Chic Halloween: Get Party-Ready in Minutes



Love it or hate it, Halloween is here to haunt us every year and if you’re lucky to get invited to one of the countless Halloween fashion parties across town, you have to bring your spooky game.

Yes, the celebrities may have the advantage of the best make-up artists, hairstylists and fashion stylists on speed dial, but we have Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest. Over-flowing with some most insane talent from all the corners of the globe, these social media sites are our styling entourage.

However, some of the Halloween looks either demand a lot of prep time or quite a skilled hand mastering them. The pitfalls of unflattering results and compromising your style are daunting.

Fear not! We picked our favourite simple Halloween make-up ideas, achievable in minutes and guaranteed to go with your martini tonight. And if you have the luxury of extra time, below is the tutorial for my choice of  ‘Halloween fashion icon’, Angelina Jolie’s ‘Maleficent’.

Halloween Nails

One of the fastest ways to get into the spirit of Halloween is to transform your nails. You can either file them into the pointy shape for the night or just grab a few basic colours and add some spooky details with a nail art pen.


Halloween Lips

It is no doubt the streets will be full of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinns but if two ponytails and a pink and blue combo is too much for you, add just one element of her character, with your prefered colours. Another cool upgrade to Halloween lips is recreating the pop art or ‘comic book’ lips. If these two are still too OTT, ombre lips is your stylish safe bet to impress.


Halloween Eyes

You don’t have to compromise your favourite eye makeup or even change your eyebrow shape in favour of Halloween style. Just add a little spooky detail with a liquid eyeliner or a gel liner to your signature style. If you don’t trust your eyeliner application skills, all you need is some Face Lace ready-to-wear makeup stick-on designs.


Angelina Jolie’s ‘Maleficent’ Make-up Tutorial:



  • Liquid Foundation (A paler shade if possible)
  • Concealer
  • Translucent/Setting Powder
  • Bronzer and Highlighter or Contouring Palette
  • Brow Pencil
  • Light Brown, Dark Brown, Black and Yellow Eye Shadow
  • Liquid Black Eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • False Lashes
  • Red Lip Pencil
  • Red Lipstick






  • Foundation Brush
  • Concealer Brush
  • Contouring Brush
  • Highlighter Brush
  • Flat Eye Shadow Brush
  • Blending Fluffy Eye Shadow Brush
  • Tapered Eyelid Crease Brush
  • Small Smudger Brush
  • Slanted Eyebrow Brush
  • Lipstick Brush


Basic Steps


  1. Apply the foundation, concealer and set with translucent powder.
  2. Create a strong cheekbone contour with a bronzer and a highlighter or your contouring palette.
  3. Shape and groom your eyebrows.
  4. Apply light brown eye shadow over the eyelid, dark brown eye shadow along the lower lash line and in the crease of the eye lid and blend them well. Add black eye shadow in the outer corner of the eye lid crease and blend it outwards, into a dramatic winged shaped, using a small smudger brush, followed by a fluffier blending brush to achieve a soft finish.
  5. Add a little bit of a yellow eye shadow on the brownbones.
  6. Follow up with mascara and a pair false lashes or for a subtle alternative, add few individual lashes in the outer corners of the eyes.
  7. Finish with applying a bold red lip colour on your lips. I’ve opted for M.A.C’s ‘Lady Danger’.


Zuzana Ritchie

Zuzana Ritchie

Embracing the multiple career personality disorder she developed after moving to London in her twenties, Zuzana Ritchie can be spotted around the city in the capacity of a make-up artist on Monday, a voice-over artist on Tuesday and a beauty writer on Wednesday.

For the rest of the week she will take up various other roles like an amateur sunset sky photographer, a red wine enthusiast, a dog’s best friend, a bookworm, a martial arts fan, a humour addict and not a very good guitar strummer.

Leaving her previous job at a publishing house to freelance instead has resulted in more free time to become a professional beauty products hunter by day and a female superheroes stories gatherer by night.

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