I bought the boots on Ebay – I upsized since they were shipping from China and I thought they wouldn’t fit me – turns out upsizing was too big in the foot, but it fit me perfectly in the legs.
I opted for a blue body suit to keep me warm and to suck all the jiggly bits in. It’s a blue morph suit that I got at a party store: I cut the head off and it was good to go!
The gloves are also from the same party store.
The white tunic was actually a full length shirt/dress thing I got on Ebay from somewhere in England. It had slits down the sides which was a huge help, I just trimmed the sides in so that they tapered to more of a point in the center of the panels.
My belt is a bunch of plastic skulls that I drilled through and then strung a shoelace through them to hold them together.
The little skull on my head came from a dollar store treat that my husband found as a last ditch effort to find a small enough skull for my head!
Sadly, the wig I ordered never actually arrived from China, so my wonderful friend Alison shipped me her Poison Ivy wig from last year’s costume. Thank heavens for that – the wig is such a huge piece!
The contacts are from SpookyEyes.com and they were FANTASTIC. They added an incredible touch that really completed the costume. And for a complete newbie to putting in contacts, they were really, really not that bad! The ones I wore are the Glimmer Gold contacts.
Now, on to the makeup.
I primed my face with Make Up For Ever‘s Smoothing Primer to make sure this base would last all evening.
I used MAC‘s Paint Stick in Marine Ultra and sponged *3* layers on to my skin, letting each layer dry about two minutes between applications.
I then set my entire face with a healthy amount of RCMANo-Color Powder to try to make the cream base as transferproof as possible. I let my face bake for about 15 minutes before I removed the powder.
To add dimension to my face, I went in with Sugarpill‘s Velocity eyeshadow and contoured with it. I also set my face with it to help keep the blue base from looking patchy.
I uses SugarpillVelocity and SleekInk to carve out my eyes. I also used Ink to fill in my brows.
I also used Make Up For Ever‘s Aqua XL Liners (M-26 and M-22) to line my upper and lower water lines. I used Kat Von D‘s Tattoo Liner in Trooper to create a wing, used some Urban Decay Perversion mascara and popped on a pair of EsqidoLashlorette falsies.
I used MAC‘s Brick lip pencil and MACRussian Red lipstick to finish off my lips.
And there we have it! My finished Mystique look! I had so much fun this and I’m already starting to brainstorm for what we can do next!
One of the key pieces for the makeup was incorporating clear fake fingernails by cutting them down to the shape of teeth! For this, KISSclear fake nails were used. I couldn’t believe just how realistic they looked when applied to the face.
Here’s a brief time lapse video of the application process:
In Shawn’s own words: “The process of applying the make-up was actually less time consuming than I thought it would be – Steve worked remarkably quickly given the significant layering required to achieve the final look.
The significant amount of liquid latex applied to my face and neck was surprisingly comfortable; to be honest, it felt like a second skin and I barely noticed it throughout the evening. The edges of the prosthetic started to peel up a few hours after the initial application, especially around the mouth, but we were able to re-secure it with some eyelash glue.
At the end of the evening, the latex peeled off very easily and there was only a small amount of make-up left on my face to remove with make-up remover. All in all it was a very smooth and painless process from start to finish.”
The one piece I did have a hand in was creating the actual Two Face outfit. Shawn bought two suits that somehow miraculously lined up pretty well, including the button holes! Unfortunately, I’m not much of a seamstress and I haven’t a clue how to operate a sewing machine. We ripped the two sides of the pants apart, as well as the jacket, and I sewed them back up together by hand. We salvaged the zipper from one of the pants and were able to use that to help keep the pants up (with a touch of Velcro to lock it in place). All in all, I think the outfit turned out surprisingly good!
And with that, we’re done for Halloween 2015! If you’re interested in the other costumes I posted about, you can find them here: | Harley Quinn | The Joker | Poison Ivy |
So let me start off by saying that I did her makeup and I’m really, really not used to doing beauty makeup on other people. I think I’ve only ever done makeup on my cousin before and maybe one or two high school friends (14 years ago!). So this was a bit of an exercise in nervousness for me but I was happy to be able to do it on someone else whom I’m extremely comfortable with!
