Forget loading up on face paints that you’ll never use again. With the right techniques, you can create a spooky Halloween look from the must-haves in your makeup bag: they’re also really quick and easy, making them the perfect pick for a last-minute party.
1. Make mermaid scales with eyeshadow
If you’re going for the mermaid look, it’s easy to create some shimmery scales. All you need is a pair of fishnet tights (or the netted plastic bag that oranges and onions come in!) and a pastel eyeshadow like Magnif’Eyes Mono Eyeshadow in A-List, £4.49.
Hold the tights/bag over the patch of skin where you want the scales to show – like your cheek – then dust the iridescent green eyeshadow over the top. The effect is so pretty.
2. Make instant fake blood with lipstick
Swap liquid blood for red lipstick and gloss that can be mixed together in seconds. Simply put a small amount of The Only 1 Lipstick in Best of the Best, £6.99, on a plate, and blend with an equal measure of clear lipgloss.
To deepen the shade of the ‘blood’, add The Only 1 Lipstick in One-of-a-Kind, £6.99. Then use a small lip or eyeshadow brush to paint it on your forehead, lip or cheek.
3. Fake freckles with a brow pencil
No creepy doll costume is complete without a smattering of freckles, and if you aren’t naturally blessed there are ways you can make them look believable.
Reach for an eyebrow pencil (we love the long-lasting Professional Eyebrow Pencil, £2.99), and dot it over your nose and cheeks for faux freckles that won’t smudge.
4. Line your way to a last-minute look
With a liner you can create a bevy of looks – from a cat to a bat to a spider’s web – and if you fancy giving it a go, we’ve got a tutorial for you here.