Safe Halloween Makeup

Posted on October 17, 2012 by Alyson Hancock | 3 Comments

Tips for how to have a safe Halloween are everywhere this time of year, but most of them overlook the importance of safe Halloween makeup.  Many costumes require a bit of makeup, but the ingredients of those pre-packaged Halloween makeup kits that are in all of the stores right now are more frightening than the looks they create.  So here is proof, you can create some great Halloween looks using only Alima Pure mineral makeup!

Brian is a super good sport, so he agreed to let us do his makeup as the David Bowie character, Ziggy Stardust.  After all, even a fictional rock star from Mars can benefit from natural makeup!  For his look, we started with Satin Matte Foundation in Cool 0, applied heavily with the #15 Flat Top Brush.  Then we painted the zig-zag, using Luminous Shimmer Blush in Cerise, mixed with water.  We outlined the left edges with Satin Matte Eyeliner in Black, again mixed with water, and then mixed Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Navy with water for the blue areas.  When this was done, we went over the entire Cerise area with Satin Matte Blush in Antique Rose with a dry #3 Concealer Brush.  We applied Cerise (dry) with a #37 Eye Blending Brush to Brian's lids, and then touched up his foundation to maximize the contrast.

Portia is our version of Tim Burton's Queen of Hearts!  To give her a super-pale, Helena Bonham Carter-esque complexion, we mixed some Satin Matte Foundation in Cool 0 with moisturizer and applied it as a tinted moisturizer, then we applied more Cool 0 over the top with the #15 Flat Top brush.  We covered both her lips and her brows with the dry foundation.  We used a little Satin Matte Eyeliner in Black, mixed with water, to give her very high and rounded eyebrows.  Then we used Luminous Shimmer Shadow in Azure from Portia's lash line to her new, drawn-on brows, so we covered her actual brows with the shadow.  If you have darker eyebrows like Portia does, you could add some wax or something sticky to make the shadow adhere to the hair so that your brows won't be obvious.  We applied mascaraa to Portia's upper lashes, and then drew on a few lower lashes with the Black eyeliner mixed with water that we used for her new brows.  With the #31 Fine Lining brush, we wet some Satin Matte Blush in Antique Rose and drew a heart on Portia's lips, then filled in that heart with Cranberry Organic Nourishing Lip Balm.  Because we wanted to stay in the lines, we used the #35 Eye Detail brush to apply the lip balm, and we really packed it on to get the full effect of the deep red.  As a finishing touch, we used a little Satin Matte Eyeshadow in White as a finishing powder.

Sara is our Cleopatra, modeled after Elizabeth Taylor as the Queen of the Nile.  We applied her regular foundation in Neutral 2, with a #25 Foundation Brush.  Then we went straight to her brows, and filled them in with Satin Matte Eyeliner in Black on a #33 Angled Brush.  We made the brows thicker, longer and more arched.  We applied Azure Satin Matte Eyeshadow with the #36 Crease Brush, because this brush gives the most intense color pay-off.  Once we had most of the color applied, from lashes to brows, we went back to our Black, and mixed it with some water.  We drew the line past the outer corner of her eye to nearly meet the end of her brows, and then filled in the elongated triangle shape.  We then lined her upper and lower lashes with the wet Black, and connected it to the triangle.  Once we had refined all of the edges of the black, we went back and filled in the Azure so that it went to all of the black edges.  Then we added a touch of Leone Luminous Shimmer Shadow to Sara's brow bone for highlight.  We contoured her cheeks by applying Bisque Satin Matte Blush below Sara's cheekbones, and highlighted the tops of her cheekbones with Dolce Luminous Shimmer Powder.  Then, because Miss Taylor's Cleopatra featured a nude/bronze lip, we mixed some Natural (untinted) Organic Nourishing Lip Balm with Sahara Luminous Shimmer Blush and applied it to Sara's lips.  Our final challenge was to get Sara to stop laughing and give us a cool, regal stare! Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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November 26, 2012

I wish I’d read this before Halloween. For over 3 weeks now, I’ve been suffering with contact dermatitis on my face, which I attribute to the cheap Halloween makeup I slathered on my face. Next year, I will be wiser!


October 18, 2012

These are so fun! Thanks for sharing, and happy halloween!

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