Soooooo, you've shown up to your annual Halloween party in basically every animal costume you could think of (and, yes, that includes the three years you went as a cat). If you're looking to mix things up this year—and, like, why wouldn't you?—it's time to meet your new go-to: this giraffe Halloween makeup tutorial.
It's definitely cooler than a pair of mousse ears, but it's honestly just as easy. All you'll need is a few makeup sponges, some face paint, and a couple makeup essentials you absolutely already own (see: foundation and mascara). Oh, and I broke down all the steps for you, ahead, so there's really no excuse not to try out this cute look.
Step 1: Line Your Crease
First thing's first: Smooth an eyeshadow primer across your lids so your look stays in place allllll night. Then, starting from the inside corner, line the crease of your eye with a matte chocolate-brown shadow (a pencil brush should help you get a fairly precise line). When you reach the outside corner, draw a slight flick up toward your eyebrow.
Step 2: Blend Your Eyeshadow
Step 3: Add Gold Shimmer
Step 4: Line Your Bottom Lashes
Step 5: Draw a Cat Eye
Step 6: Add Some Falsies
After a few coats of black mascara, tack on some fluttery fake eyelashes to really make your eyes stand out.
Step 7: Apply a Neutral Lipstick
Your lips aren't really the focus of this look, so opt for a subtle shade that suits your skin tone.
Step 8: Get Crafty
Now comes the fun part. Cut the edges of a few makeup sponges, which you'll use in step nine to stamp your giraffe spots. You'll want about three or four stamps (varying in size and shape) to get the most realistic-looking spots.
Step 9: Stamp Your Face and Neck
To make your spots stand out, choose a waterproof foundation with warm or yellow undertones in a shade that contrasts with your skin tone. First, dip your sponge evenly in the waterproof foundation, wiping off any excess product. Then, carefully press it onto the side of your face and down your neck. Make sure to alternate sponges to create the pattern you want.
Step 10: Set It All in Place
Even though you've used a waterproof foundation, you'll want to set it with a powder or spray to lock it down. For the final touch, sprinkle on a little gold shimmer with a fan brush (you can make things easy on yourself by using the same gold pigment from step three).
And now you're all set! Damn—you look great.
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