Last Minute Halloween Costume: Pointillism

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Did you get invited to a last minute Halloween party? Are you on a tight budget and don't want to buy any additional products in order to dress up? Or maybe you just can't be bothered. Here's an easy look you can create with products you already have in your makeup collection. All you're going to need is a few different shades of neutral eyeliners or cream eyeshadow pencils: white, beige, brown, and black. That's it!

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Here's a little background info on this first... Pointillism is a painting technique that branched from Impressionism. It was developed in the 19th century and consists of small dot patterns that create an image. Ideally, you would wear this makeup to a party where people could identify or appreciate traditional art techniques. Otherwise you'll be explaining your costume repeatedly throughout the night.

Here are the steps I followed to achieve this look:
1. I order to remove redness and cover blemishes I applied a layer of my NARS Sheer Glow Foundation.
2. I started shading my face with dots. I used the darker colors in the places where I would normally contour (shadowy areas like underneath the cheekbones, sides of the face, under the lips, etc.) and lighter colors in highlighted areas (bridge of the nose, forehead, and so on). The white pencil is the Jordana Made To Last in Eternal White, the beige pencil is Milani ShadowEyez in Almond Cream, the medium brown is Cafe Au Lait, the dark brown is Espresso Line, and the black is Black Ink. I also used a lip liner over my lips.
3. To finish the look I simply added some mascara. I would advise against using false lashes because ideally you want to look as "flat" as possible, like a painting. 

Share your last minute Halloween costume ideas below! Celebrate safely :)

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  1. Wow, this is amazing! It's taking the painting trend like pop art but making it so new and different! I love it!

  2. This is AMAZING! Pointillism is one of my favorite styles of art- love Seurat. Great job!

  3. Ahhh I love it! So awesome. Especially as an art history grad. So much love for this!

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  4. How very, very cool! Easy to do, but such a creative, effective look. You're always full of inspiration at Halloween, Coco! xo


  5. Wow this is looking super cool and weird I must say lol

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  6. I love the idea! It's so creative and simple! :) x

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  7. Oh wow, I am so impressed with this, this is awesome!

  8. I love this idea! If I had any Halloween party to go to I would definitely try this. I've always liked Pointillism but I would've never thought of trying it on my face haha

  9. When I first saw this on IG I though it was an app ! You did such an amazing job.

  10. Whhaaaattt. This is so insanely creative and brilliantly executed! You got real skills, girl!

  11. SO amazing! Your talent always amazes me, you always create the best looks! xx

  12. WOW!!!
    This is truly so amazing... you are so very talented and creative :)

  13. Such a clever idea!! You're so right about having to wear it to the right party tho!!

  14. Haha, it's like polka dotted highlighting and contouring! ;) This was a great idea. I could see it pairing really well with a flowy white gown. Hope you had an awesome Halloween!


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