Pictured: The Body Shop’s Colour Crush Nails in Relish the Moment, Make Up Store’s Nail Deco in Drip Drop, The Body Shop’s Colour Crush Eyeshadow in Berry Cheeky, Maybelline’s Color Tattoo in Painted Purple, Make Up Store’s Lipstick Pen in Boysenberry.
Halloween parties are an annual affair, but that doesn’t mean you have to fork out extra cash to buy specialised makeup for your costume (that you’ll likely never use again) whenever that time of the year comes round again. Here are some everyday makeup items that come in handy for both Halloween and regular days:
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No vampy, huntress-of-the-night look is complete without a swipe of deep, dark lippie. An All Hallow’s Eve party is one occasion where you can flaunt severely smoky eyes and a bold pout on the same face without getting judgemental sideways glances (and possibly makeup remover wipes) from the folks around you.
On a regular day: A dark rouge can be carried off at formal functions (just make sure you go light on the eye makeup this time), but if you still find it too intense for your liking, dab off a layer of the pucker paint for a lighter tone.
Try: Make Up Store’s Lipstick Pen in Boysenberry, $27; Red Burlesque’s lipstick in Briana Bluebell, $36, available on Luxola; Savoir Faire Lipstick in Opulence, $64, available on Bellabox.
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Think of the versatile and omnipresent black liner as a paintbrush as you decide how to alter your mien (on the surface, of course – no need to emulate The Joker). From feline features to grotesque stitches, there are a ton of looks the humble little kohl stick can help to achieve.
On a regular day: Nothing much to add here – just wear it like you normally do!
Try: Creer Beaute’s La Rose de Versailles Pencil Eyeliner Black, $22.60, available at Watsons; Maybelline Color Show Crayon Kohl in Deep Black, $8.90; 3CE’s Gel Eye Liner in All Black, $21, available on Luxola.
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Coloured liners are a great alternative to facial tattoos and paint. If you have a little more time and artistry (or a friend with the will and know-how), you can move beyond dabbing peace symbols and small hearts on your cheek to transforming into a pop art comic character with fake tears and bright makeup (your black eyeliner will be useful for this look too).
On a regular day: Depending on your level of adventurousness, coloured liner can be used to add a dash of colour to your usual dark kohl, or even by itself for a vibrant, attention-grabbing effect.
Try: Creer Beaute’s Miracle Romance Star Power Prism Lameliners in Blue or Red, $24.70, available at Watsons; Maybelline Color Tattoo, $15.90; Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Liner, $40; OCC Cosmetic Colour Pencil, $22.40, available on Bellabox.
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Bright eye shadow
If the Halloween makeover of your choice needs more colour than a little tube of liner can offer, then all those rarely-used hues in your eye shadow collection (they were irresistible at the store, weren’t they?) can finally have their moment to shine. You can even mix it with baby powder to create a temporary hair dye.
On a regular day: Less is more when it comes to sporting a bold, coloured eye during the day (such as a fine line right above your eyeliner), but if you want to unleash the full capacity of its vibrancy, keep the rest of your face – meaning your cheeks, lips and even your hair – as simple as possible.
Try: The Body Shop’s Colour Crush Eyeshadow, $19.90; Make Up Store’s Microshadow, $27; OCC Crème Colour Concentrates, $27.95, available on Bellabox.
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Super light foundation
The good news: That heavenly beach vacation was fantastic.
The bad news: You’re now too tan for your old two way cake’s shade. But that doesn’t mean they have to be completely deserted until your sun-kissed complexion fades – they’ll come in handy if you’re going as a vampire, undead geisha or scorned apparition to your Halloween bash (the adequate fright factor would be lost without their trademark ghostly pallor). Oh, and don’t forget the other uncovered parts of your body.
On a regular day: We definitely don’t recommend slathering it all over your face for normal use (having a face that’s noticeably paler than your neck is a huge beauty no-no), but just a speck of it on the bridge of your nose, cheekbones and forehead will do as a highlighter.
Try: Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in Ivory, $78; Lollipops Liquid Foundation in Light, $38, available at Bellabox; Sleek Makeup Crème to Powder Foundation in Oyster, $22, available on Luxola.
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Red nail polish
Scarlet varnish can do way more than just prettify your nails – in fact, they can do the exact opposite when used for “cuts” and drops of “blood”. One simple but effective trick is to coat your fingers messily with red polish (make it look as gruesome as possible), then stick fake nails on top of your real ones to make it look as though they were ripped off and stuck back on.
On a regular day: Keep the colour strictly to your nails (duh).
Try: The Body Shop’s Colour Crush Nails in Relish the Moment, $12.90; Maybelline Color Show Nails in Keep-Up-The-Flame, $6.90; Covet London’s nail polish in Vamp, $38, available on Luxola.
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“3D makeup” has been all the rage on runways for a while, which means those tiny little crystals you’ve been sparkle-ifying your nails with can find new life as ornaments on your face. Using eyelash glue, attach the gems to form a design of your liking, from stick-on “eye shadow” to full-on bedazzled eyebrows. Nail stickers work just as well, too.
On a regular day: Nail bling can still be worn on the face for fancy events. A less theatrical approach would be to place small crystals at the inner corner of your eye, or a miniscule sticker on your cheek.
Try: Make Up Store’s Nail Deco in Drip Drop or Cone, $15; Glam-It’s ‘Nailed’ Nail Decals, $7, available on Luxola.
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Planning to doll up as a Helena Bonham Carter movie character (or just Helena Bonham Carter herself)? You’ll need those wild tresses to stay unruly and voluminous throughout the evening, which calls for a great gust of strong product to keep the deliberate hair chaos all in place.
On a regular day: Unless you’ve become a fan of the crazy bedhead look, hairspray can, of course, be for keeping much sleeker styles in place.
Try: Elnett Satin Extra Hold, $10.90; L’Oreal Paris Strong Hold Styling Spray, $15.90; Sachajuan Hair Spray Strong, $38, available on Luxola.