Easy Halloween Costumes and Makeup

Kids anticipate Halloween every year. With pumpkin picking, costume wearing, and trick or treating to look forward to, what’s not to like? Adults enjoy fall and Halloween festivities as well. There is no need to spend a lot of money or to purchase any type of special effect items. There are many simple and fashionable costume ideas that you can create using normal items that you already own.

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One easy to assemble idea is the cowboy/cowgirl costume. Put on your best leather boots, your favorite jeans, and a plaid shirt in flattering colors. Add a cowboy/cowgirl hat, some bright lipstick, and your friendliest smile, and you are set!

Another costume idea is to dress up as Mary Poppins. She is a very pretty and popular character. Be sure to pin your hair up, and to bring a parasol or umbrella from home. Wear a shirt that is either white, lacy, or satiny. Pair it with a skirt and white gloves. Also wear heals, fancy boots, or high heeled boots.
If you have a brown vest and boots, you may want to dress as a safari guide. You could bring binoculars, and wear hair and makeup as normal. If your children have a jungle breed of stuffed animal, bring that along as well.

Remember Pippi Longstocking? She is another costume idea that is easy to achieve with at home materials. Wear your hair in two braids. You can cut floral wire or a clothes hanger to achieve Pippi’s braids straight out to the side look. Apply fake freckles by using your eyebrow or eyeliner pencil. Match various patterns, such as wearing knee socks from two different sets, or pairing a jumper of one color with a striped shirt of two other colors. Smile, and have fun!

You could also create a Dorothy look. Wear white ankle socks with red shoes. Wear a white shirt with a blue skirt or jumper. Style your hair into two ponytails and tie ribbons around the base of the ponytails. Carry a basket.

Halloween is a festive time of year. There are plenty of tasteful and fun costume ideas for adults to create. Have a fantastic time creating your look and enjoying the season!



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Bombshell Makeup Techniques

Kim Kardashian is a bombshell, and her make-up is quite possibly the most difficult part of her look. Unless you are a master of highlights and lowlights, it is super easy to get confused as to how she does her make-up the way that she does. This kind of face is meant to brighten the eyes, while making them more stark and angular, along with your face. Here is a step by step guide on how to get your make up like Kim’s so you can have the boys flocking at your 5 inch heels.

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First you want to start out with a white primer on the lid. This adds an automatic highlight to anything that will be applied later, and therefore it is a very important step. This holds your make-up in place and prepares the surface of your lid for the various supplies applied on it. It is always good to do the liquid foundation of powder before the eyes, so that if you have any loose eye-shadow in unwanted places, you can just do touch ups.

Take a cream shadow in a matte grey, and in a diagonal line of about a half an inch, apply a line to the outer edge of the eyelid, swoop over to the outer edge of the line area on the top lid, then the bottom outer lining area. This is just a method of creating a crisp line to start your highlighting with. Blend it in toward your inner eyelid, and then it’s on to the next step.

Get a shimmery grey eye shadow and blend it into the center of your eye, using some in the outer edges of your eyelid, but not too much. This should create a gradation effect of darker to lighter.

Take a shimmery silver color and dab it gently over the corners of your eyes. Blend it lightly in with the shimmery grey shadow, and then take whatever is left on your grey brush and blend it all in a bit. This should make your eyes look drastic, but don’t worry, it will be paired with things much more subtle.

Clean up any smudged areas with the concealer, making the eyes look clean and brightening the outer areas of their eyes. For the face, gently contour the checks and jaw with a bronzer on your temples, the hollows of your cheeks, and your jawline. Finish it off with a nude lipstick and a clear lip gloss, so as not to draw too much attention to the mouth and to draw the eye upwards.

Some side tips: Do not pair this with a dark lipstick or a bright color, it will contrast too deeply and your features will get lost in the shuffle. This kind of make-up goes well with any hairstyles, but try not to wear it with straight bangs, as the makeup could irritate the eyes as the bangs brush over it. To try and prevent this from happening, try a make-up spray that keeps your look in place, if you don’t have that, hairspray will do as well.

 

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The Right Way to Apply Foundation

Applying foundation is an essential part of a lady’s beauty regimen. Cosmetic foundation acts as a crucial base for a good makeup application and also serves to cover up skin problems. Improperly applied foundation can result in a mask-like appearance, which is due to the incorrect blending of foundation with one’s skin color. Applying thick layers of foundation is also not recommended, since this leads to an unnatural look.

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When properly applied, foundation completely conceals skin imperfections and ensures prolonged makeup wear throughout a woman’s busy day. There are also good cosmetic applicators available in the market today, such as the ecotools foundation brush, which helps women apply makeup better. Beauty experts also recommend that ladies need only to focus and spot-fix uneven skin areas to achieve a smooth and flawless look. With a little practice and patience, anyone can use foundation to create a smooth and natural look.

Here are the best practices to ensure a well-applied foundation every woman desires:

Prepare the face

The face should first be thoroughly washed with clean water and pat-dried with an absorbent towel. The face should then be moisturized using a preferred moisturizer so the skin won’t look dry and rough once the foundation is applied. A good quality moisturizer will prevent the foundation from looking uneven and clumpy, allowing for a smooth and natural look. 

Add primer and concealer

Beauty experts usually apply foundation primer first to achieve a smoother surface, which the foundation can cling on once applied. The primer also helps the foundation to last longer without reapplying occasionally. After putting on the primer, you can then use the concealer to hide dark circles and uneven areas so as to avoid applying excessive foundation on those areas eventually.

Start applying the foundation

The amount of foundation to be applied depends on the lightness or darkness of shade that you want to have. Most women prefer the lighter shade as it produces a more natural look.

1. Using a foundation brush, begin to apply the makeup starting off on the center of the face in order to blend the makeup properly as you move towards the outside portion of the face.

2. Make sure to use wider, downward strokes when applying foundation on certain parts like the forehead, nose and chin to avoid getting uneven makeup lines.

Manage the hard-to-reach areas

The hard-to-reach areas for most makeup artists are the sides of the nose, the corners of the mouth, the eyes plus the hairline. These areas are commonly disregarded and are usually left untouched when applying makeup. It is also where the makeup usually wears off.  In that case, one should make sure to properly cover these areas in order to avoid having that dreaded mask look.   

Complete the look with powder

Most women are confused whether when to put the powder – before or after the foundation. Powder should always be applied ‘after the foundation’. This helps even out the foundation, minimizing the shine and also makes the foundation last longer.  Powder also decreases the need to reapply and retouch makeup every now and then. 

By learning the basic rules and principles in applying foundation, one can truly look great and fabulous without spending too much money, or hiring the best makeup artist or stylist in town. Having good quality makeup and tools also helps achieve a smooth and natural look. With lots of readily-available resources and useful tools, achieving that Hollywood-like glow can be easy and fun. Learn, experiment, embrace change and enjoy!

Lynn Parsons is now teaching her students how apply foundation properly with the use of ecotools foundation brush and a good mirror.

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