The Kickoff of the Halloween Beauty Round-Up!: The Mermaid

I'm starting off a month of Halloween-themed tutorials with a beachy siren of the sea.

Sep 28, 2011 at 10:00am | Leave a comment

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Halloween is almost here! OK ... OK ... it's a little over a month away, but still.

This time of year gets me really, really excited. Not only is there that crisp Fall mood in the air, but things are getting spooky. Stores are filling their displays with spiderwebs, faux gravestones and a gazillion (this is not an exaggeration) costume ideas. I'm here to maybe lend a guiding hand and lead you through those murky waters of costume indecision. I'm going to create various beauty looks throughout the next month that will hopefully inspire you and maybe give you an idea of what to be for all of those fabulous Halloween parties.

So grab some mini chocolate bars and some dry ice, sit back, and be entertained!

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First up, I'm doing a tutorial on the Mermaid. It's all about watery-blue make-up and shimmery, beachy hair. So let's get started ...

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For the eye makeup, I used, from top: 

A) NYC Single Eyeshadow in High Street (now, for some reason I can't find this on their website, so I'll recommend the light blue shade in their City Duet Eyeshadow in Yankee Blues, $2.99, drugstores)

B) Maybelline Eye Studio Color Plush Silk Eyeshadow in Sapphire Siren ($9.98, amazon.com)

C) Maybelline Modern Metallics Single Eyeshadow in Golden Halo ($3.75, amazon.com)

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1. Start by applying an eyeshadow primer over the entire lid, up to the browbone and out toward the hairline. Then, using a large fluffy eyebrush, apply the light blue matte eyeshadow (A) over the entire lid, up toward the brow bone, and blended out toward the hairline in an angular upsweep.

2. Apply the frosty white eyeshadow from (B) onto the browbone and the inner corners of upper and lower eyelid.

3. Apply the medium turquoise shade from (B) into the crease and outer corners, and blend outward. Blend along outer lower lashline as well.

4. Using a very fine-tip brush, dip into water and then into dark blue shade in (B) and begin drawing C-shaped "scales" starting from the outer corner of the lid and extending up toward the hairliner. This will take awhile, so just use a steady hand and be patient.

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5. Apply the gold eyeshadow (C) underneath and above the pale blue (A) area in a sort of sideways "V" pattern, blending out along the cheekbone. Outside of that sideways "V," apply the shimmery white shadow from (B) in another "V" pattern.

Final steps for make-up:

- Apply two coats of mascara.

- Add some bronzer to cheekbones, temples and nose.

- Apply lipbalm to lips and then blend a bit of gold eyeshadow (C) in with your fingertip for a shimmery lipstick that isn't too cakey.

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For that beachy, mermaid hair ...

After washing and allowing my hair to almost dry, I spritzed my semi-damp hair with a sea salt texturizing spray; try Charlotte Ronson's A Perfect Mess Beach Hair ($20, sephora.com). This is the easiest way to get beachy hair as it mimics actual ocean water and makes your hair naturally wave. To give it some help, I parted my hair in the middle and then french braided each side into pigtails.   After a few hours, it was dry and I combed it out with my fingers, spritzing it with a bit of hairspray to smooth down any frizziness.

Next, I gave my hair a middle part and swooped up my bangs into a loose curl of to the side of my head and secured with bobby pins. Another spritz of hairspray kept it in place.

For hair that looks like it's literally shimmering in the beach sun, I added a gold glitter hairspray (you can see it better in the first photo). This stuff will catch the light and look super pretty and is much better than actually walking around with dripping wet hair at the end of October. You can find glitter hairspray at any Halloween or party supply store this time of year for around $3 (it's where I got mine).

And for a sweet final touch that makes me smell like the ocean and a nice island cocktail, try A Beautiful Life's Mermaid's Kiss Perfume ($52, abeautifullife.com). It smells like pineapple, lime, sea salt and rum. So delicious.

So, what do you think of this look? Would you rock a seashell bra or are you planning a different costume? Are there any looks in particular you're interested in seeing me try out? Tell me all about it in the comments, I'm here for you guys!