I don’t know about you, but I am seriously in awe of some of the Halloween makeup tutorials I’ve seen lately.
The artistry that some of these girls are putting into their costumes is absolutely brilliant. From Georgina’s INCREDIBLE female-Hades makeup tutorial, to Victoria’s sexy tiger look, there are SO many posts to be inspired by.
But what happens when you have NO TIME in which to get ready for Halloween?
I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve had to go to a party straight from work or haven’t had time to go shopping for a costume or face paints or anything.
So for 4 years now, I’ve been wearing variations of the Rag Doll costume. It’s sooo easy to do and I can use stuff I already have in my wardrobe and makeup bag, which saves me a bundle of cash.
I do actually change my hair, makeup and dress every year, but every year I love my costume, I’m comfy AND I manage to creep everyone out.
And the BEST bit is that it literally takes 10 minutes to pull together!
You also probably already own everything you need:
*The palest foundation you own
*The palest concealer you own
*A black eyeliner (pencil and/or liquid)
*A bright lipstick
*Either a white pencil eyeliner or a pigmented white eyeshadow and a thin brush
STEP 1: Base
I quickly applied my usual primer all over my face. Crucial step because we want our face to hold for the night!
Then I applied Collection’s Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair with my fingers to every single teeny tiny blemish, spot and red mark on my face. You want an absolutely flawless base for this costume.
My palest foundation (my Winter one) is a Maxfactor 3-in-1 in Light Ivory 40. I smoothed that on with my fingers and swirled it around a bit with a face brush to give me a better finish.
Finally, I topped it all off with an extra layer of concealer everywhere that was showing redness: my cheeks, my chin, the bridge of my nose and a bit on my forehead.
You want to look pale and blank. The opposite of contouring basically! So no blusher, no bronzer, nada. Your face is done.
STEP 2: Eyes
I found this fabulous Makeup Revolution Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette in the Christmas section of Superdrug a few weeks ago and I’m completely obsessed with it. £10 for 144 shades of pure packed pigmentation. TEN. POUNDS. And it’s brilliant!
For this look I used this white shadow in the bottom left hand corner. I wetted an eyeshadow brush and swirled it around to pick up the colour (think painting with water-colours!)
I did used to use a white eyeliner pencil, which works much better than the eyeshadow, but I seem to have misplaced mine so this is me using what I’ve got!
I painted the white under my eye in a semi-circle shape. You’re basically trying to give the optical illusion that your eyes are much bigger than they really are, so make sure you go right up to your lash line.
And if you can cover your bottom lashes in white too, all the better!
This is when the fun starts!
For shaping the eyes, I used my black Collection’s Extreme 24h Felt Tip Liner and just literally followed the edges of my white shadow, and then carried it round and over the crease of my eyelid.
You want to make sure your eyes are open when you draw the top bit, so you can make sure that the line can be seen above your crease.
Tidy up the edges a bit, but don’t worry too much. The beauty of this look is that if it looks messy, it totally doesn’t matter! It’s meant to look drawn on!
Then you can go to town with your eyelashes. I try and make the top and bottom lashes similar-ish lengths but, again, that’s totally up to you.
I also filled my eyebrows in at this point with my usual L’Oreal Brow Artiste pencil in Blonde.
STEP 3: Lips
(I’ve just noticed that I missed out the bottom corner of my lipstick haha. Oh well!)
Use any bright lipstick (I went with Rimmel by Kate Moss in 107) to paint on a doll’s mouth. I find it works best if you make it shorter than your actual lips, so more of a geisha-y kind of look.
I wanted even more of a messily-drawn look for this bit so I used a black kohl pencil instead of a liquid felt tip. Simply colour in the blank corners of your mouth then draw a line out of each to make the smile. A couple of messy stitches through each side and BOOM.
The costume for this is even easier: I literally just use any old dress I can find in my wardrobe. I think skater dresses work best, and I usually team it with ankle socks or coloured tights, and either ballet shoes, brogues or ankle boots.
Here are a couple of outfit ideas:
Bit of back-combing and texturising spray in the hair, scrape it all back into messy bunches or a high ponytail. Tie on some ribbons if you’ve got them.
I think what I love most about this costume is how easy it is to customise it. It can be as dressy or as casual as you like!
Last year I went all out and wore an Alice in Wonderland costume dress with bright red tights and lace-up Peter Pan boots. I also bought some pupil-less Marilyn Manson-esque contacts to put in.
Boy did that freak everyone out!!
(Gary went as Bane from the last Batman movie!)
My apologies for the dodge lighting by the way. I took these photos on my lunch break, in my staff kitchen. Partly because I really wanted to prove that this look is SO quick to achieve.
In the space of an hour I managed to: walk to the kitchen building, take all my work makeup off, do the tutorial, take photos at each step, take all the doll makeup off again (with my ever-favourite Ponds Insitute Cold Cream!) and re-apply my work makeup. I even had time for a bowl of soup before walking back!
Oh, and I also got busted by one of my work colleagues just as I was finishing taking photos. She now thinks I’m crazy. And I can’t say I blame her…