brow hair. The glitter stuck to the primer and I kept the glitter mostly within the shape of my eyebrows only.
- To finish the eyes off, apply a white eyeliner on your lower water-line to really brighten up your eyes and make them look big and awake.
Feel free to incorporate elements of my look or switch things out for your own. This was just my own interpretation. When I think of an angel, I think of a glittering, glowing being that shines in the light. The more sparkle, the better!
THE LIPS: For the lips, I kept them simple and feminine. I used a pale pink lip gloss and then I used a golden shimmer in the middle of the lips. I went back with the lip gloss and reapplied it. The golden shimmer makes your lips look larger, but when the light hits your face, your lips will glow like crazy. I used a regular golden shimmer eyeshadow for this trick.
THE FACE MAKEUP: Every rule that typically applies to foundation and face makeup in every day life does not apply here. Pile on the dewy, luminous foundation and highlighters. I actually mixed my foundation with a pure white face cream to pale my skin out slightly. I used a dewy finish foundation (YSL’s Touche Eclat) and used Hard Candy’s “Moonstone” Highlighter to set it, over my entire face. You can find Hard Candy at Walmart stores nationwide. This just added the perfect golden sheen to my face everywhere. I applied a hot pink blush to the center of my cheeks so that I looked very flushed. Go back with your favorite highlighter and apply it generously down the center of your nose, along your cheekbones, forehead, chin, and above your lips. I used BECCA Cosmetics “Opal” Highlighter, which is my all-time favorite. There is no right or wrong way to do the skin here…just keep it very sparkly and highlighted, as if you are glowing from within. It’s Halloween, so it’s okay to be very dramatic with the shimmer and highlights.
My hair is dark red, so I found an old platinum blonde wig that I had and used a pearl headband as a “halo” around my head. To really complete the look you can obviously purchase your own angel costume from a Halloween store, or just grab yourself some wings and wear it with a white dress. You can use any white, pearl, or sparkling headband like I did for a halo if you need to make do. If you’re not going as angel, you can still use this look for other costumes such as a fairy, a doll, Barbie, a princess, etc.
As always, I will be posting my own Halloween costume details and tutorial once I attend my annual Halloween party. I never tell anyone what I am being until I get there, so it’s a secret for now. If you want, you can check out last year’s costume (which won me $200, yay!), and 2012’s costume! As you can tell, I typically go for quirky, ugly, and scary characters for Halloween.
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