I first swept Makeup Geek‘s Latte through her crease.
I then applied Too FacedCreme Brulee shadow on the inner corner of her eye all the way to the middle. I then used InglotPearl 418 on the outer half of the lid and pulled it out quite far out to make it dramatic.
I then lined her upper lash line with Kat Von D‘s Tattoo Liner in Trooper and actually managed to create a successful wing in one shot. And then again on the other eye (SUCCESS!) I then applied Lit Cosmetics‘ Soul Sister glitter on top which… unfortunately looks patchy. Not happy with that one.
On the lower lash line, I used Lit Cosmetics’Mary Jane glitter.
She applied her own CoverGirlClump Crusher mascara and then I popped on some Quo lashes she brought. (And by the way… applying false lashes to someone else? SO MUCH EASIER THAN PUTTING IT ON MYSELF.)
For the lips, I had her apply MAC‘s Russian Red first, then some Too FacedJelly Bean on top.
Sidenote: Alison has AMAZING skin. She’s wearing absolutely nothing on her face -no foundation, no blush, no bronzer, no highlighter!
And there we have it! I was glad that she trusted me enough to do her makeup and I’m glad it turned out decently well. It also gave me a lot more confidence in working on someone else’s face!
Continuing the Halloween theme, today’s post is on the makeup I did on my husband David to transform him into The Joker!
A little bit about his costume: he picked up the outfit on Ebay from a relatively well known brand (Rubies) in a medium. It came with a fairly horrible mask that we didn’t end up using and the full suit. The suit was constructed of a rather thin material and the yellow-gold vest it came with was really bad. David went to a second hand store and bought a women’s yellow jacket and transformed it into a vest-type thing that he then attached the jacket to. I was impressed with how much he changed that yellow jacket to look just like the Joker’s vest! The cane was bought individually from the same company, but the stick of it was spray painted black by him (the whole thing was originally gold). He also created the spats on the shoes out of white vinyl.
Halloween 2015: The Joker
Honestly, the makeup wasn’t all that different from my own as Harley Quinn. This was my first time doing full face makeup on a male and I didn’t really know what to expect. He usually has facial hair, but shaved it all off for this (which was hilarious because I’d never seen him without facial hair and he hadn’t either since his teens!).
I prepped his skin with Make Up For Ever‘s Step 1 Smoother Primer because… man pores. Then I mixed a bit of Revlon‘s Colorstay foundation in Buff with a lot of Inglot‘s white concealer and sponged it onto his face using a Real TechniquesMiracle Complexion Sponge. I actually had to do three layers, which kind of surprised me. It felt like his skin was very, very resistant to makeup… like it just kept absorbing it! So bizarre. I set the layers of makeup with Hourglass‘ Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light and did a little bit of contouring with MAC‘s Print and Handwritten eyeshadows. In hindsight, Print wasn’t the right colour to use, and David asked for more brown to be added in.
The eyes were intentionally sloppy and messy – I layered a bunch of Laura Mercier purple shadows (Plum Smoke and Violet Ink) to make them look sunken. I tried to line his eyes with Maybelline‘s black pencil gel liner, but he was so twitchy that I had to give up and just smudged the terrible lines out with a pencil brush. I filled in his brows with Sleek‘s Dragonfly eyeshadow – that went really easily. His eyebrows are bushy enough that they just held the colour like nobody’s business!
The lips were my main concern but they came out okay. We hadn’t done any kind of trial run of the makeup so it was basically do or die. I lined them with Kat Von D‘s Tattoo Liner in Trooper, curling out the edges to give him an elongated smile. I filled them in a bit with the liner and then applied NARS Matte lip pencil in Cruella on his lips and tried to make them blend into the black liner. In the end, I think the red lipstick either wore off his lips too quickly or I didn’t apply enough because I don’t think you can really see the red as much in the photos.
While I was busy getting ready, Alison styled (seriously, awesome job woman, you killed that hair style!) and sprayed his hair with Graftobian‘s green hair colour.
