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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




  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!


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.