[2020 Halloween Makeup] Quick and easy but Scary Resting Witch Face Makeup Guide

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Is there a middle ground between going full Heidi Klum on Halloween and ignoring the holiday altogether? If you’ve forgotten to plan a costume this year or just aren’t attending a dress-up event, fear not: you can embrace the spookiest day of the year in a more subtle way. Boost your hex appeal with makeup!

Makeup artist Tyla Doyle shared with us her favorite Halloween-but-also-day-job-appropriate looks.

“Something that’s vampy and feels festive for Halloween that I like to wear when I’m not doing a full costume is a dark lip with a winged liner and big brows,” she says.

She quotes the classic Dolce & Gabbana runway beauty looks as a source of inspiration. “Something like that, without going overboard, can make you feel more Halloween-y and autumnal.”

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How to pull off a spooky dark lip without looking unintentionally scary once it smears and gets on your teeth? First, make sure your canvas is smooth: soften the skin, and then gently exfoliate the dead cells.

“I usually put on some facial moisturizer on my lips and after a few minutes wipe it off with a bit of tissue,” says Doyle. Then, use lip liner and fill the entire lip to create a base. “You won’t have to apply that much [lipstick] and it will prevent it bleeding and getting on your teeth,” she adds.

Next step: blot. If you want to be extra safe, put a blotting paper or a thin tissue on your painted lips and stipple them with a brush that has a little translucent powder on it. You can even use eyeshadow in a similar shade, according to Doyle, to really make sure the colour is pushed into the lips and sealed.

A personal favourite of hers is Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment in Done It Again, describe it as a, “really really dark brown which I think is so nice for autumn”. Doyle is a big fan of Fenty Beauty’s new collection Colour Unveil, particularly Stunna lip paint in shade Uninvited, which Doyle gushes about. “A black lipstick is really hard to [create], and this one is amazing.”

For a classic red lip, Doyle recommends Matte Revolution in Red Carpet Red by Charlotte Tilbury, a cool-toned lipstick that is universally flattering. Her hot tip for the colder months: as the temperature drops outside, you should move into cooler tones of makeup and stay away from bright orange or bright pink lipsticks, because it can look out of place as the natural light outside gets cooler.

The best part about all this? You can wear this makeup to work AND head out straight after.

Ghouls’ night out, anyone?

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