Happy Spooky Season, my lovely Champagne Dreamers! I’m back with another Face Friday, and this time we’re playing with the BH Cosmetics Drop Dead Gorgeous Halloween collection that I reviewed this last Makeup Monday, and I’m creating a couple of creepy options that you could use to create your most Spooktacular witchy look for the big day! I was super excited to get to play with these products, and I even got to bring in one of the Milani Alter Ego Halloween products as well! If you liked that review or if you picked up any of those products for yourself, be sure to check out next week’s Face Friday: I’m planning to do a full face of Milani and use the Halloween collection to create a look!
Here’s the final look:
I haven’t busted out that purple/magenta wig for a hot minute (since way back when I did the purple monochromatic Face Friday post!) and it was a perfect match to this darkly sinister purple and blue look with two variations on a witchy theme: bloody claw marks and spirit fire! I hate to admit it, but I think the claws kind of overpower the fire side of the look, but don’t sorry – you’ll get to see some closeups of that look as well as we go along!
The first step, as always, is to prime, and I decided that since I was doing two options for the look, I could also get two primer options! I started by laying down the OMFG Cosmetics Face Primer to fill in my pores a little and even out the color. This was a product I got in a mystery box from the brand; it was fine, but I have better options. I’m just trying to work my way through it so that I can look toward replacing it with more exciting options! After the OMFG, I laid down the Too Faced Dew You Fresh Glow Luminous Primer. It seems like Too Faced is discontinuing the Tutti Fruitti collection and I’m super sad about this! I was planning to repurchase this primer and I think this shade might still be on the website. If not, I’ll have to hope that some leftovers end up at TJ Maxx so that I can hold on as long as possible!
I was feeling extra red today, and really the primer took care of most of the pink tones in my skin, but I still wanted to even things out with a little color corrector. I used the Jeffree Star Magic Star Concealer in Green. I’m still not actively promoting reviewing Jeffree Star products on this site, but I’ve got more of this to use up, so it’s just going to pop up from time to time until I run out, or until I find a better color corrector (the Crayon Case one that I have is just too pigmented and doesn’t blend out as well!).
For my face, I’ve been loving the Juvia’s Place I Am Magic foundation in 610 Cebu, and the Uoma Beauty Stay Woke Concealer in White Pearl T1. Still loving these products, so no change there, and I actually like this shade of White Pearl better with the Juvia’s than I do with the Uoma foundation. I still want to pick up a lighter shade to use with the Uoma foundation to get a more highlighted look, but it’s a great complement here.
No surprises here: baked under the eyes with the Give Me Glow Cosmetics Baking & Loose Setting Powder in Sugar Cookie, then I primed my eyes with the Morphe Eyelid Primer in Translucent.
For the eye look, I wanted to use the BH Cosmetics Drop Dead Gorgeous collection that was released for Halloween. I used the larger 14-pan palette and the glitter blood; I didn’t end up using the smaller 8-pan palette per se, but 4 of the 8 shades in that are repeats of shades from the larger palette, and three of the shades that I used (Devil Wears It, V-amped, and Black Magic) are in both palettes. But the purple and blue shades that I used for the bulk of this look are only in the larger palette.
First I took the shade Dazed, a bright orchid matte, and put that on the inner portion of the eye, taking it about halfway in across the eye and lid. I like angled looks, but I left the boundary line pretty vertical this time around. I wanted to try a different shape, and when I add the shimmer I’m going to be able to get some more curve!
Next I took the navy matte shade Poison and took that from the very edge of the purple shade and look that all the way to the arch and out to the outer corner of the eye.
Next I used the (sorta) matte black shade Black magic to darken the outer-v of the eye. It’s a pretty subtle change, and I would have liked more pigment from the black, but I got some depth that I was looking for so I went with it.
Next, I took the glittery blue shade Ravishing and used that to blend together the boundary between the two mattes and took it all the way up to the arch.
If you wanted to just add a lower lash line color and some mascara or lashes, this would be a great colorful look that you could wear out and about without it being Halloween. It’s a little smoky and has some color, and could be a fun night out look!
I knew that I wasn’t going to be doing brows because of the Halloween effects that I was adding, so I wanted to give the look a little more structure. I took the Black Magic shade on a small detail brush and created a smooth, crisp outline from the inner corner/nose all the way around the arch.
