Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Witch's Hat

Check out what I featured for my Spectrum Noir design team post today!!!  I figured, what could be better than a tutorial on coloring the creases and folds in a witch's hat???  After all, it IS the day before Halloween!!!  So once I had her colored, I KNEW exactly what I was going to do with her!!!  A coffin treat box of course!!!

Isn't that coffin treat box CU-UTE???  I'll go ahead and list the Spectrum Noir colors I used to color this gorgeous little Saturated Canary witch from the Witchkeys digi (click HERE to get the digi) and then I'll post the tutorial pics for creating hat creases.
Witch's Hat, Dress and Shoes:  IG9, IG4, IG1
Accessories:  PL1, PL4, OR1, TN3
Skin:  EB1, EB2, IG3
Hair and Book of Spells:  TN7, TN3, TN1
"Best Witches" outlined with CG1

Ok, here's the tutorial:

Ok, that does it!  Be sure to check the Spectrum Noir blog for MORE projects, tips and tricks from the rest of the Spectrum Noir design team.
Have a fun and safe Halloween everyone!!!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Copy Cat

Ok, so this cat was copied (mostly) from the OH-SO-TALENTED YouTuber Becxstar123, you can check out her tutorial HERE.  I used Diamond FX in Black, White, Yellow and Orange.  I finished my eyes using Ben Nye Black shadow.  As I've been saying for weeks, the right brushes and the right products makes creating looks like this surprisingly easy.  My contacts are from Colorlens4less.com and are SUPPOSED to be yellow cat eyes, unfortunately the yellow is so light that my blue eyes show through making those cat eyes look like a dingy green.  I really was hoping for yellow. Every pair of contacts I own have been purchased from Colorlens4less.com and MOST of my contacts are perfect.  The only problems I've had are with the yellow pairs.  For whatever reason the yellow just isn't quite opaque enough and end up looking green.

Also, a quick note about cat eye contacts as opposed to other contacts that have a round center.... the black slit in the eyes DO NOT STAY vertical!!!!  If you wear these contacts for any amount of time, the black slit likes to float horizontal.  Just a word of warning.  If you're REALLY wanting some animalistic eyes to finish off a look like this, I HIGHLY recommend getting a pair of wolf contacts (in any color) as you won't have to worry about the center of the contact lining up correctly throughout your Halloween festivities.  I actually found THESE for less than $30:

Wouldn't those just look terrific with this look?!?  I so wish I had a pair!!!  I MIGHT be able to rush delivery to get them by Halloween???? NAH!  I better not, with only 5 days until Halloween, something tells me I would be paying a pretty penny for expedited shipping and you all know I'm SOOOOO over budget as it is.  But catch me next year!!!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Living Dead Girl

Ok, so my friend Bailey requested a Zombie look.... this one's for you Bailey!!!  This look is PERFECT for my blood red contacts (ColorLens4Less.com)!  It makes this look seem a bit more "diseased"!!!  For this one I started with a white base and then layered purple, red and grey to create the zombie-like shadows.  I drew on the scratches on the eyes using my black eye liner.  SO SIMPLE!!!  I'm so hoping I get to redo this look on Bailey.... hopefully I can get her to model too! ;)


UPDATE:  Since Bailey's request.... I also received a zombie request from my friend Krista. Maybe I can get them BOTH to model for us!?!  Fingers crossed!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Wigging Out

Ok, so a couple of days ago I featured a dark fairy.... well, on special request, here's my "light" fairy!!! Scroll to the bottom for complete instructions on how to fix a cheap wig or keep reading on how I did this fun Halloween makeup on a budget.

So my makeup was done in purples and blues (Yeah baby... that's blue mascara!!!!  Hello, 1980's!) using colors from my new Day, Night, Play Palette Purse I just got from Ulta.  This thing is AWESOME and quite a find.  It's on sale right now, buy one get one half off.... just in time for Halloween dress up!!!  I actually used a coupon and got it for around $20, so it fit my quickly dwindling Halloween budget but made for quick work of putting this light fairy look together.  Check it out:
The purple you see on my lips is actually the same purple I used for the crease of my eye.  To create those purple lips, I simply scraped some of the purple shadow onto my counter top using a clean bobby pin, wet a lip color brush and picked up all the purple eyeshadow shavings.  I then applied the wet eyeshadow to my lined lips and topped it with glitter.  Note:  I keep Lysol Disinfecting Wipes handy for quick clean up of messes JUST like these!!!  Anyway, I also added glitter to my eyelids and lined my eyes with blue AND lavender eyeliner making sure to extend the lines (another great tip if you don't have complimentary fake eyelashes) at the corners.  I lined the water line with white eyeliner pencil and slapped on that awesome blue mascara and I was done!!!  This is really another one of those looks that is cheap, easy and can be done in a pinch.  BUT....

