My Halloween Makeup Memoirs: Challenge #1

Earlier in the week I posted at article called My Halloween Makeup Memoirs, concluding the article with the promise of challenge myself and friends to really get creative with Halloween makeup this year. Each week I will post my latest face paint creation, along with a kinda/sorta tutorial. It you are interested in checking out what other people are doing with face paints for Halloween, follow #trickortreatmakeupchallenge on Instagram or join in on the fun by posting your own makeup creation.

This week, my inspiration was a cat.

Specifically the leopard.

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*This is when Roar by Katy Perry starts playing in the background of my mind. And Eye of the Tiger by Survivor. Yes, I know tigers and leopards are different. Apples and oranges my friend.

Before I could even begin my makeup project I had to acquire the necessary supplies, namely face-paints. Any local grocery or department store should carry them, especially around this time of year; I found a inexpensive set with a basic selection of colors at Fred Meyer. Before purchasing the paints make sure to read the back of the package where all the ingredients are listed- you wouldn’t want to slather your face with something you are allergic to.

Once all my supplies were in order (plus a small eyeshadow brush) I got started on highlighting my face with the white face-paint.
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I covered my lower cheeks, nose, lips and chin to give the appearance of a muzzle like facial structure. I also highlighted the T-zone of my forehead and the area under my eyes.

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Once the highlighting was complete, it was time to start conturing my face to a more cat-like shape. I applied black paint to the eyeshadow brush and outlined my cheeks, chin and forehead. I used brown paint to add shadow to my jaw and temples and flatten the bridge of my nose. Black paint was used to cover the tip of my nose and inside of my upper lip.

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Conturing complete, all that was left was to darken the edges of my face and add the spots. I brought the spots down to my neck to give the look a more realistic vibe. All in all, it was alot of fun to create and I think the end result looks pretty darn good…dare I say purrrfect?

Let me know what you think! If you have suggestions for my next #trickortreatmakeupchallenge, comment below!

My Halloween Makeup Memoirs

I love Halloween. LUV it. I’m pretty sure I post about how I love Halloween every October but that’s because it’s always true. It’s the one time of year I can unashamedly indulge in candy, binge watch old-school disney classics like Halloweentown, Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas, and play dress up in costumes of my own creation.

Of course I basically do the same thing during the month of December, the only exception being I binge watch Hallmark Christmas Classics in my How the Grinch Stole Christmas footed pajamas.


Of my Halloween related indulgences, costumes are by far my favorite. Ever since I was little, playing dress up was the key to unlocking my imagination. A plastic crown transformed me into the princess of a magical kingdom. A tutu gave me center stage in my own production of Swan Lake. And any kind of makeup made me a glamorous movie star. As an adult, nothing has changed- I still love to play dress up and Halloween is just an excuse to go big.

This Halloween I am challenging myself and fellow blogger friends/makeup enthusiasts/best friends to put their best face forward and really get creative with their Halloween makeup (no clowns, vampires, or zombies please…let’s try something new). Each week for the month of October I will post a picture and possibly a tutorial on creative Halloween makeup ideas that are sure to make an impression at any party or gathering. Follow #trickortreatmakeupchallenge on Instagram to get in on the action and join the fun!

I did a test run last night on my sister and was pretty pleased with the results.

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Because fair is fair, I let her give me a Halloween makeover….I was supposed to be a beautiful mermaid.

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Personally I think I looked more like a disgruntled clown, but my sister claims I was channeling “mysterious sea maiden”. If you have any fun makeup ideas you’d like to see, leave a comment below and I’d be happy to try them (as long as fake blood is not involved).

Happy Halloween!!  XOXO


The Halloween Countdown….Are you ready?

Alrighty folks! It’s almost here! It’s the holiday that promotes costumes, candy and camaraderie (and eventually cavities). That’s right- it’s HALLOWEEN! YAY!


I think he thinks he’s Ironman

I love Halloween! Not only is it a free pass to gorge myself with Hershey kisses and Reese’s cups, but I get hang out with my friends in super cool costumes! Anyone who knows me will also know that I love dressing up (my motto: If you’re well-dressed, you’re at your best!) , and Halloween is no exception. Every October I spend hours sprawled out on my bedroom floor, sewing on beads or attaching fur to some fanciful creation that will evolve into an awesome Halloween costume. This year I have been hot-glueing a ton of sequins and fur trim (but I can’t tell you what my costume is- it’s a surprise). Hopefully, you’ve started working on your Halloween costume as well- if not, you still have time to come up with something awesome. Make your own costume or buy a pre-made outfit at a costume shop or Spirit Superstore. Don’t wait till Friday at 5pm to make a costume for the party you’re going to at 7pm. Don’t be this guy.

Halloween- because dress up isn’t just for those under 10.

Ah Halloween….one of my favorite holidays. Actually I love all the holidays except for Valentine’s Day, (single girls should get heart-shaped boxes of chocolate too!) I love Halloween for three reasons and three reasons only- let me list them off  in order of importance.

(1). I love candy and Halloween is an excellent excuse to stuff my face with Reeses, M&M’s, Almond Joy’s and giant Hershey’s Milk chocolate bars.

