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The easy option, when it comes to masquerade makeup, is to pair kitten-flick liner with dark red lips — with your eyes partially concealed, why not play up the lips?
We tried a different look for Halloween this year, though, inspired by Givenchy’s Le Soin Noir lace mask & the Chanel Fall 2011 RTW lace makeup.
Get the Eyes
Start the look with a shimmery, defined black smokey eye. Prep the eye area with primer and/or a cream eyeshadow (we used both, NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base underneath Annabelle Cosmetics SmudgePaint in Glitzy Black), layering on product for depth & intensity and working with short, quick motions to blend out the edges before they’ve set.
If you’re using a non-shimmery black base, like MAC Paint Pot in Blackground, feel free to pull it along your waterlines, too. If you’re using a shimmery black (like the one used here), use a different product for your waterline otherwise the small shimmer particulars could irritate them.
It can be hard to get a clean, even shape with a gel eyeliner or cream eyeshadow so follow up the black smoky base (once it’s set) with a basic black eyeshadow — here at She Said Beauty, we love NYX Eyeshadow in Black for its buttery, blendable texture and intense pigment. Apply with an all-over eye brush and blend gently around the edges.
Finally, add a bit of loose shimmer to amp up the look. Then curl lashes and add mascara. Skip the false lashes (if you tend to wear them) they are waisted when covered up with a mask. Fill your brows as a final step to make sure they don’t get lost with all the other focal points in this look.
Get the Lips & Skin
Once you’ve finished the eyes, clean up any fallout. When it comes to dramatic smokey eyes, it’s always easiest to do your base after, so you can just sweep away any stray pigment. Work a sheer-to-medium coverage foundation over the skin (we love Benefit Hello Flawless! Oxygen Wow for the AW). Conceal the undereye area well and then set everything with powder.
To keep the mask from giving the illusion of a wider face, contour under your cheekbones using a matte grey-brown. It’s a more theatrical look than a wearable one, so don’t shy away from more dramatic shading — but be sure to blend the edges well.
Finally, add a bit of colour with a barely-there pink blush, like MAC Powder Blush in Well Dressed, and apply a natural-nude lipstick — nothing too milky or glossy. The new Dior Rouge Dior Hydra Nude Lip Blush lipsticks are a great range to work with, because they come in a variety of shades to suit all skintones.
Get the Mask
When it comes to the mask itself, you have a few options, ranging from the actual Givenchy Le Soin Noir lace mask (which’ll run you a rather steep $285) to a strip of lace from the fabric store.
For a really easy-to-wear, easy-to-apply option, we’ve used Face Lace by Phyllis Cohen, in the Sweetart style. The Face Lace masks are great because they’re made out of a thin, flexible vinyl that moves with your face and can be re-used as long as you’re not too hard on them.
Whichever type of lace you go with, be sure to secure it firmly and you should be good to go!
How will you be trying out this season’s lace trend — with liquid liner, fabric store lace, or a Face Lace mask? Let us know @SheSaidBeauty with #LaceTrend