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What are you two of my favorite things, you ask? Halloween and photos. You’ve seen my love for Halloween and dressing up here and here – so I figure why not treat you to another Halloween post?! BUT I’ve got something extra special for you, too – Portrait Innovations is offering something pretty incredible. And by incredible, I mean free and amazing.
Portrait Innovations is having a FREE PORTRAIT event in their studios on Monday, October 26 from 4-6PM. Bring your little ones in costume for a free 5×7 Print, 3 free Digital Images, and of course FREE candy for kids in costume! There will be no sales or appointments during this event.
Not only do you get free Halloween photos of your little ones, you can submit those precious photos to the Portrait Innovations Boo-tiful Costume Contest for a chance to win a $5,000 cash prize. Helloooooo talk about a TREAT! Don’t worry, I won’t tell the kiddos if you spend it all on yourself, after all, you DID do all the work getting them dressed up!
Every Portrait Innovations Studio across the country is hosting the event. Click here to find the studio closest to you! If you’re in the DFW area, you’re in luck! There are locations all over the Metroplex – Plano, Fort Worth, Arlington and Cedar Hill!
Can’t make it on the 26th? Don’t fret! Book a regular appointment, snap a few costume pics and you can still enter the contest.
Not sure what to dress up as? I’ve got you covered – this costume is actually perfect for any age or gender! I have to laugh a little at myself because this costume always reminds me of Mean Girls – “I’m a mouse, duh.” But I think taking a little extra time on the makeup to get the perfect cat face really puts this one over the top! The good news is, you’ll probably already have everything you need in your makeup case and closet! Except maybe cat ears, but of course I have an inexpensive solution for that too!
Keep it simple! All black will do just fine – leggings, pants, leotard….whatever you already have! I chose to go with black leggings and a short sleeved black t shirt. Shoes don’t really matter much, to be honest. I threw on heels for fun (even though they’re navy!) but if I was wearing this for a longer period of time I would wear black flats or sneakers. Just make it blend with the rest of your outfit.
I bought my ears at the Target dollar section about a month ago, I haven’t seen them recently at Target but it might be worth a shot. If not, make your own! I found this SUPER cute tutorial – it says to sew the ears but to be honest I’d just use some hot glue and call it done! Click here for the tutorial!
Here’s what you’ll need to create this look –
- your normal foundation and under eye concealer
- black eyeliner (waterproof pencil and liquid) (suggested liquid eyeliner, pencil eyeliner)
- matte brown eyeshadow – you want matte because you’re going to use this shadow to contour (use black if your skin tone is much darker than mine)
- black lipliner – you can also use pencil eyeliner, you’ll just want to clean it with a makeup wipe before putting it on your lips (suggested lipliner, currently out of stock online)
- a small/medium brush to blend out your nose and cheek contour (something like this brush or a little larger will work just fine)
- eyebrow pencil or whatever you usually fill them with – if you don’t usually fill them, check out my tutorial here then just use the same matte brown shadow we’re using for everything else
- translucent powder (suggested powder)
- concealer that’s lighter than your skin tone (suggested concealer)
- blush (optional)
- nude or light pink lip color (optional)
And here’s what to do! It’s a lot of steps but hopefully I made it clear enough. Feel free to leave a comment if there’s something that doesn’t make sense!!!
- Apply foundation like normal, but make sure to cover your lips as well. Give the foundation ample time to dry before you do anything else!
- Fill in your eyebrows – don’t forget to check out this tutorial if you don’t know how!
- Lightly apply the translucent powder all over your face to set your foundation and eyebrows.
- Use a shading brush to define your eye crease – just get some product on the brush and sweep it back and forth along the crease. If you’re not comfortable with applying eye shadow, you can always skip this step, I just like to give the eyes a little more dimension.
- Using the pencil eyeliner, line all the way around your eyes as evenly as possible. Then go back and tightline your upper and lower waterlines – the upper is kind of irritating so if you’re not comfortable with that just do the lower! This step IS optional but it’s going to REALLY make your eyes pop so try to do it if you can!
- Use your small/medium brush to slowly trace along the outside edge of your nose. Just keep adding small amounts and blending until you get the look you’d like. Also continue over your eyebrows that you filled in. You want it to basically trace from the outermost edge of your eyebrow to the bottom of your nose.
- Take your concealer and make a line down the middle of your nose and carefully blend. This just helps define the nose even more than the shading on the outside. You should start to see a bit of a cat face now!
- Back to the eyes – now’s time for the hardest part but you’ve got this! Take your liquid liner (or pencil if you have it, your eyes just won’t be quite as sharp) and draw a straight line from where your eyeliner is on the corner of your eye already straight out towards your eyebrow. You can make it pretty dang long – we want this to be an exaggerated look. Then just use your best judgment to clean up the liner – you might need to do another line to make it more of a “triangle,” if that makes sense at all. If not, watch one of the many tutorials on winged liner and just do an exaggerated/larger version for your cat eye.
- To make your eyes look more like a costume, you also want to give yourself an inner wing (I made that up, please don’t embarrass yourself by calling it that in front of anyone else). Take your liquid liner and just extend the line from the inner corner of your eye in towards your nose. It might take a few tries to get the angle right so have some makeup wipes handy! You can always touch the brown shadow contour back up.
- The hard part’s done! Take your black pencil eyeliner and draw in a nose. I like to keep mine pretty small! Then use that liner and draw a vertical line down between your nostrils to your cupids bow.
- Either wipe off your eyeliner with a makeup wipe OR use your black lip liner to fill in your top lip ONLY. Start by just lining it and then fill the whole lip. Don’t worry if your lines aren’t perfect, you can always clean them up with some concealer!
- Draw two curved lines on either side of your mouth with the lip or eyeliner (doesn’t really matter). I’m not going to explain this further, you know what they look like.
- Use the pencil liner to draw in your whiskers! I like to do them more between my nose and mouth instead of across the WHOLE cheek but you can do whatever you prefer
- I like to add a little blush and contouring on my cheeks but this is totally optional. You can also go back in with a powder highlighter under your eyes (down to where the whiskers start) and down the middle of your nose to give more definition.
- Another optional step is to put a nude or light pink color on your bottom lip. You want it to be something that REALLY sets so you don’t have any transferring onto your top lip!
- FINALLY add some false eyelashes if you’re comfortable with them OR just pile on the mascara. Define those eyes, girl!!!
You’re finished! Wasn’t that easy? Now get yourself and your kiddos dressed up and head on over to Portrait Innovations! I won’t even make you pay me a finder’s fee when you win the $5000 🙂