It is the night before Halloween beauties, all through the house,
nothing stirs, not even my computer mouse…
Well that isn’t really true, the keys on my laptop are being stirred as we speak!
But Halloween is fun isn’t it? Tricks and treats, costumes and frights, and those enormous pumpkins with garish faces, who couldn’t love it? Now I know, in Australia Halloween isn’t really a tradition we’ve had much to do with outside the odd TV show, movie or American friend, but these days it seems to be growing in popularity, and hey, who doesn’t want another excuse to experiment with beauty looks?
So in honour of Halloween beauties, I’ve put together a couple of things you can do to get into the…’ahem’…spirit!
You see a lot of tutorials going around blogs and youtube around this time of the year for creepy costumes, full-on makeup and crazy accessories, but I’m delivering a slightly diluted version, just some quick looks you can try to have fun with the holiday, while still going into the office like normal without having to don vampire fangs!
NAILS There are countless fun things you can do with your nails on the 31st of October, but my favourite for the girl on the go are the limited edition nail strips from Sally Hansen, which feature cute themed designs perfect for the big day itself, or heck, any old time you want to spice up your nail routine. You may be familiar with Sally Hansen’s permanent collection of real nail polish strips, if you’re not, you just HAVE to check them out. They are super time saving strips that just adhere to the nail like a sticker, however they are actual nail polish, and if applied correctly, they last a lot longer than a usual mani. The strips come in five limited edition Halloween designs: Hot Wired (barbed wire on a flouro green background), Wishnets (red fishnet pattern), Ghoulie Girl (see pic below), Spun for You (spiderwebs) & Numbskull (cute skull and crossbones).
Here are my talons all ready to go for tomorrow:
As you can see they’re a super cute ghostie design with rockin’ white and orange baby ghosts on a black background. These strips are only $14.95 and really easy to find at Priceline, Kmart and various other stores. From far away these almost look like a uniquely coloured checkerboard, but once you get up close they become spook-tacular!
In keeping with the black, orange and white theme, I created this subtle Halloween themed eye look. To achieve something similar, use an eyeshadow primer, then sweep a shimmery taupe over your entire lid. I used Urban Decay’s ‘Sin’ (appropriate name for a Halloween tutorial eh?). Blend a dark olive or charcoal colour into your crease and then apply a pumpkin hued orange to the center of the eyelid and blend out. Work some of the orange colour under the lower lash line and smudge in some olive towards the outer edge of your eye on the lower lash line. Finish with a sweep of black liquid eyeliner and jet black mascara.
What else can you have a bit of Halloween fun with? Why scent of course! If you want to go crazy, a brand called Demeter makes some interesting fragrances including ‘Funeral Home’ ( it’s actually not as awful as it sounds, the brand describes this scent as “lilies, carnations, gladiolus, chrysanthemums with stems and leaves, with a hint of mahogany and oriental carpet”) check out the Demeter Fragrance Library website here.
Alternatively, if you aren’t dying (sorry, – lame, I know) for that fragrance choice, just go with something rich, full bodied and slightly warm and spicy. This year I think I’ll be going with Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Heavenly just to balance out all the sinfulness!
Heavenly is quite a heavy scent with strong sandalwood notes, but it dries down to a slightly floral musky vanilla, with a touch of woodiness. Check out Heavenly here.
So beauties, I hope you have a great Halloween, whatever you decide to indulge in, because really, it’s all about the treat isn’t it?