Check out that wig!!!  I LOVE THAT WIG!!!  Believe it or not, that purple and white wig is a wig that I picked up at my local grocery store for $6.00!!!  Here's what I did to make it my own!!!

  1. Buy a cheap-ass wig.
  2. Soak in hot tap water with 1 cap full of fabric softener for 30 minutes (DO NOT USE BOILING WATER!!!!  Cheap-ass wigs melt!)
  3. Drape the wig cap over the bathroom shower nozzle so that the hair of the wig hangs upside down to dry (this helps to give your wig volume)
  4. Once it's mostly dry (about 3 hours), put on wig and secure to your head using bobby pins
  5. Use a WIDE toothed comb to style and detangle
  6. OPTIONAL:  watch THIS video and follow instructions to cut and shape your new wig... How To Cut Your Own Hair
  7. Hairspray the crap out of your wig so it stays in place
While I've never used this video to cut my real hair (cuz I'm a chicken), I HAVE now cut two Halloween wigs and both of them turned out AWESOME!!!   What do you think... this purple and white one turn out pretty good?  Ok you guys.... go wig out!  8 Days Till Halloween!!!!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

I Need A Kimono

This one calls for a red and gold kimono.... don't you think!?!  If only I could get my hands on one this close to Halloween.... EVERYONE IS SOLD OUT IN MY SIZE!!!  Crap!

I don't have a lot to say about this look other than to say that I used a mesh cap to create the scales.  The makeup was simply black, red and white eyeshadow!!!  Yep, another SUPER easy one for someone on a budget.  The eyes were lined using a Revlon liquid eyeliner pen and the lips are just my red OPI lipstick.  That's it.  The contacts were featured a few weeks ago (see that look HERE).... so you see..... absolutely no bells and whistles.  Honestly, the right kimono would be all the bells and whistles you'd need to make this look stand out.  TRICK-OR-TREAT!  Seriously!

Hang in there gang.... 9 more days!!! YAY!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Dark Fairy

This one is a FAVORITE!!!  When I got the white manson contacts from ColorLens4Less.com I also got this pink pair (cuz they were havin a sale for two!!!) and I'm thinking that I love these THE MOST!!!  For this fun Halloween look I used all the same colors that I used for my Hatless Hatter look (call me lazy.... everything was still out and on my bathroom counter) except I muted all the eye colors and gave myself a deep lip color so that all the attention would be drawn to those A-MA-ZING pink contacts.  The one addition for this look is that I went around the entire perimeter of my face with grey eyeshadow.  I then used the grey to add very light shadows under my eyes, although, those rockin pink contacts are really the only thing I see when I look at this pic!!!  All that's left is to add a little glitter around the eyes and some fairy wings on my back and I'm ready to go trick-or-treatin!!!  10 DAYS LEFT!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Hatless Hatter

Well.... so this in my LOOSE interpretation of Tim Burton's Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.  My pinks were more on the purple side, and I didn't have white mascara but..... didn't I rock those eyebrows!!!  LOL!  And honestly, my eyelashes are so blonde, I really didn't need the white mascara anyway.  I think, in the movie, the hatter had an orange-ish brown color lining his water line on ONE of his eyes and white lining the water line of the other, then white mascara on his lashes.  I didn't have the mascara or the orange-ish liner so I lined my water lines with white pencil.  Lucky for me I already have the orange hair, but unlucky for me my hatter is missing her hat!  I really dug this one even though I was missing quite a bit.... but this look still pulled together!!!

This look features Illamasqua white foundation mixed with Mac NW15 Studio Fix Foundation.  I then used various pink, purple and red eyeshadows around the eyes and cheeks.  There weren't any particular name brands here as I pulled the colors from an OLD makeup bag.  As I said earlier, the eyeliner is white and those AWESOME brows (I'm so proud of them) were painted on using Diamond FX in orange.  Finally, the lips were done using Burt's Bee's Fig Lip Shimmer.  I think this one might be a keeper this Halloween!!!  If only I had that AWESOME hat.....

