Halloween: Rosie The Riveter

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Behold: my first YouTube tutorial!

...be nice, I'm an amateur! At the suggestion of some friends ("You're so good at hair and makeup, you should do a tutorial!") I've decided to upload my first makeup/hair YouTube video. Dressing up for Halloween is one of my favorite past-times: The only day of the year when you can truly wear whatever you want in a judgement-free zone. Recently, however, I've been on a serious budget and I can't bring myself to spend my paycheck on a ridiculous costume that only gets worn once. While I often choose a semi-homemade route for financial and creative reasons, I really don't want to spend much at all.

Last year I decided on Rosie The Riveter, which costed me a grand total of $1.99. Yes. You read that right. One dollar and ninety-nine sense. How did I do it? Well, let me show you!

Most of the "Rosie the Riveter" necessities you probably already have in your closet:

  • Jeans- preferably ripped & boyfriend cut, but any variation will do.
  • Rough & tumble boots- I wore my Vince Camuto's. So comfy!
  • A denim or chambray shirt- mine is from Levi's.
  • Red lipstick- I recommend Nars Cruella Lip Pencil.
  • Black eyeliner- Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner is my go-to.
  • A red bandana- the only thing I didn't have.
  • Aside from that, what you really need to perfect your look, is retro hair and make-up.

Start with a a clean face…

Apply light foundation or tinted moisturizer and a bit of bronzer or natural blush on the apples of your cheeks. Rosie the Riveter is heading to work, guys- she’s not all done up- so keep it natural. Next, use a matte, nude shade that's 1 to 2 shades darker than your skin tone to define your eyes and give them more depth. I used Urban Decay Naked Palette ($54 at Sephora) in Naked. Using a large, fluffy blending brush (Bdellium Tapered Blending eye #785 $10 at Amazon.com,) apply the matte nude shade into the natural crease of your eyes using a “windshield wiper" motion.

To achieve a retro, winged eyeliner look,

I recommend using a gel liner like Maybelline Lasting Drama by Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black ($10 at drugstores.) You can use the small brush that comes with it or opt for my favorite- an Angled Eyeliner Brush #47 by Nars ($28 at Sephora.)

Start lining your top lid with a thin line that gets slightly thicker as it reaches the outer corner. You may have to pull the skin to make it taut, which gives you a smoother surface. Do the same to the other eye, and check back in the mirror to make sure they look even with both eyes open before proceeding to the next step.

There are many ways to create a winged eyeliner effect, but until you're comfortable "winging it" (no pun intended) this is probably the easiest method:

Place the brush at the outer corner of your eye and draw a straight line towards the end of your eyebrow. Stop the line at the crease. Now, connect the edge of that line to the end of your original line on your lid. This should create a little triangle- fill that in and make sure the line is smooth from the inner corner of your lid to the outer corner in the crease.

Another method is to keep your eye open (this is what I do) and slow paint little dashes pointing towards the end of your eyebrow until you are happy with the shape. Then smooth out the line my working back in towards your original eyeliner line.

Looking straight ahead, mimic the wing on your other eye. This takes some practice to get them even, and don’t worry if its not 100% perfect. (No one will notice, I promise!) The key is to look straight ahead with both eyes open. Look at the eye you're painting, then look at the eye you've already created. You'll notice in the video, I'm looking back and forth and back and forth constantly until I'm happy with the shape. Then I simply smooth out the line.

When you’re happy with the eyeliner, add a coat of mascara (like Lancome Hypnose Drama $28 at Sephora) and get ready to apply some lashes for dramatic effect. I used Ardell lashes #116 and Due Lash Adhesive (both available at drugstores.) Line the lash with a very thin strip of glue, and blow on it a few times so it becomes tacky. Using a pair of tweezers and grabbing the lashes in the middle, carefully place them at the base of your lashes. I also use the tweezers to place the edges of the lashes so that they’re positioned perfectly.

Lips like sugar!

For the lips, I recommend Nars Lip Pencil in Cruella. It’s a beautiful shade of red, and the pencil makes it easy to create the perfect “Rosie the Riveter” pout. If you follow this blog, you'll notice that I'm obsessed with Nars Lip Pencils because they're easy to apply, highly-pigmented, and very long-lasting. This is important because let's face it- Rosie the Riveter doesn't have time to stop her work and apply lipstick all day long. Girlfriend's gotta stay focused on the job!

To achieve these luscious lips, sharpen the pencil if needed, and line your lips all the way around. Then fill them in until you're happy with the result.

Grab a curling iron & your bandana

I actually experimented with a few hair ideas before settling on the most basic option. When in doubt, keep it simple! First, you need to create a retro "bang," so section off a 1-2" chunk of hair and using a large curling iron, curl it towards your face. In other words, make sure the clamp part of your iron is up, and the barrel is down. After your hair heats up (about 20-30 seconds, depending on your iron) slide it out, wrap it around two fingers, and create a large loop. Secure it with multiple bobby pins.

Pull the rest of your hair up in a pony tail or loose bun, and use bobby pins to flatten the hair against your head. Fold the bandana in half so that it creates a large triangle, and loosely tie it around your head. You're just getting a general measurement here. Slip it off and pull one side of the triangle out so that one end is significantly longer than the other. Place the bandana back on your head and tuck the triangle end into the ends where you tied it. Tuck the sides in until it lays flat against your head and tighten the top not. Secure with bobby pins.

Throw on your chambray shirt and some denim and you're good to go, Rosie! We can do it!

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