As I mentioned in my last article, I’m going as Pebbles Flintstone for Halloween this year. I’m really excited to dress up because I feel like my costume is equal parts comfortable and cute, and while not totally original, is still somewhat less basic than your typical cat or Risky Business costume.
The part that really makes this costume recognizable is, of course, the hair. Usually I do my hair after my makeup so that I can pin it back and fix it later, but I decided that risking getting orange hair paint all over my freshly-snatched face was not a risk I was willing to take.
After I got out of the shower, I used it Haircare’s 12-in-one Amazing Leave In Treatment to minimize the heat damage, Not Your Mother’s Whip It Up Cream Styling Mousse to add some texture so the curls would hold, and Not Your Mother’s Plump For Joy Thickening Hair Lifter to add some va-va-voom volume. (The higher the hair, the closer to heaven, amirite?)
Curling my hair has always been a struggle. I have fine strands but a lot of them, so my hair is actually a lot thicker than it looks. The fastest I’ve ever curled it was 45 minutes, and that was when I wasn’t being a perfectionist. I thought having shorter hair would make any sort of styling easier, but as it turns out, that is not necessarily the case. The short little baby hairs at the nape of my neck are almost impossible to reach with an iron and the threat of burning myself is ever-present. Besides that, though, a half-inch curling iron doesn’t exactly cover a lot of ground and using the wand technique is basically impossible. Taking small sections at a time, I finally finish phase one. Then I give it a little tease and gather the top half at the crown of my head (#PARTYPONY). Phase two: check.
Next comes the fun part – orange hair paint. I put a paper towel over my face and a towel around my neck and had Cynthia go to town. The fun thing about temporary hair paint is that you think it will come off as soon as you step in the shower, but that is rarely ever the case. I have a feeling my hair will have a slight orange tinge to it for a few days at least. I add a plastic bone to my sprout and after scrubbing down the back of my neck with a makeup wipe, I’m ready to get started with my face.
Makeup for Pebbles is kind of open to interpretation – she is, after all, a small child supposedly from a time when makeup didn’t even exist. So I wanted to keep it relatively simple (compared to some other Halloween makeup, at least) and go for a basic smokey eye and pink lip.
I start by going with Too Faced’s Hangover Replenishing Face Primer all over my face and Smashbox’s Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer in my consistently oily t-zone. Then I take Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion on my eyelids using my fingertips and blend out the excess with my damp Beauty Blender. Next comes Make Up For Ever’s Mat Velvet+ Foundation in #30 Porcelain, which I also use my Beauty Blender to apply. Finishing up with Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer in #15 Fair under my eyes, around the corners of my nose, and in my t-zone, I realize that I’m probably going to get pretty sweaty as the night goes on. After blending out the concealer, I set it with RCMA’s No Color Powder and let it bake for about 10 minutes while I scroll through Instagram and Twitter.
After sweeping away the setting powder to reveal a *flawless* foundation, I start contouring by taking Benefit Cosmetics’ Hoola Matte Bronzer and adding dimension to my cheekbones, forehead, chin, and nose. Then I go in with Milani’s Powder Blush in #01 Romantic Rose on the apples of my cheeks, blending backward toward my temples. I add a little bit of the iconic Nars Orgasm Blush to give my cheeks a bit of a glow. I finish off by layering theBalm Cosmetics’ Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter, Shadow, and Shimmer under Becca x Jaclyn Hill’s Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Powder for a highlight on the tops of my cheekbones, bridge of my nose, and cupid’s bow.
Next comes the part where I can really get creative: my eyes. I am one of the fortunate ones to have hooded eyes, so sometimes following YouTube tutorials doesn’t always work out for me. What does work, though, is layering different transition colors to build up dimension where I need it. My current eyeshadow obsession is the Tartelette in Bloom Palette from Tarte Cosmetics so I take Flower Child and dust it across my entire crease. Then I do essentially the same thing with Smarty Pants and Rebel until I have a pretty deep color combo going on. To smoke out my outer corner, I take Leader and apply it with a very light hand. Then I go back in with the brushes I use for the lighter colors to make sure there are no harsh lines. Finally I take Funny Girl to my lid, inner corner, and brow bone, using a spritz of MAC’s Prep + Prime Fix+ to really bring out the shimmer.
To finish off my eyes, I use Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner in Trooper to create a sharp wing and Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara before I put on a pair of Au Naturale Lashes from House of Lashes using their White Lash Adhesive. Last but not least, I tackle my brows using the one and only Brow Wiz in Medium Brown from Anastasia Beverly Hills to shape and define. Then I fill them in with Glossier’s Boy Brow in Brown.
To make my lips a pouty princess pink, I start by lining and filling them in with ColourPop’s Lippie Pencil in Westie, which I think has been discontinued because I couldn’t find a link for it, but Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Cruz looks like a pretty close second. Then I take Urban Decay’s Vice Lipstick in ZZ, a cool-toned pink cream lipstick, to take me to full Pebbles status. To make sure everything stays in its place, I douse my face with Urban Decay’s All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray and I’m ready for a few boos and a lot of booze (get it?) on Halloween Night.