John Lewis recently challenged me to create a Halloween look. It couldn’t be based on any famous characters, nor could it be too scary. They gave me a voucher to order some products then let me loose. Now I had elaborate plans for my look, but we all know that I am not a makeup artist. Let’s just say I tried.
Before I chose the makeup, I decided to pick a few Halloween props for the house … and the photos. Growing up, we didn’t do Halloween due to my Dad being a vicar, and even now I don’t really go all out. I chose simple decorations that add a nice little touch to the house.
The Ginger Ray Boo Balloon Bunting (£4.00) is really cute and you don’t need helium to blow them up. They are a bit smaller than I’d expected but seeing as balloons terrify Alfie, maybe that’s a good thing. Coasters are an easy way to add a seasonal touch, and the John Lewis Web Coasters (£8.00) also look great as blog photo props. Finally, I had to get some lights and couldn’t resist the John Lewis Halloween Pumpkin Table Lights (£4.50) – they’re actually really cute.
Then it was onto makeup. Originally I’d planned on a vampire look centred on red and black eye makeup. However, that went horribly wrong so I had to improvise. I decided to stay on the red and black theme as I think that they work so well for Halloween. There will be full reviews of the products coming up in separate reviews, so I will talk you through what I used and how.
From the minute John Lewis contacted me, I knew that I wanted to incorporate some of the new Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic palettes (£39.00) into my look. I went for Provocouture and Scandalust as they had the shades I was looking for.
I started off with the shade Scandalous from the Scandalust palette. It’s a beautiful dark warm red and I applied this all over the lid and slightly into the inner corner. Next, I took As Well from the Provocouture palette and applied this from the crease to the brow bone. Then I blended it out quite a lot until the blackened brown looked more of a washed out black. I added They Call Her (Scandalust) along the crease and into the inner corner and around under the lower lash line. I finished this off with a black mascara and a dark brown eyeliner lightly along the waterline.
For the lips, I decided to stick with the original look I’d had for the vampire look. I took MAC’s Lip Liner in Nightmoth (£13.00) and lined the lips and filled in the outer third of both lips. The blackened plum shade is gorgeous. I feel Halloween is the time of year I can get away with such a dark liner. With the actual lip colour, I wanted something that would contrast with the liner. Hourglass Confession Ultra-Slim Lipstick in Secretly (£28.00) worked perfectly. It’s a classic red and created a nice ombre effect.
I decided to add some spiderwebs and used a felt liner for this. To add some depth, I went over the top with a shimmery loose pigment. Admittedly I totally messed up the web around the mouth, but as I’ve said … I am far from being a makeup artist!
Halloween makeup doesn’t mean buying cheap face paints and turning yourself into a clown. John Lewis have an incredible array of makeup products that you can use. They also have some great homeware pieces too.
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