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Halloween Beauty: Become a Kitty Kat

Are you a Halloween minimalist, like me?  If so, you know that the best costume is one of the easiest around:  Felis catus, the domesticated cat.  How many times have I pulled off a last-minute look with a black shirt, choker necklace and headband with a couple of felt triangles glued on?  (The answer:  A lot.)

Yes, it’s a snap, but don’t be a grumpy cat!  Just because you’re in a rush doesn’t mean you can’t be the cutest Kitty Kat around.  Here is a super-quick, super-easy way to create a feline Halloween look that will draw purrs of approval:

Halloween Look:  Kitty Kat

First, don’t neglect your face!  Be sure to start off with primer, concealer and foundation – they’ll help keep your kitty nose and whiskers in place all night long.  Next, concentrate on creating a seductive cat’s eye (of course!), beginning with a warm eyeshadow like Sally Girl™ Eye Shadow Connecting Compact in Rose, then lining with Palladio Herbal Liquid Eyeliner in Shimmer Black. Be sure to extend that top line beyond the outer corner of your eyelid.  Finally, a black mascara such as Ardell Runway Gisele Black Lashes will add drama and mystery.

Kitty Kat Tips & Tools

You just need a bit of pink blush on the apples of your cheeks, and a sweet swipe of pink for your lips.  Try Femme Couture® Glossy Lip Crème in Pink Sizzle for color that will last all night.  For your kitty nose, fill in with more of your liquid eyeliner, then draw whiskers with Beautique® Long-Wear Automatic Eye Liner in Onyx.

Now, for the meow de résistance:  Instead of boring old felt triangles, create ears that will draw stares using two Bellissima Braided Headbands in the same color as your hair.

Bellissima Braided Hairbands

Since the key to this Kitty Kat is the braided headpiece, keep the rest of your hair simple.  All you need is shiny, soft hair – Ion® Silk Drops will smooth your hair and take away the frizzies – and a spray of So Gorgeous® Volumizing Freezing Hairspray to keep it in place.

Feeling fierce?  Why not give your kitty some claws?  You’ll want to paint a nude base onto your fingertips.  Try Orly Nail Lacquer in Prelude to a Kiss.  Once it’s dry, paint on claw shapes in Liquid Vinyl for a sharp finish.

That’s it!  You’re ready for a night on the prowl, hunting out the very best Halloween treats (and maybe an order of sushi on the side).

Are you a Halloween minimalist, or do you prefer a more dramatic look?  Tell us about your Halloween plans in the comments below!

Halloween Beauty: Become an Evil Queen

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.

Halloween Look:  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.

Evil Queen - Tips & Tools

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.

Evil Queen - Face

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!

Halloween Beauty: Rock It Out

Sometimes, you just don’t feel like a princess, even on Halloween.  Your standard royals seem a bit too well-behaved, vampires too moody, cheerleaders too darn cheery, astrophysicists too serious, and even monsters strike you as goofy.  At times like these, you feel like being a little loud, adding a little extra color and having a little extra fun.  So, for this Halloween look, let’s just go ahead and Rock It Out, shall we?

Halloween Look:  Rock It Out

For hair that seriously rocks, you’ll need some serious tools.  The Gold ‘N Hot Professional Crimping Iron is perfect for adding texture, and The Big Teeze Comb gives that extra volume you’re looking for.  Hold it in place with a serious spray, like Beyond the Zone® Vamped Up Dry Texture Hairspray.

Now it’s time for fun with color!  Try a temporary color like Beyond the Zone® Colour Mousse Pink.  Because it’s a foam, it’s super-easy to use.  Apply it to sections of your hair about two inches behind your ears, covering each section from the roots to the ends.  Create a faux-hawk by sectioning small parts of hair on the sides of your head, and bobby pinning each piece back.  If you’re looking for extra dazzle, just clip a few small, sparkly barrettes on each side.

Rock It Out - Tips & Tools

Get glamorous eyes by layering Sally Girl™ Mini Baked Eye Shadows in Dark Purple, Beaming Blue and Dark Green.  Accent your top and bottom lids with Femme Couture® Eternal Color Luxurious Eyeliner in Brilliant Cobalt, and finish off with false lashes that are just slightly, awesomely over the top, like Ardell Ombré Lashes in Pink.  Think pink for the rest of your look, too – pink blush, Real Colors Hydra Lips Waterproof Gel Lip Liner in Pinup Pink, then Femme Couture® Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in Fabulous Fuchsia for a rosy finish.

Rock It Out - Tips & Tools

That’s it!  You’re ready to party like a rock star, with a look that will last all night long.  Don’t forget the fingerless gloves!

Will you be rocking it out this Halloween?  Share your dress-up plans and your favorite hair and makeup tips in the comments below.

Halloween Beauty: Become an Ice Princess

My husband and I have a bet this year as to how many little Ice Princesses we’ll find roaming the streets on Halloween night, trick-or-treat totes firmly in hand.  I think we could see a new record for most popular girl’s costume for the under-12 set.  Every little girl I know in kindergarten has had her mind made up for at least a year, including our own daughter!

But why should the little ones have all the fun?  Wrap yourself in sparkly tulle and organza and use these tips to create a spectacular Halloween look that will have your friends, family and guests absolutely frozen with awe!

Halloween Look:  Ice Princess

First, let’s start with makeup.  To create a cool, porcelain complexion, remember that your primer, concealer, foundation and/or powder should be a shade or two lighter than usual.  You’ll want a vivid blue eyeshadow for your lid and crease – try Femme Couture® Eternal Color Intense Silky Shadow in Sapphire.  Then add something frosty, like Sally Girl™ Mini Magic Eyeshadow in Enchanted as a highlight on your browbone, just underneath each eyebrow.  Finish off your glacially regal stare with blue eyeliner and mascara.  Try Palladio Precision Eye Liner in Electric Blue, then Ardell Ombré Lashes in Blue.  Now, just add some light pink blue to your cheeks, and a little white eyeshadow to your forehead and around your eyes (a fan brush is perfect for this), and your face is complete!

For your royal hairdo, a simple braid will do, but here are a few tricks that will ensure the final result is extra cool:

First, brush your hair to one side, and use bobby pins to keep it in place.  Now, curl several pieces at the top of your head and around your face (including bangs, if you have them).  If you’re headed to a full night of Halloween revelry, be sure to use a tool that gives maximum curl retention, like the Ion™ Titanium Pro Curling Iron.  Draw attention to your ‘do by clipping in long strands of colored synthetic hair to the beginning of the braid – make sure it’s heat-resistant, like Sassy Colors Clips in Royal Blue.  Make sure that color shows through as you braid!  Now, finish off with a bit of sparkle by adding DCNL Flower Rhinestone Spinners.

Ice Princess Tips & Tools

There’s no need to conceal those magical fingers on Halloween night!  Give yourself the perfect manicure with China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Frostbite, then add FingerPaints® Nail Color in Amazing Glaze for super-frosty tips.

And, you’re ready to head out and freeze (or thaw, depending on your mood) the hearts of your Halloween subjects.  Have fun!

Are you planning to transform into an Ice Princess for Halloween, or do you know someone who is?  Be sure to tell us all about your plans in the comments below!  We’d love to hear from you.