Monday, October 28, 2013

Last Minute Halloween Idea: 4-Step "Bloody Zombie Makeup" Using OATMEAL & GLUE!

Halloween is only two days away! If you're looking for a quick, last minute costume / makeup idea, try on the "Bloody Zombie" look for size! 

I wanted to try to do a super simple and quick look, using "ingredients" that most people already have at home. You won't have to run out to a Halloween supply outlet, and anything you don't already have in your cabinets can be found at your local grocery or drugstore! 

I gave myself FIVE minutes to pull together this look, from start to finish (and that included taking the photos). Special thanks to Justin, who volunteered to be my "model" / guinea pig and turn him into the undead. 

Below I have included a tutorial / instructions. Nothing below is written in stone- the great thing about this look is that the only items you *really* need to stick by the books for is the oatmeal and glue for the wounds. You can use almost anything to get the blood color.

You Will Need:


- Oatmeal (Used for those nasty, flakey woulds!)

- False Eyelash Glue (or any other type of glue that dries tacky) to glue on the oatmeal. Eyelash glue can be found at almost any store that sells cosmetics (ex: CVS/Walgreens/Walmart/Target) and many Dollar Stores. This is relatively inexpensive, and should only cost a few bucks.

For the BLOOD / COLORING of the wounds / scabs

- Red Food Coloring

- Any type of syrup, such as Karo Syrup (which is corn syrup) to use as your base to mix the food coloring into. You can also swap this out for something like vegetable or olive oil. Play around with it and see what works best. 


Colored Eye Shadow, Red Lipstick, etc- Used to further fill in the wounds, create bruises, etc.


PREP your blood. In a cup or small bowl, mix together the syrup with red food coloring. The more dye you add to the syrup, the darker it will be. I made two bowls: one lighter red to look like "fresh" blood, and one darker to look like "old" blood.

STEP ONE: Wash & dry face so you have a clean "canvas". Decide where on your face you want to place your wounds. Apply patches of eyelash glue onto these location. Note: Make sure you do the steps individually for each wound and repeat (so the glue doesn't dry while working on other patches).

STEP TWO: Apply oatmeal over the glue. I find the easiest way to do this is stand over the sink, pour a good amount of oatmeal into your palm, and just push it onto your face. You'll have some spillage/ extra, but applying each piece of oatmeal individually would obviously not work and be incredibly time consuming. Allow to dry for several minutes.

STEP THREE: Begin filling in and coloring the wounds using whatever you desire. Here is how I did it:

- Using a makeup brush (or paint brush), liberally apply "blood" over oatmeal. 
- After letting it dry for two minutes, I used eyeshadow around and on top of the wounds. I wanted it to look bruised around the edges, so I used shades of purple, blue, green and yellow eyeshadow. There isn't an art to this, all I did was layer the colors and blend them together with a brush.


After doing the wounds, I smudged his face with white eyeshadow to give a paler look. I also used some black and gray shadow to give the appearance of bags under the eyes, and sunken cheekbones. Play around all you like- the great thing about this makeup is that it's really hard to mess up- most anything you do will look cool and add to the creepy factor!

Finished Product:

Plastic Army Men Costume - Couple has one of the coolest costumes of the year!

"Plastic Army Men Costume" - The creator and his girlfriend MADE these costumes themselves. He said he went through 8 cans of primer and 6 cans of spray paint per costume. They are standing on cardboard cutouts they carried around for photos. (Reddit User: BritishRacingGreen)

Mummy Meatloaf - A Fun Halloween Dinner!

Here's another idea for a fun and filling dinner to have before Trick-or-Treating. All you have to do is make meatloaf as you normally would, but before baking, wrap in bacon and add onion and veggies for the eyes and mouth. Yummy, kooky, and a bit creepy! This will be a huge hit with the kids!

5 Easy & Fun Halloween Recipes- Make a Pre-Trick or Treating Family Dinner a New Tradition!! (The kids will have more energy & won't fill up on candy!)

