Halloween Makeup tutorial by London based make-up artist, Ruchi K. Goenka
Ruchi K. Goenka is a professional London-based makeup artist who has assisted at London Fashion Week, the Miss UK beauty pageant and television commercials. I caught up with her recently at her residence in London for a Halloween Makeup tutorial. The following is a step-by-step Halloween Makeup tutorial guide by Ruchi followed by a video of the look. For further enquiry, you can contact Ruchi at +44 7860 137061 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
Here is a video of the makeup tutorial followed by a step-by-step guide by Ruchi.
Step by step guide by Ruchi :
1. Cleansing and moisturizing
Start with cleansing the face thoroughly and applying a good moisturizer. I usually use Clarins cold cream - it covers skin pores and helps to make the make-up look flawless.
2. Applying Primer
Next step is to apply the primer which helps to make the foundation last longer and the make-up stay fresh. I am using Nars for this tutorial.
The foundation that I am using for this tutorial is from Kiko. It is 1 - 2 shades lighter than my actual skin-tone, to create the pale-skin effect of a vampire. I use a brush but you can also use your fingertips to apply the foundation. Don't forget to blend the foundation with a beauty-blender. It is just a sponge, which I dampen very lightly and then dab over the foundation - this helps the excess foundation to come off.
4. Eye Makeup
For eyes, I begin with giving a base with a couple of nude colors matching closest to the skin tone - I am using the Mac eye shadow palette. Then I mix together some bright eye shadow colors like orange and pink - the Morphe eye-makeup palette has very bright and electric colors - and apply it on the inside of the eye covering about half the eye, and not going above the mobile eyelid. Then I use a combination of pink and purple colors and blend it in the outer corner of the eye, making sure I don't go towards the brow-bone. The trick is to lower your chin and look at yourself straight in the mirror - it helps to blend the colors better. Then with a flat brush, I apply a mix of pink and purple under my eye.
The next step is to apply the eye-liner. For this tutorial, I am using an eye-liner gel from NYX. The tendency of gels is to dry up very fast, so I take an adequate amount and place on the back of my hand - the warmth of the hand keeps it from drying up very fast. I am applying an exaggerated eye-liner for a Halloween look (check video).
Then I fill up the eyebrows with brow powder. I am using a brow powder from Ardell and basically mix shades of brown and fill in the brows wherever required. Using a plain mascara wand, I brush the brows upward for a Halloween look.
Finally I use the Laura Mercier Illuminator under the eye-brows - this helps to connect the eye-shadow and the eye-brows. I also use the illuminator on the inner edge of the eye. Then I apply the mascara - am using Mac mascara for this tutorial.
I also apply false eye-lashes with an eye-lash adhesive for a more dramatic effect. You may need to cut them according to the size of your eye.
5. Contouring & Highlighting
I am using Anastasia Beverly Hills for contouring. I puff the color I want into my brush and go over in circles on my cheek-bones. I also define the jawline with the illuminator and go over the nose to make it look sharper.
Make sure your lip pencil is nicely sharpened and with upward strokes define the lips, then fill in with lip color. I am using a black lip pencil and a red lipstick for the ghostly effect!
7. Add fangs!
I take a pair of artificial nails and cut them into triangles. Using glue, I stick them onto my teeth! Ready for the Halloween party night!!