Halloween can be stressful if you don’t know what you want to be of if you’re a last minute person… like the most of us! So, if you haven’t started thinking about it yet or if you are having trouble executing your grand ideas, hopefully these tips and tricks from the talented women behind AX Art Makeup & Hair will help you get your spook on!
Tip 1: Making your own lipstick. Let’s face it: no one wants to spend $20-$30 on a tube of black lipstick that you’ll only use once. So why not make your own? Use clear lip gloss or some Vaseline and add your eyeshadow to it! Scrape the eyeshadow from any color you want to create using a butter knife into a small container or right onto a plate and mix that color up!
Tip 2: Lighter Foundation. One mistake people make while trying to create a ghoulish look is using white clown makeup from the costume store directly onto the face. NO! The texture is bad and it is just too white! Unless you actually want to be a clown, don’t do it. Instead, add the white to your regular foundation. The texture blends onto your skin much better. Adding just a little bit of white is the perfect way to achieve a scarier ‘dead look’ for something like a vampire, ghost, black swan, zombie… whatever you want! Just remember to bring the color down the neck too, and don’t forget the ears! (Hands too if you really wanna get into it!)
Tip 3: Using stencils. A mermaid and snake are always cool costume ideas – and they can look really great without much effort. Get some fishnet stockings, have a friend help hold the stocking on your forehead and temples then simply brush overtop with a green, purple or blue eye shadow. It makes your mermaid costume look that much cooler and people are gonna be asking you how you did that.
Tip 4: Making scabs. You can easily make scary looking scabs with just some paper towel and wet glue (the white stuff that comes in a squeeze bottle you used as a kid!) Apply a thin layer of glue onto the face then add a small piece of ripped paper towel. Layer with glue, then paper towel for about 3-4 layers. Try scrunching up each layer to build an irregular texture. Once dry, color over top with your foundation and some dark purple, red and black eyeshadow. Add lots of fake blood… and voila, you’ve made your own gashes without spending much money at all!
Tip 5: Lash Out! When all else fails, get some crazy lashes! They really transform your face. You can get some pretty cool ones at Dressew for less than $5. They have everything from colorful lashes to lashes with feathers. It’s so much fun – why not try something different?!
About the women behind AX Art, The Makeup & Hair Artistry Team
Xoey: I have always had a passion for the arts. I love to draw and sketch and I am drawn to the beauty and the artistic side of makeup. In high school, I was the brow queen! I was shaping and filling in brows before the brow obsession became ‘a thing’. That was my first dabble in doing makeup but it was effortless for me. I got to combine my love of art with making others feel good and helping them become a better version of themselves.
I love helping women (and men) feel beautiful but I also love creating characters with makeup. Special FX is one of my specialties. I can create almost anything from small scabs to full on home made prosthetics and let them truly feel like the character they want to become. Makeup can be so many things and I am so lucky to find a profession that can bring out the many sides of my artistic creativity.
Annie: My love for makeup began when I was a little girl, watching in awe as my Aunt meticulously glided on her lipstick. Watching her apply makeup was such an art. Each movement perfectly thought out and perfectly placed upon the face like an act in a ceremony. I watched as she transformed. Not only did her appearance change but the way she moved suddenly felt more dramatic, more elegant, like an actress on the big screen.
I joined NARS and worked on the NARS Artistry team for 2 years working at various NARS events and getting the chance to work with an incredible line and on many different faces. After NARS, I became the Sales and Education Executive for Josie Maran Cosmetics in the lower mainland.
Since then, I have teamed up with Xoey. It turns out we are the perfect team! We have put our focus onto our brand AX Art working as a hair and makeup team extraordinaire for photo shoots, videos, weddings, and anything you would need a makeup artist for! Xoey has a precise eye and incredible attention to detail which is perfect for meticulous and beautifully sculpted looks and hair-dos whereas I have a bit more of a bohemian approach to the way I do makeup and style hair. Either way, we’ve found that our styles perfectly compliment one another and we are always learning and feeding of each other’s creativity.
Not only do we love to do makeup but we LOVE to see how happy and how much makeup transforms our clients. It is truly what we do this for and the best part of it all.