Here is where I start the first of the two witchy eye looks. For this side, I’m going to be doing sort of a “spirit fire” look, so I took the same detail brush I used to create the black border and I used the red matte shade V-amped: I pressed it in along the black, and then used the brush to start dragging it outward to create the “tongues” of the flames. I didn’t want to be too literal, just suggesting a sort of flame look.
To give the flames a little more body, next I went into the red shimmer shade Devil Wears It and placed that over the matte red and intensified the flame look, creating a stronger shape, and blending it in and around the matte red to get some slight definition.
Next, I took the periwinkle matte shade Dramatic and blended that into the inner corner of the orchid shade from the beginning, taking it a fair ways down the nose and onto the inner third of the lower lash line. For a more wearable look, you could still blend this shade into the inner parts of the eye and just keep it off the nose for some additional color in the look. For this look, I wanted to bottom part of the look to be messy and look smudged to get a more witch-like, creepy feeling. If that makes your inner witch twitch, you can make it as crisp and clean as you like!
I finished the rest of the lower lash line with more of the navy shade Poison. I also added Damn Girl! Mascara by Too Faced to darken my lashes before adding falsies. There is still more to go with this eye (as well as the second other look!) but I wanted to get the rest of the eye finished up before I put on those touches, so that I wouldn’t accidentally disturb the detail work when adding the lashes.
I’m nothing if not predictable: I wanted a spiky lash for this look, so I busted out my tried and true Double Cheeseburger lashes from GlamLite! Their lashes are amazing, and this set has been a wonderful addition to many of my recent Face Friday looks.
Before I moved on, I wanted to add some glitter to the flames, but I didn’t want to use the BH Cosmetics glitter – I wanted there to be a difference between the two looks. Luckily, I had the red and gold ColourPop Bretman Rock Glitterally Obsessed Glitter Gel (which I think is called She Let, but those labels are a nightmare for my old eyes). Unluckily, the gel had pretty much hardened to a solid mass. Undeterred, I used my depotting tool to grab a hunk of the glitter mass and added some MAC Charged Water fixing spray to make it wet and sticky again. Then I used a small detail brush to paint the glitter onto the flames!
For this witchy look, you can repeat the flames on the other eye, or just keep it to one eye for a fun asymmetrical look!
For the claw look, that has to be added last so you don’t disturb it with face powders or other products, so I started in on the rest of my face. I started by contouring my cheeks and neck with the Uoma Beauty Double Take Sculpt + Stroke Duo Stick in Fair Lady. I didn’t do anything on the forehead since I knew that both of the looks were going to go up pretty high and the wig should take care of the rest of the real estate up there.
Next I went with my recent favorite glowy bronzer, Soft Revenge from the Nabla Skin Bronzing Powders collection, and used that to build up the contour and bring it slightly up the cheek. The colors in the cheeks are going to get fairly intense (some might say clownish, if they don’t mind getting slapped in their smart mouths!) but don’t worry – I always have a plan!
Next, I layered on Snapdragon, a deep brownish berry blush from KVD Vegan Beauty. I am in love with these KVD Beauty Everlasting blushes! They don’t come in near enough shades, but they are powdery and soft, and you can use them lightly for a sheer wash of blushy color, or layer them up for a more intense look. More shades, please!
Then I used some of the Everlasting Blush in the shade Peony to lighten up the cheeks and blend into the rest of the cheek. Like I said – there’s a lot going on. Just trust the process!
Before we transform these cheeks, I wanted to add one more color into the mix: the Nabla Skin Glazing powder in the shade Truth across the apples of the cheeks and into the rest of the blended cheek. This adds a little bit of glow and helps to lighten the look and take away some of the intensity.
This next step achieves a few things: it lowers the intensity of the cheek products from the contour up to the blush, it adds some luminosity, and because this particular powder has a pink pearl tone it also brings the cheek closer in line with the cool tones and purples of the eyes! I used the Too Faced Dew Fresh Glow Setting Powder in Translucent Radiant Pearl. I placed this starting on the apples of my cheeks and then buffed it over the rest of the cheeks. I also took some down the nose to set the base for a highlighter.
