Halloween Tutorial: Shakespeare's Juliet

Editor's note: This is part three of Sarah's three-part Shakespearean heroines Halloween series. Check out her other tutorials for Lady Macbeth and Ophelia.

STEP 1: Watch this clip from the 1968 film version of Romeo & Juliet to get in character.


Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die,

Take him and cut him out in little stars,

And he will make the face of heaven so fine

That all the world will be in love with night

STEP 2: Start with a clean, glow-y base. She’s “not yet seen the change of 14,” after all.

I used Clarins Beauty Flash Balm as my primer. It extends the wear of foundation and makes skin look luminous. Go with a tinted moisturizer or a light foundation. I used Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Makeup.

I set everything using a fan brush with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. The finely-milled texture imparts a lit-from-within glow without any awkward, anachronistic glitter. If you must contour, use a very light hand--we’re going for youthful, not angular. Dust a peachy blush on the apples of the cheeks.

STEP 3: Eyes and brows. When I think Juliet, I think Olivia Hussey--and by extension, eyebrows.

I filled my brows in with an angled brow brush dipped in the original Naked Basics Palette--you can match any eyebrow color by mixing the matte shades. Don’t be afraid to go big; it’s no coincidence that even the most recent big screen Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld) sported bushy brows.

I stuck with the Naked Basics palette for eye shadow. Using a blending brush, I swept Naked 2 (a soft fawn) onto my mobile lid and along my lower lash line. Then I pressed Crave (a black-brown) into my upper and lower lash line with a short-bristled smudging brush in lieu of eyeliner.

Then I curled my lashes and set with Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara (hold the jokes, she’s just a kid for god’s sake). Finally, I filled in my lower waterline with NYX Wonder Pencil in Light to make my eyes look as bright and shiny as a sheltered adolescent.


STEP 4: Your-lips-but-better.

I used CoverGirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Cupcake Twist, which is just a touch punchier than my natural lip shade. If you’re still on the hunt for yours, check out Laura Mercier Sheer Lip Colour.

STEP 5: It's middle part time!

If your hair doesn’t naturally fall into one like mine constantly tries to, use the pointy end of a teasing comb or a pencil to draw a straight line down the center of your scalp. Then gather each side at the temples into a deep U-shape and pin them each behind your ear with two criss-crossed bobby pins--and spray the crap out of it. Fact: Halloween is why hairspray was invented.


P.S. I found this “medieval chemise” on Amazon for under $20. If you’re a fan of the Bard, I highly recommend snagging one of these dresses.

  • Which of my Shakespearean costumes was your favorite?
  • What's your favorite Romeo & Juliet film?
  • And which actress played your favorite Juliet?