With Halloween only a few days away, there's no better time to start getting in the spooky mood! This is such a wonderful and exciting time of year for kids, and I like to make it a tradition in my household to have a fun, pre-Halloween dinner before Trick-or-Treating. That way the kiddos will be filled up, you won't have to worry about a sudden loss of energy ("read: "Mommy I'm tired can you carry me!") and best of all, if they eat a filling meal before hand, they will be less tempted to stuff their faces with candy!

Here are simple ideas for a fun family Halloween dinner!

1) Mummy Hot Dogs


  • Pillsbury or store-brand dough or crescent rolls
  • hot dogs
  • mustard or ketchup for eyes
1. Pre-heat oven to 400° 
2.Cut the dough into strips and wrap the hot dogs into mummies. 
3. Bake for 15 minutes at 400° 
4. Add mustard or ketchup dots for eyes. 
Tip: You could cut the hot dogs in half for mini mummies.

2) Eye Ball Sub

Serves: 12
  • 1/2 cup drained canned cannellini beans or other white beans
  • large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon apple butter
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • pitted colossal green olives, cut in 3 round slices
  • 2 cans (15-ounce each) tomato sauce with Italian herbs
  • -2 small black olives, cut in 1/4-inch dice, you will need 24 pieces
  • 12 small club rolls (about 5-inches long), split
  • 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Mash the beans with a fork, potato masher or food processor until completely smooth.
  3. Mix with egg, ketchup, apple butter and soy sauce.
  4. Mix into the ground turkey using your hands until completely incorporated.
  5. Wet your hands with cold water, form 24, 1-1/2-inch meatballs, and put them on 2 sheet pans leaving plenty of space in between.
  6. Push a green olive ring deeply into the center of each meatball, with the circular side facing up.
  7. Mold the meat around the olive into a football shape so that each meatball looks like an eye.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes until the meat is cooked through.
  9. While the eyeballs are cooking heat the tomato sauce in a saucepan until simmering, and keep warm.
  10. Remove eyeballs from the oven. Dab away any juice from the top with a paper towel and insert a piece of black olive into the hole in the center of each green olive giving each eye a dark pupil.
  11. To serve: Spoon 1/4 cup sauce in each roll, top with 2 tablespoons cheese and insert 2 eyeballs side-by-side staring out from each roll.

3) Turkey Eyeball Spiderweb Pizza

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Yield: 12 servings
11/4 pound Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey
3 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs
1 egg white
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped onion (optional)
1 (12-inch) unbaked pizza crust
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
11/2 cups pizza sauce
1 cup refrigerated Alfredo pasta sauce (from 10 ounce) container
1/4 cup sliced black olives
1. Combine ground turkey, panko, egg white, sea salt, garlic powder, lemon pepper, black pepper, and onion, if desired, in a large bowl, mixing well.

2. Shape turkey mixture into 1/2-inch meatballs. Cook meatballs in batches over medium heat in a lightly greased large nonstick skillet. Brown all sides and turning occasionally about 8 minutes or until no longer pink.

3. Preheat oven to 450F.

4. Brush pizza crust with olive oil. Sprinkle evenly with cheese. Pour pizza sauce evenly over cheese, gently spreading to cover cheese.

5. In a medium resealable plastic bag, place Alfredo sauce; seal bag. Cut off a tiny corner of bag. Squeeze bag to drizzle Alfredo sauce in circles over pizza sauce, starting at the center continuously to the outer edge to look like a spider web design. Top pizza evenly with meatballs and place 1 sliced olive on top of each meatball.

6. Bake in preheated oven 8 to 12 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Cut into slices and serve.

4) Scary Tacos

1) Buy a taco kit (or just the ingredients shells / separately)
2) Cook and season lean ground beef or ground turkey.
3) Fill tacos with meat and fillings as desired.
4) Cut out slices of cheese to look like teeth, red peppers to look like tounges, and green olives for the eyes!

