Thursday, 17 October 2013

Poison Ivy Halloween Eye Makeup Look and Hair Style

I am sooo excited to share this Halloween Makeup Look with you :) I was asked to take part in a hair styling challenge to recreate the Poison Ivy look, but I decided to add a couple of finishing touches, like contact lenses and cool lashes to make it more interesting. It was sooo much fun!

I was in a real pickle with the hair colour, because my hair is naturally brown and I was supposed to style it with the Enrapture Encode Totem Styler*(£59.99). This meant that I couldn't get a red wig!!! After searching ebay, I stumbled across some red hair spray for kids and decided to try it on freshly styled hair. It was  a bit messy but it worked :) Yay! 

I used the Enrapture Totem Styler on the 3:3:3 setting (for tight curls) and it was easy peasy! The barrel heats up really quickly and creates gorgeous curls, so the full head took me about 10 minutes to style. You can use lower settings, depending on the look you want to achieve. Setting 1:1:1 will give you natural looking loose waves etc. If you can get the Totem Styler on offer (Argos is selling it for £39.99 atm), I would definitely recommend it. It is super easy to use and feels very sturdy. It will definitely last for a long time and you can create many different hair styles with it. 

To protect my hair, I used the Paul Mitchell Heat Seal* (£11.26 via It provides light hold, adds shine and prevents any damage caused by styling with heat. Perfect! Once my hair was curled, I sprayed it with normal hair spray to hold the curls in place and added the red coloured hair spray as the last step. I must admit, I quite like my hair red :)

To make the look really dramatic, I used Vivid Green Contact Lenses*(£14.45 via and two sets of false lashes. The first pair is by Stargazer and I got it years ago (similar here) and the second pair is a stunning Peach Flower* design by PaperSelf (£11.99) I thought they will be perfect for this look and I couldn't be happier with the final effect. I used them under the bottom lash line and they look awesome! 

Before I started with my eye makeup, I used a glue stick to 'glue my eyebrows to my skin'. I know... Sounds a bit scary, but it isn't. Once the eyebrows were totally flat against my skin, I concealed them with Bourjois Happy Light Concealer.

The colours I used to create the eye makeup were Homegrown and Flipside from my Urban Decay Book Of Shadows II and Citron Pistachio from Sigma Creme De Couture Palette. I used a cheap black Liquid Liner from Primark to outline the edges and add detailing, plus a bit of UD Half Baked  in the middle of the lid and on the outside of the full design. I also contoured my cheekbones with a mixture of Cafe Au Lait and Almond Pear from the Sigma Palette.

The foundation I used is Revlon Photo Ready and I the lip colour I am wearing is Rimmel Apocalips in Big Bang.

You can brush your hair for a more relaxed look.

I absolutely love the Poison Ivy Look and I could probably get used to wearing it every day :) I refused to take my makeup off until bed time, because I didn't want to ruin my 'masterpiece' haha. Let me know, if you will be recreating this look, or leave links to your Halloween looks in the comments. I would love to see your ideas!

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  1. OMG Sandra, I literally gasped out loud! This is stunning, perfect and just, oh my! Everything is perfect down to a T, your hair, the eyes, the make up! WOW!

    1. Thank you lovely :) I really enjoyed creating this look. I might do another one before Halloween. It was so much fun!

  2. Absolutely fantastic look! You are so creative - amazing! Xx

  3. I love this look on you and red hair suits you! I actually didn't notice that you eyebrows were missing until you've pointed it out and I was like - what is she talking about? ;) Gorgeous! X

  4. Speechless! it looks so magical, straight from a fairy tale. I love the combination between red and green. There's just so much details and precision, and the green jewellery and contats are perfect fits too! Love it! :)

    Beauty from the Fjord xxx

  5. Gorgeous look!! From the eyes and lips to the red hair and the green outfit you were wearing <3

  6. This is so amazing - you look incredible! WISH I could do something like this!


  7. Wowzers! I don't like it, I love it! :) <3 X

  8. HOLY MOLY!!!
    You are a friggen champ. A master. AWESOME.
    I'm just gonna fan girl you a lil more over here :3

  9. This is gorgeous, Sandra! Well done xx

  10. Red hair really suits you!
    Great make up look! My boyfriend who is a Marvel nut is looking over my shoulder and is now encouraging me to give it a go! lol
    Jen xx

  11. What an incredible look! All the makeup is completely on point! You did a wonderful job, Sandra! :D

  12. This is so so gorgeous and it looks like so much fun to create! Too bad I don't have red hair haha. You did such a great job on this look!
    Lovely Notions

  13. This look is so creative, and you look sexy in that. Great halloween makeup idea.. It's not the usual kind. :D
    Greeting from Malaysia.

  14. You have to just have to do more posts like this. Inspirational!! You are so talented!


  15. You look amazing, I think this looks incredible, you're so talented xx

    Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict

  16. oh wow that is amazing! Love the contacts, really want to try coloured contacts!

    Emma from

  17. This is such a great look. I did a poison ivy look a few years ago too. Your'e hair looks stunning red, you should give it a go.

  18. I adore this look!!!! You really suit red hair too, you should think about dying it, not that your brown hair doesn't look lovely too :)


  19. The red hair suits you so much, it's shocking. And the makeup is stunning!! x


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