This is another great use for setting powder, especially a translucent one like Coty Airspun powder: if you go harder on your cheek color than you anticipated, go over it with a setting powder to blend it out and calm it down!
Since I had added a pearly pink tone with the Too Faced powder and my eyes are purple, I wanted blue for my highlight; since I’m not afraid of a chunky, glittery highlight I decided to get some use out of my KVD Vegan Beauty Metal Crush highlighter in the shade Stephonik. These highlighters weren’t bad per se, and I still use them from time to time, but they are definitely powdery and filled with glitter! This shade in particular seems to generate a weird white powder in the pan while you’re swirling your brush. I prefer the pinkier shades, but I wanted the blue tone for this look.
Can we take a moment to just say how much I hope that KVD can pull itself together now that it’s out of the shadow of “she who will not be named?” They had a rough few years where they put out a lot of shite products, and they still seem to be riding the struggle bus since tossing the K in KVD overboard, but when that brand had a good product it was a goddamn banger! I hope they can get it together and start producing memorable products again. And get some new packaging already, so the woke girls can stop bitching about it in every goddamn anti-haul!
I was originally planning to just do a glitter tears look and use the BH Cosmetics glitter blood in place of the tears, but then I thought it might be fun to do a different take! In addition to the fire look, I wanted to create a claw look using black eyeliner and then add a healthy amount of “blood” to up the sparkle – and the creep factor!
I’ve done this sort of look a few times; it’s inspired by an old Queen of Blending, and she was inspired by Phi Phi O’Hara who did this sort of look on Drag Race (I did eventually see her look, but after I had already seen the Queen of Blending’s video). I’ll include the QoB video below if it’s still up and public – I still love her tutorial videos!
To get started, I used the Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Zero to sketch out the shape of the claw marks above and below the eye. I always like to start with a pencil eyeliner and then darken it with a pen liner to help the pen liner last longer (it seems to fair better over the pencil than over the foundation for larger applications like this).
Another KVD product?! What’s going on around here?! Here is the Tattoo Liner in Trooper. I filled the inner part in, though I didn’t worry about being too thorough or precise, because I knew I was adding the blood. When I’ve done this before without the blood effect, I do make sure that the points on the claw marks are sharp and that they don’t bleed out anywhere. But for this look, there will definitely be blood!
Now for the fun part – the blood! I added the BH Cosmetics glitter blood to the upper and lower parts of the claw marks. For the upper marks, I just put the gel within the confines of the black, but for the lower part I started within the claw marks and then used the same sort of method that I use for glitter tears to create “trails” of the blood down my cheeks. I made sure that it started with the black claw mark, but from there you can let gravity – and your imagination! – take you wherever you want to go with it!
For the lips, I didn’t feel like I needed to gild the lily with a super complicated lip look. I know, who am I?! But I wanted to use one of the new Milani Halloween lipsticks, so I did just that! This is the shade Make Believe, and you can check out my review of this collection HERE!
I have to say: this look definitely redeemed the BH Cosmetics collection for me a little bit. It’s still not my favorite, but I was able to get a pretty decent look, and I was surprised that I didn’t have a ton of fallout when I was doing the eyes. The mattes and shimmers blended together beautifully on the eyes, and I love the colors. Of course, I didn’t use the tragic yellow shade, and I’m sticking by that (I said it and I meant it!) but I’m definitely glad I gave these a second chance. The glitter blood was fun to work with, and it actually dried down nicely; it’s not your typical flaky glitter gel, so if you paint on designs or drips like I did here, you’ll get some decent lasting power with it.
So which witch is your favorite? I think the claws turned out really well, and they kind of overpower the look when you see them together, but I was happy with how the flames turned out as well! This was fun, and I’m glad I didn’t just do another glitter tears look! This was a lot more fun, and I got to play on the spooky side!
As always, the links provided in this post are not sponsored or affiliated in any way; I simply provide them so that you can browse products, discover new brands, and make a purchase if you so choose. Don’t feel like you have to have the exact products used to recreate – or alter! – this or any other look you see on the internets. Don’t be afraid to shop your stash! makeup should be fun, and we can all stand to get a little more use out of our collections, couldn’t we?!
Here’s the Queen of Blending video – 8 years later, and it’s still iconic!