An Annie Lennox Halloween Tutorial For Your Inner '80s Pop Star

You know, just in case you happen to have a bright orange pixie cut right now (or even if you don't).
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You know, just in case you happen to have a bright orange pixie cut right now (or even if you don't).

When I bleached my hair recently, I found myself spending one morning with bright orange hair before going on to the next round of bleach. My boyfriend said my hair looked "very Annie Lennox," and of course Marci immediately demanded a Halloween tutorial. 

So here it is!

To be honest, the most important part of this tutorial is the bright orange hair. If you already have it, great. If not, I'm guessing you don't want to mess around with bleach just for Halloween. I would probably suggest using Manic Panic Electric Lava—it's extremely vibrant but won't last forever. You just have to be cool with explaining your neon orange hair to all of your relatives at Thanksgiving dinner. 

The makeup I used.

The makeup I used.

Everything else you need:

  • Black and dusty rose eyeshadow
  • Red lipstick
  • Blush
  • A tie, white button-down shirt, and dark blazer
  • A microphone (optional)

First up is the eyes. I used two shades from my Urban Decay Naked3 Palette

I used Limit (fourth from the left) and Darkside (second from the right).

I used Limit (fourth from the left) and Darkside (second from the right).

First, I prepped with Urban Decay Original Primer Potion. Then, I blended Limit (a matte, dusty rose) all over my lids and slightly above the crease. I used Darkside (a slightly shimmery black) to line my upper and lower lash lines, stopping about halfway in. I also blended Darkside slightly beyond the outer corners of my eyes. 

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Then, I added a bright red lipstick: Nonie Creme Colour Prevails Classic Lip Duo in Classic Red

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I layered the attached lip gloss over the lipstick for extra shine. 

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The last step was a bit (OK, a lot) of blush. 

The blush, Unearthed, is the largest pan shown above in the Tarte Energy Noir Clay Palette. 

The blush, Unearthed, is the largest pan shown above in the Tarte Energy Noir Clay Palette. 

I noticed in the photo above, Lennox wore her blush in the hollow of her cheeks instead of higher up on her cheekbones. I did the same, using the warm coral blush included in my Tarte Energy Noir Clay Palette, Unearthed, with a heavy hand. 

I apologize for all the coconut oil still in my hair. 

I apologize for all the coconut oil still in my hair. 

And there you have it: bright orange hair, a muted smoky eye, glossy red lips, and tons of blush. The '80s were an interesting time. 

My best Annie Lennox. 

My best Annie Lennox. 

Of course, don't forget the rest of your costume. I borrowed a tie and blazer from my brother and wore them with a white button-down. Bring a microphone with you to really make it obvious. If people are still asking you who you're supposed to be, then it might be time to belt out a rendition of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)." 

  • Are you a fan of Annie Lennox? Enough to go as her for Halloween?
  • If you had to pick one musical artist from the '80s for your Halloween costume, who would you pick?