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I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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Hi Guys! Today I’m sharing some quick and easy Halloween Makeup Hacks that I did on Live! with Kelly. We teamed up with Pinterest to try out some of the top trending Halloween projects that will hopefully inspire you to create your own version! You can tune in to watch the segment (9am EST), but if you missed it, don’t worry– I’ve got the details for ya!


Since we’re not all makeup artists, here are some really awesome, but doable ways to do your own makeup this Halloween. Also, make sure you check out our Halloween Hacks Pinterest Board where we’ll be adding our inspiration from the whole week!

1. Zipper Face





This one’s pretty simple— start with some Spirit Gum and put that on the back of your zipper in the placement you’ll want on your face. For this hack, you can either go gory or glam, so depending on which one, start layering your makeup, and blend that until you’re satisfied with the look.

2. Mermaid Skin Hack





For this hack, you’ll want some fishnet stockings, a cream-based makeup, and a powder-based, maybe even some shimmery options. With the fishnet over your face, start by using a brush to dab the cream-based makeup on top of the netting. Then go over that with some powder makeup so it sticks to the cream layer. You can also add accenting colors to your eyes and lips for a more cohesive look.

3. David Bowie





To get this classic David Bowie look, you’ll be doing some glorified face painting. You can start by outlining the lightening bolt on your face with a light pencil liner, then fill in with some face paint or colored lipstick, the choice is yours!

4. Pop Art Hack





To get this graphic look, you’ll want to start with a clean slate— wash your face, and apply a thin layer of foundation to your face and neck area, or wherever you’re going to “comic book yourself.” Then, kind of like you’re drawing someone, you’re going to take a dark, solid makeup pencil or stick of Halloween face paint, and accent your facial features, jawline, eyebrows, etc. Next you’ll want to add some comic book dots all over using a liquid liner or Halloween face paint. For features that pop, use some bright eyeshadow and bold lipstick, and you’re ready to go!

5. Face Tattoos






Face tattoos couldn’t be easier, I mean, just add some water! This is another hack that can go creepy or pretty, and they can also add that little extra something to any costume! You can also creep your gory face tattoos with some fake blood by simple putting some on a paintbrush, and flicking it onto your skin.

Don’t miss any of our ideas for Live’s! Halloween Hacks week! Watch each day on ABC at 9am EST and don’t forget Live’s! Best Halloween Show – Decision 2016 is on Monday October 31st!

Click on the image below to see Live’s Halloween Hacks Pinterest board!


Click HERE to see all my past projects for Live! with Kelly


The comments +

  1. Katherine says:

    I love the sugar skull look! Thank you for the tips! Love your show so much i never miss it!!

  2. Tara says:

    Hi Monica,

    Your gingham dress is gorgeous! Can ya tell me where to buy it?

    I’ve just descovered your blog, and I made a fresh pot of coffee-looks like work will have to wait!


  3. thank you for information about the water that is very useful for my teaching material …. 😀 regards success always

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