Halloween Ice Queen Makeup Tutorial

Halloween has grown to be my absolute favorite holiday on the calendar. For last 3 years, I have attended what is arguably the greatest Halloween party in the world -  Theatre Bizarre! There is no shortage of fun to be had during this 10-hour costume party, which takes place in the historically mystical Detroit Masonic Temple.  This year I dressed up as a frightening (but glamorous) Ice Queen, and I'm so excited to share the look with all of you! Make a lasting impression at your Halloween party by following my tutorial below!

I've listed all of the products used below if you'd like to recreate this look exactly. You really don't need to invest much money into special FX makeup, because many affordable brands offer bold-colored makeup during this time of year. Another affordable hack is to find the lightest almost-white shade of drugstore foundation, and mix it with the cheap Halloween face paint you can pick up at any Halloween store.  This will give you a more forgiving and familiar base to start your look with.  Have fun, and remember - these looks can be challenging but very rewarding!  Let your creativity be the guide.

Makeup Items Used:

Emily Essentially | Beauty | Halloween Ice Queen Makeup Tutorial
Emily Essentially | Beauty | Halloween Ice Queen Makeup Tutorial
Emily Essentially | Beauty | Halloween Ice Queen Makeup Tutorial
Emily Essentially | Beauty | Halloween Ice Queen Makeup Tutorial
Emily Essentially | Beauty | Halloween Ice Queen Makeup Tutorial
Emily Essentially
 

My Microblading Experience: Was it Worth it?!

I finally did it.  I took my sad, little blonde brows and transformed them into fleek-tastic beauties that are structured and sexy!  How did I manage to do this?  I had them microbladed!

For those who aren't familiar with microblading, I'll give you a quick run-down of the process: some pros, cons, what to expect and my final thoughts below.  Also, I'm sharing a few before/after shots so you can see how the healing process has been going after this first round.  But first, check out my video documenting my entire experience here:

What is Microblading?

Microblading is essentially a semi-permanent makeup tattoo. By using a handheld tool and applying ink with hair-like strokes, a certified microblading technician is able to bring your brows to life! 

What to Expect:

  • I know what you're all wondering...the pain level is tolerable, especially once the technician applies the heavy-duty numbing cream.
  • The microblading process takes about 2 hours from start to finish and includes:
    • A consultation on shape, brow-to-face framing and color preferences
    • Drawing on shape/outline and measuring for maximum symmetry
    • Color matching to current brows and/or personal taste
    • 1st round of microblading to open the skin and get the overall shape in place
    • Applying numbing cream to reduce discomfort
    • 2nd round of microblading to add more hairstrokes and texture
  • Expect your brows to be very dark at first, and be very light after peeling. The brows will then settle into a more true representation of color pigmentation.  The skin went through some trauma, so give your body time to heal. 

Pros:

  • Longevity.  The ink lasts 1-3 years depending on your skin type and how well you take care of your brows.
  • Time Saver.  No more money and time spent on filling in your brows with hard-to-master products. You will now have perfectly coiffed brows for years to come.
  • Semi-permanent.  Even though this process will last at least a few years, you aren't committed to something as permanent as a full tattoo of your brows.  If future trends change (shape, fullness, arch), you don't have major regrets!
  • Relatively painless.  You do feel the first round of microblading, but if you've ever had a tattoo, it's not anything you can't handle.  Once your artist applies the numbing cream (lidocaine), you won't feel a single thing!
  • Natural.  I've always struggled with shaping my brows to look natural when filling them in due to the way products apply.  The microblading technique is comprised of lots of tiny hair-like strokes so they look super natural, and fill out any sparse areas in your natural brows.  No caked-on powders or pomades - just a little brow gel is needed to lock your actual hairs in place!

Cons:

  • The sound.  One thing that bothered me personally was the sound...since it's so close to your ears, you can really hear the blade "scraping" the skin and it's a little cringe-worthy.  If you're sensitive to things like that, strike up some small talk, or ask your technician to play a little music.
  • Cost.  If you boil this procedure down, you're essentially getting a semi-permanent tattoo...on your face.  Expect to pay tattoo-type prices to have this done and done the right way!  My biggest suggestion is do your research when selecting a technician.
  • Two-part Process.  Even though I'm super pleased with the initial progress and improvement to my brows, I will have to go back in another month for a touch-up.  It isn't the end of the world, but it is a process to get to the final result, so be patient.

Before:

Emily Essentially | Beauty | My Microblading Experience
Emily Essentially | Beauty | My Microblading Experience

Immediately After:

Emily Essentially | Beauty | My Microblading Experience
Emily Essentially | Beauty | My Microblading Experience

Two Weeks Later:

Emily Essentially | Beauty | My Microblading Experience
Emily Essentially | Beauty | My Microblading Experience

I hope you found this post and video helpful for those of you who may be on the fence about getting your eyebrows microbladed! I have to say that so far I am 100% satisfied with the results.  I will definitely post an update in about a month when I go back for my touch-up!  If you're interested in having this done and you're located in the metro-Detroit area, here's where I went:

Salon: Salon West Dearborn
Technician: Houda Hourani - check out her Instagram to see her work!

Emily Essentially
 

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