Happy Glam-o-ween fellow beauty junkies! Halloween is one of the most fun times of the year for most makeup lovers…
[That is as far as I got on this post…AND THEN MY NIECE WAS BORN…haha! So now it is November 6 and I am getting back to finishing this post.]
A few days before Halloween my sister Tricia was inspired to do my makeup to match this mermaid skeleton dress I had bought. Tricia is a certified professional makeup artist and is one of the most creative and talented people I know. So of course I thought it would be fun to share with you all a time lapse of the process. I also lay out all the steps we took and how you too can achieve this look for a costume party, cool photoshoot, or for next halloween!
Glam Skull Mermaid Transformation Timelapse
Let me tell you guys…honestly. Making this time lapse was no piece of cake! It seems like a simple task right? Set up a camera on a tripod, press record, then set the speed to fast. However, what if your camera battery dies about 3 minutes in to doing the makeup? Then you realize that your camera automatically stops recording every 12 minutes. You have to alternate using two camera’s so that when one camera battery is charging the other can be recording. This doesn’t even cover half of it.
However! I am quite pleased with the result! Tricia spent roughly two hours all together on this transformation. [keeping in mind all of the camera/recording issues] Luckily I was able to speed it up into an easy to watch 7 minute transformation video! I hope you guys enjoyed seeing all that went into creating this look, I know I did!
How You Can Transform Into A Glam Skull Mermaid
Tricia killed this makeup look! I love the half glam half dead perspective she took and especially the skull teeth. Put that together with my purple wig and dress and there appeared a glam skull mermaid costume!
How You Can Recreate This Look
Start With The Base
To begin recreating this look, you have to set your base to make your skin a bit more pale and ghastly. You can use your usual face products or whatever you have in your collection. Tricia chose to use her airbrush machine and used Temptu makeup for my foundation. She concealed my undereyes with Tarte Shape Tape and set my face using RCMA No Color Powder.
Then Do The Eyes
Next off you want to create an eyeshadow look that is glamorous yet dark and sultry. Tricia really utilized her skill to make this eye look as complex as it was. She primed my eyelids using the Urban Decay Primer Potion. She then smoked out the crease and added dimension and color using the Morphe Pro 35 Color Eyeshadow Makeup Palette and the Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette by ABH.
To deepen up the cut crease and make my lash line more bold she used Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. She then went over the winged liner with Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner to make it more mermaid glam-esque. Next Fill in your brows using whatever you typically use. You can either fill them in the way you always do or make them a bit more sinister by taking the inner part down and taking the tail a bit more up. For my brows Tricia used Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil.
Accentuate Your Face Details
After your base and your eyes are complete, you want to define any of your features like you would in a normal glam look. Tricia contoured a bit and added a little blush then moved on to making mermaid scales. For this you could either use fishnet stockings or Tricia used the casing from an asian pear. Tricia used her airbrush makeup to create the scale design. If you don’t have an airbrush you can take any eyeshadow color that you want your scales to be, and using a wet makeup brush dab it onto the pattern.
Creating The “Dead” Aspect
In order to make the ghoulish veins coming out from my “dead” side Tricia used a combination of black shadow and pencil eyeliner. Another option would be to use a liquid liner such as the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. There are so many different variations you can do with this look. There really is no wrong or right way. As long as you are having fun and being creative that is all that matters!
In my opinion making the skull teeth is the hardest part. If you look at the video closely, you can see that Tricia starts by making simple lines where each tooth will be using a light colored lip liner. She then start making a more tooth-like shape in each box. Lastly she takes eyeshadow and shades around the area to create depth and a more realistic look. This probably is my favorite part of the whole look! How spooky.
Add The Finishing Touches
For me the finishing touches were putting on a purple wig and a mermaid skeleton dress. This worked for me because I already owed a purple wig [if you want to know why click > here]. I also had already purchased this dress for Halloween which is what inspired the whole look. I got my wig in Downtown LA and my dress from BooHoo. If you wanted to get a purple wig you could try looking on amazon, I’ve linked one for you here. I also was able to find a different Mermaid Skeleton Dress on Amazon for you if you were interested.
However! You do not NEED a wig or skeleton mermaid dress to complete this look. If you wanted to do something more simple or cost effective, I would just wave my hair. Leave it as long as possible while giving it that movement with curls to mimic hair moving in the water. Then I would find the most “mermaid-esque” outfit I could find in my wardrobe and then put fake blood or wounds on my arms to add to the “dead” aspect. Then there you have it!
I am so elated that I was able to have this special experience with both my sisters this year for Halloween. Even though it was a few days before, the three of us got to hang out and play with makeup. Which what could be better? Little did we know that our sweet Olivia would be born just a few days later on Hallow’s Eve!
I never cease to be impressed by all the talent and creativity that seeps out of Tricia’s pores. She truly is an artist and I love how this look came out! I hope one day you can have a fun makeup day and try to recreate this look. It is so fun taking on a new character and having a few photos to look back on one day.
If you think Tricia killed this Glam Skull Mermaid makeup share this post so more people can see it! Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite part of the look was. I have all of Tricia’s business information linked below so definitely check out her stuff! I can’t wait for my next post which I am thinking will be a makeup lovers holiday gift guide.
Till then! xoxo Aly