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DIY Cheshire Cat Makeup

October 26th, 2011 by Kelly 13 Comments

Hey cat lovers! Going as the Cheshire cat this year? I found some awesome, inexpensive makeup items that work perfectly for the Cheshire cat – I only spent $20 on the makeup for this look, and aside from the white face paint, everything is completely transferable to everyday makeup! There is a video of me creating this look at the bottom of this post!

DIY Cheshire Cat MakeupI’m not sure if you could get the Ben Nye makeup at Halloween USA, but I got mine at the local costume shop. Apparently Ben Nye is the company that makes all of the cheap Halloween makeup, but they also have higher end products, which is what I used for my DIY Cheshire cat makeup. Here is a list of everything I used:

Azalea pressed eyeshadow by Ben Nye (bright pink) – $8
Royal Purple pressed eyeshadow by Ben Nye – $8
White Cream Makeup by Ben Nye – $4.50
Wet ‘n Wild Black Liquid Eyeliner – $2.99Ben Nye Pressed Eyeshadows

I also used some of my everyday makeup tools, such as my Eco Tools brush set and a white eye pencil for tracing in the smile.

Here are the steps:

  1. Trace the outline of the smile using the white cream and a fine brush, or a white eyeliner. I traced along my upper lip for the top of the Cheshire’s mouth and then about halfway between my bottom lip and chin for the lower half of the Cheshire mouth. The bottom of your lower lip will be the line where the Cheshire Cat’s teeth meet.
  2. Take a powder brush and the pink Ben Nye eyeshadow, and apply all over your face, except in the mouth you traced and in your eye sockets (where you will be applying the Royal Purple).
  3. Take a smaller brush (I used a blending brush) and apply the pink to the smaller areas of your face, such as around the traced mouth and on your nostrils.
  4. Clean the pink shadow off your small brush, and apply purple from your eyebrows all the way down to about 1cm below your lashes.
  5. Use the Ben Nye white cream to fill in the mouth. I used a small, firm, angled brush.
  6. Finish the look with your black liquid eyeliner. You’ll want to trace around the mouth and add in teeth. Paint the tip of your nose black, and extend a few lashes out on either side.

As a finishing touch (I forgot to add this) you could add little dots of black below your nose. You could also take your small brush and add purple to your cheeks, as if adding blush, to add some dimension to your face.

Anyway, I hope you liked this tutorial – and happy Halloween!!

DIY Cheshire Cat Makeup Tutorial

And here is the video!

Icy Frozen Makeup Tutorial!

October 23rd, 2011 by Caitlin 2 Comments

Video number two is done! I filmed this weeks ago and we only just got around to editing today. Anyway, here it is – a super easy and affordable DIY frozen makeup tutorial!

As always, the blog version is below the video. Enjoy!

For this look, I used a whole hodge podge of products from my makeup drawer. Basically all you need to worry about is having the following:

  1. Elmer’s Glue or Eyelash Adhesive
  2. White tube of generic Halloween face paint
  3. Various shades of blue/silver eyeshadow
  4. A foam sponge brush, preferably round, not triangular (but either would work)

Here is the frozen look that I created:

Caitlin's Icy Frozen Makeup Tutorial

(Sorry that picture’s a little fuzzy – it’s a still shot from the video tutorial).

To achieve this look, you’re going to start by building up a little glue around your face, close to your hairline. Add some into your eyebrows, tousling the hairs around so they kind of spike out.

Next, you should mix a little bit of blue into the white Halloween makeup, and dabble it around your hairline and jaw. Be sure to stipple it in toward your face.

Then take your sponge and dab white Halloween makeup all over your face. You want your face to look cold and drained of color, so you want to apply enough to get the warmth out of your skin but not so much that you get an opaque, clown-like layer. Make sure to coat your lips.

Next, dab a little of the white Halloween makeup into your lashes. You can kind of coat the lashes by putting a tiny dab of white makeup onto your thumb and forefinger and pinching together around your lashes. Try to get some tiny globs on the ends, so it looks like there is ice or snow in them.

Almost done! Take some various shades of blue and silver eye shadows and blot them on and around your lips, trying to blend the colors with the white that’s already there. Blend a very faint amount of blue around your nostrils as well.

As a finishing touch, you can take that same white Halloween face paint and add small globs around your hairline and on your eyebrows.

Also, I didn’t do it in this video, but you could add some baby powder or temporary white hair dye into your hair to make it look frozen as well.

Thanks for reading, and good luck!

Cheshire Cat Makeup: Practice Run!

October 15th, 2011 by Kelly 2 Comments

Update 10/25/11: New version of this look available here

So I am working on a submission to an awesome video contest being held by one of my favorite Youtubers, Audfaced. For the contest, I am doing my own take on the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland!

