While we know that Halloween is more or less cancelled in the wake of the global pandemic, there are still some creative ways to celebrate the upcoming holiday. You could plan and host a virtual costume party. Or, maybe you know of a safely socially-distanced outdoor venue in your city or town, in which case, you’ll need a costume that takes your face mask into consideration.
The easiest approach is to accent the part of your face that remains uncovered — namely, your eyes — which is where costume makeup comes in. If you’re dry on inspiration (because you can’t remember the last time you wore eyeliner), we’ve rounded up three breakout makeup trends, ahead. Even if your plan is to stay in, it’s worth a peek, as you just might source your Zoom Halloween look and save yourself a Party City order.
Pull inspiration from Lauren Conrad and dress as a woodland fairy with tiny pressed flower petals sprinkled around your eyes. According to her tutorial, the Laguna Beach alum and new beauty-brand founder actually picked flowers from her own garden and used a heavy coat of salve to get the petals to adhere to her skin. Even wearing a mask, you’ll still get the effect.
You could also use face paint. Again, use your face covering as a guide for where to place your flowers and paint the petals above your nose, like this artistic interpretation by makeup artist Pat McGrath for Anna Sui at New York Fashion Week.
Another recent makeup trend we’ve seen on the streets? The revival of the ’60s floating crease. Pull your visual inspiration from content creator Samu Sibiya, who used a lavender-coloured liner to draw a graphic wing between her eyelid and brow bone. If you find tulle to match, more power to you.
There’s something joyful and disco-esque about glitter tears. Like the flower-petal appliqués, the sequins can be applied directly below the lower lash line, spilling down to where your face mask meets your nose, á la Lucy Boynton.
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You can also make the tears a little more literal, like this Euphoria-inspired Halloween look by makeup artist Porsche Cooper. Even if the makeup isn’t tied to a particular character, the juxtaposition between glitter and crying just makes sense in 2020.