Halloween Makeup Series

It’s finally here!!!

The most wonderful time of the year has begun! I don’t know about you but I LOVE Oct-Dec. Even though I’m in South Texas, which typically means I don’t get to experience the leaves changing colors, very cold weather, and snow, I still absolutely love Fall.

So I have a tie for my favorite Fall holiday. I can’t decide between Christmas or Halloween; I just love them both. BUT, Halloween does hold a special place in my heart because of makeup.

Like I mentioned in the evolution on “Nerdia Cat”, I first saw special effects makeup in a music video. I was instantly hooked in the world of theatrics and grew up trying to learn and practice special effects makeup.



In 2014 I had a seasonal job at Six Flags Fiesta Texas as a special effects makeup artist. It was the best job ever. Seriously who gets paid to create zombies all day? That was the first time I did makeup for a commercial as well.

After that I branched into film & TV production gigs. Now it’s important to note there aren’t as many special effects jobs as there are beauty makeup jobs. So it’s best to be well versed in both areas if you want this as a career.

For this Halloween season I wanted to create a series of Halloween looks that are editorial and feasible for even the most inexperienced makeup artists. I also have a video for each look that shows the transformation of the process! *Each week a new look will be updated on this post & Instagram: @nerdiacatmakeup

I’m so excited to show you my work in makeup and photography. Please enjoy, share, and as always use cruelty-free makeup.

 

look #1 Avant-Garde

a·vant-garde

ˌaväntˈɡärd/

noun


  1. new and unusual or experimental ideas, especially in the arts, or the people introducing them

This look is if you’re struggling on what to be for Halloween, but you want to be something high fashion and not traditional. Honestly with avant-garde, anything goes. Experiment with wardrobe choices, makeup looks, and even artsy accessories. And when people inevitably ask “what are you?” just scoff and say, “innovation”.


look #2 chic clown

It seems that clowns never go out of style for Halloween. It’s a staple look that will always be popular like vampires and zombies. The trick is making a clown look stylish and chic. I love the old school black and white clown makeup look. What I did was create a look that is not too difficult but it’s still Halloween appropriate. Obnoxious red nose, optional.

look #3 infected wound tutorial

For this week, I decided to post a throw back video/look that I created 2 years ago! The reason why is because I actually still really like this makeup. Sure, there are things I would change now but overall I feel that I still use most of the same techniques. Originally this video was for a competition but this look can still work this Halloween!

 



How To Correctly Apply False Eyelashes


I feel like there was a false lashes boom that hit roughly a couple of years ago that hasn’t died down. I know they’ve been around FOREVER but it seems like a makeup look just isn’t complete without them now. When I started wearing false lashes I was 13 and I would wear them every. single. day. Which back in 2003 and that wasn’t that normal. I know I’m a super hipster.

So considering I’m 28 now I feel like I have pretty good experience and advice when it comes to properly applying lashes. Even though I don’t wear them every day (anymore) I can easily tack them on in a couple of minutes. It’s kind of like riding a bicycle, you just never can forget. But if you haven’t yet learned how to master the lash don’t worry! I’ve listed some tips and tricks I use and haven’t failed me, yet. Because yes there is definitely a wrong way to put falsies on.


The way I’ve set this up is by addressing a few common problems with false lashes and what you can do to fix them. Also, remember falsies never look good when they’re made from real animal fur. Synthetic is the way to go and I know a few brands that will quickly become your favorite.

Photo Credit: @seteales via Unsplash

Photo Credit: @seteales via Unsplash


 

#1 The inner corner almost ALWAYS pops up whether you notice it or not.

Probably the biggest problem for me was that damn inner corner that pops off midday. I don’t know if it’s the oil on our eyelids, lack of glue, or just that particular spot but I notice this happen to a lot of women. So here's a trick I use. First, take your tweezers and pinch them together. At the very tip put a bit of lash glue on it. Then using a handheld mirror or get really close to one, apply a tiny dot on top of the inner corner eyelash. Let it dry and put some eyeliner on top if needed. You’ll be surprised how hard it is to get your lashes off now. No more popping off until you decide!

#2 You’re applying your lashes with your fingers and it’s getting in the way.

It’s really difficult to master putting lashes on without any tools and it just creates a mess with the glue. Instead, use tweezers to carefully apply them while looking up in the mirror. And no not the tweezers that come with the lashes! I’ve found that those are too small and they don’t open enough. Just some regular good old tweezers will do the job.


