I was deprived of Halloween as a kid. All those years of could’ve-beens and should’ve-beens, all because Singapore didn’t quite catch on to Halloween.
We did catch on in the last 10 years or so ago, when clubs and businesses figured that all the grown-up girls who didn’t have a chance to dress up as princesses during Halloween would be more than happy to come dressed as slutty princesses instead.
I’m one of them, of course.
What I remember growing up was watching Halloween episodes of TV shows, and movies with witches. I have an undying fascination for witches in pop culture. I would camp in our TV room on Halloween as a kid and watch back-to-back movies including Roald Dahl’s The Witches, Casper and Practical Magic, which is still one of my favorite movies--I could watch it over and over again.
Remember that scene in Practical Magic when an 11-year-old Camilla Belle summoned a true love spell in hope that she would never die of a broken heart?
The romantic that I was and still am often dreamed about how I’d meet the man of my dreams. Before that, of course, I had been twiddling my thumbs in anticipation of a DIY dough man a la Sabrina The Teenage Witch to become a reality.
Of course, I didn’t realize that I'd meet the man I’ve waited to meet my whole life when I did, exactly on Halloween night three years ago.
Which brings me back to this article, and reality. Whether or not you have found your dream dude, we’ve all wondered what it’s like to be a man sometimes. While you can’t conjure up an anatomically correct costume just for Halloween, some makeup will help you to go from your usual hot self to a dream dude.
It’s laughably easy, and all you need are things you probably already have.
After applying foundation, which you can also choose to skip, start with thickening your brows. Make them messier, thicker--give yourself a unibrow if you’d like.
I used my favorite K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyebrow Pencil Liner (also the longest product name in history) to start, drawing light, feathery strokes into my brow, and slowly, expanding the brows all directions.
I followed that with a NARS dark brown eye pencil before finishing it off with the brow powder from the Sleek Makeup Brow Kit.
Men have stronger bone structure, so get contouring and get blending. Here’s another problem for a brown girl in Asia: I can never get my foundation in drugstores and very often, I find that my shade is the darkest shade sold by some makeup brands. And even MAC doesn’t carry foundation my color; it’s quite depressing.
Luckily, I have a liquid foundation I bought the last time I was in LA that is a shade or two darker than my own skin to start contouring. I wanted to create a stronger jawline and more defined cheekbones, as such.
I like a barely-there five o’clock stubble on my men. Use a creamy kohl pencil and draw your shadow on. No need to be precise; you’re going to blend it after.
Start with your sideburns, then your beard and then your moustache; and then just blend it out with your fingers.
INSERT SOME FLAWS
Most dudes don't wear makeup, so I improvised under-eye rings by using the same K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyebrow Pencil Liner and blending it out. The liner is great because it creates barely-there lines instead of harsh ones.
If you ever need to age yourself, make a face like the one I'm demonstrating below to create lines on your forehead, and then pack powder on while you're doing that.
Expert tip from my BFF: Use a natural flush under the apples of your cheeks instead on on them! Tie your hair up and stuff it all into a cap, and you're done! Just make sure you don't get into a bar fight.
This is such an easy Halloween costume that for me, it’s reserved for a last-minute office party or something that needs a tamer costume. That said though, at the end of the day, hormonal zits, cramps, more expensive underwear and all, I’d rather be a woman.