October 29, 2012

What’s the mask you’re hiding under?


Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival called Samhain, that celebrated the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Back then, people believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead would disappear, and the dead people would come back to life and cause damages. Wearing masks and costumes, people attempted to mimic the evil spirits and calm them.

This is why, nowadays, it is still more popular to dress and make-up like frightening characters, rather than fairies or positive figures. Wearing a Halloween makeup can almost spare you from wearing an outfit, if you don’t feel like it. You can choose to mimic a vampire face, a dark spirit, a dead character or a ghost. For most of the make-ups, you will need to color your face in white, and you can achieve this look by using a pale foundation and highlighting it with a white powder.

Most of the Haloween makeup looks require strong colors, and eye shadows are not strong enough. Pigments are a much better option in this case. When you’re using multiple colors for makeup, start with light colors, than apply the dark ones. This way you will create nice layers. For a dramatic makeup, apply the color into the brows and beyond the eyes.

Red lipstick can help you trickle faux blood from the borders of your mouth, and black eyeliner is very useful if you want to draw lines on your face, to create scars or black tears. Here area some Halloween makeup that you might find inspiring.


Photos: fashionchoice.org, trendnstylez.com, proftm.com