While you might be past the trick or treating stage (emphasis on the might), Halloween still holds lots of fun for us big kids (sometimes, a little TOO much fun). I’ve tried the span of predictable and creative costumes, from a black cat (it’s just SO EASY) to a Greek Muse (made the floral headpiece and gold trimmed toga all by myself) and enjoyed them all.
Something that remains a Halloween constant, however, is my desire to go a little more out there than usual with my makeup. This year, I’m not quite sure what I’ll be (clock’s tickin’ Gloria, get on this) but I do know what beauty look I’m wearing. It’s a stand-out smoky eye with an all over gold wash that can go with a range of different costumes. What makes this look perfect for a spooky evening is the subtle shimmer, ensuring you’ll be seen no matter how dim the lighting.
1. To get that lit-from-within look, I applied liquid highlighter all over my face before applying my foundation. I used Nars Orgasm Illuminator for it’s gold flush. Layer on top a minimal coverage foundation - like a tinted moisturizer - so the glow can shine through.
2. For a full-on gold eye with deep definition, apply a black eye shadow from the middle of the upper lash line to the crease and smoke it out into an almond shape. Use that same black shadow to line the lower lash line as well.
3. Next, apply a lighter gold shade from the middle of the lash line to the inner corner as a highlight. I used Half Baked from the original Urban Decay Naked Palette.
4. Follow that with a deep gold wash across the rest of the lid. I used Nars Étrusque for it’s amazing color pay off. Pack it on, don’t swipe, in order to not muddy the black almond shape underneath. Pack the gold on top of the black shadow lining the lower lasher as well.
5. Complete the look by lining the upper and lower waterlines with black eyeliner, applying a thin black line along the upper lashes, and swiping on your most statement-making mascara on top and bottom lashes.
6. Perfect your pout with a shimmery, peachy nude and finish off your skin with a bronzy blush dusted on the cheeks almost like a contour. Highlight cheekbones with an illuminator - Benefit’s Watt's Up is a great one - and you’re ready to take on the night.