Sunday, October 14, 2012

Phantom of the Opera - Halloween Look

Halloween is right around the corner and every year around this time, I struggle with costume ideas. I like my costumes and makeup to be unique and creative. But sometimes, that can be a struggle because pretty much everything under the sun has already been done. So I decided to re-create a classic and beloved character, The Phantom of the Opera, and give it a Bows & Curtseys twist! This is definitely going to be my costume this year, and I'm stoked about it!

I didn't do an exact recreation for various reasons. The Phantom, also known as Erik, has been depicted many times in many ways in films, plays and adaptations. In Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera, his unmasked face is described as hideously deformed, like a rotting corpse...or a zombie. We all know he wore the infamous white mask to hide his deformities. He was a mentally-disturbed charismatic genius, with the voice of an angel, and a powerful love for a beautiful girl named Christine. I based my creation mostly on the book description of the Phantom.

Of course, this is a male character, but that doesn't mean a thing! It's Halloween, you can be whatever or whoever you want to be. For the costume, I am wearing a knee length black dress with a black cape. All I needed was a black top hat. Have fun, and make it your own!

*images found on Google

  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Buff
  • Make Up For Ever Duo Mat Powder Foundation in #200
  • Urban Eyeshadow in Buck to contour cheeks, nose and jawline
  • For wounds on cheek, nose and forehead, I used scar wax and a Halloween face paint palette that I purchased at Party City

  • Left Eye: BFTE Eye & Lip Primer
  • Sugar Pill Eyeshadow in Poison Plum all over lid and lower lid
  • Glamour Doll Eyes Eye Lights Glitter over Poison Plum (applied with GDE Foil Me)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Corrupt in crease and lower lash line
  • Sugar Pill Eyeshadow in Love+ blended around crease and lower lid
  • Kiss My Sass Eyeshadow in Coma White on tear duct and brow bone
  • Wet N Wild Liquid Liner in Black
  • Ardell Double Up Lashes in #203 Black
  • Right Eye: Glue stick method to cover up eyebrow(s)
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Buck along crease and lower lid
  • Sugar Pill Eyeshadow in Poison Plum and Love+ blended with buck around crease and lid
  • Wet N Wild Eyeshadow in Brulee on lid and brow bone
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Corrupt as eyeliner
  • Lens Village Contact Lenses in Gothic 3-Tone Turquoise

  • NARS Blush in Amour
  • Wet N Wild Eyeshadow in Brulee as a highlight

  • For the gross part of my lips, I made my own prosthetic with liquid latex and toilet paper. Here is a great tutorial by GoldieStarling: CLICK HERE.
  • I then blended out and smoothed the edges of the prosthetic into my own skin using scar wax
  • I colored the prosthetic using a Halloween face paint palette
  • I then topped everything off using Manic Panic Lip Gloss in Radioactive
  • Wavy brunette wig from Target last year, but you can easily find a similar one at Party City, eBay, or anywhere else that sells wigs

I really hope you guys enjoyed this Halloween look! The scars and lips were a bit of a challenge for me, but I am quite satisfied with the turnout. Have you decided on your costume yet? If so, what are you going to be? I'm going to try to post a couple of more Halloween looks for you guys if all goes well!

 Take care, and I will leave you guys with this:


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  1. Meredith PickeringOctober 14, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Very cool idea, Ronnie and beautifully executed!

  2. So awesome!! So incredibly awesome! Makes me want to read the book again!

  3. Wow Ronnie, this came out amazing! I absolutely love the Phantom of the Opera, and actually saw the Broadway play this August in NYC!

  4. Waouh, this is quite impressive, I absolutely don't recognize you ^^

  5. Wow, you've really transformed yourself!

  6. Oh my...this is simply great!! I love your result! <3
    The purple eyeshadow is just pretty.


  7. great makeup!!! love the purple eye makeup...=)

  8. Oh my GAWD! Stunning. I really don't know what to say. Breath taking!

  9. Ronnie! This is utterly fantastic! You never cease to amaze me with your skills, great job.

  10. beautiful makeup, a beautiful woman <3
    I love your makeup!

  11. Wow, amazing job!

  12. So pretty look! It's like Christine and the Phantom in the same looks. ^_^ Very creative!

  13. oh my god... i didnt recognize you! looks so amazing :)

  14. We need a close up of that nasty lip!

    And, grossness aside, the right side of your face actually looks really pretty, missing eyebrow and all haha

    I have to ask, are your brows really as sparse as the one that's not filled in? You do an excellent job of filling them in, I would never have guessed!

  15. This is freaking AMAZING! You're so unbelievably talented!

  16. Holy cow this is amazing Ronnie!!! You are so freaking talented!!!

  17. You look great but... GERARD, omg *swooooon* :)

  18. I was seriously contemplating on posting a close up of the lip, but it is SO gross that it's almost offensive, haha!

    As for my brows, they are pretty sparse, but not as much as that photo makes it seem. They glue stick and concealer made them look a lot more wimpy than they are, haha. And thanks, I try hard to make my brows look as good as possible :)

  19. Thank you Hilary, that means a lot! <3

  20. Thanks, Alicia! And OMG! Lucky you...I'd love to see the Broadway show one day.

  21. Thank you! I want to read it now as well :D

  22. Wow this is great, thank you for sharing this! I just had the opportunity to finally watch the Phantom of the Opera and it's such an amazing play! Will definitely keep in mind this :)

  23. This is really awesome!!

  24. Bravo!! You really did a great job on this look! Application of the eyeshadow is flawless, as usual, and you did a nice job on the scarring as well! Really like the inspirational looks as well!

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  26. what kind of shoes did you wear with the Phantom costume you weared a black dress with a cape but what kind of shoes would look nice? (:

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