Halloween is one of the most exciting holidays in the year for me, as I love experimenting with makeup and shocking my friends with my extravagant costumes. This year, I’m planning on using my special effects makeup application skills to help support a good cause. This cat makeup tutorial created in collaboration with Fresh Step to raise awareness of cat adoption, eliminate the “cat lady” stigma that is associated with adopting a cat, and inspire people from all over the world to share their feline-inspired looks. Okay, on this note let’s jump into our Halloween makeup tutorial.
Step 1: Primer
Start by applying a makeup primer on your skin that creates a matte effect. Since Halloween is all about having fun and taking lots of photos, I decided to use Smashbox Photo Finish Primer to create an oil-free, durable basis for my cat makeup look.
Step 2: Foundation
Pick your favorite full-coverage foundation and apply it thoroughly all over your face, neck, and ears. If you have by any chance a slightly lighter shade foundation in your collection that you barely use, Halloween is a good time to give it a go, as a little bit of a “ghostly” look is actually preferred on All Hallows’ Eve. For the purposed of this tutorial, I picked an affordable medium to full-coverage Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation by Milani in shade #01 Creamy Vanilla that I applied with my beauty blender.
Step 3: Concealer
Concealer is a must for this look, so choose wisely. I picked a new Fit Me! Concealer by Maybelline New York in shade #10 Light and applied it with my all-time favorite concealer brush by e.l.f. Cosmetics.
Step 4: Brows
It’s eyebrow time! I don’t want to spend lots of time here explaining how I usually do my brows since you can read my step-by-step brows tutorial in this post. All I have to mention here is that I would go for dark brown or black brows for this Halloween look.
Step 5: Eyeshadow Primer
Apply your favorite eyeshadow primer so your Halloween look lasts all night long. My current favorite product is Eyeshadow Primer Portion by Urban Decay that I apply with my fingertips all over my lid.
Step 6: Eyeliner
Today, our eye makeup will be a bit more comprehensive than usual, so be prepared to spend a good 15 minutes on your eyes only.
First, pick a large eyeshadow brush and apply a translucent shade of ivory eyeshadow all over your lid and under the brow. I used the shade Ivy from Too Faced by NikkieTutorial The Power of Makeup Palette.
Then, pick your favorite thin black liquid eyeliner (I used Too Faced Sketch Marker) and outline it the way you usually do while creating a winged eyeliner look. This time, keep the outer corner of your liner much more dramatic than you usually do, but don’t let the outer corner of your brow touch your winged eyeliner.
Using the same eyeliner, start working on the lower lid. Elongate the inner corner of your lid so your eyeliner is almost touching your nose and keep the line all the way toward the tail of your winged eyeliner.
Step 7: Eyeshadow
Pick up a bit of a golden eyeshadow with an angled brush and paint an extra-thin line on your upper lid. My rule of thumb is that this golden line is approximately twice as thick as the one we created with a black eyeliner. For this tutorial, I picked the Irresistible shade from Too Faced by NikkieTutorial The Power of Makeup palette and applied it with an Inglot angled brush (you can also use an eyeshadow stick such as e.l.f. Eyeliner & Shadow Stick in #81103).
Outline the inner lid with a golden or green liner, such as a Basic Eyeliner from e.l.f. Eyeliner & Shadow Stick in #81103.
Pick your favorite glittery black eyeshadow and emphasize the crease with it. Do not fill in the space between the golden eyeliner and the crease of your eyelid with any other eyeshadow. Just leave it as it is.
Apply a good amount of white glitter on the inner corner of your eye. Add just a little bit of the same glitter under the brow.
Step 8: Falsies
Pick the most dramatic eyelashes you have in your collection and apply them using hypoallergenic glue. In this tutorial, I used the Dramatic Lash Kit by e.l.f. cosmetics, which is so perfect for creating out-of-the-box full-lash looks.
Step 9: Contour
Let’s contour your nose so it looks more cat-like.
First, pick up a small eyeshadow blending brush and paint two parallel lines on the sides of your nose with your favorite powder contouring product (I used Chocolate Soleil from Too Faced by NikkieTutorial The Power of Makeup palette). Then, connect those parallel lines with the lower side of eyebrows and soften the line with a blending brush.
Apply a thin line of highlighter (I used Wet n Wild MegaGlo Illuminating Palette) in the middle of the nose to visually elongate it and make it look thinner.
Emphasize your cheekbones by applying a contouring shade underneath your cheeks. With a highlighter brush, apply a generous amount of the same highlighter to the cheekbone and skip using blush.
Step 10: Cat Nose
Pick a thick ink eyeliner and outline the bottom part of your nose to create a “cat-like” look. In this tutorial, I used the Intense Ink Eyeliner by e.l.f. cosmetics as it features a thick applicator, but if you wish you could continue using the Too Faced liner I mentioned in Step 6.
Using a thin eyeliner, draw a thin line from the middle of your nose through the cupid’s bow to the upper side of your lips.
Step 11: Lips
For lips, I decided to use two colors of lipstick. Black on the top and bottom lips and red in the middle of the lower lip—to create an ombre effect. To do so, start with a red shade first (I used Stila Stay All Day Matte Lipstick in Bisou) and build up a darker shade on top of it (I picked Moisturizing Lipstick by e.l.f. cosmetics in Black Out).
Step 12: Whiskers
Pick a sparkly white eyeshadow or a highlighter and draw a circle on each the side of the nose. Use a liquid eyeliner to put a few dots on your face so you look more cat-like.
That’s about it! I recommend finishing the look with your favorite setting spray so your Halloween makeup lasts all night long!