Saturday, 1 November 2014

Halloween Look #2: Pop Art, Anyone?

Hi, everyone! Hope you're all healing nicely from your candy hangovers. Yesterday I shared with you my Siren-inspired Halloween Look and today I bring you a touch of pop art! I'm a huge fan of iconic 1960s artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein and when I saw this look from Keiko Lynn, I knew I had to re-create a piece of pop art this Halloween. 


I drew especially on the work of Roy Lichtenstein, whose comic-style prints were iconic for their dotted texture, bold heroines, and provocative text bubbles. I couldn't quite re-create one, but here's my take on one of his most popular pieces:


The female characters in his prints were often in some sort of dilemma and I tried to capture a feeling of dismay with my furrowed brows and welling tears. Here I am, hamming it up for the camera trying to embody the emotion...



As for how I created this look, I started with the black contours around the edges of the face, along the nose, chin, cheekbones, and brows. For that, I used two bold black liners, Revlon ColourStay Liquid Eye Pen in Blackest Black and Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Zero. I made sure my brows were bold and curved, for extra expression. 

For the eyes, I started by lining my waterline and lower lash line with NYX Wonder Pencil in Light to make my eyes look big, bright, and cartoon-like. I then defined both lash lines, as well as my crease, with Revlon Blackest Black to create a graphic shape. I filled in my lids with the most vivid, neon shade I could find, Make Up For Ever Aquamatic in Iridescent Lime Green. For the teary puddle underneath my eye, I drew an outline with Blackest Black, then filled it in with the sea blue shade from the Marc Jacobs The Siren palette. 


To create the iconic dotted texture, I took the bottom of the thinnest makeup brush I own and dipped it into NARS Matte Multiple in Siam and carefully stamped the colour along my face. I have to say that this took foooorever, but it was so worth it! I then topped each dot of Siam with the red eye shadow from The Siren palette to set the creamy colour.

Next, I outlined the lips with Blackest Black and filled them in with an ultra retro red, Lime Crime Unicorn Lipstick in Retrofuturist. I added a dab of Illamasqua Precision Ink in Scribe on my lower lip for the illusion of shine. 

I finished everything with a few spritzes of Urban Decay All-Nighter spray to hold things in place and- ta da- pop art perfection!


I had so, so much fun with this look- I really felt like a piece of art! It was totally worth the tedious dotting and the fact that I could not itch my face all night!

Hope you all had an amazing Halloween! What were your Halloween plans? What costume did you sport?

39 comments:

  1. This is such a great idea!! Amazing!! Well done on this one! :)

    x vonyll
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  2. Jen, this is awesome :)! Hope you had an amazing Halloween :)!

    xx

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    1. Thanks, Gita! Hope yours was fun as well :)

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  3. This look so nice, especially with that bubble saying oh Jeff LOL

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  4. whaaaaat, jen this is AMAZING! I especially love the welling tears detail- it seriously looks like you'd be in a cartoon strip. I also really like the expressive eyebrows; this must have been so fun to paint on :)

    xo marlen
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    1. Thanks so much, Marlen- it really was so much fun! xo

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  5. This is incredible! You are really incredibly talented (:

    - Deniz
    www.dressedupdeniz.com

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  6. This is so awesome! You did a great job!! I thought about doing this too for a costume but instead I was a peacock and used a lot of bright neons to do the makeup! Such a cute look hope u went out with this !
    Andrea
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    1. Ooh, that sounds lovely! Peacock colours are so much fun! xo

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  7. Love how you did the eyebrow. Just that slight jerk shows so much emotion! You are so talented!

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    1. Thanks so much, Melanie! The dramatic brows were so much fun :)

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  8. I've noticed that this look has been quite popular this year. I love your interpretation of it! A great job!
    xxx Kat @ Katness

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  9. This is literally so so creative and awesome, great work!!

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  10. This is AMAZING. I usually leave your blog impressed but this is just outstanding. xx

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    1. So nice of you to say, Arden. Thanks!

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  11. Hahaha this is SO cool! Love your expressions: you definitely captured the essence of his paintings!

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  12. I totally love this look! Have an awesome day.

    Kenny,
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  13. This is so awesome!! I especially love the lips - nailed both of your halloween looks!! x

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  14. you look goegeous ♥

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  15. WOW!!!! SO awesome.

    xxx Linsey from POSE-BLOG.com

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  16. I loved Keiko Lynn's look, and you did a really great job! I know her pictorial made it look easy but we all know makeup application, especially like this, is time consuming. Great job.
    Xx
    Jenny
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    1. Yes, it definitely took quite awhile- especially the dots! Thanks, Jenny! :)

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  17. amazing luv!!

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  18. This is excellent! Really good work with this one.

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  19. gorgeous ;)) You're so talented! You should do more tutorials! I would totally watch them!

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    1. I've been thinking about it! Thanks, Louise! :)

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  20. I did this for Halloween a couple years ago -- loved it! My only thing is that I did both my own makeup and tod's, and by the end my arms were thoroughly aching LOL

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    1. I bet! The dots are such painstaking work! xo

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  21. The tear puddle is awesome! So well done!

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  22. This is so great Jen! Must have taken some serious time to do this, but well worth it, you really do look like a piece of art ;)

    Rebecca | morerebe.com

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All of your lovely comments make my day! Thanks for taking the time to share your musings, ideas, and opinions. Feel free to leave a link to your blog- I'd be happy to check it out :)