Morning you awesome people you!
So when it comes to Halloween dress-ups, I tend to veer towards the creepy and gory. I want all the fake blood! But this year I want to try out a few different vibes and see what happens. So, as you may have seen on our instagram, I decided to start off by turning myself into a supercute Anime character. LET’S DO THIS.
What I used: The Body Shop Instablur, Philosophy Miracle Worker Foundation in Shade 3, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC15, Catrice Prime and Fine translucent powder, MAC Prep and Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade, NYX Strike a Pose Eyeshadow Palette, NYX Eye Pencil in Charcoal, Essence Kajal Pencil in White, MAC Eyeshadow in Nocturnelle, Woolworths Dipliner in Black, MAC Rihanna Smoked Cocoa palette, Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara, NYX Eyeshadow Base in White, Yves Rocher lipstick in Mauve Pensee, Benefit lipgloss in Where’s My Stylist?, and a pair of falsies from Chinatown.
Ah, naked face goodness. I first applied my trusty The Body Shop Instablur as a primer (full review here if you’re interested). I then buffed in my Philosophy Miracle Worker foundation in. I’m pale already, but if you’re not I’d recommend using a base a couple of shades lighter than your natural skin tone. I covered up blemishes with MAC Pro Longwear concealer and brightened up under my eyes with the MAC Prep and Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose. We want to get our skins looking luminous for this tutorial, so don’t be afraid to use tons of highlighter!
Brow time. I filled in my brows using the NYX eye pencil in Charcoal, but in retrospect I could’ve skipped this. I then filled in my eyebrows using an angled brush and the purple shadow in the NYX palette and MAC Nocturnelle eyeshadow. Anime eyebrows are pretty thin and rounded, so try not to emphasise your arches. I then ran some clear brow gel through to keep those hairbrows neat.
Let’s get started on those eyeballs. I filled in my waterline with the Essence kajal pencil in white, and brought that colour a bit further down into my bottom lashes. I then used the Woolworths Dipliner (the most smudge-proof liquid liner I’ve ever used) to line my upper lids.
Now we’re going to extend that black line into a cat-eyed flick. This look is exaggerated, so make that flick big! Then bring it down underneath where your lower lashes end. The idea here is that we’re erasing the bottom of your real eyes and creating a new lower lash line. This will help us fake those massive beautiful Anime eyes! I also extended my eyeliner in my inner corners.
Next, draw a shadow in your crease using a dark grey or purple shadow. I mixed the grey colour in the MAC palette with MAC Nocturnelle, and drew a pretty solid line using an angled eyeshadow brush. You don’t want to blend this out too much as the look is meant to be graphic. I then filled in the middle of my eyelid with the white eyeshadow in the NYX palette.
Now for the most essential part of this whole look, the lashes! I used falsies that are thicker on the outer corners to really emphasise that wide-eyed expression, and then added Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme mascara to blend my natural lashes into the falsies. I then drew on fake lower lashes using the Woolworths dipliner, and added some purple eyeshadow to the outer corners of my fake lower lashline.
For the lips, I first covered them in NYX Eyeshadow Base to get rid of any natural colour. I then worked in some Yves Rocher lipstick in Mauve Pensee, and highlighted the middle of my lips with the berry coloured Benefit lipgloss. I finished the whole thing off by dusting MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade all over my cheeks, down the bridge of my nose and on my cupid’s bow.
This is just a basic tutorial, so feel free to exaggerate the size of your eye even more and see how it turns out! Let us know if you try this out using #smudgedhalloween, we’d love to see what you guys get up to for Halloween!
Love love love,