I Recreated The Halloween Makeup Looks From The Love Witch
These looks are so adorable that it’s scary.
As Halloween draws nearer, it’s time to start planning your look. Even though COVID puts a damper on traditional Halloween plans, that doesn’t mean you can’t get dolled up to watch scary movies in your living room.
Even though I’m still indecisive about what my costume should be, the cult Halloween feminist classic The Love Witch offers some major inspiration. The story follows a young witch, Elaine, who wants to create a love potion to make a man fall for her.
The Love Witch has some of the most iconic makeup looks of any Halloween-y movie, with the protagonist Elaine sporting a modern ‘60s look that’s to die for. And since your Halloween plans will most likely involve a face mask, these looks are conveniently focused on the eye makeup.
Even though I’m not the best at makeup – actually, far from it – I decided to give these looks a shot. And if I could (sort of) do it, you can too!
I started off with the eyeshadow look, which is a lavender shadow blended into a dark purple at the crease. Pack as much lavender as you can on the eyelid, and then carefully carve your crease with a darker purple shade. My purple shadow wasn’t really dark enough, so I did what I could.
Elaine sports some bold winged liner throughout the movie, so don’t be afraid so go dramatic with the cat eye. Apply a touch of mascara, and the eye look is finished.
For the brows, don’t shy away from that theatrical, over-defined eyebrow that was popular in the ‘60’s. Using a brow pencil, try to make your brows look angular, but still natural.
Then, using a matte foundation, I tried to go for an airbrushed, full-coverage base. It’s important to powder up after applying to look, I repeat, as matte as possible. Then, go crazy with a peachy pink blush on the cheeks for that I’m-going-to-make-you-love-me-whether-you-like-it-or-not flushed look. If you’re feeling wild, add a touch of highlighter on the tip of your nose and cupid’s bow.
For this look, use a light pink lipstick with a glittery gloss for a Y2K lip look that’s reminiscent of 2000’s Paris Hilton.
And, voila! You’re ready to seduce anyone you meet.
Elaine wears the same base makeup, but switches up her eye look for even more ‘60s glamour.
Pack some teal eyeshadow all over your eyelid, then blend out the edges to soften up the look. Then, apply the same bold cat eye liner from the previous look.
To amp things up, apply some black liner to your upper waterline, and some white eyeliner to the lower waterline. Just below the lower lashes, go around your eyes with a very thin liquid liner for a look that would make Twiggy jealous.
Finally, finish things off with a pinkish red lipstick and some lip gloss.
Halloween-inspired makeup doesn’t always have to be over the top. With these looks, you can feel like the main character in a Halloween movie every single day.
Maya Lang is an Online Writer at Rowdy Magazine. She enjoys playing guitar, staying up far too late, and daydreaming about living in the '80s. You can reach her on Instagram at @mayaxlang for more info and movie recommendations.