Smokey Eyes and Red Lips for Halloween

I'm currently working on this post from my studio, comfortably in my pjs, having just stripped oodles [yes, oodles] of makeup off my face.  I've always been fascinated by the intense, smokey eyes I've seen women rock. I love makeup and all, but I'm pretty tame most of the time, except for the occasional liquid eyeliner moment. But when it comes to Halloween, things are a bit different. That's when my alter ego comes out... [winky face!]

I'm not getting terribly creative with my costume this year.  I'm going to be a pirate [yawn, I know!]. My reasoning is simple: I weirdly have an entire pirate's costume readily available with things from my actual wardrobe.  The only things I had to purchase were a pirate's hat [which is adorably small on my giant head!], a sword [because no daggers were handy], an eye patch [that seems to not fit my head, or maybe I just don't know how to wear an eye patch? HELP!], a bandana covered in skulls and a mess of temporary tattoos [I really just want any excuse to start an arm sleeve...].  Costume things aren't really my cup of tea, but having fun with makeup most definitely is. So you best be sure I'll be going full force when it comes to Halloween parties this weekend!

I'm not well versed in the way of more dramatic looks, so I watched a few Youtube tutorials on smokey eyes. I loved how warmer tones were used first in the crease [the area above the eyelid] to create an ombre effect. Basically, I just kept packing on the eyeshadow, patting it on, blending it out, and repeating. I asterisked the colors I used on my eyelids [the lightest shade I used is Porcelain-top left!], most coming from the Lorac Mega Pro 2 Palette and one shade from my Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette. Basically, find yourself some matte warm toned shadows and one seriously black shadow, and you too can recreate this look. 

On my eyelids, I used a sample I had of the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in the shade Shadow.  It was a bit lighter than what I'd like to use [if I had a black shadow stick, I'd totally go for that]. I realized my By Terry Ombre Blackstar Shadow Stick in Brown Perfection is much darker, so I think when I do my makeup later on, I'll go with the darker shadow stick.  Basically, anything that has a bit of tack will do well, since it allows the deep black eyeshadow to adhere to something. Otherwise, things get quite messy and you'll end up with not only black eyelids, but black cheeks! 

My face makeup was fairly standard [same foundation and concealer and yada yada]. I just went with a deeper contour color than usual [also asterisked], a matte highlight [all from the Kat Von D palette], and a deeper blush [a sample I have of Nars in Goulue]. On my lips I used a mixture of two of my favorite Nars shades [Scarlett Empress and Red Lizard], and a bit of black eyeliner along the edges. I may run and pick up a lipliner in a dark brown, since the eyeliner on the lips wasn't working as well as I'd hoped. [though it did photograph nicely!] I think tomorrow I'll go a little more intense on everything, just to make it more costume-y and exciting. 

When my eyes are closed, you can really see how deep my eyeshadow is.  The photos I find tame the look down a bit.  In person, I looked quite terrifying [at least for me!]. I went on a walk before dinner with my mom, and forgot I had such intense makeup on.  I definitely got a few looks [not all bad!] from passers by.  Yoga pants, a t-shirt, deeply intense eyes and a red lip just aren't my norm!

Less for Halloween, and more for my own curiosity, I thought I'd attempt putting on fake lashes.  Though slightly terrifying [as you can see from the above photo!], they were surprisingly easy to put on and stayed put the entire day.  It took a while for me to get used to the sensation of them on my face, but I didn't really mind them.  I see why people wear them so often these days! 

This is much more of a sultry 'going out' look and less Halloween than I would have liked.  This is precisely why I like to practice my makeup at least once before.  Now I know I need to go more hog wild with the eyeliner, and maybe add a couple neck tattoos to spice up the look [if only I were kidding...!]. I'm not entirely sure what my pirate hair will look like.  But if I stare at enough photos of Johnny Depp, I'm sure I'll come up with something!  What do you think of this makeup look?  I love how makeup can make you feel different and transform you. I wish I had the confidence to do things this bold at times other than Halloween! [but maybe this is the start...?]