Mermaid makeup has been a firm Halloween favourite for a few years now. And it’s understandable, given that bright aquatic colours and shimmery finishes are what make the look, and not everybody is comfortable rocking those in their day-to-day lives. They save the style for the annual dress-up holiday instead, because it won’t stick out for the wrong reasons.
But that’s all changing, because mermaid makeup is making its presence felt on a smaller scale (pun definitely intended). Thanks to the violets, blues and greens that are a more common sight in today’s hottest hair trends, it’s possible to incorporate the look in more casual cosmetic stylings. So, if you’ve ever wanted to try a magical, ocean-inspired appearance, now is the perfect time to experiment.
Where do you even begin though? Well, we’re glad you asked. Wander under the sea, grab some colours, and let’s get started!
Eye, sea, you
Mermaid makeup starts with your beautiful peepers. You have several choices here, depending on whether you’re going for something subtle or more extreme.
If you fall into the former camp, you’ll only need to worry about applying a hint of eyeliner and a spot of mascara. If you’re unsure about where to begin, consider the L'Oréal Paris Paints Eyelinerrange, which features colours like vivid aqua and intrepid teal. Take your eyeliner and apply it to your top or bottom, or both, waterlines. Round off the look with a matching mascara colour on just your top lashes.
But if you’re ready to embrace your inner Ariel, consider something more eye-popping. Remember, dramatic eyeliner is trending for 2018, so don’t be shy! Instead of using conventional colours, go for shades you might spot in the ocean.
Something like Maybelline’s EyeStudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner Sapphire Strength, for instance, might be just the hue to set your sights on. Pair it with similar complementary colours and go wild! A sprinkle of something sparkly will add to that wet and shimmery aquatic look.
You’ll want to give your luscious lips some loving too. It’s not necessary to match colours up perfectly, but if you’re going for a complete mermaid look, use lipsticks, glosses, tints or balms that fit the palette you chose for your eyes as closely as possible.
If blue was your colour of choice, for example, you should consider getting NYX Professional Makeup Macaron Lippie in Blue Velvet. Infused with honey nectar to keep your pout supple, it’s an oceanic-blue shade that is striking without being clownish.
The finishing touches
The mermaid look just isn’t complete without a little sunken treasure! Creative and unusual lower lashes, tiny rhinestones or sequins in the corners of your eyes, and a light dusting of your favourite sparkling products will add movement and vibrancy to mimic the ripples on a gorgeous coral reef.
You’re now the proud wearer of beautiful mermaid makeup. Thankfully, there’s no need to wait for Halloween to rock this inspired look. Showcase the style loud and proud (or calm and tranquil, depending on your preference), and others will be sure to follow your lead – just like a school of fish!