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Halloween Makeup Trends 2009

Whether your costume requires you to attach a creepy prosthetic to your body; or something a little less spooky and a little more stylish, like a sultry smoky eye; or you’re trying to achieve that perfect “undead” look with makeup, here are the top trends – and some of the worst offenders – in makeup for Halloween 2009!


Makeup Mistakes

Whatever you do when it comes to makeup this Halloween, don’t just run to the corner store and buy that cheap neon stuff every retailer tries to unload on shoppers. This Halloween is going to be all about vampires (obviously, with so many people obsessed with Twilight, Vampire Diaries, etc.). That white, clownish store-bought makeup will never let you recreate the same look as you see in the movies. Go to an actual professional store – the makeup is way better and not as expensive as you may think. Also, buy regular foundation to wear underneath the professional makeup – just make sure it’s three shades lighter than your normal skin tone.


Very Vampire

If you want to achieve that perfect “undead” look using makeup on your skin, stay away from sticks of cheap Halloween makeup that goes on really unevenly and wears off way too quickly. Since you're going to be out and about all night, trick-or-treating, dancing and, probably, sweating, make sure to get a quality powder to set your face – like a translucent powder. And use waterproof if you can. Then, get some jet-black waterproof eyeliner and mascara – perfect for any costume that’s supposed to be very scary, since it won’t be running down your cheeks halfway through Halloween night!



Another good thing for vampires is getting your hands on the actual lipstick used in Twilight: Ms. Behavin' by BeneFit. Softly pat it in under your eyes and use a little on your lips for that really great dead look. You can also go for dark, dark purple lips. Red is played out and done – all the vampire shows and movies are going for a different look.



For guys who want to do the vampire thing, do the foundation trick above and then use purple eye-shadow with a thin brush to paint veins popping out from your eye like Stephen from Vampire Diaries. And girls, if you want to be Twilight shimmery, mix a pinch of silver body shimmer in your foundation for a silvery glow that’s creepy at the same time.

Prosthetic Pro

Don’t just buy a fake nose or a pencil to go through your head without making sure it comes with a good set of instructions and all the adhesive product you’ll need to make sure it’s not going to come loose from your skin and fall off. In terms of realistic application, visit YouTube and search for a how-to video with step-by-step instructions on applying a prosthetic Halloween costume accessory. Here’s a video we found on how to apply a nose for a witch costume:



Stylish Spook

Not everyone wants to dress up as something gross and creepy on Halloween. If your costume requires something more stylish – while still being spooky at the same time – we suggest trying one of the biggest trends in makeup this fall: a smoky eye. Use an eye-shadow base because shadow will go on easier. Use grays and purples that blend rather than black, which shows mistakes more. Soft grey and purple is good – just make sure you have a good blending brush to complete the look.



When you’re applying the shadow to your eyelids, keep most of the darkness on the lid of the eye, and don't go up to the eyebrow. Use fake eyelashes for an amazing effect – go for crazy-long, jet-black lashes. Colored or glitter lashes won't show up in pictures but black will.


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    rainbowpoptart
    Goodness... I see where your mother is coming from: if you eat too much, no matter how healthy the food is, and don't work off the calories, you're going to gain weight. But she's being very obsessive and dramatic about it. There is nothing wrong with eating pizza or a cookie every now and then, and there's nothing wrong with relaxing from time to time either. As long as you aren't constantly eating junk and not burning the calories, then you do not have a problem. Eating unhealthy things every now and then does not make you fat. EATING every now and then does not make you fat. Try explaining this to her, calmly and patiently. Tell her that you don't want to be forced to do all of this exercising - being forced to exercise makes it a lot less interesting. Do not take "This is for your own good" for an answer; if you do not want to do it, it is NOT for your good. (This, of course, would be a different story if you were actually fat.) ALSO tell her that exercising too much and not satiating your cravings is JUST AS UNHEALTHY AS BEING FAT IS. If you were to not eat healthful meals and not snack every now and then, no matter how healthy or unhealthy the food is, plus exercise so frequently, you would not be healthy.  Eating is good for you, even if the food isn't. Eating too little and eating too much is not healthy. Exercise is good for you. Not exercising enough and exercising too much is not good for you. If you talking to her doesn't help, try telling another adult how you feel, and maybe they can help get it through to her. Regardless of what happens, take care of yourself. Moderate how much you eat, but don't limit yourself to less than you feel you need. Exercise, but don't do something you don't want to; working out should be fun. Good luck with everything. I'm really sorry that she makes you feel so badly about this.
    reply about 7 hours
    jake495
    jake495 posted in Family Issues:
    Make sure she knows its your body not hers In a respectful way of course
    reply about 8 hours
    ThePaleWalker636
    I'm perfectly happy with myself. I'm around 5'6" and somewhere between 140-150 pounds, and I don't feel fat. But my mom is constantly telling me that I am, or, at least, that I'm going to be. She forces me to go to exercise classes because I don't like many sports, tries making me go on diets, but I don't want to. She tells me that if I continue the way I am, having an extra cookie once in a while and only eating cereal for breakfast, that I'll end up fat, and she makes sure to emphasize how horrible that is for a person to live with. She rolls her eyes and sighs whenever she sees me getting a snack, and just in general makes me feel awful for eating the things I like and for relaxing. I've told her that I don't want to do these things and that she makes me feel bad when she says things like that, but she swears it's for my own good and that I should never want to be fat, that it ruins people's lives. How should I deal with this?
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    drowning
    drowning posted in Friends:
    "NS12" wrote: I meet this guy at a festival and we have been talking for the whole week and my mum has noticed I keep texting someone and I know I need to tell her but I don t know how I am going to tell her, I doubt she ll get angry or anything but he lives about 4/5 hours away from me. I know I need to tell her as I don t like keeping secrets from her. I know this was a bit ago, but I truly hope that you were able to be open with your mother. If you feel as if they won't get mad at you, then chances are that your guardian will not. Honesty is the best policy, and if you feel guilt keeping a secret, then it is one you probably shouldn't be keeping.
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    drowning
    I agree with @rainbowpoptart. You really shouldn't worry about relationships that much given your age. I promise, they're better things to worry about than boys and more secure romances occur later on in life anyways. But, given the situation, you shouldn't worry about either. The boy is unfaithful and so is your friend. If your best friend really valued your friendship, she would not have put it in a position that could end it. Don't waste your time on those who will not put you first just as you do for them; better people will come into your life and they are the ones who you should really worry about.
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