4) Creepy Veggie Dips and Plates

Using cream cheese, hummus, or even nut butter as “glue”, attach items that look like fingernails onto your favorite sliced veggies or cheese sticks (ex: cranberries on jicama sticks, almonds on carrots, and olives on celery). Use mashed up avocado for dip or add a couple drops of natural green food coloring to organic ranch dressing (crushed chlorella or liquid chlorophyll works well and is available at health food stores such as Whole Foods.)

5) Spider Deviled Eggs
picture via

6 eggs, hard cooked and peeled
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
3/4 teaspoon white wine vinegar
pinch of salt (optional)
fresh ground black pepper (optional)

Cut eggs in half. Arrange egg whites cut side up on a serving plate and put the yolks in a small mixing bowl. Mash yolks with fork then stir in mayonnaise, mustard, and vinegar. Mash and stir all ingredients together well. Taste and add salt and pepper if desired. Spoon a little bit of the mixture into each egg white half, dividing mixture as evenly as possible between the eggs. Sprinkle eggs with smoked paprika if desired. 
Cut black olives in half, using some for the "body" and continuing to cut out others for the "legs". Add to the top of the eggs. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

NYC Tattoo Artist BamBam asks his celeb clients to give HIM a tattoo- Justin Bieber gave him this tattoo....and someone dressed up as the "tattoo" for Halloween!

Celebrity Tattoo artist Bam-Bam (based in NYC) is known for inking famous bodies including Rihanna and Justin Bieber. Bam-Bam often asks his celeb clients to give HIM a tattoo, on a spot he has reserved on his arm for the star-artist's work. Justin Bieeber may have gave him the doughiest tattoo off them all....a rabbit (???) with the word "Swaggy" scribbled next to him.

Leave it to a creative Halloween-er to take the terrible ink to the next level...and DRESS UP as the SwaggyBunny. The below pic definitely brings the "LOL's"!  Original tattoo is on the left.

Make Your Own Nail Polish at Home Using Eye Shadow - Tutorial

With just 2 easy steps, you can make your own nail polish in about one minute! This is a GREAT video to share with beauty DIY lovers, Simple, easy, and awesome- especially around Halloween when you may not have the color on hand you need for a costume!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Miley Cyrus 2013 MTV VMA Makeup Tutorial. AWESOME Halloween Costume Tips & Tutorial COMING SOON!

We are currently working hard so by tomorrow both a "how to" video and written/photo instructions will be posted on how to create the BEST Miley Cyrus VMA Halloween Costume. We'll go over how to do Miley's exact makeup, make a costume, and style your hair so your Miley Halloween costume will be the envy of all! For a preview, check out the pictures below of a replicated Miley look and keep your eyes peeled!

Miley Cyrus Halloween Costume

Miley Cyrus VMA Makeup Tutorial

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Power of a GREAT Foundation- How acne scars can easily be hidden

Over on Reddit I came across a photo of a beautiful young lady who posted a before / after picture with details of her makeup routine. I absolutely love these kinds of photos, because it's amazing to see what a little makeup and a smile can do. Within five minutes she was able to make her acne scars and red blotches disappear. Take notice of what a difference an even skin tone makes in ones appearance...and it's so easy to do! Below I have included the products she used (taken directly from her post) if you're interested in trying this gorgeous natural look!

Products used:
  • Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup in 150 Buff. I use this all over to even out my skin tone, but I use as little as possible.
  • Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in Shade 3 does all the heacy lifting, so to speak. It covers whatever still peeks through after my foundation. I also used it under my eyes today.
  • Tarte Exposed Blush along the hollows of my cheeks for a little bit of a contour, and MAC Melba more on the cheek bones.
  • Jordana FabuBrow Pencil in Medium Brown. I dyed my hair yesterday, and dyed my brows too. They turned out a bit more orangey than my hair, so I'm going to have to play around with different products to get a better match.
  • NARS Sudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.
  • Guerlain Les Cuirs eyeshadow quad. I was going to skip eyeshadow completely, but this palette was just begging to be used.
  • MAC Blacktrack Fluiline, to tightline the upper lash line.
  • Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara.
  • Rimmel Lip Lipner in "natural" to very lightly fill in my lips, topped off with Jack Black Lip 

    See more awesome makeup ideas and tutorials (just in time for Halloween). Click the link to go back to our Halloween Makeup and Costume Blog!

