As we all know, Halloween is almost upon us, so what better time to try out an Evil Mermaid makeup look? I posted this look on my Instagram about a week ago without any intention of actually writing a post about how I did it, mainly because I didn’t think anyone would really care – I mean, it’s not like I’m a professional makeup artist or even anything close to that! However, I actually did get a couple of people asking me how I did this look, so I decided to share a tutorial with you all! Before we get started though, I just want to say that there aren’t any step-by-step pictures of me doing this look as I didn’t expect to be making a tutorial on it, however if you like this type of post and want to see me do more things like this in the future then I’ll definitely give you a better quality tutorial – I promise!
What you’ll need:
- Blue, Aqua and Purple Eyeshadows (I used shadows from the Morphe 35T, Urban Decay Vice and Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palettes but you can use whichever ocean-coloured shades you have)
- Purple Lipstick (I’m using ‘Run The Show’ by Rimmel)
- Any type of netting – I used packaging from oranges but fishnet tights work really well too
- A big fluffy eyeshadow brush or small face brush (I’m using the Morphe M330 brush)
Step 1 – I started off by doing my eyes so I could clean up any fallout with foundation later. I used my Urban Decay Eye Primer Potion to prime my eyes and then set it with my Laura Mercier Translucent Powder to make it easier to blend the eyeshadow and to make the shades look as vibrant as possible.
Step 2 – I took the bottom shade (pictured above) from the Morphe 35T and started to work this into my crease. I then took the other two shades (pictured above) and added that into my crease to create depth as well as build up the purple tones. I also took this slightly down onto the sides of my nose to emphasise my bone structure.
Step 3 – I took the shade ‘Candied Violet’ from my Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette with a bigger eyeshadow brush to blend out any harsh lines and take the purple shade slightly higher up onto my brow bone, and again down the side of my nose.
Step 4 – I used a more densely packed brush to apply the shade ‘Chaos’ (above) from my Urban Decay Vice Palette all over the lid. I then took the shade ‘Vice’ (below) from the same palette and worked that into the crease, blending down onto the lid ever so slightly to soften the line between the blue and the purple, as well as using it on the outer corner of my eyes in a ‘C’ shape to create a more smoky look.
Step 5 – For the (almost) final element of the eyes, I took the shade ‘Unhinged’ (below), again from the Vice Palette, with my finger and pressed it onto the centre of my lid, adding dimension to the eye and giving a metallic pop of vibrancy.
Step 6 – I then did my general face makeup routine, which I won’t bother talking you through as it’s just the basic application of foundation, concealer and powder. I did, however, take a more heavy hand with my contour – especially around the areas where I was going to apply the scales – to emphasise my bone structure and give a darker base for the scales to be applied to so that the shades would stand out.
Step 7 – I took the three Vice Palette shades on the lower lash line and smoked it out to give my eyes a darker, more captivating look, before applying mascara. For my brows, I took the same three shades again, focusing ‘Vice’ on the start of my brows and ‘Unhinged’ on the tail, using ‘Chaos’ to blend the two together.
Step 8 – Finally it’s time for scales! I used the netting along my cheekbones, the sides of my forehead, along my jawline and around my nose and neck – basically the areas you would normally contour and a few other areas just to even it out. I then pressed the three Vice Palette shades on top of the netting sort of haphazardly, often placing the shades on top of each other to create a multi-dimensional look and to make the scales look blended. Make sure you are applying the scales in a pushing motion as opposed to brushing back and forth, as that can cause the scales to blend into one another and won’t leave you with a clean finish.
Step 9 – Finally, I applied my purple lipstick, and then focused the shade ‘Unhinged’ on the centre of my lips to give more of an iridescent look.
And voila! You’re finally the evil mermaid you were always meant to be – here’s my final look!
I really loved creating this look, and although I’m definitely not a makeup artist I hope you still found this tutorial helpful – or at least interesting to read! If you try out this look please send me all your photos, I’d love to see them!
Let me know in the comments what you thought of this look and whether you liked this different style of post. I’m thinking of making a YouTube Channel at some point so I can do more tutorials like this, let me know what you think about that idea!
I hope you all have a wonderful Halloween! Stay safe and I’ll see you next time!