I’ve always had larger eyes and a smaller face, leading many people to tell me I looked like a deer so when I took a quiz recently online and discovered that my “spirit animal” was indeed… you guessed it, a deer, I thought it would be fun to take my love of makeup for a spin and create a DIY look for a last minute Halloween disguise, no costume required. Now, I am by no stretch of the imagination a makeup artist so this is purely for fun, my lines aren’t even and I’d recommend if you were going to do this for Halloween (which I think I will be doing tomorrow!) to take a bit more time to keep things even. But follow along with the steps below to get this DIY Deer look for Halloween!
What You’ll Need:
- A Beauty Blender ($19.95; sephora.com)
- A blush brush (I used Make Up For Ever’s Double Ended Sculpting Brush, $53; sephora.com – expensive I know, but truly worth the investment)
- A very light concealer, 2-3 shades lighter than you would normally use (I used MAC’s Select Cover-Up in NC20, $19; maccosmetics.com)
- A smaller makeup brush to get precise lines (clearly I skipped this step but I love jane iredale’s Snappy Brush Wand – it’s three brushes in one! $30; janeiredale.com)
- A dark matte bronzer – the one I used is from Victoria’s Secret and has been discontinued much to my dismay but Hoola from Benefit would be a great option for anyone as light as I am. $28; benefitcosmetics.com)
- Laura Geller’s Cool Lids Cream Eyeshadow in Bronze Beauty ($19; laurageller.com)
- Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23; toofaced.com)
- Illamasqua Precision Ink in Scribe ($32.45; illamasqua.com)
- A black liquid eye-liner (I used Colour Strokes in Blackest Black. $20; lashem.com)
- A black eye-shadow crayon (I used Rimmel London’s Scandaleyes in Blackmail. $4.49; cvs.com)
- Your regular foundation (optional)
- Twigs (you can get them from the ground outside and clean them but I opted to get mine at Michael’s)
What You’ll Do:
1. Start by applying your foundation as usual, I like to do this because I feel like it gives me a nice clean canvas to work on. Then, more precisely than I did, take the very light concealer and apply with your fingers all around your eye area as though you were drawing a masquerade mask on your face.
2. Take your blush brush and a heavy-hand and apply your bronzer all around your face, careful to avoid the concealer mask you just created. Blend out the lines with your Beauty Blender. Squeeze your blush brush flat (or use a smaller more precise brush) and contour the edges of your nose, drawing straight lines (mine aren’t straight because my nose isn’t straight) down the natural sides of your nose, from the tip and connecting each line to the eyebrows.
3. Take the Illamasqua Precision Ink (or just your finger dipped in the concealer you previously used) and create little dots on your cheeks and temples.
4. Taking your black shadow crayon, color in the tip of your nose, dipping down the center a bit, creating an animal snout, if you will. Use the same black crayon and color in your top lip (side note: the Rimmel London crayons wipe right off with a makeup wipe, so don’t worry about the aftermath or if you make a mistake along the way!)
5. I like to color in my eyebrows a bit and then using your Cool Lids cream eye shadow, or any brown shimmer shadow, cover your entire lid. Then, use the liquid liner and starting at the outer corner of your eye, tightline in and follow the line down and passed the inner corner. Follow with a good few coats of mascara (or even some false lashes!).
6. Grab your twigs and putting your hair half-up, half-down, stick the twigs in like antlers and secure with bobbyp pins if they don’t stick in on their own!
Have a Happy Halloween!