Emilia Clark from Game of Thrones without Makeup

Ah- The wonders of makeup! While we're on the subject of awesome makeup, lets chat about how amazing Game of Thrones makeup department is. It's always interesting to see celebrities without makeup, so here is a pic of the beautiful Emilia Clark au naturale, and a photo of her on set. See, NO ONE wakes up looking camera ready, even this beauty.

Emilia Clark with no makeup

...and with her Game of Thrones Makeup

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Comic Book Girl / Pop Art Halloween Costume and Makeup Tutorial

Don't forget to check out our new post: * 2 STEPS to make your Own NAILPOLISH at Home * It's awesome for Halloween, especially when you might not have the color you need laying around!

Last Halloween I decided to go as a "Comic Book Girl" or "Pop Art" after seeing pictures online This is an AWESOME, original idea that is actually super easy to create using minimal makeup. You'll be sure to stand out. Take a look at the pictures below (photo set from ) and the how-to comic book girl makeup step by step tutorial below!


  • -Wash and Prime your face
  • -Apply a very light foundation on entire face and neck area. To get the perfect shade I mixed together my regular liquid foundation with white Halloween face paint (comes in a small tube and can be purchased at almost any drugstore/party store this time of year). I didn't want it to be *too* ghostly-white so mixing in a regular foundation to the paint worked perfectly.
  • - To get the dramatic comic book look, you are going to want to accent your feature to appear as if you are a drawing. This can be done using black halloween face paint/ pencil, or liquid/potted eyeliner. Here are the areas to do:

- Eyebrows (make the appear more dramatic and dark)
- Nose (Draw a line down the center, as well as lines where your nostrils meet your face, and lightly around the inside of your nostrils to create a shadowed appearance.
- Your upper hairline
- Ears
- Jawline (Under the earlobe earlobe, down under the chin and up to other earlobe)
- Outline of lips (But do this AFTER you apply red lipstick!)
- Eyes (Wait until after you apply eyeshadow)

  • - Apply eyeshadow, Make sure it's a color that pops, like bright blue or purple. The eyes need to be very dramatic, so make sure you extend the shadow up and over your eyelids until it's just below the brow bone. Outline the shadow with the black, and draw in "fake" lower lashes extending only from the outer, lower corner of the lid. Apply mascara (and big, false lashes if possible! The more over the top, the better!)

  • - Next you will be applying the "dots" onto your face to get the full comic book look. You can either do white or red dots. I think the red dots look more authentic. There are many ways to do this using anything from lipstick to face paint...but I've found one of the easiest is to use red pencil lip liner! Try to make sure all the dots are the same size and even. You may want to use a ruler as a guide. Great, uniform dots can turn this look from ordinary to extraordinary. TAKE YOUR TIME with these so they turn out as professional as possible- this will make or break your look. If the dots are crappy people will just think you're going as a weird chicken pox girl!

  • - Apply Red Lipstick. Line your lips with black. For an added pop, take a bit of white and put it on your lower lip to give a reflected look.

  • - If desired, add a tear (see above picture) or a comic book 'exclamation' (ex: "POW!"- Try to do authentic font as best as possible)

  • - To add to the look get a YELLOW, orange, or red wig (or spray your hair with colored Halloween hair spray). Add the black lines to your hair.

WORD OF ADVICE: If you are going to be wearing this makeup for an extended period of time (over an hour) make SURE to bring everything you need for touch ups and a bit of makeup remover with you. Because you are dealing with so many dots which are the focal point of the look, you want to make sure you are prepared in case any of the makeup runs or smudges (and believe me, this WILL most likely smudge. I had to touch mine up quite often from accidentally touching/itching, and even from my hair rubbing up against it)

EYES WIDE OPEN- Voted "Scariest Halloween Costume and Makeup Ever" - What do YOU think?!

Looking for a Halloween costume that's super gross and gory? This may take the cake. Just make sure you're not within 100 yards of children or elderly!

