I have at least three more Halloween posts that I want to publish before the 31st. Here is one of them. I've been having trouble photographing things in general because fall/winter means early nightfall and less daylight. I photograph with natural lighting and considering that I'm obviously not doing my makeup for nighttime outings at 2 in the afternoon, it's usually too dark to take proper photographs by the time I'm done with my makeup. Please bear with my weird lighting for now. Today's makeup look is a quick and cheap last minute costume I threw together for a party I had forgotten required a costume. It turned out to be fairly easy and can be achieved without spending more than 10 dollars.
When I was trying to come up with a last minute costume that day, I remembered I had seen several spider makeup looks on Instagram that looked fairly easy and that I had some fake cobweb decorations already hanging in my room. Putting those two things together, I created my own version of a Spider Queen/Black Widow costume. You can wear any outfit you already own (a black or red dress, etc.) The only extra things you need to buy are: fake spiders and cobwebs. You can get a bag of fake cobwebs from Party City, Walgreens, drugstores, party stores, etc. for only $1. You can find fake spiders pretty much everywhere during October. Mine were from a glitter spider 20-pack I got from Party City for $3. Basically I only spent $4 USD (+ tax) on this costume because I didn't buy any new makeup for this look.
Spider Queen / Black Widow costume basic steps:
01. I decided to put my hair up in two buns because: a) it's fast and b) my hair was dirty. This is great for last minute costumes/parties because it doesn't matter if you don't have time to wash your hair. Plus, your hair will be out of your face in case you plan on dancing, moshing, head banging or whatever you do when you go out.
02. I wrapped some cobwebs around my buns and placed the spiders on the webs. Secure the webs with bobby pins. If you tangle the web around the spiders' legs, they will stay in your hair all night. Don't worry if it's messy; spiders were supposedly running through your hair.
03. I did my makeup as I normally would for a night out. I settled on a red-toned smokey eye. Pair it with nude lips for a subtler look or dark lips for a vampy feel.
04. I decided to draw the spider on my neck because I wanted it to look like a spiderweb choker necklace type of thing. If you want your costume to be more recognizable from afar, definitely draw it on your face. I modeled my spider after this black widow reference picture.
05. Remember to draw shadows and highlights on the spider so it will look more dimensional and realistic. I used black gel liner, black liquid eyeliner, white liquid liner, and red liquid lipstick.
Tip: You don't want your spider to fade or rub off after having spent time drawing it on so make sure to take extra precautions. I mixed in two drops of Make Up For Ever Aqua Seal with my gel liner to make it as long lasting as possible. When I was finished, I set my spider with powder and a makeup setting spray.
Tip #2: You'll have a lot of leftover webs if you only use them on your hair. Try wearing some around your shoulders like a shawl.
My spider after approximately six hours. I still had some black smudged on my neck the next morning (even though I tried to wipe it off before going to bed).
Let me know what your last minute Halloween costume ideas are. And if you don't celebrate the holiday then I'm sorry if these posts don't interest you. :) They'll be over in a few days. Also, remember to enter my 3 year anniversary ColourPop Giveaway. Have a nice week!
Disclaimer: Asterisk * denominates a press sample, everything else was purchased by me.