How To: Halloween Makeup

27 October, 2014 How To: Halloween Makeup

Bonjour to you all. Today’s post is a special one, because it’s another collaboration with the gorgeous Rosie Lewis, who I interviewed in this blog post. Rosie’s a celebrity makeup artist and has worked with a huge amount of famous faces, and was kind enough to offer her expertise for one of my favourite events of the year: Halloween. We both love dark, dramatic eye looks for the occasion, and this post will feature an incredibly deep and sooty smoky eye (applied by Rosie), inspired by her recent work with the X-Factor finalists on a Twilight-themed shoot. There will also be a more earthy, red-toned eye look (applied by yours truly). Rosie’s given me a ton of recommendations for the perfect vampy Halloween makeup, which I’ll also be sharing with you lovely folk.

Smoky Eye

MAC Cinderfella

The look Rosie created was based around a shadow from MAC’s Mineralize range, called Cinderfella. Cinderfella is a gorgeous, highly pigmented silvery-black, and can be built up with multiple layers to create an intense smoky look. Rosie applied Cinderfella all over the lid, concentrating on blending upwards and outwards to build a strong outline without any harsh edges. Then, she lined the upper and lower lash line with NARS’ Glitter Pencil in Area, a stunning high-shine formula to add dimension and depth. NARS also do this pencil in a squid-ink blue called Le Sept, which is a gorgeous colourful alternative. Rosie used another MAC Mineralize Shadow in the shade Young Punk to smoke out the under eye area, which added a lovely aubergine-purple tone. In the outer corners, she then blended Cinderfella with a MAC shadow called Black Tide, which added a more matte, textured effect. Next, Rosie applied lashings of MAC False Lashes mascara, which helped complete the look. Rosie recommends false lashes if you really want go all out for Halloween, and Get Lashes are her favourite ones. Incredibly light and easy to wear, she cuts them to add definition at the outer corners for an instant cat-eye effect.

Finally, Rosie added some highlight to the inner corner of my eye, using Benefit’s Watt’s Up – a gorgeous champagne highlighter that I can’t believe I didn’t know about before! Dark eye makeup won’t work with light eyebrows, so Rosie added depth and thickness with MAC’s Braun eyeshadow.

MAC Redd

This look would be perfect for any vampy, witchy makeup look, and suits both a strong red or purple lip, as well as a nude lip if you wanted to create more of a ghostly contrast. For this look, Rosie applied MAC Red using a lip brush, which created a smoother, fuller outline. For me, MAC Red is the perfect striking scarlet, but Rosie also recommends Ruby Woo, Sin, Hearts Aflame, Lady Danger, and Russian Red, as well as Viva Glam I for a deeper berry-red.

The effect is really striking and doesn’t require much definition or contouring on the cheeks – rather, pretty dewy skin to draw attention to the eyes and lips. Rosie used Bobbi Brown’s Stick Foundation, and set it with a yellow-toned loose powder to conceal and neutralise any redness.


Bronze Eye

MAC Palette

The other eye look is a toned down cat eye, which you can amp up with a deeper lipstick. The eyeshadows I used were from the MAC Warm Neutrals Palette, which I reviewed here. I applied MAC’s Painterly Paintpot all over the lid, followed by Brulee eyeshadow as a base, with Saddle in the crease. I then buffed Amber Lights all over the lid and up into the outer corner for some extra smoke. The last step was a touch of bronze shimmer applied lightly through the crease, using the shade Golden Chocolate from the Bobbi Brown Smokey Warm Palette. These burnt copper shades would be perfect for a zombie/’Poison Ivy’ makeup look, and suit greens and reds really well. Winged liner is always a good idea at Halloween for added drama, and for this I used Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner.

Thanks again to Rosie for taking the time to create this beautiful eye look, and for giving me all these brilliant ideas to share with you! You can contact Rosie via email at for any questions or suggestions you might have, as well as tweet her @MakeupRosie.

What makeup looks will you be creating this Halloween? Comment below with your questions or recommendations, email me at, or tweet me @MakingItUpBlog.

Have a fabulous week and Happy Halloween for Friday!

Jess, X

Shop This Post:

MAC Mineralize Shadows in Cinderfella/Young Punk – buy here for £17

NARS Glitter Pencil in Area/Le Sept – buy here for £18.50

MAC Shadow in Black Tied/Brun – buy here for £13

MAC False Lashes Mascara – buy here for £19

MAC Red – buy here for £15.50

Benefit Watt’s Up – buy here for £24.50

MAC Warm Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette – buy here for £65

Bobbi Brown Smokey Warm Palette – (Limited Edition; Warm Eye Palette Xmas 2014 is similar – buy here for £37.50)

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner – buy here for £13