With Halloween quickly approaching, I’ve been spending the last two weeks playing around with makeup, and staying up late recreating fun costume ideas from some of my favourite YouTubers. Whilst watching video after video of Halloween inspired looks, I came across “madeyewlook” ‘s YouTube channel. She did an incredible job of creating a Pop Art Halloween look that made for an awesome DIY costume. Keep reading to get the simple steps needed to throw this last minute Halloween costume together!
What I loved about her take on Pop Art was that it wasn’t overwhelming in the way that dots were covering her entire body, but instead she made it subtle enough that it could easily be worn to any Halloween event one may have!
I decided to challenge myself and did my best in recreating her version of comic book makeup. I started off with my eyebrows first, for I believe these are the foundation in portraying emotion. Since the look is trying to display a worried, anxious mood I made the eyebrows weary and unsettled looking to give the effect of anxiety and uneasiness. Once outlining my brows to match my desired emotion, I filled them in nice and dark with SPIRIT black face pant. This stuff is great because it easily washes away and is not a problem to get your hands on during the Halloween season. I added in two frown semi-circles between the brows to make the face more animated.
Next came the most crucial part to the look – the facial lines. This step is so important because it is what really brings in the comic book feel and makes you look like a cartoon! It’s relatively easy and allows for the face to be drawn out in specific areas – its almost like contouring for cartoons! The lines can change depending on the emotion you are going for, but I placed them down the bridge of my nose, the outlining of my nostrils, slightly below the eye sockets, across the jaw line, and the collarbones. Since this look was just for fun I didn’t do my full body, but for a greater effect it would be awesome to add lines down the neck and to the cleavage to get that cartoonist bust.
Next, I focused on the eyes. I wanted to keep the eye look simple since comic books don’t generally focus on extravagant shadow blending, but instead typically a sharp wing and long lashes. I decided to hollow out my eyes by adding a grey tone to the crease of the lid. After blending this out it adds the effect of depth while at the same time keeping the simplicity. After adding a thick wing with a liquid liner, I glued on some fake lashes and I was good to go! For my particular look of sadness and worry, I added some cartoon looking teardrops, just like “madeyewlook” did.
The next part was the lips, and personally my favourite part. There’s nothing I love more than a red lip, but its even better when you have a reason to over line! I used a red liquid lipstick with a blue undertone to get that true candy apple red colour. I then took that same black SPIRIT face paint and outlined the lips to add to the comic book feel. Then to add depth you just draw small lines from the inner rim of the lips and blend it out. Lastly add a few spots of white to make it look as though the light is hitting the lips – a must in all comic books!
Last but not least, the part of the look that brings it all together – The white dots! Well technically they can be red, but I just feel it looks like you have chicken pox instead of being a cute pop art girl. I thought “madeyewlook” ‘s take on pop art dots was genius. Instead of planting dots on every open area of her face, instead she made a few lines of dots to keep the femininity of the look! The fun thing about this part too is it is completely up to you where you want to make the patterns. It gives you a chance to personalize your look and do what you feel looks best!
For added effect you can add comic book speech blurbs like POW, BOOM, BANG to give that extra something. Just remember to outline every letter in black to keep that comic book vibe going. You could also make a speech bubble and glue it to a headband to bring your costume to life even more!
For a video tutorial, check out “madeyewlook”’s channel. Her makeup skills are phenomenal and a great YouTuber in general.
Hope this post was fun to read because I know I had so much fun creating it!
Xx – liss