Here’s my first Halloween make up tutorial, sorry for the wait! I did this make up around a year ago for a social at university and it went down really well so I’ve recreated it here. Okay, so maybe a leopard isn’t the scariest costume in terms of blood and gore, but these things would totally kill you if they were scared and right in front of you, so there’s that.
1. This look is actually really easy to achieve, with the eyeliner being the only slightly tricky part. To start off, apply your primer and foundation as normal (if you wear any) because you can’t go back and do this afterwards.
2. Fill in your eyebrows however you normally do, but go slightly darker and fuller. I normally use a medium brown shadow from the Collection eyebrow kit but used a Rimmel pencil in 004 ‘black brown’ for these brows. Make them look slightly less naturally than usual – think fierce.
3. To make the leopard’s spots I used a black liquid eyeliner. Again I used a Collection one, because it’s so highly pigmented. Draw several rough ‘C’ shapes at all different angles (eg. so that some of them are more like ‘n’s) along the side of your face and up along your forehead up to about where your eyebrow ends. The C shapes should be slightly rough and wonky – not uniform at all. Make them quite thick and about the size of a 5p, or very slightly bigger.
4. Once you’re happy with the shape, size and number of your spots, it’s time to colour them in. For this I used Urban Decay eye shadow in ‘Underground’ and ‘Shag’ which are metallic brown colours. I then used Urban Decay’s ‘Zero’ which is a dark grey/black colour.
Simply colour in the dent in the ‘C’ shapes, covering slightly less than the whole space with the brown shadows. Using two different shades allows you to make the spots look slightly more 3D, so alternate and blend the two. Be careful not to use too much powder in case it falls down your face.
Next, line back around the edges with the black eyeshadow to make it look slightly fuzzier again. The more messy it is, the more realistic it will look.
5. For my eye make up I applied the same eye shadows to my lids, (but without Zero) blending the Shag from my inner eyes and the Underground from the outer edges. I then lined my top eyelid with liquid eyeliner, stopping at the corner of my eye and then lined the bottom, starting about 1cm from the inner corner of my eye.
Next go back and extend the line in a smooth motion up towards the edge of your eyebrow and down towards the ridge of your nose. You want the two lines to look as though they would connect through your eye.
6. To finish your eyes apply white powder or face paint – both are good, you want it to be as highly pigmented as possible – down from the corner of your eye towards the start of your bottom eyeliner – it should form a triangle shape. Apply your mascara as usual.
7. Now the hard part is over, simply draw on whiskers by drawing dots with liquid eyeliner in rows up from your mouth towards your ears. Make 2 of these rows on each side of your face.
8. Finally draw a line from the tip of your nose about 1cm down and colour in the very tip of your nose with liquid eyeliner, making sure these lines are as straight as possible.
Spray setting spray or hair spray over your face (with your eyes shut) to keep it all in place.
Now throw on your ears and as much leopard print clothing as you can find! Voila! Let me know what you think and as always feel free to ask any questions in the comments!