Halloween is my favourite time of year. It’s a chance to celebrate nothing, get tipsy and dress up in whatever your heart desires.
Though there have already been some great costumes: Paris Hilton as Miley Cyrus, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as Bad Gal RoRo and Joan Smalls as a Little Monster, the originals never get old.
If you’re in need of some beauty inspiration this Halloween, look no further.
Inspired by Italian Screen Siren, Monica Belluci, Dolce & Gabbana‘s Monica collection is pure old-school glamour.
Priced £25.50. Available at Harrods.
Laura Mercier‘s creme liners are the best I’ve tried. They glide on effortlessly and last all day and night.
Available at SpaceNK, priced £18.50.
Topshop‘s brushes are great, they’re cheap, effective and look good. I have 3 of these precision eye shadow brushes, slightly excessive but at £4, one can afford to.
Available at Topshop.
A great excuse to wear a sick cape and a crown, the Evil Queen in Snow White is Disney’s biggest bad-ass.
L’Oreal‘s Color Riche is a range of professional looking gel polishes. You can never have enough berry polishes and this one is gorgeous.
Available at Boots, priced £4.99.
This is a beautiful trio. The punchy purples can be worn alone, or beneath the inky black to create a smokey eye with depth.
Nars, Arabian Nights Eyeshadow Trio, £23. Available at Nars.
Chanel‘s lipsticks are my favourite for the packaging alone, but thankfully the contents are always sumptuously soft and pigmented to perfection.
Chanel, Rouge Allure, £25. Available at Boots.
Frankenstein’s “Ex Wife” – LiLo
Mean Girls defined Halloween for a generation, but it was Lindsay Lohan as Frankenstein’s Ex-wife that still makes me chuckle.
Rimmel‘s kohl liner is soft, easy to apply and a bargain at £2.99. Why pay more.
Available at Boots.
Kevyn Aucoin is a favourite of the stars, and they’d prefer you didn’t know about it, but hey.
Kevyn Aucoin’s Forever red lipstick, is velvety smooth and has a matte finish.
Priced £26. Available at SpaceNK.
Matte nails are still a novelty for me. If you’re going to go black you may as well go matte, it’s just that little bit cooler.
Barry M, Matte Nail Paint in Espresso, £3.99. Available at Boots.
Goths, black fairies, vamps and witches require much of the same bits- a dark bold lip, red nails and black smokey eyes; kind of what you wear on a night out really.
You’ve probably already seen me gush about Chanel‘s Rouge Allure gloss on Grazia. The formula is non-sticky and the rich deep plum is in itself, bewitching.
Rouge Allure in Controversy, available to buy at Boots. Priced £25.
By Terry’s Ombre Blackstar shadows are glittery, long lasting and silky smooth. They last for hours and take 30 seconds to dry. They’re easily blendable to create the ultimate smokey eye.
Priced £27.50, available at Space NK.
Collection’s Eyeshadow pencil, is the cheaper alternative to By Terry Blackstar, but it is slightly more opaque and less shimmery so I’d advise using it on top of the By Terry to create a really textured smokey eye.
Midnight Glam, £3.19. Available to buy at Boots.
This rich red is the perfect shade for any temptress or wicked witch. Revlon‘s nail varnishes last at least a week so your nails will be one thing you won’t have to worry about when you crawl into work on Monday.
Revlon, Vixen, £6.49. Available at Boots.
So it turns out the only celeb to have dared go as a pumpkin is Lucy Spraggan. If you’re bold enough and to brave the orange, tweet us your pic: @Blushblogldn.
Ciate‘s nail polishes are easily the prettiest around. For some reason I’m wearing my orange shade early, but it’s great for an off-key Beatnik vibe, and is getting me in the mood for Halloween.
Ciate’s Hopscotch is perfect for prospective pumpkins everywhere.
Priced £9, available at Ciate.
I doused my friend’s hair in this last Halloween, as I endeavoured to make him an (unwilling) pumpkin. Kevin Murphy‘s Color Bug’s are great as they wash out and the more product you apply beforehand, the stronger the finished colour. Great for aspiring dip-dyers.
Available at Kevin Murphy, priced £13.95.
He-Shi fake tan is one of the best. It’s non-sticky and comes in a quick-drying gel. If you use the mit you’re guaranteed a streak-free finish and a bronze glow you can wash away the next day. Obviously, if you leave it on for longer than instructed you will go orange, but I guess that’s the idea.
He-Shi, One-day tan, (currently half price!), £7.25. Available at he-shi.