Thursday, October 31, 2013

My Blatantly Plagiarized Halloween Costume

When you don't purchase Halloween costumes, makeup is the easiest way to pretend that you have your thematic shit together. I copied redditor Sssamanthaa's tricolor pop art makeup. The original looks like this:
Source: http://www.reddit.com/r/MakeupAddiction/comments/1pj02p/a_different_style_of_pop_art_makeup_for_rmua/
Source: http://www.reddit.com/r/MakeupAddiction/comments/1pj02p/a_different_style_of_pop_art_makeup_for_rmua/

(Now that I'm gotten your hopes way too high...) My way-shittier version that got super smudgey and weird around the neck looks like this:




This was done with Illamasqua's Rich Liquid Foundation in 105 and the Makeup Forever Flash Palette.

I hope you have a happy, totally not-at-all racist* Halloween.

*I am having a conversation literally right now with someone who thinks, essentially, that if you can't dress up as a sugar skull, a geisha, or an "indian", there is no point in dressing up for Halloween at all. Don't be that person.

15 comments:

  1. That looks awesome! Much more original than the pop art girl makeup with the dots all over the face too. Great job. My Halloween makeup ended up really rushed tonight, I was sad.

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    1. Well... haha. "Original". I did totally copy it off someone else.

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  2. I think you did a great job! Haters gonna hate. (shruggy guy icon)

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  3. You will certainly appreciate this - one of the more interesting characters from my childhood posted herself in an only mildly slutty "squaw" costume with the caption "I keep it classy & tasteful this time of year." My mind basically exploded.

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  4. I wore a long black dress, black eyeshadow, heavy winged black eyeliner, and dark vampy lipstick. Depending on your frame of reference, I was either "a witch" or "myself in 1995."

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  5. That looks great! (I can't tell if the racist Halloween costumes have become more popular over the last few years, or if it's just that I/we/media have been paying more attention to them.)

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    1. I think it's the media because I sure remember a lot of indian/native american costumes growing up, of course I think that may have had something to do with pocahontas being super popular. I think we're just a lot more touchy about things now than we were then.

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    2. I'd say "more aware" rather than "more touchy," personally.

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  6. This year for Halloween I went as a retail employee who doesn't get enough hours, so at the very least your costume was better than mine.

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  7. I've noticed more and more people doing "sugar skull" make-up for Halloween/Day of the Dead--- Sephora has a tutorial on their FB timeline now (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151772389774405&set=pb.16453004404.-2207520000.1383339449.&type=3&theater)

    Genuine question: I get why dressing up as a geisha or a native american or a slutty [other race] is *not* okay, but is sugar skull makeup insensitive as well?

    Love your insight (not just on makeup but on social issues as well) and I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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    1. I would definitely call it less problematic than, say, dressing up as a Native American, but it's still stealing a part of someone's culture for the sake of a costume. If you're going to err, I always recommend erring on the side of not hurting others.

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  8. I think you did a great job :D The sugar skull stuff is annoying... I don't have a big a problem with it as dressing us as a native american, for example, but if you're going to do it, at least know what the hell it actually is, and what it means.

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  9. I've been looking for a makeup/skincare blog for AGES that is properly science based and not completely terrible like, I don't know, almost all of them. Finally, FINALLY, I found this blog, and I am so unbelievably happy about it. And to top it all off, you're also aware of racism and not afraid to call it out. How do I put this? THIS BLOG IS PERFECT.

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    1. I basically came to the comments to make this exact same post! I found this blog yesterday (from cheapasfuck) and am now reading through the archives. I was already loving the scientific orientation and then to see a call-out of racial (mis)appropriation... Be still my science-loving, socially progressive heart!

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