Dude, anything can be sexy these days.
No, no, no, no, no, no. Not gonna happen. Don’t even try to rationalize it.
No! I said no, as in no. And I meant it. I absolutely, positively forbid you from dressing up as a sexy clown for Halloween.
Okay, fine. Then how about Katy Perry?
Sure! That’ll do! 🙂
I promise — this last-minute costume didn’t start out as another ode to crazy cat ladies, but we all know how Katy luvs teh kittehs.
Doopdadoo, there I was, browsing the aisles at Party City last weekend, when I spotted this blue wig and thought, “Hmm…” One glittery microphone, a sparkly party dress and loads of liner later, badabing, badabang! — Ms. Teenage Dream!
Kinda sorta. I hope.
Katy usually wears some kind of variation on a classic pin-up girl look — cat eyes, bold lips and big lashes — so I took the idea and ran with it.
If you think you might like to try something similar, here are some ideas…
Bring on the brows!
Katy often wears super strong, full brows. I fattened mine up first by applying Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow in 25 with a MAC 214 Short Shader Brush, and then patted good ol’ MAC Concrete on top with the same brush.
Get catty, MRRROW!!
Cat eye liner can be trÃ¨s tricky if you’ve never done it before. If this is your first time, or if you’re just looking for a new trick to try, grab a liner in dark gray, instead of black. I find that grays are easier to work with because it isn’t as harsh as black.
Today I got Katy-fied cat eyes with a couple of grays from the new MAC Glamour Daze collection — MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in Tall, Dark & Handsome (a shimmery gunmetal gray) and MAC Fluidline in Little Black Bow (a shimmery gray with silver glitter).
Here’s a closer, step-by-step look at the liner portion of the look…
After filling in my brows and applying eyeshadow (two MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadows from Glamour Daze, Stylishly Merry on my lids and in my creases, and A Natural Flirt on my brow bones), I used a thin bent liner brush and a powder eyeshadow to draw the flicks in the outer corners of my eyes, taking care to make sure the angles matched.
With the same brush and eyeshadow, I drew a rough shape of the cat eye liner.
Then, with the same brush, I layered a gel liner on top to intensify and thicken the line.
Finally, I dotted concealer beneath my eyes, and then ran it along the edges with a flat eyeshadow brush to make the lines extra crisp.
Holla at your highlighter!
I really love the pic of Katy in the cover art for Teenage Dream… Her skin is so glowy!
Wanting the same effect, after adding color to my cheeks with a shimmery peach blush (MAC Easy Manner, yup, also from Glamour Daze) and bronzer (MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Give Me Sun), I brushed buckets of a shimmery peachy highlighter, MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Superb, on my upper cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, on my brow bones, my cupid’s bow and chin to re-create Katy’s glow.
Pencil in time for lip liner
In some of Katy’s pics, her lips are lined outside the edges of her natural lip line, making her lips look extra full.
As my lips are quite thin, I tried something similar by lining just outside my natural lip line, and then I filled them in with Too Faced’s Perfect Lips Lip Liner in Perfect Pink.
Then, I topped the liner with a mix of two purply pink listpicks from Glamour Daze (Outrageously Fun and Beauty), before slicking on a shiny pink lipgloss (MAC Pro Longwear Lipglass in Full Speed Ahead) to make my pout appear even fuller.
Fun! Now all I have to do is stay like this until Halloween. 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,