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Adult Halloween Makeup Tutorial: Garden Goddess

This Halloween, go as the enchanting comic book and feature film villainess. Our easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions show you how to apply the fantasy makeup to give even a basic costume a silver screen-worthy look.

Traci Hines, Becky Sapp and Jason Amos
Poison Ivy Halloween Costume

Materials Needed:

  • foundation
  • concealer
  • loose powder
  • brownish-red pencil liner
  • pink and darker pink blush
  • white/silver mineral eye shadow
  • white pencil liner
  • eyeshadow primer
  • shimmery white eye shadow
  • light and dark brown eye shadows
  • Kelly-, lime- and forest-green eye shadows
  • shimmering green pencil liner
  • black liquid liner
  • eyelash curler
  • mascara
  • false lashes (2 pairs or one dramatic one)
  • eyelash glue
  • bright red pencil liner and lipstick
  • white liquid liner
  • green glitter liner
  • yellow or light green glitter
  • glittered silk leaves
  • loose powder
  • red lip-gloss
  • green dress or corset (optional)
  • green tights (optional)

Apply Foundation and Blush

Apply full-coverage foundation and cover any skin imperfections with concealer (Image 1). Set with a generous dusting of loose powder for a porcelain finish (Image 2). Define your eyebrows with a brownish-red liner pencil (Image 3). Apply pink blush on the apples of your cheeks, blending up to your high cheekbones. Contour with a slightly darker pink blush below cheekbone (Image 4). Add a touch of white/silver mineral eye shadow on top of the blush (Image 5).

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  • Poison Ivy Halloween Costume
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  • Poison Ivy Halloween Costume
  • Poison Ivy Halloween Costume

Prep Eyes

Use a white eyeliner pencil to define under brow bone then smudge (Image 1). Add white eyeliner pencil at the inner corners of eyes and blend out onto lid (Image 2). Finally, apply eye shadow primer to lids (Image 3).

  • Poison Ivy Halloween Costume
  • Poison Ivy Halloween Costume
  • Poison Ivy Halloween Costume

Apply Eye Color

Start with a shimmery white eye shadow and apply everywhere the white liner was applied then blend it across your eyelid (Image 1). Add a light brown eye shadow to the outside corner of lids (Image 2). Follow with a darker brown eye shadow in the crease and blend well (Image 3). The goal is to have your shadow fade from white to light brown to dark brown. Add some green eye shadow to the darkest part of the brown shadow in your crease (Image 4). Line your waterline, which is the inside of your eyelid, with a shimmering green pencil liner. Extend the color even below the waterline onto your lash line, and make sure the green is vibrant (Image 5).

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  • Poison Ivy Halloween Costume
  • Poison Ivy Halloween Costume
  • Poison Ivy Halloween Costume
  • Poison Ivy Halloween Costume

Create Dramatic Eyes

Use black liquid eyeliner to create a thick cat eye. Start at the center and wing out, then go back to the inner corners and connect the line all the way across your lid (Image 1). Curl lashes, and add mascara to top and bottom lashes (Images 2 and 3). Apply false lashes, making sure the lashes are longest at the edges (Image 4). Cut them to fit if necessary.

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  • Poison Ivy Halloween Costume
  • Poison Ivy Halloween Costume
  • Poison Ivy Halloween Costume

Apply Lip Color

Line lips with brownish-red pencil liner (Image 1). Fill in lips with bright red pencil liner, then cover all with a bright red shade of lipstick (Images 2 and 3).

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  • Poison Ivy Halloween Costume
  • Poison Ivy Halloween Costume

Apply Green Makeup

Begin to apply green eye shadow around the edges of your face and in your cheek contour (Images 1 and 2). Blend 2-3 shades of green in a gradient starting at your hairline and working outward. Choose a deep forest-green shade, a Kelly green and a lime shade; at least one of your shadows should have shimmer in it. Blend the shadows together well, making sure to shade the edges of the jawline and chin and extend the shading down the neck as well.

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  • Poison Ivy Halloween Costume

Add Vines

With shimmering green eyeliner pencil, add swirly vines stemming from the hairline, reaching toward the center of the face without going too far into your cheeks (Images 1 and 2). Use a white liquid eyeliner to define each vine, being careful to use a light hand and not load the brush up with too much product so the lines aren't too pronounced (Image 3). Add some subtle dots with the white liquid liner for texture, then use green glitter liner to trace around the vines (Image 4). Dot some loose yellow or light green glitter over the design for added sparkle (Image 5).

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  • Poison Ivy Halloween Costume
  • Poison Ivy Halloween Costume
  • Poison Ivy Halloween Costume
  • Poison Ivy Halloween Costume

Finish the Look

Apply a dab of glue to the back of each glittered leaf and position them on the vines (Image 1). Add red lip-gloss to lips for the finishing touch (Image 2). Curl hair and spray it in place, or wear a costume wig to change your hair color.

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