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Last updated: February 12, 2018

How-To: Jungle Cat Makeup

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How-To: Jungle Cat Makeup

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Each year, as Halloween costumes become increasingly elaborate, clients have begun to invest more and more in their end-of-October parties—and this includes hair and makeup created by you! This year, it’s all about intricate animal makeup, particularly of the feline variety, says Richard Parrot, President of Halloween Hot Spot Ricky’s NYC. “This will be the biggest year we’ve seen for makeup,” predicts Richard. “Years ago, you could throw on a black cat suit and a pair of ears and say, ‘Great, I’m a cat.’ Now, people want serious makeup to complete the costume.”


Need some inspiration to help your clients prepare for this All Hallows’ Eve? Start here, with this jungle cat step-by step-from BTC member Jessica Hernandez.

Makeup Artist: Jessica Hernandez


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    Apply NARS Pro-Prime Pore Refining Primer to the face and NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base to the eyelids.

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    Outline the mouth, cheeks and forehead using the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk.

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    Fill in the white with the NYX Jumbo Pencil. With a flat shadow brush, apply NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow in Whipped Cream in a tapping motion.

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    Outline and color in the nose with Morphe Black Eye Shadow and an oval-shaped eye shadow brush.

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    With a fluffy blending brush, use Morphe Deep Cocoa Eye Shadow to connect the eyebrows and outer edges of the nose down to the smile line.

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    Apply NYX Matte Bronzer in Deep Tan, bronze the neck and the negative sides of the face using a Real Techniques Foundation Brush.

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    Sharpen the lines with a clean tapered concealer brush.

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    Begin working in the forehead to create the animal print using e.l.f Essential Expert Liquid Liner, and then continue down onto the eyelids. 

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    Using the MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, create a sharp, winged liner look beginning from the inner corners of the eyes and extending out for a cat eye look.

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    With the Morphe Deep Cocoa Eye Shadow and a blending brush, fade a line into the forehead and touch up the white shadow.

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    With MAC Lipstick in Black, line and fill in the lips.

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    Apply false eyelashes (Jessica recommends Ardell Natural Eyelashes Demi Wispies). To create the whiskers, Jessica cut bristles from an old makeup brush and applied using Ardell Duo Lash Adhesive.


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    Set with Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray.