This Poison Ivy Halloween Makeup Is the Perfect Excuse to Try Green Contouring and Bright Red Brows

She's always been one of my favorite villains, and now she's one of my favorite Halloween costumes.
Publish date:
October 20, 2016
halloween, Halloween Costumes, Halloween Makeup, Poison Ivy

I had a hard time landing on what I wanted to be this Halloween because there are just so many options to choose from. I also enjoyed my makeup so much last year that it was nearly impossible to choose something that I thought I would love as much.

I mean, how can I follow this act?

Getting my Ursula on ;p

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I tossed around various Disney characters and buzz-worthy pop culture/movie references, and then realized I always do my best on Halloween when I play the villain.

I’ve had a fascination with Poison Ivy since Batman: The Animated Series and have enjoyed her powerful persona in all her incarnations ever since, so she was the perfect choice for my Halloween costume this year.

Here's how I'm doing the makeup.


To start, I primed with the Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden because it's tinted (shows up ivory on me) and makes my shadow colors really pop. Next, I applied a metallic green cream shadow all over the lid stopping just at the crease — Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in 22 Emerald Green.

I wanted the eyes to be warm overall, so I added a warm, matte, red-brown shadow through the crease with a fluffy blending brush and blended that up to just below the brow bone.

To add more depth to the crease I mixed a matte olive green shadow and a matte blue-green shadow and buffed them into the crease and outer third of the lid with a stiff blending brush.

I recently rediscovered one of my favorite ColourPop Super Shock Shadows in Shameless, and I thought I'd incorporate the shimmery green-blue shadow by patting it on the outer corners of my lid, dragging it out a bit into a slight wing shape.

With a shimmery bright green shadow, Urban Decay Vice 3's Dragon, I went back over where I placed the cream color base to amplify the color. Next, I used black gel liner to liner my upper and lower lash line angling it out from both the outer and inner corners to create sharp wing shapes.

I finished the eyes off by filling in my brows with the matte red shadow from my Viseart Editorial Brights Palette and adding a shimmery green gold shadow to the inner corners of my eyes.


I used a slightly lighter foundation to give myself a bit of a gray-cast to the face and then I contoured with MAC Bottle Green, really making sure to carve out my cheekbones, the outer edges of my forehead, and my nose. I softened it a bit with a fluffy powder brush, but I really wanted it to be a very obvious contour.

I wanted a lip that was both dark but also lush, so I did a slight ombre effect by lining my lips with MAC Lip Pencil in Nightmoth and then blending it into MAC Lipstick in Rebel. The final touch on the lips was a hint of Karen Murell Lipstick in Rymba Rhythm just in the center of the lips.

I finished everything off with long, bright red wig — this one from Party City is perfect — and a couple of fake leaves tucked behind my ear.

Overall, I was really pleased with the look! I tossed around the idea of doing the eyebrow pieces Uma Thurman rocks in the movie, but I liked this red version better. All I need is to talk one of my friends into rocking Kristina's awesome Harley Quinn look and then we can both bring the pain!

  • What's the last villain you went as for Halloween?
  • Which version of Poison Ivy is your favorite?
  • Are you better at wearing wigs than I am?