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Creative Costuming For Halloween: Harlequin Doll

Creative cosmetic magic continues as the VL team helps you get dressed for Halloween! We’ve shown you how to turn yourself into a fierce feline, next up is a sweetly unique Harlequin Doll. It’s a pretty party option that’s both feminine and fun!


The key to a look that lasts is using products that stay put! VL’s Vibrant Eye Waterproof Liner in Nerino (a glossy black) offers waterproof wear with a beautiful sheen. The richly pigmented formula creates an opaque finish that makes it ideal for this project! A short fine brush picks up just the right amount of liner and the brush lays flat without fanning to create a precise, thin stroke. This will help you to draw the Harlequin Doll features, but in the real world, it makes the perfect winged liner tool.

Creative Costuming For Halloween: Harlequin Doll

Begin by creating the outline of the heart using the Crème Concealer in the cap of our Ultra Light Canvas Tinted Moisturizer. This versatile combo offers SPF 20 protection and is ingeniously packaged with an antioxidant-rich, color-coordinated professional concealer attached. Create a perfect canvas whenever, wherever! For the Harlequin base, you may want to mix in a little white cream makeup of your choice to further lighten the color. There are plenty to choose from around Halloween time!

Draw a heart shape on to your skin with the #37 Foundation Brush and try to keep in the mind that you want it to be as even as possible on both sides. Then fill this heart shape in with the same brush. Know that this is just a base and as you work it may not stay in place, but you will re-apply and perfect in a later step! This is just to help you mark out the design on the rest of your face. Continue by filing in the remaining areas with your normal foundation shade of the Tinted Moisturizer and a Wedge Sponge.

Creative Costuming For Halloween: Harlequin Doll

A strong brow is the goal, so overdraw in this case, forming a curving arch above the area of your natural brow line. Vibrant Eye Waterproof Liner in Nerino will help you to best achieve this look, just apply gentle pressure and place the full length of the brush against the skin.

Creative Costuming For Halloween: Harlequin Doll

A soft purple smoke colors the eye for contrast and drama! Start with the lightest lilac color of the Baby Dome Baked Eyeshadow Palette in Peralisa. Featuring an expertly coordinated array of multi-finish textures with a versatile wet/dry formula, two matte shades surround one shimmering hue. Create effortless eyes that easily transition from neutral to intense! Using a #22 Large Eyeshadow Brush, apply the color to the brow bone. Next add the middle color to the lid using the #22 Brush as well. Apply the deep plum hue with a #33 Flat Eyeshadow Brush, keeping very close to the lash line.

Creative Costuming For Halloween: Harlequin Doll

Now to deepen the eye around the lashes use the Duo Eye Pencil in Jet Black/Black Brown and apply to the top lash line. To give the lid a beautiful smoky effect, smudge the pencil along the lash line by using a #33 Flat Eyeshadow Brush. VL’s double-sided pencil glides on velvety smooth making it great for blending! Add Ardell DOUBLE UP Lashes and then a coat of Volume Plus Mascara to the top and bottom to blend lashes together. The rich, creamy formula contains peptides to increase lash thickness, building full body, high volume lashes in a single stroke!

Follow up by lining within the waterline and under your lower lashes, again using the Duo Eye Pencil in Jet Black/Black Brown. Smudge across the bottom as well, using a #33 Flat Eyeshadow Brush.

Creative Costuming For Halloween: Harlequin Doll

Now go back and reapply the Crème Concealer from the cap of our Tinted Moisturizer with the white cream color and a Wedge Sponge. Work carefully, applying with the final result in mind so you don’t have to go back and do touch ups later. This will avoid any unnecessary layers, which can lead to a flaky mess! Follow up with the lightest shade of Velour Pressed Powder, pressing and rolling softly over the surface with a Velour Puff. A silky multi-toned powder delivers flawless, skin that’s softly matte and completely free of shine.

Creative Costuming For Halloween: Harlequin Doll

Here you will draw an exaggerated teardrop, the sizing is up to you! Make it as small or as big as you like, or not draw it at all! There are an infinite amount of variations! To get a nice sharp black line, use the Vibrant Eye Waterproof Liner in Nerino and a #11 Angled Brush.

You can also deepen the line on the top lid a bit with a touch of black shadow and the #33 Flat Eyeshadow Brush, but the level of intensity is all controlled by you! If you prefer the eye to be subtle, simply skip this step.

Creative Costuming For Halloween: Harlequin Doll

Now let’s give a flush of doll-like color to the cheek! The Chiara Flush Stick in Ardensa is a soft coral with a shimmering apricot core, forming a hybrid stick of matte and pearl that can be worn blended together or separately. Apply to the sides of the cheek, moving up towards your cheekbones. Stop the color just at the edge of the heart. Add a contour to the bottom of the cheek using the Chiara Flush Stick in Orombra, a golden amber pearl. Use the wedge sponge again to smooth color, also stopping at the edge line of the heart you’ve created.

Creative Costuming For Halloween: Harlequin Doll

Now finish off the heart by giving it a defined edge. Use Crème Gel Liner in Felis Brown and the Creme/Liner Brush. This luxurious, waterproof gel liner showcases cutting edge technology with unexpected dreamy pearls that whisper at every blink of the eye. It’s also gluten and paraben free! Trace directly on top of the outer edge of the heart shape and before this sets, smudge the outer rim of the line very lightly, away from the heart shape.

Creative Costuming For Halloween: Harlequin Doll

A red glossy lip glows with layers of color! Start by lining along the edges of your lip line with the Duo Lip Pencil in Red/Corola Red. The resilient formula remains intact and reduces feathering for lips that last! Fill in the area with a bright, matte red lipstick, such as VL’s Thinstick in London. Vitamin E nourishes lips while color adheres firmly to skin, for vibrancy and staying power! Beginning at the center of lips, use the #35 Deluxe Lip Brush to apply a thin, even layer. Give lips high shine by slicking on the red shade from the Lovisco Lip Palette, again using the #35 Deluxe Lip Brush. The soft, non-sticky texture allows color to be effortlessly applied, leaving behind a shiny, watery effect on the lips. Plus, the three color palette fits nicely in your palm and purse!

Creative Costuming For Halloween: Harlequin Doll

For the final step, construct your adorable heart-shaped beauty mark! Pick a spot on the cheek to your liking and draw an adorable heart using the Vibrant Eye Waterproof Liner in Nerino. Don’t try to complete this in one phase, it will be easier if you draw one side of the heart first, and connect the edges as you draw on the other side.

Creative Costuming For Halloween: Harlequin Doll

Creative Costuming For Halloween: Harlequin Doll


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