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Happy Halloween! (Zombie School Girl Look)

Happy Halloween everyone! Freaky huh? I was inspired by Petrilude’s look he did on YouTube from the MAC Face Charts a few years ago, and thought it would be a fun way to incorporate it in my Zombie school girl look at work for more texture.

Every year at work we dress up and have a fun lil party and costume contest, I usually never go all out for Halloween, but I do love holidays in general so I do tend to get festive for the sake of it; so this year I decided to go crazy with makeup and do a zombie look (and then added the school girl flare). The contacts really make the costume in my opinion. :) It was pretty funny getting weird and fearful looks, and scaring my co-workers! LOL!

It’s always cool seeing the other costumes too, and above all, seeing all the creativity involved. There was Jack Sparrow (I loved his costume!), a cowgirl, a cute sumo wrestler, Jessica Rabbit, a Rubik’s cube, Audrey Hepburn, Lara Croft, a gypsy, Black Swan, a devil, Steve Jobs, a pirate, and a referee.

Here are the products I used:

– Ben Nye Scar Wax (for the forehead wound), applied it with Ben Nye Spirit Gum
– Used Ben Nye Cuts and Abrasions Wheel for all the “bruised” areas to add more depth
– Added fake theatrical blood on the wound (forehead)

– For the eye, I used a zipper from Jo-Ann’s and cut it to size
– Shaded it in with a red Sephora chunky pencil, then the red color in the Ben Nye Cuts and Abrasions Wheel. I shaded the bottom with MAC e/s in “Carbon”, then put a tiny bit of fake blood on top.
– Used MAC l/s in “Fleshpot” for dead looking lips
– Stitches tattoos from Walmart

– For Zombie teeth, I used Ben Nye Tooth Paint in Zombie Rot (Green color) and Black

Ben Nye Cover All Concealer Wheel (SK-1)

I’ve been searching for a neutralizer, preferably a salmon colored one, as it’s best for neutralizing bluish tones such as dark under eye circles which I have. I have a MUFE concealer palette I got from one of the makeup shows but it’s just a concealer palette that has flesh colored tones, not a neutralizer palette that has a mix of colors.. I thought it would be nifty to have a neutralizer/concealer wheel just so I have more to play with in terms of mixing colors to suit whatever needs to be concealed. 
So I went with the Ben Nye Cover All Concealer Wheel in SK-1, and bought it off of eBay since Naimies sold out of it when I went last week. They are between $10.95-$15 depending on where you go and this particular concealer wheel is great for those with light/light medium skintones. Size wise, it’s a tad bit smaller than the size of your palm, they look big in pictures but they are probably the size (width wise) of a MAC blush pan refill.
I wasn’t too picky with picking out a concealer wheel, I know there are plenty out there that are great, but I absolutely loved the salmon shade (MO-2) in this wheel in particular. ***I’ll do another post using this concealer and do a tutorial soon.
Initial observations? Don’t worry if there are oil bubbles where it looks like your makeup is sweating, that’s perfectly normal when it comes to creams due to its consistency, beads of oils tend to sit on top, but the product is still good. When I first tried to swatch them, it was a little dry because my finger was cold, but if you have a warm hand, it’s softens a bit so it’s easier to apply, or you can scrape a little out with a spatula and mix it with a dab of moisturizer or primer to make it more creamier. 
Essentially you want to apply a neutralizer first (pat if using your fingers), concealer, and then your foundation. For example if you want to conceal redness, you want to use a green neutralizer to calm the redness down, then conceal; and then you can use a setting powder to set.
Tip: Neutralizers may be applied beneath or over foundation. Apply with a flat or dome brush; blend, then powder lightly before applying foundation. For intense discoloration, carefully pat on (not swipe or rub) additional layers of neutralizer.
Ben Nye Cover All Concealer Wheel in SK-1– Four classic neutralizing shades are included in this palette. Mutes redness, veins, tattoos, beard shadows and skin discolorations. About 40-100 applications. Shades: MY-2 (Mellow Yellow), MO-2 (Mellow Orange) , CC-3 (Coverette Cover Up), FS-3 (Five O’ Sharp). 
Mellow Yellow: Cover redness, three intensely pigmented shades are in this group, has a smooth consistency to neutralize and cover redness, blemishes, scars and capillaries. 
Mellow Orange: Neutralize blue-green face and body imperfections including veins, tattoos, bruises and deep under-eye discolorations.
Coverette Cover-Up: Often recommended by doctors and “Camouflage artists” to cover scar tissue, birthmarks, vitiligo and post-op skin discoloration. Blends easily to most skin tones.
Five O’Sharp Series: Conceal blue beard shadows with this series of four specialty cover-ups. May be applied beneath or over foundation tone. Very effective in concealing deep discolorations, including black eyes or intense under-eye discoloration.
Red Neutralizer Series: Specifically designed to conceal intense redness due to bruising, acne, birthmarks or capillaries. Use before base as facial corrector, or blend with other neutralizers.
Blue Neutralizer Series: Conceal blue-hued discolorations, such as veins, tattoos, bruises and deep eye circles with this unique palette.