#3 The lashes are too close to the inner corner and it’s making your eyes itch/get irritated.

I’ve done this multiple times cause I was just too lazy to trim my lashes. But trust me it makes a big difference when you make sure they fit properly. Make sure to trim your lashes to avoid this problem! I personally trim the ends versus the inner corner of the lashes. I find that it causes less irritation!


#4 You’re putting your falsies directly on your real lashes.

Fake lashes are supposed to go on the line above your lashes not directly on them. And It’s super noticeable when you’ve accidentally done that. Make sure you’re close enough to a mirror to see what you are doing and you’ll know you’re right when you can feel the cool sensation of the glue on your eyelid.


#5 You’re not putting the glue on correctly.

So with traditional glue, it needs to be wet in order to work right? Well not eyelash glue! You need to let it dry and get "tacky" before you apply your lashes. I know it's a weird concept, but trust me it’s going to help you a lot if you’re just a little more patient. Let the lash glue dry for about 15 seconds before applying your lashes. It will make a huge difference in the application, trust me. DUO is my go-to brand for eyelash glue because it works so well.

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#6 You just don't know how to put them on.

Chances are you’re not going to get the lashes on exactly how you want them at first. So work from the outside in! Place the middle to the edge part on, make sure they’re secure, and carefully grab the first part with tweezers and place them in the inner corner. It takes a lot of practice but once you get it it's really easy. Don't give up!

 

So now for the fun part!

Now that you know how to apply them, you need to get the right ones. There are sooooo many lashes to choose from ranging from real mink fur to synthetic (fake hair). So which one do you choose?


Disclaimer:

The problem is with mink fur is that the fur industry is a cruel world. Hair is yanked from the animals while they're still alive and screaming in pain. It is a very hard thing to watch and it's not worth it just for beauty purposes. Some companies may claim that they wait for the mink to shed to use the fur but in reality, it's a business. They value profit over humane practices. Use your gut feeling and best judgment when purchasing beauty products. There are amazing alternatives that work better and care.


If you want a list of some great brands click here to my sister site Kind Kat Beauty. I personally love this brand Azeredo Cosmetics owned by girl boss, Amanda Azeredo. These lashes are insanely comfortable and beautiful. They are worn by celebrities and even used in Elle and Vogue editorials! I buy the set because it has all the different styles for different occasions. The best part is that they are cruelty-free and a portion of proceeds goes to cancer research. With good care, every pair of lashes can be reused up to 15 times! If you want a discount use my code NADIA10 to receive 10% off your order.  Trust me, you'll love them just as much as I do. 

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Why Cruelty-Free Makeup?

Why should you switch to cruelty-free cosmetics?


It’s pretty simple really, switching to cruelty-free products save our furry little friends who have the ability to feel, think, play, and even be loyal to us, but lack the ability to speak for themselves.

 

the truth

Animal testing is torture and a death sentence to them. As evolved and educated human beings, we need to step up and advocate for living beings who are far too often considered “lower” than us. There’s an abundance of information out there and you can make a change right here and now that directly impacts animals just by simply switching makeup brands.

Now, cruelty-free does not necessarily mean flipping a switch and going completely vegan the next day—unless you are ready to go all in. This is a common misconception and can quite frankly scare some people off. Going cruelty-free is really just making a small lifestyle choice that costs the same, or even less, and gives you a feel for a greater sense of purpose.

My rescue baby Toby!

My rescue baby Toby!

how change happens

What this all really means is that you are taking one big step toward a larger goal. You can become a conscious buyer who does not want to continue the history of torment and torture to animals for the sake of beauty. You are the consumer who is the voice and feedback to the big companies because, more than anything, what companies listen to is your wallet. So let’s create the demand for cruelty-free products only. Together we can be the solution to a horrible problem that has gone on for far too long. Because, after all,

“The vast majority our problems are man-made — therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.” - John F. Kennedy

So I thank you, beautifully ethically consciously evolved shopper you. You are already doing wonders for the world and the little animals who inhabit it with us. Because let’s face it, in the world of crazy right now, we need to work on a few things TOGETHER to make us feel united. Plus, you look much more beautiful with makeup that has morals and values.

- Nerdia Cat

 

Added Bonus!

Most indie makeup brands are cruelty-free and inexpensive. So by choosing this choice, you’re also supporting small kick-ass businesses gain momentum.