This AWESOME makeup look was created using a form of latex makeup- it takes some skill, time, and practice but CAN be done!

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"Third Eye": Multi-Eyed Makeup Halloween Tutorial

Want to really creep people out this Halloween? With this cool eye makeup, you'll see everything!

Even those who aren't gifted artists should be able to pull this one off. Here's the tutorial on how to get this Halloween Eyes All Around Makeup.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT! Before applying any makeup, you will want to set aside time to practice drawing the eyes on your face. Try using different products until you find what works best for you. While the Halloween colored face paint sticks/pencils would work great, this look can also be achieved using a thin but firm eyeshadow brush and different colored eye shadows..or different colors of pencil eyeliner. For the white part of the eyes, use white halloween face paint. This may seem daunting, but with a little time and practice you will notice a lot of improvement. Don't expect it to look perfect the first time you try, which is why we recommend working on this in advance (ie; don't do this 10 minutes before you have to leave for your Halloween party!)

- Apply primer to your face. While this is always technically optional, it's highly recommended, as it creates a "base" and allows your makeup to stay on and hold better
- Apply the base color all over, leaving blank spots for where you will draw in your eyes. In this picture, she used a light blue. This can be achieved in several different ways. If you don't have the color you want, buy the white Halloween face paint that comes in the tube (sold pretty much everywhere this time of year). Pour it in a bowl, and try mixing in some crushed up eye shadow in the desired shade to create your own color.
- Create the eyes. As we mentioned above, practice this in advance. The girl in the photo has even drawn eyes over her OWN eyes, by closing her eyes and drawing over her lids/eye area.
- Add in lashes, fix any mistakes and add in detail (such as the white 'reflection')

(Originally posted on Reddit by IT_Serpent)

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Nightmare Before Christmas Sally Makeup Tutorial : Photo Step by Step Tutorial

Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas

Sally Nightmare Before Christmas Makeup Tutorial - Photo Step by Steps

AMAZING makeup via Reddit user CarlyPaigeMakeup. Check our her amazing work on Facebook!

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Nightmare Before Christmas: Jack and Sally Makeup for Halloween

Nightmare Before Christmas Makeup: Jack and Sally

Nightmare Before Christmas Makeup: Jack and Sally Edition

Double Face Mirror Image Makeup- COOLEST Halloween Makeup Ever?!

Double Face Mirror Image Makeup

Best Halloween Makeup EVER! Mirror image face

Take a closer look- what you’re seeing isn’t a photography trick or double exposure- it’s actually makeup!
We won’t even attempt a tutorial on this one because let’s be honest here- no matter how great you are at doing makeup to get this look you have to have serious drawing and artistic skills.
Notice the impeccable shading, a creation by Reddit user AllonsoAllonsy. She claims she isn’t great with makeup, but is an artist. We beg to differ!
Did YOU recreate this look? Show us your pics- we’ll post our favs! If we post yours, you’ll automatically be entered into our drawing to win some pretty cool Halloween inspired prizes.

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Cat Chasing a String Eye Makeup via Katy Perry's Twitter

Noticed that Katy Perry posted this makeup on her Twitter account and had to share! This kitty cat chasing a string eye makeup is pretty genius!

Literal"Cat Eyes": Cat Chasing a String Eye Makeup
How To Do Cat Eye Makeup:
- Apply foundation to even skin tone (optional)
- Using black eyeliner (the kind that comes in a “pot”-can be purchased at any drug store and includes brush) draw outline of cat, extending to tail into eyebrows.
- Fill the color in, leaving two circles un-touched for the eyes.
- Using colored eyebrow pencils or colored eyeshadow (use a tiny brush) fill in eye color/design as desired.
- Cut a light weight piece of string (such as embroidery floss) to desired length.
- Using false eyelash glue (make sure you have the type that dries clear) place several ‘dabs’ in places you would like the string attached.
Optional: For a pop of color, add brightly colored eye shadow above the cat.
Did you re-create this look? Show us your pics- we’ll post our favs! If we post yours, you are automatically entered into our contest to win some cool Halloween gear!