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Halloween is just around the corner! If you’re anything like us, you’re going to wait till the last minute to think of a costume idea (it’s okay, we don’t judge). In times like this, a cute and easy makeup costume is the best way to go. Even if your makeup skills aren’t the best, this step-by-step tutorial will guide you to becoming the cutest deer at the party!

Deer Makeup: Face

Just as with any makeup look, we need to start with foundation as a base. You can use any foundation you have on hand, but one of our favorites at the moment is the Nars Light Reflecting Foundation.

Contour and highlight are extremely important to give your face the deer look. Take a contour or bronzer color a bit darker than what you would usually use and apply it to the hollows of your cheek and temples.

It doesn’t have to be perfect, but you do want it to be dark and visible. Next for highlighting, you can use a concealer or a powder a few shades lighter than usual to highlight your forehead (between your eyebrows), the bridge of your nose and your cheekbones. Blush isn’t necessary for this look but you can always add a flush of pretty pink above your contour.


Deer Makeup: Eyes and Eyebrows

The eyes can be as simple or extravagant as your little deer heart desires. If you want an easy look, simply brush some brown eyeshadow across your lid. You can also add a highlight to the inner corners of your eyes and a white liner in your lower lash line to complete this simple look.


For our advanced makeup lovers, it’s time to show off your liner skills. Use black eyeliner to accentuate and elongate your eyes by drawing out a point in your inner corners. Then take a white liquid eyeliner to add highlights and give you the wide-eyed and bushy-tailed look. No look is complete without mascara and for some added pizazz throw on a pair of false lashes!


For brows, you can do whatever suits you, however, our favorite for this look is the fluffy brow. To achieve this look, you can use the Elf Brow Lift to fluff your brows upward, followed by Benefit’s Precisely My Brow to fill in any sparse areas.


Deer Makeup: Lips

For lips, you have two options. For more of a simple deer look, a classic nude lip is a way to go. However, for the full deer effect, we have to go all out (duh!). Take a black liquid lipstick (you can use brown if you don’t have black on hand) and apply it to your upper lip. For the lower lip, you can either leave it natural, apply foundation to wash it out, or use a light nude shade.


Deer Makeup: Complements

To give yourself that cute little black nose, it’s pretty simple. Take the black (or brown) lipstick you used before and start by drawing a line up the middle of your cupids bow from your lip to your nose. Then, draw a black upside-down triangle at the tip of your nose and outline the outside of your nostrils.

No deer look is complete without the white spots! Take a white eyeliner pencil and draw circles of different sizes on top of the areas you had previously contoured. You can also bring these down your neck and on your shoulders.


Costumes don’t have to be extravagant and expensive to look good. Pair this makeup look with a cute brown outfit and your deer costume is ready to take on this Halloween! Just don’t get caught in the headlights!

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