I was watching "Spice World" the other day--OK, I was at a "Spice World" sing-a-long, when I realized, “Whoa, that Ginger Spice is a total babe!” I mean, we all knew that already, but it never dawned on me that she was rocking all sorts of retro vibes with an obvious 90's aesthetic.” I decided right then and there that I must try my hand at this babe-a-licious look. It's timely with Halloween and gave me an excuse to buy awesome blue eye shadow.
As a kid, I was a hardcore Spice Girls fan. It was my #1 obsession (rivaled only by love of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"). With my burgeoning fashion sense, everyone pegged me as a Posh, but Baby was my favorite, with Ginger in a close second. They were the only two Spice Barbies I had, so you know it was serious.
Although her under-eye makeup is definitely a “beauty faux-pas,” this was the moment I saw retro potential!
I have a red wig so I’m going with that, but I did once go ginger, actually around the same time as Hannah and Tavi
. While I loved it, the upkeep was ridiculous and I don’t trust myself with home-dyes. But it was good times while it lasted.
Starting with makeup, I’ve got my basics all ready to go.
My new addition to the mix guarantees I’ll never suffer Ginger’s “lighter than the rest of my face,” under-eye mistake.
Next I moved on to brows. Geri Halliwell’s are thin and relatively high-arched. I combed my eyebrows down and curved the ends inward. Then I filled them in ever-so-slightly.
For my eyelashes, I used a blowdryer to heat up my eyelash curler. If you decide to try this, make sure you don’t heat it up too much or you might burn your eyelid. Once curled, you can see the serious difference it makes! This is literally with no mascara, no anything. I heard if you apply baby powder in between coats of mascara, you can also get a similar long-lashed look.
For blush, I used a coral OCC Concentrate
. I liked that it was pink with an orange-y undertone. It’s basically a cream blush so applied it with my fingers (wash your hands first!); dabbing tiny bits along my cheekbones and blending as I moved upward.
Right now I look pretty natural....that’s all about to change.
I was very excited about the blue eye-shadow. It felt nineties and sixties all at the same time. My go-to is definitely a no-nonsense cat-eye so I was interested in experimenting with shades of blue. I grabbed the cheapest/most-nineties palette I could find, which happened to be Wet and Wild’s On Cloud Nine Trio
I spread the lightest shade of blue on my eyes, using a brush that came with the palette to create an upward cat-eye (yeah yeah...it’s what I know.).
Then I added the darker shade of blue to my lids. I’m not an avid eyeshadow user so this already felt like a whole lot of look, but it was all in the name of spice!
Next, I use my L’Oreal Liquid Liner
to draw a thick line which curved in an upward fashion, the same direction as the eye shadow. Then I used the liquid liner to line the bottom of my eyes starting outward and working my way inward, stopping before the line connected to the inner corners of my eye.
The end result felt exaggerated and very Cleopatra-esque so I softened the bottom line using a Q-tip and a touch of makeup remover. Then I added mascara to the top and bottom lashes.
Next, it was time for my biggest challenge: FAKE EYELASHES!
I’m not sure why I have so much trouble with these things. They can be difficult to place and bothersome to get used to. Luckily, these eyelashes were as easy as they come. They came equipped with strings on each side for easy(ish) placement. The brand was called Kiss USA Premium Eyelashes
Last came the lips. I used a lip brush for OCC’s Lip Tar in Deep Burgundy
. The color was much more berry than in photos, but it still worked as a Girl Power-red.
When all is applied and done I’m left with a strong medley of blue, pink and red so I went over my cheeks with powder to soften the color. It’s basically stage makeup so I took it with a grain of salt.
I feel very doll-like with these lashes.
OK, now that makeup is good to go, it’s time for the wig. One year, I dressed as Mad Men’s Joan
and the wig looked pretty decent. I pinned it back to create a small bouffant. This time, I tried to wear it down and it was kind of hilarious. The hair was flipping every-which way and I tried my best to tame it. Eventually, with a few strategic bobby pins, I finally combed it all in place.
The best part was my attempt at Ginger’s 90’s-tastic front highlights. I cut pieces from another wig and tried to incorporate them into my red one. Let’s just say, this was the best photo of the bunch.
Funny story: As I was taking these photos, a fight broke out in my building, the police were called and I was forced to open the door in full Ginger Spice gear. A new tenant left a note asking someone to move their bike. The next day, the note had a reply:”Ain’t nobody got time for that!” Not cool..sounds like they needed more girl power in their lives.
Why, yes Melanie..I do know what you mean.
I had a ton of fun creating this look and I’ve been so inspired by xoVain’s
awesome costume tutorials these days. It’s hard to pick a favorite!
I hope you guys have a super fantastic Halloween weekend and feel free to share your costumes in the comments! xo