Halloween Makeup Tutorial: Cleopatra, Harley Quinn and Pop Art

We’ve all been there. A last-minute costume party invite and the sudden panic over nothing to wear or ideas to whip together. Thankfully, we’re taking the guesswork out of Halloween this year with the coolest beauty-inspired costumes that’ll have everyone begging you for the how-tos. We asked three Glow editors for their dress-up tips, tricks and inspirations. The hardest part? Deciding which character you want to be first.

The Editor: Lisa Hannam


The Look: Liz Taylor in the 1963 flick Cleopatra
This is an iconic look that’s a total beauty commitment. It’s solid colour from the lids to the brows. I love the impact this makes.


The Products: Marcelle Forever Sharp Waterproof Eyebrow Liner in Medium Brown, Essence Dip Eyeliner in Black, Maybelline Color Tattoo by EyeStudio in Tenacious Teal and NYC Get It All Mascara in Extreme Black.


How To:
– It starts with the eyebrows. I went big, oversized and thick. The key to nailing Liz’s brows is to draw a long, skinny end that meets up with the graphic cat eye. Then, once your brows are big and full, start lining your eyes.
– Where the brow ends, now extend that line with the black eyeliner for about a centimetre. Do the same with the other eye. Then draw a line from the top of the eyeliner to the outer corner of your eye. Do the same with the bottom. Fill in that triangle-like box with eyeliner. Do the same for the other eye. This will give it some time to dry. If it cracks, just fill it in. Now, line the full eye above the top and below the bottom lashes. Be sure to that the inner eyeliner has a point.
– Using a small eyeshadow brush, carefully apply the shadow from your brow bone down to your eyeliner. Fill in the shadow with a larger eyeshadow brush. You’ll want this to be opaque, so keep applying for an even look.
– Apply a coat of mascara and your favourite nude lippy, and you’re ready to rule your own empire.

The Editor: Emily MacCulloch


The Look: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad
I predict that this look is going to be super-popular this year as this flick was such a blockbuster. And if you want to wear it—lucky for you—it’s super easy to recreate.


The Products: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette in Avant Garde Azure, NYX High Definition Blush in Crimson, Rimmel London Magnif’eyes Mono Eye Shadow in Black Fender, L’Oréal Paris Super Liner Superstar Eye Liner, Maybelline New York Color Jolt Intense Lip Paint in Red-dy or Not


How To:
– Apply a powder foundation all over your face to give your skin a pale, matte look (no blush here).
– Buff the bottom left shade in the L’Oréal Paris palette all over your lid and lower lash line using your finger then blend it with a fluffy eye brush.
– Continue to apply the shadow onto the outer corner of your eye and down your cheek a little bit. Tip: it doesn’t have to look perfect; you want it to look messy.
– On your other eyes, apply the NYX blush in the same pattern, but a little messier and more dramatic.
– Dab a little bit of the Rimmel London shadow onto the outer corners of your eyes over top of the blue and red and buff it out.
– Draw on a cat eye using the L’Oréal Paris liquid liner and draw a small heart on your cheekbone.
– Fill in your lips with the Maybelline New York lipstick then smudge the bottom left corner down a bit.
– And you’re done! The trick to this look is to have fun with it and remember: it’s not about symmetry, the messier the better!

The Editor: Nicole Keen


The Look: Pop art makeup inspired by Roy Lichtenstein’s paintings.
I really liked the idea of exaggerating my features and creating a dramatic, cartoony version of myself.


The Products: Revlon ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner in Black Out, Essence Smokey 2 in 1 Khôl Liner in White, Rimmel London Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick in Tempting Turquoise, Maybelline New York the Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara, Quo Eyelash Kit in Natural and CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Crimson Cat.


How To:
-I started with the pops of colour, applying red lipstick to my lips and white liner to my lower lash lines.
-Next I used the black liquid liner to create dramatic brows (over my natural brows), outline my lips and eyes and create frown lines down the centre of my face (following my natural lines). FYI: If I were to try this look again I would sketch out the lines with a black pencil before filling things in with the liquid liner.
-To add more detail to my eyes, I used the liquid liner to draw lashes on my upper and lower lids before adding mascara and gluing on false eyelashes.
-Then I used the blue eye shadow stick to create tears below one of my eyes, and I lined the shape with black liquid liner.
-Last but not least, I created highlights on my tears and lips with the white liner for a 3D effect. This look was definitely a bit labour intensive, but the payoff was well worth the effort, and in the end I really felt like a pop art princess.