Making Faces Making Faces Halloween Edition: The Mermaid Annamarie Tendler

Face: Make Up For Ever Diamond Cream in Shade 2, Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Shade 18 (lavender)

Scales: Ben Nye Creme Color in Cosmic Blue, Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Shade 21 (teal), Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Shade 11 (gold), MAC Paint Pot in Delft

Eyeliner: MAC Blacktrack

Eyes: Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Shade 21 (teal)

Eye lashes: Lancome Hypnose Drama, Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Shade 11 (gold)

Lips: NARS Lipstick in Dolce Vita

It’s Halloween, my favorite time of year for many reasons: the pumpkins, the apple cider… and mostly the costuming.  For the month of October I’m going to share with you some Halloween costume ideas. They are pretty makeup intensive, but don’t get discouraged – if you can pull these off, you’ll have the coolest costume at the party.  And anyway, isn’t this holiday all about putting in a little extra work?

When I was a little girl, I would romanticize about becoming a mermaid.  Thing didn’t really pan out for me in that respect, so this costume will have to suffice.

First, I started by applying Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Shade 18 (lavender) with a sponge applicator over my entire face and neck.

Next, I applied a thin layer of Make Up For Ever Diamond Cream in Shade 2 over the entire face, but adding slightly more product to the cheekbones, forehead and chin.  I’m really pale, so I was able to achieve the luminescent effect without looking grey.  If you have dark skin, you will want to mix the products with foundation that matches your skin color to avoid looking grey.

For the eyes, I lined them with Blacktrack, creating a dramatic swooped eye.  Cat eyes are kind of my thing, so I always do them, but you can apply your liner however you think a mermaid would.  I think mermaids are really fancy, but also into the ’60s, so…

Next, I applied Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Shade 21 (teal) as shadow to the entire lid, extending around the eyes and beneath the lower lash line.  I then painted over the eyebrows with Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Shade 11 (gold).

Now on to the scales – and I promise you’re going to laugh when I tell you how I did this.  I took a pair of black fishnet stockings that I never wear and pulled them over my head.  Yeah, that’s right, keep reading.  I held them over my face so the stockings were taught and pretty flat against my skin.  Yes, it was hard to breathe, thank you for asking.  Then, using a sponge applicator and Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Shade 21 (teal), I stippled (small, strong pressing motion – not wiping motion) over areas of my face where I wanted the scales to be.  It can be anywhere; I just chose the cheek, forehead and chin because that’s where the stockings would lay the flattest.  I waited a second for it to dry and then went over certain areas with Ben Nye Creme Color in Cosmic Blue and Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Shade 11 (gold) to add dimension.

I waited a few minutes for the makeup to dry before removing the fishnet stockings from my head.  If anyone saw in my window they probably thought I was a robber, but a fancy one.  I quickly realized I could have just cut the stockings and taped small piece on my face instead of sitting around with fishnets on my head like an idiot, so that’s what I did on my chest and shoulder.  I like to think I made the mistake so you don’t have to and in that sense, I’m really a hero.  Good luck becoming a mermaid!

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  1. If your posting make up tutorials you should be filming them. Its a lot easier to recreate something that you’ve seen done. Just saying good idea on the fishnets tho I was wondering how you did that.

  2. Amazing! I love it!

  3. Gorgeous, Anna. Nice work!