fox face makeup tutorial

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I had great fun getting my fox on last weekend for a costume party so decided to make a bit of a tutorial to help anyone else out there do this amazing 3D looking fox face. Enjoy! Feel free to share your own with me if you end up doing it! I had as much fun getting ready for the party as I did at the party (which was spectacular) because I just love a creative project! 🙂

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This Pinterest pic was my inspiration.

First off I slathered my face with this Smashbox primer to create a canvas and protect my skin somewhat from all the junk I was getting ready to cake it with.

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My basic supplies:

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I picked up from Target some basic Halloween costume makeup–black and white. Then went to the cosmetics section and found a LA Colors matte orange lip crayon (which was perfect) and an eye shadow trio–both in the 99 cent range.

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I already had that eye shadow palette which was perfect in all those reds golds and bronze tones to do my highlighting and shading.

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Before–bare face

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Before anything I put a thick matte foundation all over my face which I later kind of regretted on the lower half when I started applying the white as it bled through a bit.

Started with the lightest shades–made a foundation of white in these key areas–used both the crayon and the white costume makeup for this. The makeup in the tube was really not thick enough but I had used it as a foundation all over my chin.

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Used that gel eye liner to start drawing on some black areas–under my chin

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This was a perfect crayon for the coloring here. I put bronze colors on top of it some places but the color was spot on. Target for 99 cents.

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Used some tan foundation and concealer to create contrast around my eyes and nose then went to town with the orange crayon in key areas on my cheeks, forehead and upper eyes.

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Started getting more dramatic with black–using a liquid eye liner, to draw the areas under my nose, laugh lines, dramatic eye shapes and around my mouth. Also started incorporating some brown eye pencils for shading in contrast. I also started playing with some various contrasting rusts and browns in powder eye shadows on my forehead and cheeks.

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Found some yellow concealer and a gold crayon and used that for contrasting color under my eyes and on my nose and between eyebrows. with more white to highlight.

The black detailing around the mouth area gives it the 3D look. See how my entire upper lip is black?

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I made all the blacks blacker and sort of set them with a black eye shadow from that big palette  using a small flat makeup brush. I used about 5 brushes of varying sizes plus makeup sponges and about 30 q tips. I also used my fingers a lot to work the colors in.

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Toward the end I really played with shading with browns and rust color eye shadows along the sides of my nose and forehead. I used an eyelash brush (looks like a mascara brush) along the transition areas to give it a feathery furry look. I used a makeup brush to bring the colors in to my hairline as well.

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The final product! As you can see I also brushed my neck and chest area with bronzer and reddish eye shadow to bring it in to the mix. The under side of my chin area is almost completely black.

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Me at the party with a 14 year old Derek Zoolander. My lips had worn off a bit from, well sipping some libations. 😀

Hope some of you out there have as much fun as I did with this costume!

Oh and I got my costume itself from Halloweencostumes.com. It was a great comfortable costume to wear!

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Happy Halloween! May you get more treats than tricks!

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