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How to Totally Master Instagram's Halloween Mermaid Makeup

Feb 03, 2018

Y'all we love Halloween, but let's get real here for a minute — it's also a huge pain in the butt. Between decorating the inside and outside of the house and trying to exercise massive amounts of self-control in order to keep from eating all the Halloween candy, we don't have much energy to spend on putting together a costume. But, on the other hand, we also want to win every costume contest out there. Enter some magical makeup that'll transform you into a mermaid faster than you can say "under the sea."

Yes, #MermaidMakeup has been huge on Instagram, but not everyone is ponying up all the details on how to get the look. Until now. This makeup tutorial is super easy to master — as long as you've got a spare pair of fishnets on hand. Stockings, that is! No fish were caught or harmed during the making of this tutorial.

Looking for a magical Halloween costume? This mermaid makeup is where it's atImage: Karen Cox/SheKnows

Finally, you can bring your mermaid dreams to life in way less time than it takes to shop for Halloween costumes online.

1. Begin by placing fishnet pantyhose or a wig cap over your face

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You will look like the ugliest version of yourself during this step. It's worth it, I promise.

2. Start creating the mermaid scales

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Using a sponge or your fingertips, tap a blue cream shadow forehead and tops of your cheekbones.

3. Give the scales an ombré effect

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Next, take a green cream shadow moving closer to the center of your face. 


4. Highlight the scales with silver cream eyeshadow

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Using a silver cream shadow tap on top of the high points of your face as highlights.

5. Remove the fishnets to reveal your makeup mermaid scales

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Now, the fun part! Remove the fishnet, and see the scales you've created!

6. Apply blue cream eyeshadow

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Using the same blue cream shadow and a synthetic brush or fingers, apply to the entire lid. Elongate the shape at the outer corners if you wish.

7. Make sure you blend the shadow

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Using a synthetic crease brush, blend out the top edge.

8. Line under your lower lashes

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Using a metallic teal eyeliner line your lower lash line, and extend beyond the outer corner.

9. Line the rim of your lashes with a different shade

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Use a mint green or aqua liner to line your waterline. Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Turquoise is my favorite!

10. Make sure you extend the line beyond your eye

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Extend the line beyond the outer corner, below the teal line.

11. Seal your eye makeup with glitter adhesive

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Dip your finger into glitter adhesive and loose blue glitter. Press onto the lid.

12. Add some glitter eyeliner for extra sparkle

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Using a silver glitter liner, apply to the top lash line.

13. Finish your mermaid eyes with mascara

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Apply mascara to your top and bottom lashes.

14. Add glitter to your brows, because why not?

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For an extra touch, apply loose silver glitter to brows.

15. Apply false lashes (optional)

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You can apply false lashes or simply some feather accents to the corners.

16. Start creating your mermaid lips

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Line lips with the teal eyeliner, leaving the center open.


17. Give them an ombré effect

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Take the mint green liner, and fill in the center of the lips, creating an aqua ombré.

18. Yes, more glitter

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Highlight your cupid's bow with the silver liquid liner.

19. Apply even more glitter

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Press loose silver glitter onto the center of your bottom lip for extra dimension.

Looking for a magical Halloween costume? This mermaid makeup is where it's atImage: Ivy Boyd/SheKnows

Now swim off, and have a happy Halloween!

Looking for a magical Halloween costume? This mermaid makeup is where it's at

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