Who’s Your Mummy?
Okay, first of all, how gorgeous is my model Natalie? Day 21 of 31 days of Halloween has to be one of my favorite looks I’ve ever done. And to let you in on a little secret. This is the easiest look I’ve done so far. This works great as a unisex character idea, or you can take it feminine and glam like I did here. Did you know the mummification process actually took something like 40 days? Without getting into all the technical details of actual mummies, I wanted my mummy look to be sort of in the early stages of the process. Basically, my Egyptian Princess was about in the middle of the mummification process and still looking hot. That’s what I was going for here. But of course, you can take away the glam factor and keep it more realistic looking. How dead or far along the mummification process you want to look will determine how heavily and darkly you apply the makeup, using the same techniques I’m about to share with you. Here we go.
I only needed a partial costume to get these amazing photos, but you can go for a full on mummy costume if you’d like. All I needed was some pieces of cheesecloth. Mine came in a pack from the Halloween supplies offered at Walmart. After I unravelled it all, one pack was enough to wrap around the face and upper body. I recommend not using toilet paper. Believe it or not, it will not come out as charming as it did when you were five. Trust me on this, you want to use a legit costume, medical bandages or some simple cheesecloth. Make sure to dirty it up with the same grease paint used in the makeup. You can also use dark eyeshadow or even damp coffee grounds to dirty up the costume and other showing skin on the body.
The main technique here was to emphasize the contours of the face and change the skin tone to make it look more dirt-covered and messy, then going in and creating dark veins showing through the skin. If you have a darker skin tone, adjust the colors accordingly to make everything darker. This will really make everything stand out underneath the lighter cheesecloth.I want any discoloration or blemishes on the skin to actually show and come through because it will add to the effect of the makeup. That is the ultimate reason I’m not using foundation first.
First, I used a mix of Saucebox Etude Palette dark grey eyeshadow and La Femme eyeshadow in the color Taupe to contour and darken the hollows of the face and neck overall. After that, I went in with grease paint. The darkest areas were under the cheekbones, on either side of the nose, the temples, jawline. The eye sockets are dark as well but we’ll get to that later with eyeshadow, so leave them bare for now.With a large textured sponge I got in a pack at Michael’s Craft Store, I went in on the perimeter of Natalie’s Face and down her neck with a brown grease paint. All the grease paints I used are from the Ben Nye Bruise Wheel. Don’t forget to go over the ears and get up into the hairline. I ended up using a mix of black, brown, and green on different sized sponges to pat onto the face in splotches. Just make her look rotting and covered in dirt. I set the mobile areas and main contours of the face where I put the grease paint with the shade Sombre from the Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette. As far as the vein technique, I have a lengthy description of this in my previous post. But basically, you just want to create thin squiggly lines around the face with the greasepaint, patting the color into the skin to give the appearance of veins. I stuck to brown-ish tones for this part, as adding in too much red would make her look more alive than I would like her to appear. Continue this down onto the neck and any other skin that may be more bare in the costume, such as the backs of the hands. You can also color over the brows messily with brown or black grease paint, depending on your hair color.
This is where we get a little glam. Feel free to opt out or alter this part to customize your mummy a bit more. I started by patting on the brown grease paint and blending that over the lid. I then began blending a dark brown shade from the Morphe 25A Palette onto the outer corner of the eyes and blending that outward into a sort of cat-eye shape. I kept adding more pigment and blending that out until it became the blown out dramatic shape I was looking for. Taking some black eyeshadow from the Lorac Pro Palette on the very outer edges, I blended over the grease paint base about a third of the way across the lid. On the rest of the lid, I packed on the Gold color from the Lorac Pro Palette and faded that out into the rest of the shadow. After that, I applied an intense, thick winged eyeliner to the top lash line. I was not shy with this L’Oreal Black Liquid Eyeliner. I really made the wing dramatic and fierce. After all, out girl is (was) and Egyptian Princess and needs the awesome eyeliner to prove it.
Under the eye, I lined the waterline and lower lash line with a black pencil eye liner. I then messily applied a mix of the brown and black grease paint all the way up to the lower lash line, blending that down into the eye socket area where eyebags would be if Natalie had any. I purposely didn’t set it because I knew it would crease up later and felt that the small texture of that would add on to the messy undead look. Make sure to add black mascara to the top and bottom lashes. Layer it on thick. The clumpier the better for this look. After that dries, pop on some false lashes to finish off the eyes. The lashes I used on Natalie are, believe it or not, from Daiso the dollar store. The glue I used is also from there.
Before wrapping her up in cheesecloth, I used the Wet N Wild Fantasy Makers Black Lipstick in the color Blackout all over her lips. I put this on very messily and patted it out around the lip line to smudge it around and mess it up even more. The purpose of this, if you wear this out, is to have your lips remain cohesive with the look when you unwrap your mouth area to eat, drink, talk, etc. I also did it so that the color would bleed through the white cheesecloth and amp up the creepy rotting flesh factor. It was then time to cut and separate the cheesecloth to make it look disheveled and torn up. After wrapping Natalie up, I went back in with dark shadows and more grease paint to dirty up the cloth, like I mentioned earlier. Add some color to any other areas of the skin you want and then you’re done.
That’s all for our galm, sexy, rotting mummy princess. Day 21 was definitely a success. But wait…there’s more! As a special treat within the makeup challenge, I’ve created a sort of sequal/counterpart to this look. Meet me back here tomorrow to find out what it is!