Disney Villain Beauty Muse, Halloween Edition: Sleeping Beauty's Maleficent

This is one high-maintenance broad, and it's obvious that it extends to her beauty routine.
Publish date:
October 17, 2013
eyeshadows, halloween, red lips, red lipsticks, animated beauty muses, Disney, beauty muses, strong brows

Oh my god, you guys, it has been ages since I've done a Disney villain tutorial.

I've missed it so much! My Yzma and Ursula tutorials are two of my favorite things that I've done for xoVain, so I was really excited to tackle Sleeping Beauty's Maleficent for a Halloween tutorial.

It's tough competition, but I think we can all agree that Maleficent is one of the scariest, meanest, most unhinged Disney villains, right? I can't even remember why she worked so hard to ruin everyone's lives, other than as payback for... not getting invited to a party? This is one high-maintenance broad, and it's obvious that it extends to her beauty routine.

While Aurora or Rose or whatever her name is swans around the forest wearing a few dabs of BB cream and a swipe of brown mascara, Maleficent is doing a full Dita von Teese makeup routine every morning. I admire her commitment to a complicated makeup look while still managing to get lots of evil done.

First, I'm going to show you how to do a relatively normal, everyday makeup look that's inspired by Maleficent. It'll be a little out-there, of course, but you can do as many steps as you feel comfortable with. Then, for those of you who would like to make this your Halloween costume, I'll show you how to do that.


First, you're going to want to do whatever you normally do to make your skin look nice. I applied a thin coat of L'Oreal True Match foundation in Ivory, using a foundation brush, and then used my finger to cover up a few spots with my Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. I also applied some eyeshadow primer to prepare for all the shadow that's coming later.

Finally, I applied a thin coat of eyeliner. This doesn't have anything to do with perfecting or prepping my skin, but it's the order that made sense to me, so that's why this step is here.

You're going to want to do a subtle cat eye. I applied my liquid liner in a very thin line going from the inner corner of my eyes to just outside the outer corner, allowing the line to get slightly thicker as I went. A slight flick upwards at the end of your eye is all that's needed.

OK, your skin looks nice, you mastered the tricky cat eye flick--it's time to move on to super easy step two.


Apply red lipstick. Done. Told you it was super-easy.

I used my favorite red lip stain, the same one that I used for my Ursula tutorial: Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick in Top Tomato. I recently lost it and was so mad, because it meant I had to spend the TEN DOLLARS (oh no!) all over again to replace it.

It's pretty rare for me to spend money on the same thing twice, but this one is worth it. It goes on like a gloss and then dries as a stain that will stay on for the rest of the night. You'll have to scrub to remove it.

The only downside is that it can be a little messy to apply, and it dries quickly so there's a lot of pressure to not make a mistake. I suggest using a lip liner (mine is also from Revlon: ColorStay Liner for Lips in Red) and making sure the applicator doesn't have too much product on it so it doesn't go on too thickly (which can cause it to feel tacky once it dries).


Try to make your brows really insane for this one. More insane than you think they should be. Not only does Maleficent have really long, black, arched--RIDICULOUSLY arched--brows, but she also wears that dark purple eyeshadow right up to them. You don't want your eyebrows to get lost in that; you want them to stand out.

Instead of an eyebrow pencil this time, I opted to use a small e.l.f. Professional Concealer Brush dipped in black eyeshadow. First I filled in my brows, then I lengthened the ends, and finally I exaggerated the arch.


I was going to say that Maleficent wears two-toned eyeshadow, but after giving this some thought, I think it might be more accurate to say that she only wears purple eyeshadow. The green on her lids seems to be the same color as the rest of her skin.

Still, I went ahead and did both colors for the "everyday" look. If it's a little too extreme for your taste, I suggest doing just the green and then maybe a light purple cut-crease--no need to go all the way up to your brow.

I used my e.l.f. eyeshadow palette for this. The green that I used is the second green up from the bottom, and the purple is on the bottom row. I merely blended the green onto my lid, up to my crease, and the purple from the crease to my brow.

I did not blend them together; the contrast is meant to be stark.


One reason why I was so excited to do another Disney Villain tutorial is because I was fortunate enough to be sent the complete Ardell Disney Villain False Eyelashes Collection to try for free. I was beyond excited to receive this in the mail, because... well, look at it:

Obviously, I used a pair from the Maleficent set: the top ones. Normally I would probably trim the inner corners a bit, but this time I wanted maximum drama. I just applied the glue (which turned blue and made me really excited for some reason!) and affixed the lashes, trying to line it up with my eyeliner.

These sets are pretty awesome in that they give you options for everyday looks and completely insane villain looks. I can't wait to try every single one of them, preferably while going to the bank and taking baths. They're only $8 at Walgreens if you want to snag one for yourself.

We've now reached the point at which you can still call this a normal (if very dramatic) makeup look. If it's not Halloween, maybe stop here--but you can do what you want.

Now I'll show you how I got the rest of Maleficent's look: green skin, horns and all.


To get Maleficent's green-tinged skin, all I did was cover my big e.l.f. kabuki brush with all three greens from my Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Collection Trio Eyeshadow in I Dream of Greenie, and generously dusted it all over my face. I also sucked in my cheeks and applied a ton of the darkest green eyeshadow to recreate Maleficent's razor sharp cheekbones.

Only after taking these pictures did I realize that my jawline could have used more green, so keep that in mind. You can also dust your hands if you want to be super detail-oriented.


My costume was made up of black clothes that I already had, as well as horns and a scepter that I put together. For clothes, I wore a black turtleneck over a black maxi dress, and a black robe on top. I do not have the sewing ability to add a spiky, purple-lined collar to this outfit but if you do, more power to you.

For the horns, I took two paper cups and covered them with tin foil, manipulating the tin foil until I had the horn shape that I wanted. I then covered the tin foil horns in painter's tape (because that's what I had; duct tape would work too) and then taped the horns together at the base. I then taped that whole thing to a black headband. Then I sprayed it all with black hairspray.

I positioned the entire thing on a black cap that, frankly, I was just lucky to find in our Halloween costume bin along with the black robe. I used a few bobby pins to keep my hair under the cap.

For the scepter, I just taped together a few paper towel rolls together and spray painted that black too. Then I super-glued a yellow ball on top, and on top of that, I super-glued a black raven that was a lucky find at the dollar store.


One last detail: Maleficent has long, sharp, red nails. They're pretty impressive. My nails are not even close to her level, so I bought a pack of Revlon Color Allure Nails and filed them into sharp points before gluing them on.

I did this step last because I find it embarrassingly difficult to do basic tasks with long nails.

Let me know what you think, and if you have a picture of yourself as Maleficent, please post it in the comments! In fact, I want to see any Disney villain Halloween costume--I went as Cruella DeVille one year and it was the best.