We’ve reached time of year when certain Halloween trends really begin to stand out. You’ve seen them gracing superstore ads and Pinterest costume boards over and over again – dragons, doughnuts, fairy princesses, icy princesses and superheroes both large and small (and medium-sized – lots of medium-sized superheroes out there). But, take another look around and you’ll see a dark contender making her way to the forefront – the Evil Queen.
Yes, the Evil Queen has been everywhere in the past year or so, flapping her leathery wings and threatening tiny royal infants, or perhaps painting apples a poisonous shade of red before moving into small-town suburbia to stir things up. If you love making a show-stopping entrance at costume parties, this is the Halloween look for you. Let us show you how:
Begin with a foundation that will give you a pale, flawless complexion, like Palladio Dual Wet and Dry Foundation. Since this is a look that maxes out the drama, you’ll want to create a super-dramatic eye. Femme Couture® Velvet Eye Color Quad in Velvet Mystery is just what you need. Swipe the lightest color in the quad across your upper eyelid, browbone and the inner corner of your eye. In the crease, apply the medium to dark shadows. Add an upward sweep of shadow to the outer corner of each eye – something smoky and mysterious like Real Colors Singled Out Matte Eye Shadow in Purple Reign, and finish things up with a matching mascara, perhaps Ardell Ombré Lashes in Purple.
Did you know that a brow kit can double as a contouring tool? Try a set like Femme Couture® Perfect Arch Brow Grooming Kit. First, apply it to your brows, brushing them up into a dramatic arch. Then, apply it along your cheekbone (just underneath to be exact), then down to your jawline in order to create the appearance of very high, very sharp cheekbones. Adding a highlighter such as Femme Couture® Perfect Arch Brow Highlighter will increase the effect.
You’re beginning to look truly malevolent! It’s time for that poisonous, red smile. Make sure your lips are moisturized, then line them with a killer crimson – Palladio Precision Lip Liner in Candy Apple is certainly appropriate. Now, fill them in with a matching hue, like Femme Couture® Prime Wear Diamond Color in Prismatic Poppy, and add a slick of toxic shine with Lip Luster Lip Gloss in Cherry Frost.
A classic Evil Queen demands a classic widow’s peak. Luckily, you can just paint yours on. You’ll want something that applies smoothly and precisely, so try Femme Couture® Ultra Smooth Gel Eyeliner in Black in a “V” shape underneath your hairline. Tuck your wayward curls and bangs under a sleek headwrap, like DCNL Cotton Headwrap in Black, and get ready for the centerpiece of this look – your horns.
Don’t worry – there’s no need to shop at Twisty Goat Horns ‘R’ Us. Instead, you’ll make use of the magic that is the Hair Stylers Petite Chignon. Choose one that’s close to your own hair color, and cut it in half. Now, part your hair in the middle and make two high ponytails. They should sit very high on your head, just behind the headwrap. Use bobby pins to attach one half of the chignon to the base of each ponytail. Carefully wrap each ponytail around the chignon to create a horn, securing with more bobby pins as you go. If you plan to be casting spells all night long, you can insert floral wire or a folded chenille stem through the center of each horn to add more stability. Finally, spray your “hair horns” and the rest of your hair to help keep it in place.
Abracadabra! You’re all set for the royal bash. Don’t forget to glower fearsomely throughout!
What’s the most dramatic Halloween look you’ve ever tried? Share your stories and tips with us in the comments below!