Tips for a Game of Thrones-Inspired Halloween Makeup Look

A local makeup artist shares her Halloween tricks.

We love any excuse to dress up and play with makeup, which obviously makes Halloween one of the best days of the year.

If you’re searching for some Halloween costume inspiration, then you have come to the right place.

Makeup artist  Midori Tajiri-Byrd, owner of Midori Makeup Artistry, gives some Halloween makeup tips while creating a Game of Thrones- inspired beauty look.  (Model: Amy Steinkampf)

Items Used to Create Look:

-Wig: red, brown, auburn or blond long wavy or curly wig. (Source: Kawaii Nola on Magazine Street)

-Additional hair for braids: (synthetic hair wefts from High Maintenance Beauty Supply on Rampart)

-Costume pieces: created from materials purchased at No Fleas Market on Magazine, which sells boutique resale items to benefit local animal rescue

– Makeup: Foundation (Bobbi Brown) using 2-3 colors to contour the face. Highlighter: Gel Illuminator from New Orleans brand, Kismet Cosmetics.

  • Blush: Glo Minerals gel blush (from Embodyment Salon & Spa on Magazine)
  • Eyeshadows: Kat VonD Alchemist Palette, Smashbox matte neutrals and Urban Decay eyeshadow primer (from Sephora) plus Sugarpill loose pigment (from Kawaii Nola on Magazine Street), black mascara.
  • Lipstick: Kismet Cosmetics (local New Orleans brand available at Embodyment Salon & Spa)

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Makeup Steps:

  1. Start with a clean and moisturized face. Start by applying a makeup primer (optional) for the face, covering entire face except around eyes.
  2. Apply foundation as normal, covering entire face except eyelids.
  3. Next, use darker foundation color or contour palette to contour bone structure.
  4. Apply blush in “c” shape along tops of cheekbones curving slightly around the outer corner of eyes. Top with highlighter/illuminator over tops of cheekbones.
  5. Apply eyeshadow primer to eyelids and under eyes.
  6. To begin with, use the lightest color of eyeshadow over inner eyes/tear duct area. Then, use a medium shade over the center of the top lid and underneath the eye. Finally, using the darkest shade in outer “V” of corners of eye curving above and below the lid. Add mascara. Spray with makeup fixative spray.
  7. After that, it’s time to dress in costume: we created a layered look using clothing and materials sourced from No Fleas Market topped with faux metal epaulets made by Midori Tajiri. Tip: metallic looking materials, faux fur, and embroidered upholstery fabrics can give a regal look when creating a cape or wrap for this look.
  8. Wig time! For example, we chose a wavy auburn red wig from Kawaii Nola on Magazine street, where they have a great selection of costume wig styles as well as other fun costumes, cosplay, and collectibles. We topped it with braids we created using synthetic hair wefts from High Maintenance Beauty Supply on Rampart.
  9. Additional accessories or dragons, optional 😉
  10. Finally: selfies!