I think it is very clear by now that I love Halloween. Over the years I have created various make-up tutorials and have tried to make them as fuss free and as accessible as possible. I’m continuing this with Halloween looks. They don’t have to be expensive or overly difficult. I have already shown you Mavis from Hotel Transylvania as a simple and inexpensive look and today I’m talking you through a very easy look: Morticia Addams. Morticia is an absolute idol of mine and has been since I was about five or six. Maybe she is responsible for my long dark hair and the reason I always wear black. I love everything about her.
You can use any brand you want but I have mostly focused on Blank Canvas Cosmetics and Wet n Wild as they are great quality and very affordable.
You will need:
Grey and white eyeshadow – I used the neutral palette 88 shadow palette from Blank Canvas
Black liquid / gel liner and a pencil liner – I used Wet n Wild
Mascara (lashes optional)
Contour (highlighter optional) – I used contour palette from Blank Canvas
Red lipstick and lip liner – I used Red velvet lipstick and a liner from Wet n Wild
Red nail varnish (optional)
Brushes – Blank Canvas Cosmetics
- I always start with eyes when I’m doing make-up. I took a white shadow and covered my whole eye with it. I then used a grey above the crease and worked it in well. I gave it a slight point on the outer corners.
- The next step was to add liner and I used liquid liner on my top lashes. I created a very short wing as I wanted to give definition to the shape of the eye rather than emphasise the liner itself. I then took the pencil liner and shaded my waterline and added mascara to my top and bottom lashes.
- Moving to the skin I applied a few layers of the pale foundation and brought it down my neck. Make sure to cover your ears and chest too. If you are setting this with powder use a translucent one rather than something with a pigment. Staying as pale as possible is key for this look. The new F01 quick brush from Blank Canvas is great for applying foundation and powder on the neck and body.
- Morticia is queen of the sculpted look so I used a darker than usual shade of contour and applied it in a straight line with the F31 brush from Blank Canvas. This is something that I wouldn’t do for normal looks. I then softened it by blending it in. I very gently applied some contour to the sides of my nose to make it narrower. Adding highlighter is optional. I took a white shade from the same palette and softly added it to the sides of my face. I wouldn’t recommend going too shimmery or sparkly.
- Finally I lined the lips and added lipstick.
The hardest part of this whole look was trying to straighten my hair. It only cooperated for a few minutes before starting to kink and wave. It reminded me of my school days when I would get the iron to it in order to create a poker straight look.
Morticia has long red talons, as do I usually but I had just painted my nails the day before with a fab neon orange so I was too lazy to change them. There are plenty of cheap and cheerful red varnishes to avail of and there are some great ones from Wet n Wild.
Any black dress will do the job. I actually used two. I had a short dress with long sleeves that I got from Littlewoods for around €11. The black dress is occasion wear that I picked up in TK Maxx. The original retail price on this dress was €350 (what????) but I got it for €50. I recommend getting something cheaper for Halloween but seeing as the dress had been sitting in my wardrobe for over a year with the tag still on it I thought I’d give it a try.
That’s it. You can achieve Morticia in 5 easy steps.