Mystique Eyes: An X-Men Costume For Lazies

Sorry, guys, I'm way too lazy to put together an elaborate costume.
Publish date:
October 24, 2014
halloween, blue eye shadow, L'oreal, red lipstick, NYX Cosmetics, xohalloween, mystique, x-men

Every October my YouTube queue and Pinterest feed become flooded with Halloween costume and makeup ideas. This prompts me to think up all kinds of grand schemes for my own costume situation. But then I remember that a) I rarely go to Halloween parties (they're usually past my 9:30 bedtime), and b) I'm way too lazy to put together an elaborate costume.

However, I love the X-Men villainess Mystique, aka Raven Darkhölme.

She has one of the best mutations ever (shape-shifting), she's smart, cunning, and just an all-around badass.

Since my own laziness and lack of desire to be covered head to toe in blue body paint prevents me from going all out, I decided to use my eyes as a representation of this sexy super villain.

Here's how to go halfsies (one-sixthsies?) on a Mystique costume. SHADOWING

I started by covering my entire lid with the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cobalt, a dark blue with silver sparkles. I concentrated extra pigment on the mobile eyelid, as this is where I want the overall color to be most dense, and then blended it out the closer I got to my eyebrow.

Next I went over the entire lids with a bright blue shadow to set the cream pencil and provide more color saturation.

SCALINGOne of the defining characteristics of Mystique’s true form is the intricate scaling she has all over her face and body.

To mimic those, I used the latex-based Duo Eyelash Adhesive and a thin eyeliner brush. I dipped the tip of the liner brush in the glue and placed markings all over the top portion of my lid, from crease to brow bone. I made sure to include a variety of shapes, as Mystique’s scales vary in size and shape.

Once the glue has dried (it should be relatively clear), I use the same liner brush (cleaned off with a baby wipe) to cover the now raised areas with the L’Oreal Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner in Navy.

I then went back over the whole area with the same blue shadow I used all over the eye to make sure that all of the glue was completely covered and to blend the scaled area in with the rest of the eye. I also created a winged line along my upper lash line using the navy gel liner again.


Another striking Mystique characteristic are her golden yellow eyes. For that, I took a liner brush and the NYX Cream Shadow in Gold and colored my lower lash line. I also added a bit of gold glitter NYX Liquid Crystal Liner to the inner corner for a extra dimension.

RED BROWS My look wouldn’t be complete without a touch of Mystique’s fiery red hair.

I grabbed an angled liner brush and filled in my brows with MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger. I finished the look by applying my foundation and concealer as usual, and using that same lipstick with a touch of the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo (a straight red) for my lips!

  • Are you a halfway-Halloweener like me?
  • Would you try this look? Who is your favorite X-Men character?