Hera, Wife of Zeus – 11 October 2016

This didn’t turn out exactly like I had hoped, but I didn’t have a very clear idea in my mind, so I can’t be too upset about it. I wanted an excuse to use the golden foil and the golden glitter (used as eyeshadow here) from a sparkle kit that I bought at Wal-Mart, but I think I could have utilized the foil better for this look to create a tiara or crown around my forehead. I used a filter here because when I was taking pictures, I realized that Hera was a very regal character and the look desperately needed a crown of some sort. I improvised. I used an Illuminator that I got from Ipsy in this look to create the red tint to my skin (Hera appeared red in Hercules). I didn’t carry the Illuminator to my neck because I had a limited supply and didn’t know if I would want to use it for another look. Overall, not entirely what I wanted, but it gave a lot of good ideas. I’m putting this up because I’m not proud of it and I want everyone to know that it’s okay to have something that you aren’t proud of when you’re learning something new. In no way would I consider myself an expert or even close to the same level as an MUA, but I’m trying and that counts for something.

Good luck,

Kaitlin

Bullet Hole Sally – 11 October 2016

For this piece, I used more of my products that I bought from Wal-Mart. I purchased a pack of three fake bullets holes and used liquid latex to apply two of them to my face. After that, it was really just a lot of blending with the liquid foundation that I use for the everyday make-up looks so that the fake skin of the bullet holes matched my skin tone (they were much tanner than I am). Next, I did some dark blood droplets so that the blood looked partially dried. I also covered my fingers with the dark blood mixture and used the blood on my hands to smear it on my face to imitate struggling. I was hoping it would give a trying-to-escape-being-buried-alive feel, but I think next time I will try to do some broken fingernails along with it. To finish, I just did a light coating of mascara let some of it drip down my face to look like I had been crying/begging for my life.

Good luck,

Kaitlin

Scary Chesire Cat – 6 October 2016

More photos of this look can be found in the gallery located on the home page.

My aunt tagged me in a video that showed a more experienced make-up artist doing a look similar to the one pictured above. The color scheme was a little different because she used vibrant yellows, oranges, blues, and purples, but they were also professional make-up products and not from Wal-Mart. All things considered, I’m pretty proud of the work I did, but I know there’s a lot of room for improvement here. The overall color in this lighting looks a little strange, but it was a light pink base with a darker pink color for contouring, but I look a little sunburnt in this picture! Not my intention, but I was trying to link the color scheme back to the Chesire Cat fromΒ Alice in Wonderland. Next time, I think I’ll try a blue or green color scheme to shake things up. The mouth on this piece was probably the most difficult thing about this look. I would definitely recommend starting early if you’re going to attempt this look for an event because the teeth are a real pain to get right, especially if you’re using Wal-Mart/Party City products and not professional.

Good luck,

Kaitlin

Halloween Warrior – 4 October 2016

More photos of this look can be found in the gallery located on the home page.

I tried to go a little outside the box for this make-up look. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, I think the lines on my neck and collarbone area are a pretty neat touch and add a lot to the look. I didn’t continue the green onto my neck so that I could use it for another look if I wanted to. I wanted to use another color from the Halloween pack that I bought at Wal-Mart, so I covered my entire face with green except for around my eyes, but some of the black overlapped with the green. I gave myself a spiky crown of sorts at the hairline, but next time, I’d like to carry it farther into the hairline or maybe even go into my hair because you can still see bits of my scalp. I used the black color swatch from the same pack that the green was from for around my eyes. Using the end of a small brush, I dipped it into the black swatch that I used around my eyes to make the dots around my eyes. The purple color on my lips was a mixture of a purple eyeshadow and an under-eye highlighter paste from my Profusion kit. For my nose, I used the same black liquid eyeliner from the very first look I did (Jester).

Good luck,

Kaitlin

Flash Forward – 4 October 2016

This probably has to be the most detailed and most intricate of all of the make-up looks that I have done so far. I’m fairly pleased with how it has turned out because I immediately see an older woman when I look at this image, but I think that there were ways that I could have taken this look to the next level if I had had more products at my disposal. I used a white cream from Wal-Mart on my hair because I found that the cream didn’t work on my face because it would flake and crack. The rest of the look was just contouring in the right places, weakening my strong eyebrows, and contouring the neck to appear skinnier. I used a little bit of mascara because I know older women who still wear a bit of make-up, but I think my eyes still look too young to actually pull this look off. I think if I were to try this look again, I would try to do something with the teeth. I recently received a vial of liquid that stains teeth to look like the wearer has been a smoker for years, I might use that next time.

