The Other Coraline Halloween Makeup Look
Today’s Halloween makeup look is admittedly a little on the creepier side of things, but I still think it’s pretty cool and you could probably make it cuter or scarier if you wanted to, depending on how you apply the makeup and what colors you use.
If you’re not familiar with the film (or book), Coraline, then I recommend you give it a watch! It’s a children’s film, but honestly, it’s quite creepy!! I read the book on a flight home a few years ago and was totally creeped out by Neil Gaiman’s narrative, even though I was surrounded by people. The book is quite a bit scarier, in my opinion, than the film, but the film is still good and the story is generally the same.
The basic breakdown of the story is that Coraline and her parents move into a new house and she discovers a locked door. Her mother tells her it probably doesn’t lead to anywhere, but Coraline becomes entranced by the idea of what lies behind the door.
Annoyed by the fact that she’s had to leave her old friends behind for a new town and a new house, she wakes up one night to wander around the house and tries the door. She finds that this time the door is open. When she walks through the door, she finds that it leads to an entirely other life where everything is the same, but not, and she can do whatever she likes thanks to her “other mother” who has buttons on her eyes. I’ll leave it at that, but definitely give it a watch!
How I Did the Makeup Look:
My makeup for this was a lot simpler than the other makeup looks I’ve shown here despite using more products.
Basically what I did is I mixed a small amount of white pigment with my typical foundation, the Hourglass Veil Fluid Foundation in Porcelain 0, just to make it a bit paler. The effect is that it makes your face appear a bit “off” somehow so you will look creepier.
Then, I used my trusty Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow to sculpt my cheeks and also give myself a few freckles. I used Alima Pure Eye Shadow in Thunder (any dark blue or purple color will do) to create the eyebrows. Personally, I think you can use any color for the brows, but blue is more accurate, purple is a good stand-in, and black will make the look that much more intense. Really, the shape of the brows matters a lot more than the color.
Anyhow, after that, I applied red pigment mixed with a bit of OCC Lip Tar in Black Metal Dahlia which I used to slightly elongate my lips outward and also make my cupid’s bow a bit pointier. Then, I used black pigment with a fine liner brush to create stitches on my lips so they would look sealed shut. You can also use a liquid eyeliner or a gel eyeliner like MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack for any/all of the black color in this look, if you like.
I originally planned to use actual thread applied with lash adhesive, but discovered that I am out of lash adhesive so created the look with makeup instead. That being said, I think if you’re attending a party, this will look a lot creepier if you use actually thread.
After finishing up the lips, I drew circles on my eyes in black pigment, waited for it to set a little, and then added 4 dots of white pigment on my eyes to create buttons. At this point, if you’re taking photos, don’t open your eyes.
If you are going to a party, you’ll have to apply to dots with slightly closed eyes and then keep your eyes closed to let the pigment dry. It might even help if you have someone on standby with a blow dryer to help dry the pigment faster so you don’t have to sit there with your eyes closed for ages.
Just make sure they do the blow drying on cool otherwise it will melt the makeup!!
A last piece of advice I can offer for this simple, yet somewhat tricky look is that you use a guide for the button shapes. Since I used makeup to create the button eyes, I free-hand traced circle shapes around my eyes, but if I did it again, I would use something circle shaped to get more exact and even shaped buttons. Mine were noticeably not even, in my opinion haha.
Other Coraline Costume Ideas:
- Any colored stripe long sleeve sweater or blue with stars sweater (as shown in the Coraline screenshot above).
- Black or dark wash skinny jeans or pants.
- A blue or black short hair bob wig – I spotted a blue one on Ebay for $9, but didn’t have time to purchase it for this look.
- Cute little girl style hair clips – butterflies, bows, or even a slim headband will make this look creepier.
- Mary jane shoes or cute girly flats.
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