(2). I love watching the old Disney channel Halloween favorites; Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown I-IV and Nightmare before Christmas (although technically Nightmare before Christmas was released through Touchstone Pictures). I even like   the Tower of Terror with Steve Gutenberg and Scream Team with Monty Python’s Eric Idle. The only movie I refuse to watch is Don’t Look Under the Bed; not only is it terrifying, but it’s also surprisingly spot-on regarding the mess that collects under one’s bed.

(3). I LOVE DRESSING UP. I love making my costumes from scratch and over-analyzing it’s authenticity. I love sewing sequins and dying fabric to match the color of my shoes. I love making costumes for my friends and family (especially if we are going with a group theme) and I love wearing fake eyes lashes and crazy wigs. It’s my one chance each year to wear what I would want to wear everyday.

And isn’t that why most of us love Halloween?  We grow up being encouraged to use our imagination, yet when we reach adulthood make-believe is discouraged. Halloween presents an opportunity to take back make-believe, if only for one night.

So in the spirit of make-believe I have asked three friends to tell me about their favorite costumes, how they turned out and why they chose them. I think you’ll like not only their costumes, but what they had to say about them as well…

princess meggan Princess Meggan

 As the better half of Lemonzest and Pearls, Meggan is sharp, quick-witted and full of energy. She is also obsessed with Disney. She’ll admit it.  In fact, when I told Meggan I was going to be interning as Walt Disney World, I think she was more excited than I was. So it comes as no surprise that she would choose Belle from Beauty and the Beast as her costume.  Check out what she said….

Meggan: “I choose to be Belle for Halloween not only because “Beauty and the Beast” is my favorite movie for life, but Belle is confident in who she is. She is unique, kind, independent, and puts others before herself. Belle is an inspiration to be yourself no matter what others say. She’s a princess. Who wouldn’t want to be her for a day?”

I have to agree- Who wouldn’t want to be Belle for a day, especially when your costume is as pretty as that!

Sidenote: As much as I love Belle, if I was going to be a Disney Princess for Halloween, I would choose Rapunzel from Tangled; she’s my Disney favorite!


 A Cow named Kaitlyn

When I first met Kaitlyn in the dorms, I knew I was going to have an interesting roommate. Not only is she charismatic and endearing, but she can drop it low better than Beyonce. She has a wonderful sense of humor and loves to make everyone one around her laugh. So it makes sense that she would take a chance on an unusual costume. Here’s what she had to say about it….

Kaitlyn: “I picked the cow costume it because it was fun to wear and not too bulky! I ended up liking it because everyone wanted a picture with the cow! It was a great way to meet new people and     everybody wanted to milk the cow!”

Well Kaitlyn, I’m not sure I would want strangers playing with my udders, but I bet you made a bunch of new friends. You do look cute as a cow though; maybe you should wear the cow costume when we hit the dance floor- you could show off your mooooves.

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Undead Arielle

What can I say about Arielle? She’s been one of my best friends for years now. She’s unconventional, intuitive, and share’s my quirky side. She is also very creative and put a lot of time and effort in her Corpse Bride costume. I was amazed when I saw the end result! Here’s what she had to say about her one-of-a-kind costume!

Arielle: “I really loved dressing up as The Corpse Bride because I was able to construct my own costume, the end result was scary but not grotesque, and it was easy to wear! So many times, costumes either come in a plastic bag and take no creativity to construct, or they’re slutty and awkward to wear. For my Corpse Bride costume I studied the character, bought a white “wedding” dress and distressed it, and purchased the wig and bouquet! A friend was able to do my makeup, and I was really pleased with the result!”

That’s what I call dedication! She even studied her character! Some might think thats over the top but no one can deny that she nailed the look! With a costume like that, Arielle looks like she came straight out of a Tim Burton movie!


Disco  Barbie (featuring moi)

 I have always had an affinity for Barbie; maybe it’s because I was homeschooled and lacked the proper social interaction (just kidding) or that I secretly wished all her clothes came in my size. Whatever the reason I have always been a Barbie girl. Her style (while it might be over the top) is always on trend and eye-catching. She drives a pink jeep. She owns real estate (granted it’s the Barbie Dream House, but I’d like to think that plastic doll houses are recession proof). She’s in a deeply committed relationship with Ken (although I had a ton of Barbie dolls and only one Ken, so usually the deeply committed part was solely one Barbie’s side).  Basically, at a youthful age of 52, Barbie’s living the life.

That is why my favorite Halloween costume so far was Disco Barbie; complete with a knee-high silver boots, pink sparkly dress and long platinum wig. And a life-size pink Mattel box. Needless to say, the costume was awesome and I got a lot of high-fives (though I couldn’t return them because I was in the box). I loved being Barbie for the evening and I truly enjoyed putting my costume together piece by sparkly piece.

I hope you have been inspired (if you weren’t before) to get dressed up for Halloween. You don’t have to like ghosts or ghouls, or even like candy (unimaginable as that may be). But you should embrace your inner juvenile self; put on a costume and let the fun begin!

Happy Halloween!