Halloween Makeup Tutorial: Josie & The Pussycats

Got frosty makeup and cat ears? We can work with that. Let's go...

The film version of Josie and the Pussycats opened in theaters in 2001, when I was a freshman in high school, just branching out from Top 40 hits and into what my 14-year-old self considered punk but was actually pop punk.

Anyway, the movie--it was released three years after 10 Things I Hate About You, in which Letters To Cleo covered Cheap Trick’s “I Want You To Want Me.” And seeing as that song had been on repeat on my Discman for an entire year, I was psyched to learn that LTC front woman Kay Hanley was the singing voice of Josie (Rachel Leigh Cook) in the film.

Enough trivia! I’m betting you probably have some leftover cat ears from a former Halloween costume, or perhaps an impulse purchase prompted by that one blip in time when celebrities were wearing cat-ear headbands to events. Well, in that case, here’s a glam Josie costume that most people probably won’t place immediately. (Unless you're accompanied by two other glam, cat-eared instrumentalists.)

The early aughts were a bit of an extension of the '90s, aesthetically speaking: makeup was still in its frosty, glossy, thin-browed phase. (I guess everyone from the not-too-distant past wanted to be extra shiny.) Being that post-makeover Josie et al. favored colorfully coordinated outfits and makeup, I’m going for a tuxedo-cat-meets-rock-star look with frosty pink makeup and a black and white ensemble.

Josie And The Pussycats Makeup: What I Used


I used an NYX Infinite Shadow Stick in Sweet Pink all over my eyelid and into my crease. Then I doubled up with Inglot AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow in #50 on top of that, brushing it up to my brow bone.

From my Charlotte Tilbury Vintage Vamp Eye Palette I used a silvery pink shadow (the highlighting pigment) to frost the hell out of my brow bone.

Grabbing another NYX Infinite Shadow Stick, this time in Chocolate, I lined my top and bottom lids, blending a bit with a smudger brush.

Now for what’s under those peepers: more pink frosting! I applied a hot pink cream blush--Revlon Photo Ready Cream Blush in Flushed--on the apples of my cheeks, blending toward my temples. I used the same silvery pink eye shadow from before to highlight on top of my cheekbones. And because that wasn't sufficiently shimmery, I topped the highlighted areas with a bit of MAC Glitter in 3D Platinum mixed with Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream.


My lips are rocking that half brown/rose shade, which I like to say is indicative of the turn of this century, but is probably just a half-assed way to wear 90s brown lipstick.

I swiped on Maybelline Color Sensational in Maple Kiss and glossed over it with Inglot Lip Gloss in #546.


And now for the piece-y, flippy hair that all the cool Delia's and Alloy catalogue models used to sport. Thankfully, it’s dead-easy to do, especially if you have a large barreled curling iron.

You flip the ends up by curling them upward and spraying enough hard-hold hairspray to make them nice and pointy.

Now don your cat ears…

…and wield your axe!

I realize this is the second #xoHalloween story I’ve worn an instrument for, but how can I resist when they always match my outfits? I mean, sure, Josie technically played guitar and Val (Rosario Dawson) played bass, but I don’t have a white Samick guitar, and my Hagstrom Kent only matches my Cassandra Wong. Truth be told, I’m much better on bass than guitar anyway.

I have to know: have you ever dressed up as Josie (or one of the pussycats) for Halloween? Pics in the comments if you have 'em. What are you going as this year?