I ordered some professional costume makeup online, but I couldn’t wait for it to come in the mail, so I did a practice run tonight using only a tube of Halloween black, white, pink and purple, a yellow eyeshadow by NYX and a generic black eyeliner. Here’s the Cheshire Cat Makeup I came up with:

Practice Cheshire Cat Makeup

I wanted a super cartoon-y look, so I used the anime make-up technique of coloring in the eyelid so the costume looks best when the eyes are closed. Unfortunately this one looks pretty weird with my eyes open:

Half and Half Cheshire Makeup

Anyway, I’m so excited to try this look with professional makeup! I couldn’t wait to post, so you get to see my practice run. Hopefully I’ll be back soon with a way better look, and maybe I’ll even do a video tutorial!

What Should I be for Halloween?

October 8th, 2011 by Kelly 4 Comments

I can’t tell you how many hours I spend each October wondering “What should I be for Halloween?!” If you’re like me, maybe this list will help you! Check out our list of costume ideas, or help us out by submitting your own ideas! (When you add to the list, it won’t show up until we approve it. Don’t worry – we’re not judging the ideas, we just want to avoid duplicates and spam!). Enjoy the list, and please consider adding your own ideas!

TV & Film

Alice in Wonderland
Aragorn (Lord of the Rings)
Arwen (Lord of the Rings)
Austin Powers
Beatrix Kiddo
Belatrix LeStrange
Bilbo Baggins
C3PO (Star Wars)
Cheshire Cat
Cowardly Lion
Danny (Grease)
Darth Vader
Doc Brown (Back to the Future)
Dolores Umbridge
Dorothy (Wizard of Oz)
Dr. Evil
Edward Scissorhands
Elrond (Lord of the Rings)
Ewok (Star Wars)
Freddy Krueger
Frodo Baggins (Lord of the Rings)
Galadriel (Lord of the Rings)
Gandolf the Gray (Lord of the Rings)
Gimli (Lord of the Rings)
Greaser (Grease)
Han Solo
Harry Potter
Hermione Granger
Indiana Jones
Jack/Kira (Chronicles of Riddick)
Lando (Star Wars)
Luke Skywalker
Luna Lovegood
Luscious Malfoy
Lydia (Beetlejuice)
Mad Hatter
Mad Max
Mary Poppins
Pink Lady (Grease)
Poison Ivy
Princes Leia
Professor Dumbledore
Queen of Hearts
R2D2 (Star Wars)
Riddick (Chronicles of Riddick)
Rocky Balboa
Ron Weasley
Samwise Gamgee (Lord of the Rings)
Sandy (Grease)
Scarecrow (Wizard of Oz)
Severus Snape
Sherlock Holmes
Storm Trooper (Star Wars)
Sweeney Todd
The Fifth Element
Tin Man (Wizard of Oz)
Watson (Sherlock Holmes)
Willy Wonka
Yoda (Star Wars)
Animal (from the Muppets)
Big Bird
Burt (Sesame Street)
Cookie Monster
Dwight K. Shrute (The Office)
Ernie (Sesame Street)
Kermit the Frog
Malcolm Reynolds (Firefly)
Miss Piggy
Oscar the Grouch
River Tam (Firefly)
Zoe Washburne (Firefly)

Heroes & Villains

Jean Gray / Phoenix
Professor Xavier

Bruce Wayne / Batman
Harvey Dent/Two-Face
Harley Quinn
The Joker
The Riddler
Poison Ivy
Cat Woman

Clark Kent / Superman
Lois Lane
Lex Luther

Peter Parker / Spiderman
Dr. Octavius
Green Goblin
Mary Jane Watson

Other Superheros and Villians
Green Lantern


Angelica Pickles
Bam Bam
Barney Rubble
Betty Rubble
Brian Griffin
Chuckie Finster
Daffy Duck
Dill Pickles
Donald Duck
Fred Flintstone
Homer Simpson
Josie (and the Pussycats)
Lillian DeVille
Lisa Simpson
Lois Griffin
Maggie Simpson
Marge Simpson
Marvin the Martian
Meg Griffin
Mr. Burns
Ned Flanders
Olive Oil
Otto Rocket
Peter Griffin
Phillip DeVille
Reggie Rocket
Sam “Squid” Dullard
Sideshow Bob
Stewie Griffin
Tommy Pickles
Twister Rodriguez
Wilma Flintstone
Ariel (the mermaid)
Captain Hook
Fairy Godmother
Lost Boy
Mickey Mouse
Peter Pan
Sleeping Beauty
Snow White
Tinker Bell

Famous People

Abraham Lincoln
Barack Obama
Beyonce Knowles
Bill Clinton
Brittney Spears
Conan O’Brian
George Bush
George Washington
Jay Leno
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga
Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Monroe
Michelle Obama
Monopoly Guy
Rod Stewart
Sarah Palin
Winston Churchill


Baseball Player
Basketball Player
Candy Striper
Construction Worker
Football Player
German Girl
Hula Dancer
Native American
Roman Goddess

Add Your Own!