I wish it was socially acceptable to dress up in a costume at any time. Like, if I woke up one morning and decided to wear fairy wings to work, I’d want that to be okay with HR. But until that happens, it seems us costume-and-makeup enthusiasts will have to embrace Halloween as the designated day to become whatever we feel like transforming into.
Last Halloween, I posted a brief compilation of easy Halloween costume ideas that I’ve done in previous years. You’ll notice that in that compilation, I dressed up as Ariel (are we even surprised?). I would honestly be a mermaid again and again, creating different looks each time, but at the end of the day, I wanted something simple, budget-friendly and comfortable to wear at the office. Mermaid tails are not that easy to walk around in, let me tell you!
I still wanted to be a whimsical creature, so I became a unicorn.
There are many crafty and unique ways to create a unicorn costume, but I opted for the 2-for-1 deal. I wore this cute unicorn headband and a multicolour wig that I ended up braiding to the side.
I also added this pastel braided headband to add a little playful accessory.
My outfit was kept neutral to keep the focus on the headwear and makeup. I wore a pastel light blue sweater made of shimmery fabric for unicorn appeal. The bonus was that it kept me warm and was loose enough that I could eat extra candy.
And now for the fun part – the makeup!
I already owned a handful of pastel and iridescent eyeshadows, so after watching a few YouTube tutorials for inspiration, I played around with what I had and whipped up a look without any exact direction. For this look, precision isn’t necessary. I just winged it – eyeliner, and all.
For the pink and purple base of my eyeshadow, I actually used liquid lipstick (more on that below). I then used “Spectra” and “Orion” from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit to build up the shimmer and iridescence. I just packed it on and blended until I achieved the desired mix of purples and blues that I wanted. I also used both of those colours on my cheekbones as highlighter.
Of course, I used my Tarte Be a Mermaid & Make Waves eyeshadow palette as well. I used the colours “Bubbles” and “Splash” on my lids, and I used “Lagoon” for the crease and lash lines.
As you can see, it’s not a precise eyeshadow look, just a blend of multicolour pinks, purples and blues, and a whole lot of shimmer.
Speaking of shimmer, I did not shy away from bringing my highlighter game to an extra level. I chose my most blinged-out highlighters that I own, respectively Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter and the INGLOT Sparkling Dust Face Eyes Body in 01. This was a perfect highlighter base before topping it with the “Spectra” and “Orion” mentioned above. It helped amplify that extra glow.
For lips, I basically created a cocktail. I used two shades from the NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks. I first applied “Sway” which is the purple shade, and then I applied “Respect The Pink” which is the bubble-gum pink shade. This was the perfect colour combo to create a unicorn pout. These are also the colours I used as my eyeshadow base, mentioned above!
Because they are matte liquid lipsticks, they are long-lasting which is what you want for costume makeup. But on that same token, matte means no shine, and err’body knows that unicorns are shimmering and iridescent creatures.
So to add some dazzle to the lips, I slapped on the Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Polish Gloss in Iris. which is a gorgeous fuchsia with blue and purple iridescent shine. Bonus: it applies in a minty tingle and then somehow smells like cupcakes at the same time. Don’t ask, it’s that magical of a product.
Et voila! A fun, simple, colourful, playful, mythical creature that has come to life and ready to eat all the chocolate and caramel popcorn she can find.