*Contacts are white manson contacts from ColorLens4Less.com.  These are NOT white out lenses, so my blue eyes show through making them look a bit gray.  One of these days I would LOVE to get the actual green manson lenses that were used in the movie.... one of these days.  It won't be this year, there's only 12 DAYS LEFT TILL HALLOWEEN!!! YAYAYAYAYAYAY!

UPDATE:  I WILL have my hatter hat this year!!!  Check THIS out.... it's BRILLIANT!!! 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Fire Breather

Ok, so this one is just a quick one.  I got my yellow cat eye contacts the other day and couldn't wait to put them in and play.  I originally was going to do a cat face for my next Halloween look in my Halloween series, but when I put the contacts in they turned green up against my blue eyes.  That's ok, I kind of dig the green hue, I just wish the color was more intense!!!  And a little thing I JUST learned with contacts.... THEY MOVE!!!  It was SO HARD keeping the vertical pupils vertical!!! But they were in and so this abstract dragon emerged.

As before, this look features Ben Nye and Diamond FX makeup.  I used #2 and #4 round brushes along with a 3/4" flat brush... but no wig this time, so nobody laugh at my hair!  LOL!  The yellow cat eye contacts came from Colorlens4less.com (my blue eyes show through the yellow making them more of a greenish yellow cat eye).

I'm thinking I need a little more practice.  The left side of my face is HORRIBLY different than the right side.  It was so difficult angling the brush on that side.  I'm very uncoordinated, but hopefully will progress as Halloween gets closer.  Word to the wise, if you're going for a special look this Halloween, BE SURE to practice your look before Halloween gets here.  Take it from me... there is NOTHING more frustrating than al

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fall High Five

I am absolutely gaga and over the moon for this Great Pumpkin cake!!!  So BECAUSE of this awesome cake (that by the way, gets a MILLION high fives from me), I decided to host a Pampered Chef show ONLINE!!!  I NEED that fluted cake pan...don't you???  So no matter where you live in the United States, you can join the party... your stuff will ship to you.   Here's all you need to do:
  • Simply go to http://pamperedchef.biz/alisonheikkila
  • Click on "Shop"
  • Choose "Pick a host"
  • Type "Danielle" in the first host name box
  • And "Johnson" in the second
  • Then shop till your heart's content!!!

How easy is THAT?!?  What a perfect way to celebrate the fall season.  Personally, I think this cake would look fabulous on EVERYONE'S table, and I'm working on a GLUTEN FREE Pumpkin Spice cake recipe JUST for this awesome pan and just in time for my Halloween festivities.

I'm sorry, did I say one million high fives.... I meant TWO MILLION!!!  I cannot wait to get my hands on this pan.  And if you're as excited as I am, be sure to act quick.... my party closes on October 9th!  I just love Fall!!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Climbing Back On The Horse

So it has been a long week and a half since my good friend Trish passed away and THANKFULLY another dear friend came in to town to make me feel WORLDS better.  She even allowed me to use her as a guinea pig model for my Halloween series here on my blog:

Now THAT is friendship!!!  Check her out!!!
I'm telling you.... the right makeup and brushes makes the WORLD of difference when putting together a look for Halloween.  This was my first attempt at doing someone else's makeup, but I'm thinking that I'll keep practicing.  Maybe I'll offer to do Halloween makeup for ALL of my friends!  Anyone brave enough?  LOL!  HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

So for those who might be wondering what I used for this look...
  • Diamond FX White applied with a lightly dampened makeup sponge for the white base
  • Ben Nye Pressed Shadows in Brownberry, Black, White and Soleil Red
  • Black details were done with Ben Nye Cake Liner mixed with a couple of drops of Ben Nye LiquiSet
  • The final details using the same Diamond FX White that I used for the base applied with a thin round brush.
  • Lipstick is OPI Lip Color in St. Petersburgundy
And that is it!  And can I say, SHE LOVED IT!!!  Even when I sealed her eyes shut applying the cake liner mixed with the LiquiSet on her lids and around her eyes.  We were laughing in hysterics while I used a warm, wet washcloth to free her lashes so she could open her eyes!!!  Another benefit of the right makeup for Halloween.  MOST Halloween makeup lines are water based making messes quick to clean up/fix!!!  I think that was a good lesson to learn on my very first victim model in my very first Halloween series.  27 DAYS TO GO!!!