It took a few days to come up with this year’s Halloween makeup design, but my inner 80’s child was super excited when the thought of doing a Jem Halloween makeup tutorial came to mind. Truly outrageous!
Growing up in the 80’s I loved Jem and the Holograms and remember being fascinated with her pink hair and awesome makeup. The cartoon show was a hit with me and my elementary school friends and we all had to have a Jem doll. Who knew 30 years later I’d be fulfilling my childhood dreams and actually transform myself into one of my favorite cartoon characters?
Jem’s makeup is actually pretty easy. There’s a lot of pink and glitter involved, but it really comes down to a few simple steps. Here’s a look at most of the makeup I used to create Jem. I have a full list at the very end of this tutorial.
Ready to get started? Here we go!
Step 1: Prep Work
To ensure this makeup will last for hours, I took some of my own advice and primed before applying foundation. I contoured my face but didn’t apply blush.
I also applied an eyeshadow primer all the way around my eye area, extenting to the lower eye area. Because the eyeshadow goes right up to my browbone, I filled in and set my brows first.
Step 2: Stencil Work
To avoid unnecessary stress, trace your eyeshadow design before hand with a neutral pencil. This way you can make mistakes and clean them up before adding color.
Step 3: Color Inside The Lines!
I bought a generic cream color palette from eBay recently and it’s a really great set of cream colors to work with. You can use any cream product as your base – NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk is a great option to use as a base for pink eyeshadow.
A little warning: pink can stain your skin, so beware you will be pink after you remove your makeup. Also, I recommend using a bit of olive oil on your brushes before washing them to help break down the pink. So much pink comes with a price!
Step 4: Set With Powder
Using a flat brush (this is a brush that came with my Paula’s Choice The Nude Mattes palette), I used patting motions to apply a coordinating pink eyeshadow on top of the cream color.
Step 5: Clean Up
I dipped a small brush in makeup remover to make crisp edges.
Then, I used a small, flat brush to clean up the edges with a translucent powder.
Step 6: Add Gold + Glitter
For some extra shimmer, I lined the inner portion of my lower lid and waterline with a gold eyeliner and then added gold glitter.
Dip your brush in a teensy bit of glitter primer before adding the glitter. I also added some pink glitter to the lower portion of the eye design.
Step 7: Add Lips + Wig
Although Jem’s lipstick is more of a bubble gum pink (totally 80’s!), I decided that hot pink lips are on tap for this look.
The wig is a $10 find from the Halloween section at Target. It’s not the highest quality and it’s already looking a bit raggedy, but it will do for Halloween!
All set! Synergy!
Here’s a quick video showing you exactly how I accomplished this look.
Here’s the complete list of products I used to create my Jem Halloween makeup.
Coastal Scents Glitter in Ballerina Dream
NYX Slide On Liner in Glitzy Gold
Have you decided on your Halloween makeup and costume this year?