Good luck,

Kaitlin

Poisoned Princess – 3 October 2016

More photos of this look can be found in the gallery located on the home page.

This look actually started off as an alien look. I was inspired by Nebula fromΒ Guardians of the Galaxy when I started, but it sort of transformed into something else during my time working on it. I actually really enjoyed watching the work evolve while I was working on it and it made me more excited to continue with my exploration of make-up. I realized that I was never sure of what I was going to get, even when I had a fairly strong concept to work with. Now, I see it as a homage to Tim Burton’sΒ Corpse Bride because of the colors that I used, but I still think the eye on the ‘poisoned’ side of my side looks a bit alien. I used the blue color from a Halloween make-up package that I purchased at Wal-Mart, then used a purple eyeshade from my Profusion kit for the contouring. I used my liquid eyeliner (also purchased from Wal-Mart) for my lips, eyeliner, and tears on the ‘poisoned’ side. On the other side, I did a quick, natural make-up look, using the Hot Topic smear from the last look I posted.

Good luck,

Kaitlin

A Serious Infection – 3 October 2016

More photos of this look can be found in the gallery located on the home page.

For this look, I was really inspired by an artist that used a lot of objects that people don’t normal think would go into a Halloween make-up look. While she uses a lot of more challenging objects to use (soda cans, candy canes, safety pins, etc.), I decided to use a tissue to cover my left eye. I started by packing on tissue and smoothing it down with liquid latex that I purchased from Wal-Mart. The smell isn’t entirely pleasant, but it was far enough away from my nose that it didn’t bother me too much. I used the dark red, light red, and black colors from the Injury set that I got from Wal-Mart. These come in a clear cylinder (separated into sections based on color), and they unscrew from each other. For my other eye, I just applied a lot of black eyeliner and smeared it down my cheek to imitate crying. The color on my lip is from Hot Topic, it’s a smear, so it doesn’t wipe off! However, if you’re drinking with it, the liquid will cause the color to bleed a bit, but not enough for it to come off completely.

Good luck,

Kaitlin

Fight Club – 29 September 2016

The same night, completely different look. Before starting on this look, I completely washed my face, making sure that the rest of the last look was off, and hydrated. Since I was doing two looks in a row, I gave my skin about an hour to soak in some lotion, to rest, and to do a light scrub. I highly recommend applying lotion and doing facial scrubs (sugar scrubs are my personal favorite) as a way to keep skin healthy, hydrated, and smooth.

After taking care of my skin (Halloween make-up can be really rough on skin!), I did another regular make-up look for me. Liquid foundation, light contouring, eyebrow powder, eyeshadow and eyeliner, and mascara. After completing a normal day’s make-up, I did bruising underneath my eyes and around my nose to imitate a broken nose. I also tried my best using some fake skin to create a split on my nose. I used the fake skin for the cut on my cheek and the cut on my lip. Using stage blood and the red crayon-like tool in the Halloween make-up pack I bought from Wal-Mart, I added depth to my fake wounds. To take this look to the next level, I would use more stage blood to make it look like the wounds were more recent. This make-up is perfect for someone that doesn’t have a lot of time to dedicate to their Halloween costume.

Good luck,

Kaitlin

My First Attempt – 29 September 2016

More photos of this look can be found in the gallery located on the home page.

For my first attempt at Halloween make-up, I decided to go for something that seemed very popular at the time: jesters. Working entirely with Wal-Mart products, I wasn’t entirely sure that anything exciting was going to come out of it. However, I was very surprised/inspired by the good reaction that I received from friends and family over Facebook. For the circle, I used a black eyeliner pencil and blended it with a bit of the red crayon-like tool in the Halloween make-up pack I bought. Inside the circle, I did a very natural make-up look for me. I love wearing black eyeliner a lot of the time, but it’s not necessary. Stick with lighter eyeshadows and less dramatic eyeliner to create more contrast. Using a grey or white paste, I covered the rest of my face and did harsh contouring on my nose and cheekbones to make my face look more angular. On my nose, I used liquid black liner to make the shape (the eyeliner I used had a very long brush, so it didn’t turn out quite the way that I had hoped. I used this liquid eyeliner for my mouth as well. First, I applied a red lipstick to the middle section of my lips and blended the black eyeliner lines that extend onto my cheeks with the eyeliner pencil I used for the circle around my eye. For the tear drops, I actually stuck the liquid eyeliner into my eye and let my eye flush them out partially to make the tears look more natural. For the drops near my mouth, I used a blood capsule (tastes horrible) and just let a little drip onto my chin. You don’t want to do too much from the mouth or it’ll cover your hard work.

Good luck,

Kaitlin