Hi Everyone, I’m back just in time for Halloween with a Pop Art cartoon makeup look! This has been flying around the youtube-sphere for quite a while now and is far from original I know, but one more tutorial is one more helping hand out there for anyone who wants to give it a go. Best of all, it was easily done with the makeup I already had lying around and as such would be a fantastic idea for the mad last-minute rush to get ready for Halloween. I famously suck at being prepared for Halloween so a quick makeup look is always my go-to saviour. I really adore the Lichtenstein-inspired looks floating around, but I had no red costume makeup or anything similar to use for the red dots. That’s when I happened across Shaaanxo’s tutorial on youtube and I fell in love with the colour scheme she used! I really wanted to put my own spin on the look and use unique colours but I couldn’t tear myself away from the yellow eyes and pink lips, so here’s my not-so-original version of the Pop Art cartoon makeup look… Ready to get into it? Yes? Good, let’s go!
Alright, Step One: Get a good base down! This step is really up to you, but I chose Revlon Colorstay for full coverage. Right now I have no fake tan on and I’m nearly about as pale as I can get, so today I used Colorstay in 002 Buff, and worked that right into the skin with my real techniques expert face brush. I then blended some concealer under my eyes and on my blemishes, and set it with some Maybelline ‘Fit Me’ powder for a flawless finish. For blush I used a bright barbie pink colour: Sleek Makeup’s blush in Pixie Pink. It’s so bright and gorgeous and i thought it would be perfect for this look! I just swept to colour right across my cheekbones with my Real Techniques Blush brush. I built the colour up to about a medium opacity, although I wish I had added a bit more for a better contrast with the white dots we’re adding soon.
Step Two: Let’s get the eyes and lips done. I used NYX’s jumbo pencil in Milk a lot in this look, but you can use any similar white base for this part. I put Milk all over my my lid and just above the crease so the yellow pigment would really ‘pop’ and stand out. This whole comic look is big on the bright colours so the brighter, the better! I also mapped out the shape of my tear under my eye with the jumbo pencil. Next, I took a bright yellow colour and pressed it down all over the lid. I just used one from my old 88 palette because I couldn’t find a bright yellow anywhere in my makeup drawer! I would have preferred a brighter, matte shade but this works just fine. I pressed it down onto the white base rather than swept it over because I really wanted a nice opaque build up of colour. I took the yellow right up just above my crease also because I wanted it to be seen when my eyes are open, my lids have that nasty habit of covering up all my hard work as soon as I open them (damnit). Then, I just took a light blue from the same palette and pressed it into the base outline of my tear. Both the colours I used were shimmer unfortunately, I think matte colours would have really popped and looked much nicer but, eh, gotta work with what you’ve got! For the lips, I used Pout About It! Lip colour from Sportsgirl in the shade Wanderlust, which is a bright pink/lilac shade. I chose this one specifically because it was the best-fitting matte pink in my collection but if you have anything brighter, go for it! Before we move on, just work some white liner into your lower lashline and waterline.
Time for Step Three: adding the dots! This part is fairly easy if you’re using the jumbo pencil like I did. You can use white costume makeup or paint with a small brush, a white eyeliner — provided it’s nice and soft — or a jumbo pencil. NYX’s range of jumbo pencils has the best formula and staying power but if you can get your hands on the cheaper LA colours pencils, those will work just fine as well. You want to start drawing the dots in rows around your face, any size and density is fine but I used fairly large and well-spaced dots to save time; any way you prefer will look just fine. If you can keep the dots as evenly spaced and neatly arranged as you can the effect will be much better, but let’s be honest, that’s asking a bit too much of my patience for a last-minute makeup look! Keep adding dots all over until your face is full and looks nice and ridiculous. you can include your neck if you have the patience, but it’s not necessary.
Next comes the tricky part; Step Four: Adding Liner! I say tricky because this took the longest for me to get done, ended up getting pretty messy (ugh!) and learning how to use liners can be pretty difficult for beginners. For this step you will need a liquid or gel eyeliner in black. I stuffed up and chose Maybelline’s eye studio Lasting Drama gel liner, which is more of a creme and is very dry and hard to work with! No matter what I tried, every stroke on my face was streaky and messy-looking. If you can get a good gel liner or a liquid this should be easy peasy. You’ll want to start with a nice, long, winged eye, then start to outline points on your face like a cartoon. It’s hard to explain where to outline using so few words, so use the final picture of this look as a guide. Outline your lips also, mine look pretty messed-up because I have such tiny lips and my gel liner was so dry and crumbly! How frustrating. Fill in your eyebrows and adjust the shape to look more worried/sad (you are crying, remember). Take the time to map out some expression lines and a new crease. I know I’m not describing it very well but you’ll be able to copy off the pictures at the end!
Nearly done! Now for Step Five: finishing touches. Find some nice, big, false eyelashes and apply those. I used some cheap ones from ebay and applied them with some Ardell Lash Glue. Once the glue is dry, add mascara on your top and bottom lashes. Now all that’s left is to go back and fix any small mistakes, add some lines or dots here and there… add some accents to your lips and the tear with some more of your white base. And that’s really it, you’re done! If you’ve got any wigs lying around or a suitable outfit, now is the time to add those. Remember this is just a guide and you can tweak it any way you like. If you want to stay true to the original comics, red dots on your face might be more suitable. Red lips, purple eyes, blue eyes, pink lips, anything you like! Have a happy Halloween everyone!