Happy Halloween! Today, I’m doing an easy Halloween makeup for girls using regular makeup only. No special effects Halloween makeup. I don’t like scary Halloween makeup because it scares the hell out of me. Lol!
Anyway, because of my busy schedule, I hadn’t really planned on doing this Halloween makeup tutorial. But my sister-in-law asked me for this favor and I really couldn’t say no. Especially because it’s for Mikee, my 5-year-old niece who’s super cute and adorable.
It’s very common for young girls to want to be a princess or a fairy for Halloween. But Mikee is not your typical girl. She acts like a boy, yet she really loves makeup. Imagine that! She couldn’t even say all the words right yet, but she already loves makeup!
EASY HALLOWEEN MAKEUP FOR GIRLS
Modern Geisha Makeup Tutorial
I wanted to do her makeup really simple because I didn’t want to pile products on her pretty face. But she wanted to be a geisha! Of all choices, a geisha? Well, I guess she wanted to scare all her friends and classmates with a white face, red eyes and lips. Kids easily get scared when they see someone with a really pale, white face! 😀
When I was reading about geishas on wikipedia.com, I found out that an apprentice geisha or geiko is called a maiko (literal translation: dance child). Funny how Mikee’s name sounds close to maiko, and how she also loves to dance. So I figured that it’s really fitting for her Halloween makeup to be patterned after a maiko.
The most recognizable characteristic of a geisha is her makeup. Pale white face with no blush or any contouring at all. Both the eyebrows and eyes have red and black accents, and the lips are also painted red.
My problem is that I don’t have a white foundation in my collection. I have a white eyeshadow, but I can’t use it for the entire face and neck. So I decided to do a modern geisha makeup look for her instead.
Actually, I only called it modern geisha look because I’m using modern makeup instead of traditional geisha makeup products like rice powder and charcoal. But I wanted to create a look similar to that of a traditional geisha. Minus the extremely white face, of course.
To create a smooth canvas, I used Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer (available here) all over her face. In the photo above, you can see on the left that I put a few dots of primer on her forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. Then, using a makeup sponge, I smoothed it all over and brought some of the product down her neck. Although her young skin is already smooth, I still applied a primer because it will act as a base and will also help the makeup to last longer.
After the primer had set, I applied Laneige Snow BB Cream No.1 Brightening (available here) next. The method of application I did was the same as when I applied the primer. You can see it in the upper right of the photo above.
Even though it’s not as white as a rice powder, the Laneige Snow BB cream has SPF in it – which, as we all know, creates a white cast especially in photographs. I really love makeup with SPF for daytime use because of the sun protection, but this is the first time that I’ve appreciated the white cast caused by SPF!
When I was applying the BB cream on her face, she asked me what product it was. So I told her that it was BB cream. Then she joyfully screamed, “Baby cream! I like it!” I didn’t bother correcting her because “baby cream” suited her better. Lol!
We used Laneige Satin Finish Loose Powder EX #1 Pure Natural (available here) to set everything. I said “we” because halfway through, Mikee took the brush from me and applied the powder herself!
Aside from liberally applying powder all over her face and neck to create the rice powder look, I couldn’t resist applying a little bit of Chanel Camelia de Plumes Highlighting Powder. Because I didn’t want to ruin the powdery mask look, I only applied the highlighter at the high points of her nose.
I initially wanted to use Chanel Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil in 17 Rouge Noir for her eyebrows. But when I swatched it on my hand, I figured that it wouldn’t be able to create the reddish eyebrow look that I’m going for. Rouge Noir was way too dark.
Mikee’s natural brows were light in color, so I had to draw over the red to create the illusion of naturally dark brows. Because I didn’t have a black brow liner, I used the darkest brow liner in my collection, which is the Laura Mercier Eye Brow Pencil in Warm Brunette (available here). For this apprentice geisha, the eyebrows had to be straight and shouldn’t extend past her eyes.
My model-turned-maiko is so curious! She kept asking me questions about every makeup product or brush that I’m using on her face. In the photo above, she was asking me what brush I was using to smudge the red color on her eyebrows. I told her that the brush was the Accent brush from the Real Techniques Starter Set (available here). Her reply was a simple, “Mmmm… okay!”
Because Mikee and I were chatting and joking around, I forgot to take pictures when I applied the eyeshadow, so I’ll just explain what I did for her eyes.
For her eye lids, I used the same Etude House Play 101 Pencil #22 that I used for her brows. I didn’t bother blending it out because I was pressed for time. What I did was top it with a little bit of Chanel Envol Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow. Using just my fingers, Envol was applied only at the center of each of her lids.
Geisha makeup features red makeup around the eyes. From the geisha pictures that I’ve seen, there’s a sort of petal-shaped red color at the outer edge of the eyes. I tried to imitate this by using Etude House Play 101 Pencil #12 (reviewed here and available for purchase here).
Traditional geisha makeup uses charcoal for the eyebrows and eye makeup. In order to recreate this, I used Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil (it seems to be discontinued already, but Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner is available here) for Mikee’s upper lash line.
However, my model was a bit cranky because she hadn’t taken her nap yet. Plus, she had been playing all morning and early afternoon, so I guess she was really tired. I still hadn’t finished applying eyeliner on her right lash line, when she suddenly told me that she didn’t want any more makeup! It was my first time applying makeup on a little girl, so I didn’t know what to do!
In order to change and liven up her mood, I moved on to the lip makeup. I figured I’ll just go back to the eyes after finishing on the lips. You can see in the photos above that it did sort of work. She took the Etude House Play 101 Pencil #12 that I was applying on her lips and said that she wanted to do it herself. So, I removed the color from her lips and let her do it. 😉
Traditional geisha makeup doesn’t call for fully-colored lips because they don’t want the lips to appear overly large. So I told her to only color the center of both her upper and lower lips.
I only had less than 20 minutes to do her makeup because Mikee was already late for the school event. But how could I finish everything in time? Aside from asking me 1000 questions about makeup, she also kept pausing and posing for the camera. Check out her cute poses in the photo above!
When I did Mikee’s makeup, I thought it was for a Halloween party at her school. I found out only after they got home from the event that it was not a halloween party, but a United Nations pageant! It was a good thing I didn’t put any sort of bloody cuts makeup on her face!
Even though she didn’t win the Miss UN title, I was still proud of her. According to my brother and sister-in-law, Mikee froze when she was in front of the microphone. She was supposed to say “…and I want to be a moe-maid!” as the ending of her introduction. By “moe-maid”, she means mermaid. 😀 But because of her sour mood, she kept on freezing throughout her intro, looked blank into the crowd and didn’t say the cute punchline.
But still, she was 3rd runner up and Best in Production Number! If there was such an award as Best in Makeup, then I’m pretty sure she would have gotten it too! Lol!
Do you have a daughter or a niece or even a little sister who wants to be a modern geisha for Halloween? Try this super easy Halloween makeup for girls and let me know how you liked it!