Mythical Mermaid

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This is my wig wall...

I find that this one image helps people understand the absolute joy and commitment I feel for—and the frequency with which I wear—costumes!

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Clearly I have lots of accessories and supplies to work with at home, but I was looking for mythical makeup inspiration, so I headed to my favorite costume shop in Louisville, Caulfield’s.

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This mermaid headband with light blue fins became my muse!

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And then I found these bedazzled jewels, which I didn’t even know I needed until I saw them!

I realized they would create tons of bang for my buck and could be applied in no time.

Plus they were REALLY sparkly!

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This is my pastel set of costume paint. It’s dry and to apply it you use a tiny bit of water and a sponge or small paint brush.

This set costs about $30, so if you don’t see yourself using it often, eye shadow will work as a substitute.

I started by creating a base color on my neck and face with the sponge…

To create the look of scales, I used a short-bristled paint brush and dappled on light blue, then a darker purple.

I kept building the color by adding teal and then light blue to the top.

At this point, I thought it looked pretty good—and it had only taken ten minutes!

Adding the jeweled face decoration was way easier than I thought it would be. It’s like a giant sparkly sticker.

Before the face jewelry sticker, my plan was to glue a TON of confetti to my face using glitter glue (a light-weight adhesive that holds well).

I didn’t end up needing to add a ton though; just a few added shine and an extra scaly look!

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More would probably look even better, but I wanted to complete the entire look in 30 minutes.

It makes me crazy when I see elaborate makeup and then realize the application for something like that takes two hours!

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To finish things off, I added a blue wig!

And I added a vintage pearl earring to the wig, because mermaids have access to pearls and sea shells.

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And here you have it, 30 minutes after I started, I am shimmering, smiling, and absolutely excited for Halloween!

As a kid, I loved to play dress up and it turns out not much has changed.

 

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