With Halloween tomorrow, many of us will be scrambling to come up with the craftiest and most creative costumes. But in a time crunch, don't forget about an important aspect of costumes: make up.
However, if you don’t have the budget or the time to dedicate to completing your look, check out these simple D.I.Y. makeup tips for both girls AND guys. Most of these looks can be accomplished with the makeup you or your friends have laying around.
1. A simple black, smoky eye can help you achieve any look from a zombie to a vampire to a sultry witch to a punk rocker. To accomplish this, apply a thick line of eyeliner at your lash line. Next, use a smudge eye shadow brush to blend the liner from your lash line up to your crease. Apply a black eye shadow from the lash line, blending up to the crease again to deepen the effect. Then, use a dark brown shadow to blend the harsh black color in your crease, resulting in the desired smoky eye. If preferred, use a light eye shadow (the lightest color in the palette) to highlight your brow bone.
2. Highlighting and contouring is your best friend. This is what every actress in Hollywood does to achieve a perfect, sculpted face. In this case, contouring will be heavily used to create a "dead look" — think zombie or vampire. First, suck in your cheeks to create an inset (also known as the fish-face) and apply a dark brown shadow, bronzer, or contouring powder in that curve.
Next, add that same contouring item of choice to your temples, jaw line and on each side of your nose. This will make your face appear sunken in, similar to a zombie. If you really want to go all out, you can take a small eye shadow brush and line the outer rim of your mouth, making it appear smaller and parched.
To highlight, use a highlighting powder, pen or concealer that is three shades lighter than your skin tone and apply to the bridge of your nose, between your eyes, under your eyes and cheek bones. You can use your finger to blend into your skin. Highlighting with a lighter shade will make your face look paler.
3. Finally for lip color, deep plums and reds have been big beauty essential for the fall. If you haven’t already added to your collection, then pick it up right away at your local drugstore. Not only do these colors look good on every skin tone, it gives a sultry, mysteriousness to any Halloween look.
For all you who like to indulge in Halloween festivities, you can also look to YouTube beauty gurus for more ideas, like Michelle Phan’s “Tim Burton Look” or for less scary ideas, Kandee Johnson’s “How to Look Like Flo the Progressive Lady.”
As you can see, it’s not too difficult to come up with a head-turning Halloween costume this year. With a little bit of makeup and a dash of creativity, you won’t have to search beyond your dorm room or your beauty-obsessed best friend for the tools you need.