A last-minute Halloween idea: Star-studded beauty

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m awful at planning things in advance, as you might have noticed. (Full disclosure; I managed to schedule tomorrow’s review for this morning. It was up for a little over three hours, so if any of you are wondering where it went — well, went to go hide behind Nov. 1st for the meantime.)

So, here’s one for all of you who want a cool, wearable Halloween look that requires almost no planning. Because, let’s be honest, sometimes planning is just one of those things that should (but totally never manages to) happen.

For a full tutorial, don’t miss this post on She Said Beauty! 

Not just easy to co-ordinate, this look is pretty easy to assemble, too. Start out with a basic face; medium-coverage foundation; plenty of powder and contouring. The lip and cheek colours are up to you (I love a good reddish lip in the fall), as is the brow shape — just make sure to fill them; with a focal point away from your eyes, you’ll want to make sure they’re still adequately framed.

If you’re adding illuminator to your cheekbones, try to pick a powder product to get better wear out of the stars.

Start your eyes with a basic, matte smokey eye, then add a little bit of interest for Halloween’s sake. I went with a metallic gold, lining my upper lashline with LUSH Fantasy & taking Fyrinnae Polar Bear through the inner corners. Then, after mascara, I took Fantasy along a few of the tips of my upper lashes, too. (You can see it more in the flash photo, later in this post.)

Another option that’s just as easy is to sparkle with pointed intent — pick a loose pigment with a larger particle size of shimmer, then pat it onto the middle of your lids and/or the inner corners. Don’t blend it too well, leaving it instead to juxtapose with the matte lid shades, and choose something with coloured reflects (eg. red at an angle or with flash, but unnoticeable straight-on) for extra impact.

From there, grab some lash glue & craft store confetti to take the look from pretty to Halloween-levels-of-awesome. I kind of cheated on both, to be honest; instead of lash glue, I used an Annabelle Glitterama Liquid Eyeliner (glitter liners are my stash secret for when I’m out of proper fixatives) & picked the gold and silver stars out of a rainbow mix of loose stars.

What? It’s not poor planning; it’s totally innovation.

Products used

EYES: Senna Eye Shadow in Sphinx, Smolder, Intrigue, and Taupe Glow (for a basic neutral eye); Annabelle Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencil in Licoriche, LUSH Eyeliner in Fantasy, and Fyrinnae Polar Bear loose pigment.

SKIN: theBalm timeBalm in Lighter than Light, Marcelle Pressed Powder in Translucent, Senna Eye Shadow in Sphinx (to contour), and NARS Powder Blush in Mata Hari (very sparingly!) for colour.

LIPS: Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencil in Pomegranate layered lightly under Korres Cherry Oil Lipgloss in Fuchsia, also sparingly.

AND: Loose confetti from the craft store! (Paper and aluminum punch-outs will work in a pinch, too.)

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34 Responses to “A last-minute Halloween idea: Star-studded beauty”

  1. YOUR HAIR HOLY EFF
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  2. projectswatch, on October 31st, 2012 at 6:51 pm said:

    I love this! So pretty.
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  3. !!!LKDKLFDJ!!! You look stunning! You know this, right!?

  4. Haha, thanks babe :p

  5. I did not, but I do now! :p Thank you, honey!

  6. Thanks, Emi! :)

  7. You beautiful girl! You are especially cheekbony and I adore this whole entire look. <3
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  8. ♥ Thank you so much, Liz! I'm so glad you like the look :)

  9. Model hair.
    So unfair.
    I cannot bear,
    as I sit here with a glare.
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  10. BooBooNinja, on October 31st, 2012 at 10:33 pm said:

    Rae, your hair! So long and pretttty

  11. I combusted at that first picture and re-combusted in the second, so I'm typing this with a twice-fixed hand
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  12. Hahaha! Thank you, my dear Arianne ;o)

  13. Thanks, hon! I need to get it cut; it's a bit of a mess when it's straight >.<

  14. :D

  15. I can't handle your hair, it's soooooo pretty! Aaargh, I'm having some serious hair envy right now! lol
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  16. Lily @ChloeAsh, on November 1st, 2012 at 12:24 am said:

    I need air! Breathtaking, Rae. Just stunning!!

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  17. Thank you, honey! Flash does wonders for Asian hair ;)

  18. Aww, thanks Lily! <3

  19. OOooh, these PHOTOS, so PRETTY!

    *has lost all grasp of sentence structure*

  20. Your hair looks AMAZE. And your face, of course. BUT YOUR HAIR.
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  21. that first picture looks so professional! love the cute stars and your hair looks SO good! *jealous*
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  22. Haha, thank you, Alison! ;o)

  23. Thanks, sweetie! :)

  24. Thanks, Claire! Glad you liked the look (and hair!)

  25. Dearest Blu-Rae,
    Your title represents YOU: a BEAUTY-ful STAR! You were obviously on a sick day when skin flaws were handed out. À bientôt ma belle!

  26. So very flattering on you, rereow! Love the stars, such a simple but beautiful way to 'dress up' =)

  27. Rute Lopes, on November 2nd, 2012 at 11:00 am said:

    Looks amazing! I just love your photographs!
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  28. Haha, thank you, my dear! But, of course, I can't take full credit for my skin: the photo policy on theNotice is, and always has been yes, please do Photoshop! :p

  29. Thanks, Emma! Glad you liked the look :)

  30. Thanks, Rute!

  31. Stop it, you ridiculously pretty being! Stop making me flail at the sight of your ridiculously prettiness!

  32. Do a hair tutorial, pretty please!! I like how your lips look too, it's red yet subtle. So pretty!
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  33. Stop it, you ridiculously nice human being!

    *flails back* : )

  34. Thanks, Sue! I don't see a hair tutorial on the horizon, unfortunately — it's just second-day flatiron curls; nothing too difficult! :)

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