I haven’t posted much recently. I take all my blog photos in natural light, and we are just having the ickiest, greyest, rainiest, darkest fall here in eastern Canada. On top of that we are in daylight savings time now, and it starts getting dark at about 4:30 pm! By the time I get home from work its completely dark, making photo-shoots pretty much impossible. I have gotten some great new stuff lately, so I’ve decided to just get cracking and share it with you guys and do my best with whatever lighting this Canadian gal has been given 🙂
So today, I wanted to share two looks I did last week for Halloween and for the Day of the Dead, November 1-2. We threw our second annual Day of the Dead party (you can checkout my look from last year) and had collected lots of great Día de Muertos decorations over the past year while traveling, so this year’s party was even better than last year’s I think, complete with Mexican-inspired food and lots of tequila.
This was our ofrenda:
La Ofrenda, or altar honouring the memory of loved ones who have passed away
This year I felt like doing pink sugar skull makeup. I absolutely loved this skull fascinator I found at Bonnie & Clyde’s while I was in BC.
Pink sugar skull makeup for our 2nd annual Day of the Dead Party
Here’s what I used:
- Too Faced Shadow Insurance (I used it all around and under my eyes)
- MAC Smolder Eye Kohl
- Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal 24HR Cream Gel Shadow “Inked in Pink”
- Wet n Wild “Spoiled Brat” eyeshadow trio (just the pink shade)
- MAC Da Bling
- MAC Expensive Pink
- MAC Blackground paintpot
- NYX eyeshadow single 01 “Black”
- NYX Milk Jumbo Pencil
- MAC Soar Lip Pencil
- MAC Smolder Eye Kohl
I used some of my very tiny Real Techniques brushes – the Detailer brush from the Core Collection, the Accent brush from the Starter Set, and the Fine Liner brush. And of course, don’t forget to set all of that with a setting spray. I used UD All Nighter.
For Halloween, at the library where I work we all dress up every year according to a theme we’ve picked, like characters from our favourite book or movie. This year we were all characters from TV shows. I had just watched Sam from Pixiwoo’s Joan Collins tutorial and knew I wanted to try to recreate the over the top 80s look!
Halloween Costume: Joan Collins / Alexis Carrington Colby
Here’s what I used for my version of Alexis:
- Too Faced Shadow Insurance (not pictured)
- Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pans in “Wisteria” and “Duchess”
- “Venus” from the UD Naked Basics palette for that frosty 80s brow highlight
- NARS Albatross for even more brow highlight!
- Maybelline Waterproof Black Liquid Liner
- Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara (full review)
- Sleek Blush By 3 palette 364 “Sugar”. I used the dark reddish shade “Turbinado”
- NARS Albatross
- MAC Spice Lip Pencil (as Sam said “if you can’t see the lip liner, you’ve failed” lol)
- NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in “New Lover”
- MAC “Angel” Lip Gloss
This look was really fun to do. I love Halloween! Its such a great excuse to play with makeup looks that you don’t normally wear everyday.
Thanks for stopping by ❤
Nerdy Librarian Girl