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Halloween doesn’t have to be all guts and gore. Here’s how to grow-up your look and celebrate spooky season in style
Prime nails with Sally Hansen Double Duty Base & Top Coat, £5.25/525 points (13.3ml), then apply two coats of Bourjois La Laque Gel Nail Polish in Reddy For Love, £6.99/699 points (10ml). Next, spill a puddle of Essie Gel Couture Nail Colour in Hang Up The Heels, £9.99/999 points (13.5ml), and dip in the Smashbox Arced Liner Brush, £16/1,600 points, to paint the black outline. For the drips, dab three dots with a cuticle stick and smudge with the make-up brush. Finish with Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat, £7.99/799 points (11.7ml). Match your eye look with graphic red and black flicks. Apply Smashbox Limitless Waterproof Liquid Liner Pen* Boots Exclusive £18/1,800 points, to upper lashlines, flicking towards your brows at the corners. Use a red lip pencil for the lower lines – we like L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Lip Liner in Perfect Red, £4.99/ 499 points. Stretch it outwards, from below the pupils, to sit under the black flicks. Add a sweep of Rimmel London Wonder’fully Real Mascara, £7.99/799 points.
Behind the scenes secret:
Keep your mani neat by tightly gripping the bottle lid as you paint. ‘This helps control where you place the polish, preventing messy lines,’ explains manicurist Chisato.
Prep the eye areas with Smashbox Photo Finish 24-Hour Shadow Primer, £20/2,000 points (12ml), applying it with your finger so that the eyeshadow will stay put for longer. Draw the outline of the flicks with Sleek Makeup Eau La La Liner in Pumpkin, £4.99/499 points, starting from the inner corners and stretching around the socket lines, finishing with flicks that point up, towards the eyebrows. Draw a straight line from the top of the flicks to the middle of the socket lines and colour in any gaps. Then, at the inner corners, draw a line up, towards the edge of the inner brows and in, towards the middle (just above the pupil). Step back from the mirror to check the shape and, with a thin, slanted eyeshadow brush dipped in NYX Professional Makeup Hot Singles Eye Shadow in LOL*, £3.50/350 points, fill in the gaps. Go over the corners and edges to straighten the lines and add definition. Finish with black mascara.
To create the orange dots, Chisato soaked the end of a cuticle stick in an orange polish and gently dabbed it onto the nails, making perfect circles.
First, outline your lips with Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Liner in Brick Red, £3.99/399 points. Apply two coats of a matte red lipstick – we love Sleek Makeup Matte Me in Fired Up, £4.99/499 points. Using a lip brush, such as No7 Retractable Lip Brush Boots Exclusive £8/800 points, will help keep it precise. Blend the colour right into the inner corners and up to the liner for a dramatic and solid ‘stamped on’ effect. For the gold highlight, clean the lip brush and, while it’s still wet, dip it into Barry M Fine Glitter Dust in Yellow Gold, £4.59/459 points. Tap off any excess and brush a fine line along the arch of your Cupid’s bow. If any glitter falls below, simply clean the lip brush again and layer on more lipstick to cover it up.
Make it last:
‘To help ensure that your lipstick stays put, prep lips by rubbing them with a dry flannel. This removes oily residue after cleansing, which will make the lipstick slide off,’ advises make-up artist Julie Read. ‘It also scrubs away any dry flakes, which can cause chapping.’
Photography Elise Dumontet Words Donna Francis Hair and make-up Julie Read Nails Chisato Model Danea at Nevs