Halloween is quickly approaching, meaning many of us are still scrambling to find the perfect costume. Luckily for us girls, all it takes is a little makeup and the proper technique to concoct the perfect last-minute look. And while Get The Look has provided you with some pretty frightening Halloween makeup ideas along with celebrity costume inspo, you've probably noticed another pretty look that's been popping up all over Instagram lately: mermaid makeup.
While this is definitely an intricate, messy look that requires some skill in the contouring and smoky eye department (along with some patience), it is 100 percent possible to achieve in your very own bathroom. So, arm yourself with some colourful shadows (purple, pink, and teal) and let's get to it!
HALLOWEEN MAKEUP TUTORIAL: MERMAID
What you'll need:
- Colourful eyeshadows (purple, pink and teal)
- White liquid eyeliner
- Translucent powder
- False eyelashes
- Fishnet stockings
- A makeup sponge
In order to get the best outcome possible, complexion prep is a must. The key is to start with a lightweight foundation that will provide a smooth base for layering. Apply it with a damp makeup sponge so it's soft and airy, then set your base with a fluffy brush and light dusting of translucent powder, making sure to powder under your eyes to eliminate creasing.
Next, add as much highlighter as you possibly can onto your complexion, placing it all over your face. With another fluffy brush focus the highlighter on the more prominent areas of your face: your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, your Cupid's bow, and shoulders.
No mermaid is complete without her mer-eyes! To achieve the perfect look, use two different purple tones (a light and a dark) – or feel free to be creative and go for a purple and blue! Start by applying the lighter colour (or colour of choice) onto your lids. Then, focus the darker shade into the outer corners of your eyes. For that super smoky effect, use a fluffy eyeshadow brush to blend the colours outward toward your temples. Apply the same two shades side-by-side underneath your lower lash line.
The key to making winged liner look more mermaid and less cat? Opt for a vibrant white liquid liner on top. Apply the liner from the inner corners of your upper lid, outwards creating a flick at your outer corners. Next, apply a regular white pencil liner on your bottom waterline to open up your eyes. Finish off with a generous dose of your favourite volumizing mascara.
If there's any time to use two different lipstick shades it's when plumping up your pout and applying Halloween makeup. Create an ombre, mermaid lip using two colours – blue and white, for example – and start by applying the darker shade in the outer corners of your lips and blending it inward. Then, take the lighter shade and dab it in the centre of your mouth. Blend it out with your fingers and top it off with some highlighter in the middle.
Now for the fun part! For life-like mermaid-looking skin, dust a light layer of teal eyeshadow with a small powder brush in the places you would normally contour: the hollows of your cheeks, along your hairline, and underneath your jawline.
If you'd like some extra colour, take a clean fluffy brush, douse it in pink blush and dust it on top or adjacent to the teal shadow you put on in Step 5. This will make your mermaid skin come to life!
Now for the scales. This step requires some patience (and maybe even the help of a friend). Take the fishnet stockings and stretch them out to your desired scale size. Have a friend hold them in place while you pat on your desired colour (white eyeshadow will turn up great!) with a damp makeup sponge or a dense brush. To really make it pop, opt for a cream formula. Let it dry for about 5 minutes, then lock it in with a translucent powder.