Even though you’re reading this months in advance, chances are, you’re still going to procrastinate on your Halloween costume (which, like, same). But instead of leaning into the basic with a pair of cat ears and a cute black dress, why not level up your look with this super-easy (and pretty!) leopard Halloween makeup tutorial?
Not only is this tutorial a surefire way to make your last-minute costume stand out, but it's also ridiculously low-effort, so there's no need to run to Sephora and blow your paycheck on new makeup. Ahead, every tip, trick, and product rec you'll need to nail your Halloween look.
Step 1: Contour
Swipe a creamy contour stick under your cheekbones, down the sides of your nose, and along the sides of your forehead. Don't be afraid to use a heavy hand—you want to make sure the lines look a little harsh.
Step 2: Blend
Blend out just the edges of your contour with a damp makeup sponge, being careful not to spread the product all over your face.
Step 3: Highlight
Sweep concealer under your eyes, on top of your cheekbones, and on the middle of your forehead and chin to really make them pop. Then, you're going to want to let it bake: Dust on translucent powder, wait about five minutes for the powder to soak up any excess oils from your concealer, and then brush it off. You'll be left with a smooth, flawless finish.
Step 4: Contour your eyes
The key to really pulling off this leopard look? Your eyes. Blend a matte, taupe shadow along the crease of you lid to create the illusion of large, deep-set eyes.
Step 5: Draw your cat eye
A cat eye is a major key to your leopard costume (obviously). Line your upper eyelashes with a black liquid liner, starting all the way from your tear duct to really exaggerate the shape, and then wing it out.
Step 6: Draw your nose
Draw a heart shape at the tip of your nose with a black kohl pencil liner, and then fill it in.
Step 7: Line your bottom lashes
Trace below your bottom lashes with a black liquid liner and then top off your lashes with some volumizing mascara. Or, if you want to be a little extra, pop on some falsies before you hit up your Halloween party.
Step 8: Draw your whisker spots
To make your whisker spots fairly precise, press the tip of your black kohl pencil against your skin, spin the pencil in place, and then take it off. You'll be left with the perfect, little black spots.
Step 9: Add leopard spots
With a brown pencil liner, draw little "C" shapes near your temples. To create the illusion of actual leopard spots, you'll want to switch up the pattern, drawing your "C" shapes upside down and backward. Finish it off by defining the spots with black kohl liner.
Step 10: Finish with whiskers
Draw on as many whisker lines as you want with a black kohl pencil liner—I recommend starting with three simple lines, building it up if you feel like you need a little more.
And there you go! Be sure to save these tips for when October 31st rolls around.
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