When it comes to Halloween, what look could be more perfect to recreate than a cat? There’s so many different types that you’re sure to find one that matches your personality (and your Halloween party) perfectly. Are you more of a leopard – sultry and seductive? Or a tiger – full of energy but with an air of glamour? There’s so many cat inspired looks you can create this Halloween that’s for sure!
As someone who’s not the best with special fx make or costume make up (I’m more of the everyday glam kinda gal) when it comes to Halloween, I need my looks to be super easy, and quick to create. I want to be able to create an amazing look in a relatively small amount of time – and really enjoy the process. The biggest thing for me is that I can also create my chosen style with Halloween Makeup products I have in my collection and/or can pick up from my local Boots. I don’t want to break the bank on one-off items, I’d much prefer to treat myself to some new high street brands that won’t break the bank and are adaptable enough for me to be able to use them both for Halloween and everyday use afterwards too. (There’s nothing worse than wasted make up after all!)
But before I decide what products I want and need to use to create my look, I first have to pick my theme. And this year was always going to be Feline Fierce. I just love cat make up styles right now and I’ve been watching so many tutorials on how to recreate the look. When I was thinking about my cat look, I was torn because I love leopard print. So that seemed like the natural choice. But I had to be loyal to my personality and stick to the cat I most closely identify with: the good old house cat! I picked the house cat because I could easily have been one in another life – our personalities are seriously aligned! House cats are home bodies – much like me. I’m a family girl, and happiest at home with my mini human army. House cats are loyal, loving, independent and have an air of mystery about them to everyone else – and I feel that’s pretty spot on for me. (Or I hope it is anyway!)
After deciding what type of feline look I wanted to recreate, it was time to pull the products together. I used a mix of products I already had from Boots, and some new bits that I picked up. But every single product was affordable or ‘budget beauty’ – the brands you can count on to give great results without breaking the bank.
House Cat Make Up Step-by-Step Guide
Starting with the face base – use your normal foundation (for example the Revlon Photo Ready Insta Filter Foundation) and then apply your contour but starting with the darker shade first. At this point make sure you take your darker contour a little higher than normal to sculpt the face to look more feline. Also curve the contour into the groves around your mouth that naturally create shadows. Just defining the mouth and under the nose. Once you’ve done this, you then apply the lighter shade of your normal contour but because the darker shade is higher on the cheeks, you should have very neat triangles under the eyes, rather than the normal stretching back cheekbones area. Pay close attention to sculpt the nose to make it look thin as well. Once this is done, set with a setting powder. (Max Factor have a great Loose Powder that I recommend.)
Once this is done it’s time to move on to the eyes. Which is where you’ll spend most of your time on this look. I must admit that this was the bit I found most daunting but the bit I enjoyed the most in the end! It was so much fun and I really loved layering the products up to create the perfect sultry and smoldering eye. House cats see everything, they have eyes that don’t miss a trick and there’s something really glamorous about them. So I wanted to recreate this in my look. I used the NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette Smokey for the vast majority of my eye work. Starting with the transition shade, go in and add your crease lightly up to the brow bone. Use the brown or warm orange shade in your palette – the NYX one has the perfect colour. Once this is done, go in to the crease with a darker colour to create more definition. Blending out so it’s fully natural looking and blended.
After this you’ll need a fine liner brush and the darkest brown in the palette. Create a fine line sculpting out the same line of your crease but slightly above it, and pull all the way outwards as a wing – as far as the bottom of your brow. This will widen the eyes for a real feline look. Blend this out, then take the black of your palette and retrace the line, and again blend. Once you’ve done this, you’ve really got the shape nailed – simple, right? Apply your lid primer (or concealer as a base, and I recommend the Maybelline Instant Anti Age Eraser Concealer) and wait for it to set.
For the lid you’ll want to go in with the Bourjois Satin Edition 24h Eyeshadow in 01-Beige Seller. This is a warm gold glossy lid colour that’s the base colour you’ll build on. Apply and blend in with finger tips. Then apply the NYX Shimmer Eyeshadow Pigments with a flat brush and apply in dabbing motions. I recommend a golden colour or champagne shade to create a cute and glam style.
This is the tricky and precise bit. The product you’re going to use the most for this whole look is a black eye liner. I used the Collection Extreme Liner – it’s a felt ended pen style liner that’s only £2.99 and it performed perfectly! What I did was trace the line I had created with the black shadow. This looks messy but as soon as you’ve applied it, grab a small nibbed blending brush and buff it in. The glitter will perfectly blend the black for a sultry look. Then pull the line outwards onto the nose and out as a wing both in it’s normal place and once above it too. Don’t blend the outer edges. Then wing as normal both top and bottom, and fill in the gaps. Finish by applying concealer under the eyes to tidy.
The final stage of the eye look is the lashes. First apply the Bourjois Eye Catching Black Mascara as a one coat wonder. This will shape the lashes and give them definition. Then apply the Ardell 811 Faux Mink Lashes on top. These lashes give definition and shape the eye look for a feline style perfectly – and you can re-use them several times too.
Now move to the cheeks and use a white or pale coloured highlighter. Both Sleek and Collection have palettes available with these shades at Boots, so there’s lots to pick from depending on your skin tone. Don’t apply this to the cheekbones, but rather in that triangle under your eyes where you added your light contour. Add this heavily to catch the light and match underneath your brow bone too. Then take an eye blending brush and apply a very thin line to the cheekbones if you want a bit more chiseling. By now you should really see the feline features in place.
The Feline Features
This was such a fun part of the look too! Using the Collection Extreme Liner again, fully black out the underneath of your nose. Curve slightly on the nub and also colour in the inside of the nostrils too. Then draw a straight line down the middle of your cupids bow to the lips. Apply the liner all over your top lip too. But leave the bottom lip bare. Then draw three little round freckles on each side of the cupids bow. Keep them equal shapes and sizes. Then slowly draw three whiskers stretching out from that direction. Go as far back as you would like, but not past the half way point of your cheek. And be as precise or freehand as you like. I prefer whispy looking but I know some people prefer one bold line. Either is fine. Then take your chosen gold tone (or matching tone to your lid colour) and add your lipstick. Then revisit your NYX Shimmer Pigments and press on top of that bottom lip only. Creating a shimmer bottom lip to match your eyelids.
Voila – house cat look in under 30 minutes with all high street products currently in your collection or available from Boots!
It’s actually pretty easy to do, and creates a great effect that any level of make up lover could recreate. And you can get as colourful as you like and apply facial glitter or gems to spice things up too. (Boots have a whole range of Cat Halloween Makeup to help with this.)
So now you’ve seen my first ever feline fierce Halloween look, what do you guys think? And what kind of cat do you relate to the most? Tell me in the comments what Boots products you would love to use in your own Halloween look this year!
Happy Halloween guys! Oh, and find more Cat inspired looks on the Boots YouTube page!
**This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Boots but as ever all opinions are entirely my own. Please refer to my Disclaimer page for more details.