I hate to admit it, but I fail at Halloween! Here I am trying my best to be a lady from the ’80s:
Come to think of it, the only time I had a standout costume was when I paraded around as a fish bowl—and I was six. (Just so you know, I won Best in Costume that year!)
No over-the-top or well-crafted costumes for me nowadays. Rather, I’m guilty of planning my looks at the very last minute! The good news is that there are so many makeup experts on the Internet to walk me through the hair and makeup side of things, and that really takes the edge off of winging it.
With just over a week to go before the Halloween costume parties start pouring in, I thought you might find yourselves in a bind. So I’ve rounded up 5 tutorials for classic beauty icons that you can easily recreate! (It’s the effort that counts, right?)
I just got blunt bangs, and with blunt bangs, there is one person that comes to mind—Cleopatra! To transform yourself into the Queen of the Nile, round up your metallic eyeshadows, dark eyeliners, and shiny gold bling (that’s a belt on my head). WATCH:
For a little va-va-voom this Halloween, why not pull a Marilyn? You’ll need your best little white dress—and if you can hack it, a blonde wig. For makeup, bring out your brightest red lipstick and pair it with a flirty cat-eye flick. Don’t forget the beauty mark! You’ll need a long-wearing eyeliner to draw a small black dot at the corner of your lip. WATCH:
No one does doe eyes better than Twiggy, the ultimate mod icon. Any pastel shift and matching ballet flats will do for the outfit, but you cannot, I mean cannot, skip the pièce de résistance: that signature eye makeup. Line your crease, wing your lid, and over-exaggerate your lashes by drawing short strokes underneath your eye. WATCH:
One word: unibrow. To recreate the infamous Frida look, take a brow pencil and use feathery strokes to connect your two brows together. Hair-wise, you’ll need to braid it, bun it, and top it all off with a flower crown (you can easily buy one from a wedding supply store). Don’t forget the bright dangling earrings! WATCH:
I can’t talk about classic beauty icons without mentioning my ultimate favorite: Audrey Hepburn. For her signature Breakfast at Tiffany’s ensemble, whip out the essentials: an LBD, pearls, black gloves, and wayfarers. Then, style your hair into an elegant updo, pop on some falsies, and paint your lips a New Yorker nude. Hello, Holly Golightly! WATCH:
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Photo credit: Cleopatra-inspired selfie courtesy of Rosanna Aranaz. Photos of Elizabeth Taylor from Cleopatra and Marilyn Monroe from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes courtesy of 20th Century Fox. Photo of Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s courtesy of Paramount Pictures. Video credit: Victoria Lyn Beauty (Cleopatra), Roxxsaurus (Marilyn), Get The Gloss (Twiggy), Claire Ashley (Frida), Lisa Elridge (Audrey).