As Old Hallows Eve nears, the pressure to create an awesome Halloween look begins to build! Now, I don’t know about you guys, but I really resent spending a fortune on some cheaply made costume I will only wear once! So in that spirit, I have corroborated with my amazingly talented friend Rachel Henry, to produce some badass Halloween makeup looks, and since I am a total book nerd, and this is a writing and reading blog, each look will be based on some of my favourite literary characters. Now I know what you’re thinking…”I don’t have a professional make up artist friend to do my makeup! I can’t do that!” But Rachel being the genius she is, has used widely available and more importantly cheap items to create the looks, and we will be providing you with a step by step guide, pictures and all, so you can definitely do this at home.
Last time, we went full on horror, and recreated the distinct and terrifying look of Pennywise the clown. This time, we thought we would do something a little prettier, but just as nasty (because Halloween is all about the villains right?), and have re-created The Snow Queen of Hans Christian Anderson fame, or if you prefer, The White Witch from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Either way, she is one cold bitch!
The Snow Queen/The White Witch
First of all, we decided that she should look like an incredibly pale and cold blooded woman, not pure white like a clown or ghost, so Rachel used a foundation much paler than my own skin tone and simply covered my entire face, including my eyebrows. Because they are quite dark, she also used a little white face paint to pale them down even further. She then sealed the make up with a pale white powder, but you could use a little talc.
Next, she worked on the eyes, using a few different shades of blue to create the tone and look we wanted. Instead of painting one thick layer of blue, try building up lots of thin layers of different colours, using the darker blues on the outside of the eyes and the paler blues on the inside corners. It’s basically like a smoky eye effect, except with blue tones. She also used blue eyeliner along the lash line. Finally, she used a mascara brush dipped in the same white face paint as before, and put it on my upper and lower lashes to improvise white mascara.
Rachel then used white eye shadow to highlight my cheek bones, brow bones, cupid’s bow and the centre of my nose. Next she used blue eyeshadow, the same as used on my eyes, to low light under my cheekbones and along my hair line. Think contouring, but with blue instead of skin tones!
Next the fun bit…glitter!! Rachel used Helen E Glitter glue to stick the glitter to my face, highlighting above and below my eyes. If you don’t want to spend the money, you could use water soluble PVA glue (which dries clear) or even a clear mascara or lip gloss- something sticky and clear basically!
For the lips, Rachel used a blue lipstick, and added a little black at the corners and a bit of the lipstick mixed with the white face paint in the middle of my lips, to create an ombre look. If you don’t want to buy a blue lippy for the sake of one night, you could use the same blue eyeshadows as before and seal with a clear lip gloss. This would also provide
the sticky surface you need to stick on some more of that glitter…because you can never have too much glitter right? Never!!
I had some stick on pearls for crafting and letter writing, so we added a few of these around the eyes to add texture. You could go mad if you like, sticking jewels or sequins, whatever you have lying about the house…the sky is the limit! Eye lash glue or water soluble PVA are both cheap and easy ways to stick little bits like this to your face. Stick it on and see what it looks like…it’s no big deal to remove them and move them around again. Have fun with it and let your imagination run wild.
Finally, I used standard dry shampoo to add a grey/white tint to my hair as well as a bit of volume and texture. Again, you could go nuts here…white hair spray paints are available for very little money, or talcum powder is also great.
In lieu of a crown, I used a necklace I own, and pinned it into place like a head piece and then topped it off with a jewelled head band. I then grabbed every shiny silver necklace I owned and layered it up with a blue dress. This is my improvised costume…the point is to use bits you already own or things you can borrow from others so go as subtle or as big as you want! Experiment…you could use a fur blanket to create a cape or even buy a cheap wedding dress from a charity/thrift store! Use your imagination and bring the Queen to life your way!
If you are as impressed with Rachel’s work as much as me, then head to her Instagram for more inspiration, both for Halloween as well as day to day looks! And don’t forget to give her a follow!!