Every October, I get excited to bust out my big wool scarves, Halloween decor, and other festive (and frequently orange) accoutrements. I also like to get into the seasonal spirit with golden and bronze eye makeup, thick, winged eyeliner, and dark, plummy lipstick—but it’s also nice to mix that more traditional fall look up a little.

My makeup this fall has tended toward the witchy and the ghoulish, in keeping with the more “Halloween” side of autumn, and I’m going to share a couple of my techniques with you. Even if you have trouble with precision, this complete look is pretty easy!

What you’ll need:

Step 1.1

  • An orange eye shadow. A really pigmented orange will brighten up the look (and make it a bit more autumn-festive)! All the shadows I use in this tutorial are from the Coastal Scents 252 Ultimate Eye Color Palette.
  • A dark brown eye shadow.
  • Optional: If the dark brown shadow is much darker than your natural skin color, add another shade—one a shade lighter than your skin.
  • A yellow-green/chartreuse eye shadow.
  • A black eyeliner or lip liner. (I used Nicka K’s lip pencil in black.)
  • Dark plum or wine lip color. (The one I’m using here is NARS’s Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu.)
  • Lip gloss: You can choose a shade that matches your lip color, or black, or just clear. (I used Nanacoco’s lip gloss in French Chic.)
  • A fluffy shadow brush with long bristles. (Mine is Lancôme’s Blending Shadow Brush #17. If you’re on a budget, a cheaper version that works great is e.l.f’s Studio Crease Brush.)
  • A fan brush (like this one) or blush brush (like this one from e.l.f.

How to do it:

Step One:

Step 2.1

Using your shadow brush, sweep your orange eye shadow along your brow bone, from the inner corner of your eye to the outermost point of your eyebrow.
Step Two:

Step 2.2

Apply the same color to the outside edge of your bottom lash line.
Step Three:

Step 3.1

Dab the dark brown shadow onto your eyelids.
Step Four:

Step 4.3

Add chartreuse shadow to the inner corners of your eyes. (I used a new brush for this, but you don’t have to as long as you wipe yours off well.)
Step Five:

Step 5.2

Did you know you can actually use eye shadow as a highlighter? I used a group of neutral shadows from my palette to highlight my face.
Step Six: Use a fan brush or blush brush and your one-shade-darker-than-your-face color (I used dark brown) to add a dark contour right under your cheekbones.
Step Seven:

Step 6.1

Line your lips with black lip liner or eyeliner.

Step Eight:

Step 7.1

Apply your dark, witchy lip color.
Step Nine:

Step 7.2

Slick on the gloss of your choosing.
Final Photo

Now that you’ve conjured up such a killer look, you’re ready to take on the whole dang season! ♦