I know I’m super late to the Halloween game this year, but hopefully there’s enough Halloweenspiration on Blush to have seen you through the planning stage. I on the other hand have not planned at all and am left with the option of red or black bondage. Tricky.
Leaving Halloween to the last minute is seriously stressful – anyone who lives near Chalk Farm’s Escapade can attest to that! But realistically there’s really only one makeup look you’ll have time to recreate and that’s smokey eyes, (or a wing) and red lips. You’ll probably paint your nails black and buy some blood, but chances are you won’t be going as the Hulk, so… this year we’re keeping things simple at Blush. And taking inspiration from Maleficent, Catwoman and Morticia Addams – the classics.
All you need is lippie, some black shadow and/or liner and, if you have time, a wig.
Get the look:
If you’re going as Morticia a wig is essential. In in this case, it needs to black and long. I’ve just discover Lush Hair Extensions, an online mecca for quality clip-in hairpieces and half wigs, in an array of ombres, blondes and browns. As I’ve got black hair and will definitely be rocking this out again, I opted for their 18″ human hair 3/4 remy wig. It is £105 which may seem steep but if you’ve had extensions before, you’ll know that the effortlessness of a half wig far outweighs the cost and stress of sitting in a salon all day.
To place the wig first start by separating the front half of your hair (roughly the front third) with a tail comb. Next back comb the hair strands – at the top of your crown- on which you want to attach the wig. Clip in and secure all around, then brush your hair over the hairpiece to cover.
If you’re more of a visual learner check out the video below:
Whilst M.A.C’s Rubywoo (£15) is a classic, my recent dalliance with Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Envy berry lipstick ‘Commanding‘ was an eye opener.
The range created in collaboration with model Joan Smalls, has quickly become the lipstick I can always rely on. The creamy and moisturising matte outperforms the best mattes I’ve tried, thanks to its punchy pigment and staying power. For this look I’d recommend Irrepressible (£25), a suitably bloody ruby.
For smokey eyes, line the inner and outer upper and lower lids, with a creamy kohl. M.A.C’s Smoulder never fails, but Pixi by Petra have a super silky affordable alternative (£12), that doesn’t budge.
Prep eyelids with an eyeshadow primer, if you want your a crease-free finish; Urban Decay’s (£16) is still the best I’ve tried.
I recently tried new Brit brand Delilah’s, Colour Intense Compact Eyeshadow in Mahogany (£20), a bruised black with gold undertones. They also have a matte black if you want a stronger look. The Forest green is also gorgeous and would be great as a base under the matte black if you wanted something with a little more texture.
Seal your shadow with a liquid liner- Chanel’s Ecriture de Chanel (£27), is always on point – and then finish of with another layer of black shadow.
Finish with a sweep of mascara. They’re Real (£19.50) or L’Oreal’s Million Lashes (£9.99)– which manages to pick up all of the little lashes you never knew you had- are both great.
If, during prosecco pre-drinks you’ve got time to spare time you’ve falsies add a little drama. H&M have some really affordable options for £3.99; And if you need some help in applying, check out our fake lash guide.
Fashion Journalist and Beauty Blogger from London