Make-up masterclass: Five top tips for a butterfly Halloween look
Paddy McGurgan is one of NI's best-known beauty experts and each week he tells us all we need to know about the latest make-up techniques and trends
How excited are we all for Halloween on Thursday? For make-up lovers, it's like being a kid again - dressing up for a night of trick-or-treating and sweet-eating - only they get to create stunningly spooky looks using beauty products.
Over the years, Halloween has become a massive event in Northern Ireland for people to showcase their creativity and talent, so in keeping with that, I'm going to show you how to achieve this butterfly look by Belfast make-up artist Oriane Swain.
Let me start off by saying that I absolutely love this look because it's just scary enough for Halloween but it still has an element of pretty as well, meaning it works for everyone. And I must add that when planning your spooky look, it's really important to be prepared. There's nothing as horrifying as getting halfway through your make-up and realising you're missing key products - believe me, I have been there!
For a look that is both gore and glam, you're going to need a good base. Personally, I prefer using a cream foundation because I find they blend easier with face paints and any additions. I love working with Make Up Studio's Face It Light Cream Foundation (£27.50, Make Up Pro Store) for SFX and Halloween looks as the coverage is so great that I don't have to work a lot of product on to the skin, leaving a flawless complexion. I definitely recommending picking up this foundation for you upcoming nights out.
On the eyes, Oriane used orange and copper tones for a Halloween pumpkin-inspired look. I adore using these tones on my clients any time of the year anyway, and my must-have product to do this is the I Heart Revolution Chocolate Orange Eye Shadow Palette (£8.99). It's super easy to blend and for such an inexpensive product, the colour pay-off is incredible.
For that added scare factor, use a black cream eyeshadow to create darkness on the lids and around the eyes. Using a flat eyeshadow brush, pack e.l.f's Cream Black Liner (£4.50) on the lid. Then, apply underneath the eye using a small bullet brush to add depth and definition. To top it all off, you can use a black cream to add detail around the eyes and special-effect teeth.
I really don't think you need to break the bank to add some fake blood to your look, although just make sure you opt for a thick and dark option as this will appear more lifelike. Kryolan's Dark F/X Blood (£9.50) is super-realistic. Simply use a few drops under the jawline and allow the product to drip on to the neck and chest area.
Intensify the white parts of the look (the teeth and added detail to the butterfly wings) with a cream product. MakeUp Revolution's White Cream Face Base (£4.99) has an amazing colour pay-off with incredibly-simple application. Simply apply with a craft brush, adding light layers one at a time, depending on your desired coverage.
Then finally, to add a little more beauty to the look, Oriane added some orange glitter around the eyelid, neck and chest area. For this, try the Lit Cosmetics Rainbow Ride Glitter (£12) and apply using a flat brush and fixing spray.
Five top tips for a spooktacular look
1. There are no rules when it comes to Halloween make-up - simply apply light layers one at a time. Remember, you can always add, but it can be difficult to take away.
2. Apply your products according to texture, for example, layer creams on creams and powders on powders.
3. Start off with the lightest colours first, and add dark tones last. This will ensure an intense look.
4. Leave your decorations until the end for example, any glitter or gems.
5. Finally, finish your look off with a costume!