I’m a little overexcited about Halloween this past year: I got to be Harley Quinn! Being Harley Quinn had been an idea I’d had a years back after watching Julia Graf’s Harley Quinn makeup tutorial. Although I didn’t actually know anything much about the character, but I loved the look of her!
Let’s go back though – when our costume planning started in September, our group thought we were going to be characters from Star Wars, but after a few (shameful) people hadn’t seen the movies and didn’t immediately fall in love with it after we made them watch A New Hope, we went back to the drawing board. We decided on Batman villains, but it quickly evolved into Batman & Robin, plus assorted villains. Since last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy costumes had been so incredibly arduous and time consuming, we thought this would be a bit simpler to do and also a lot more individual. (Building Groot’s costume last year was almost a full time job for three people throughout the month of October.)
I was also really happy to incorporate my husband (The Joker) this year and longtime friend Alison whom I had known since I was in high school in Ottawa. (She has an awesome DIY/cooking/everything blog that you can check out here: Ali Does It.) Alison just happened to be in Toronto that entire weekend and was able to construct her costume on her own in Ottawa!
I’ll be recapping a few of the costumes that I had a part in making/creating over the next week or so. Today we’re starting out with mine:
I based my version of Harley Quinn on the Arkham Knight video game because that was the one that appealed to me the most and it didn’t require me to expose my midriff to the world.
Although most of the outfits in the group were homemade, I was one of the “lucky” few that got to buy their outfit. Well, at first I thought I was lucky, then I realized I was going to end up shelling out an arm and a leg for everything altogether but there was no way I could’ve made that outfit on my own. I purchased my outfit from Cosplay Sky and it was $149 USD. (And then there was an additional $30 USD shipping charge…) I ordered it mid-September and it arrived well before October from China. I was surprised at how quickly I received it, but really, really pleased.
I was also concerned about fit, but it worked out in the end. I ordered a medium and most of the costume fit just fine. The only piece that didn’t was the back shoulder strap grid thing which comes over the shoulders and across the chest. I ended up not wearing it and it didn’t really change the appearance of my costume.
After priming my eyes with Milani‘s eyeshadow primer, I covered them with MAC‘s Blacktrack fluidline. I let that dry a bit then covered the fluidline with Urban Decay‘s Blackout shadow. I basically covered my entire lid with it, blended it up through the crease and lined my lower lash line with it – smoking it out as much as possible (I think I used a bit of MACCork to help out). I tightlined both water lines with my Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in Blacquer, applied essence‘s get big! lashes (waterproof) mascara and then popped on some House of LashesBombshell falsies. I used a little bit of Lit Cosmetics‘ Heartbreaker glitter on my lower lash line, but it didn’t really show up in pictures. I filled in my brows with Anastasia‘s Dipbrow Pomade in Taupe.
The only thing remaining was my lip colour – I ended up going with NARS matte lip pencil in Cruella.
One of the things that pleased me the most were my matching nails. I had some KISS fake nails in RIP which were PERFECT for this costume. Not only were they a red and black gradient, but they even had a little bit of glitter on them! I cut and filed them down to a more decent length for my hands, making them a lot easier to wear. (I saw that tip on someone else’s blog by the way – super useful!)
Dyeing the wig I got off Ebay was one of the more concerning things for me – especially since it was plastic and not something that would take colour well. Thankfully, Zubie of Living The Grey pointed me towards this YouTube tutorial that did the trick. The gist of it is that you drain the ink out of Sharpies into an alcohol base and then paint it onto the wig.
Since my wig was so bright, I had to do about three coats before I got it looking decent enough to wear. At first the red came out quite pink and the black was honestly quite purple. Multiple coats of ink worked though!
The only other thing remaining was the baseball bat. I picked up the cheapest wooden bat I could get from Canadian Tire and spray painted the whole thing solid red. Once it had dried, I taped off a swirl pattern and resprayed it black. After the tape was pulled off, I let the whole thing dry and then tapped up the base like a hockey stick and tada! DONE!
All in all, this was my absolute favourite costume to wear for Halloween and I was SO FREAKING SAD when I had to take it off! I not only thought I looked adorably spunky but I also felt like a badass. I’m totally up for wearing this to a con or something because I just want to get right back into that outfit!