Be a Psychedelic Unicorn (AKA Your True Self) for Halloween This Year

All you need is a little colorful makeup and some craft supplies.

Did ya miss me? I certainly missed you!

And because I missed you so very much, I came up with a magical, mythical tutorial for those of you (like myself) who tend to procrastinate on deciding what to be for Halloween.

Today, we're going to become unicorns. You're welcome.

I somehow became associated with unicorns in both my professional and personal lives. Maybe it was the blue and purple hair that I rocked for so long. Or perhaps it was the sunset-colored eyes and/or glitter lips that I've always embraced. Somehow, people just always assumed that unicorns were my style icons and, over the years, I guess it became so.

Accordingly, a unicorn was the most logical costume I could make.

I didn't buy anything for this look. But I also happen to own a million different types of craft supplies, so you may or may not have to make a trip to Michael's. But I promise it's worth it.

I started by making the unicorn horn. I rolled a piece of white computer paper into a conical shape. I then cut the end straight across to create a flat plane on the bottom of the horn. I used a small piece of Scotch tape to secure the horn together. Then, I ripped up a bunch of old, multicolored scrapbook paper. If you wanted to be extra-crafty, you could even use old magazine sheets, focusing on solid colors and patterned sections. I utilized a flat synthetic paint brush and Mod Podge to adhere the scraps of rainbow paper to the horn. In a pinch, you could use Elmer's glue or a glue stick as well.

If you wanted to be a super-fancy unicorn (or if you have an extra half hour on your hands), you can glue some rhinestones to the horn as well. I left about an inch of space on the bottom of the horn (knowing that would be the piece that I secured to my headband) and applied the rhinestones densely at first and more sparsely as I got closer to the top of the horn.

To make it wearable, I adhered my masterpiece to an old flower crown I already had. I cut vertical slits into the bottom one-inch section, which I then wrapped around the center of the crown. I applied some Mod Podge to the strips and then applied pressure to the glue site overnight so it dried solid and well-attached.

If you're wearing this look out on Halloween, primer is a must. We're about to 10 million layers of cream color and glitter, and we need that gorgeousness to stay ON. I first applied Dior Forever & Ever Wear primer, which I mixed with a pump of Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl. (You can also just use a primer with luminescence built in to it.) I wanted my skin to have a glowy, ethereal look, like a Twilight vampire having a picnic in the sun on a hot summer's day.

I then continued with my everyday foundation routine, which has recently consisted of Marc Jacobs Cover(t) Stick in Co(vert) Affairs and Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector to color correct, Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water in a sheer layer across my face, and Hourglass Vanish Seemless Finish Foundation Stick as concealer/highlight — it's super-creamy and blendable.

At this point, I looked like a freshly painted wall, shiny and wet.

Do not set your makeup before moving on the the next step! We want to be able to easily blend our bright colors into the foundation; any powder in between will create muddiness.

For all of the cream colors, I used my Make Up For Ever Flash Palette. I use this palette for just about everything: custom lip and blush colors, lining my water line, contouring, and even foundation in a pinch. Basically, the only thing it can't do is cook you dinner and clean your dishes. I've had it for about six months now and it looks like I opened it yesterday, so for me, the $99 investment was worth it. However, if you just want to recreate this look for Halloween knowing you'll never even touch the Flash Palette again, you can use creamy lipsticks, non-waterproof eyeliners (easier to blend), or other theatrical cream makeup products instead.

I began by using the bright fuschia cream to contour my face. I utilized my #57 Sephora Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush to place the color in blocks at my temples, in the hollows of my cheeks, on the bottom parts of my ears, on the tip of my nose, down the sides of my neck, and around my collar bone. Any place that naturally recedes or sits in shadow is where I applied it. You can use any color you would like; however, make sure your contour color is deeper than your highlight color. If you were to take a picture of your look, the perimeter of you face should be more shadowy than the center. And, as per usual, less is more. It's always easy to add more product; much harder to take it away once it's there.

Utilizing my same #57 brush, I carefully blended out my pink contour using the same directional blending I would for an everyday contour. I left the bottom part of the cheekbone hollow a bit sharper than usual to create a more graphic look.

It should look a little something like this:

I removed the color from my brush with cleaning spray before moving on to the yellow cream highlight. With the same #57 brush, I swiped down any areas that needed highlight, like the center of my nose, my cheekbones, my cupid's bow, the center of my neck, and my collarbones. I still wanted to see some of my natural skin peeking through, so I avoided my forehead and my jawline. I applied the color lightly so there was not much need for blending. I really just lightly diffused (with the softest touch ever) the yellow into the pink.

Next, I used a sky blue cream and a thin, angled synthetic brush to fill in my eyelids and my brows. I kept the blue lid shape quite geometric (I added a bit of depth with a powder later on). My eyes are extremely asymmetrical, so I brought the blue up above my natural crease on one side. As long as the eye shapes look the same when they're open, we're good to go.

To fill in the brows, I treated the product like a pomade, starting at the outer corner of the brow and working inward. At the outermost corner, to add a bit more depth, I utilized the tiniest bit of dark blue cream.

To give an even more magical glow, I set my face and décolleté with glitter Illuminator. I used Sephora Collection Midnight Magic Face and Body Glitter Pot in Holographic, which reflects pink.

To set my lids, I dipped a dense powder brush into Violet Voss's blue iridescent Elsa Glitter, and pressed on top of the bright blue cream. For extra drama, I loaded my brush up with glitter, tilted my head back, and tapped on the brush to let a bit of glitter fall all over my face and décolleté.

To give my tiny eyes definition, I created a long, thin cat eye that followed along my yellow highlight using Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Liner. I utilized a bit of the dark blue cream from the Make Up For Ever Flash Palette and a little Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Cream Eyeshadow in Vega to smudge out the bottom lash line.

I created my own custom lilac lip color by layering Kat Von D's Exorcism and Requiem liquid lipsticks. For extra sparkle, I tapped some Violet Voss Wendy Glitter onto the high points of my face and on the center of my lips. I even added some light blue star nail glitter onto my pink contour.

To ensure that my eyes didn't get lost to all the busy bright madness, I applied some dramatic false lashes.

Using NYX's white liquid liner, I drew some stars on my under-eye area and on my neck.

I added some small hearts on my neck as well before drawing a slightly bigger heart on the tip of my nose. Using a tiny pointed brush and the light blue cream from the Flash Palette, I outlined my white heart nose and added some dots to my neck. The neon and pastel colors kept my unicorn looking psychedelic and electric — Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds meets Lisa Frank.

To complete the look, I put a neon pink shirt, my completed unicorn horn and a pair of metal cat ears (but who says they have to be cat ears?) I had lying around the house. You know, just casual things.



Happy Halloween, everybody!

  • Do you feel spiritually connected to unicorns?
  • What mythical creature do you relate to most?
  • Do you have the Make Up For Ever Flash Palette?