The tail-end of October means we get to tap into our inner tweens and play dress up for All Hallows’ Eve—or in this year’s case, All Hallows’ Weekend. Some people, like our resident makeup maven Regina Belmonte, would call that a blessing. But depending on how many fetes require your attendance in the next few days, others might just call it a hassle.
We’re here to tell you there’s a way to ride the Halloween train without piling on the theatrical makeup. Our solution: barely-there beauty pegs. Check out these doable looks on some of our favorite Disney princesses come to life. Just get your costume in order, let your hair down, and you’re set for #Halloween2014.
THE MUSE: Q’orianka Kilcher in The New World (2005)
THE MAKEUP: Naked, dewy, beautifully-sunned skin
Our tips: Skip the heavy makeup base and simply dot concealer over your problem areas. Opt for a blush that’s a skin-tone shade, rather than the usual pink or peach, or go with bronzer (The Body’s Shop’s Shimmering Waves compact in Bronze ticks both options). Keep your face hydrated with a refreshing facial mist to perpetuate that youthful look.
THE HAIR: Center-parted locks that cascade down your shoulders
Our tips: Part your hair down the middle and leave it braided all day, spritzing generously with a texturizing spray so it holds its shape (try OGX’s FX Sea Salt Spray). Unbraid your hair right before you head out the door. Don’t forget to fluff it out.
THE MUSE: Elle Fanning in Maleficent (2014)
THE MAKEUP: Bushy, ultra-natural brows and an all-over rosy glow
Our tips: Fill in your eyebrows with a pencil, using short wispy strokes to mimic the look of real hair, then brush them out with a spoolie (Dolly Wink’s has one attached!). For the rosy effect, use a lip and cheek tint like Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge so that the look stays as monochromatic and au naturel as possible.
THE HAIR: Prettily-curled princess hair with a crown braid
Our tips: Part your hair down the middle and apply your choice of texturizing product (perhaps Bumble and Bumble’s cult fave Surf Spray?). Wind sections around a curling iron until right under your ear to get that neat, wavy effect. Then pull two large sections away from your face, braid, and fasten at the back of your head with bobby pins or an elastic. Hair savant? Here’s an even more intricate tutorial.
THE MUSE: Mia Wasikowska in Alice in Wonderland (2010)
THE MAKEUP: Super matte skin with full lashes and just a touch of color on the lips
Our tips: Apply a primer all over your face to get that shine-free, velvety effect. You may wear a BB Cream on top, or simply do spot correction with a wand of concealer. For your lips, try a subtle peachy-coral (Max Factor’s Giant Pen Stick in Subtle Coral is perfect for this). Then, simply curl your lashes and apply mascara.
THE HAIR: Loose, abundant ringlets
Our tips: Part your hair down the middle and work in your choice of heat-protecting product. Wind small sections around a curling iron, getting as close to the root as possible. Once you’ve curled all sections of your hair, thread your fingers through it so the ringlets don’t look too tight. Finish with a holding spray.
Bonus: If you want to go all out, why not dabble in hair dye? We like Palty’s Bubble Hair Color in Custard Beige for Alice’s dirty blonde shade.
THE MUSE: Zhao Wei in Mulan: Rise of a Warrior (2009)
THE MAKEUP: Strong eyebrows, nude lips, and spotless skin
Our tips: Groom your eyebrows to a T before the event, making sure to remove all stray hairs. Fill them in with your choice of pigment, be it pencil, gel, or powder. Finally, swipe on a matte nude lipstick or neutral pink lip color. The shade should match the exact color of your lips (we recommend any of Sonia Kashuk’s Velvety Matte Lip Crayons).
Bonus: If you have a little extra time, use a liquid liner to wing out your eyes, just like the cartoon. Here’s our tutorial.
THE HAIR: No-fuss topknot
Our tips: Sweep your hair off your face with your fingers instead of a comb to get the most natural texture out of it. Tie a very high ponytail. Twist the tail into a bun and secure it with an elastic. Then wind a long black ribbon around your top knot until you get the desired effect, as seen in the image. Fix the ribbon in place with bobby pins, and spritz everything with hairspray for longer wear. Ta-da!