A last-minute Halloween idea: Star-studded beauty

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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  • Reply Beauty Reflections

    My recent post Happy Halloween!!

    October 31, 2012 at 6:48 PM
  • Reply projectswatch

    I love this! So pretty.
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    October 31, 2012 at 6:51 PM
  • Reply Mimi

    !!!LKDKLFDJ!!! You look stunning! You know this, right!?

    October 31, 2012 at 6:55 PM
  • Reply Liz

    You beautiful girl! You are especially cheekbony and I adore this whole entire look. <3
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    October 31, 2012 at 7:39 PM
  • Reply Arianne

    Model hair.
    So unfair.
    I cannot bear,
    as I sit here with a glare.
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    October 31, 2012 at 9:51 PM
  • Reply BooBooNinja

    Rae, your hair! So long and pretttty

    October 31, 2012 at 10:33 PM
  • Reply xiao

    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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    October 31, 2012 at 10:34 PM
  • Reply bellachique

    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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    October 31, 2012 at 11:51 PM
  • Reply Lily @ChloeAsh

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

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    November 1, 2012 at 12:24 AM
  • Reply Alison

    OOooh, these PHOTOS, so PRETTY!

    *has lost all grasp of sentence structure*

    November 1, 2012 at 4:16 AM
  • Reply Larie

    Your hair looks AMAZE. And your face, of course. BUT YOUR HAIR.
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    November 1, 2012 at 10:18 AM
  • Reply claire

    that first picture looks so professional! love the cute stars and your hair looks SO good! *jealous*
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    November 1, 2012 at 12:50 PM
  • Reply Isabel

    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!

    November 1, 2012 at 5:19 PM
  • Reply emmabovary

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

    November 1, 2012 at 9:29 PM
  • Reply Rute Lopes

    Looks amazing! I just love your photographs!
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    November 2, 2012 at 11:00 AM
  • Reply Makeup Kismet

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

    November 2, 2012 at 3:49 PM
  • Reply Sue- makeupmew

    Do a hair tutorial, pretty please!! I like how your lips look too, it's red yet subtle. So pretty!
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    November 4, 2012 at 2:37 AM
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