Halloween has its limitations this year, but the makeup possibilities you can celebrate with are still boundless. Los Angeles-based makeup artist Sydney Szramowski, aka @sydn4sty, has proved that with some rhinestones and lash glue, you can easily create sparkly spiderweb makeup to bring some spooky flair to your face while keeping safe at home, and dozens of beauty creators on Instagram have followed suit. Jazz up a Zoom call this month with the spidery look or it can even be your costume for a virtual Halloween party.
The best part is the bedazzled cobwebs are incredibly versatile. You can pair them with your signature makeup look: winged liner, smoky eyes, red lipstick, whatever feels right. The placement is also up to you. British makeup artist Teo Nagy, for example, took cues from Szramowski encircled one of her eyes with one big web. They can also fan out from your undereye area, as seen on Mykaila Mitchell (aka @glambymykaila) below, or from the corners of your eyes, like @beatbyrache.
Mitchell’s under-eye webs
No matter where you decide to spin your webs of gems, Szramowski, as well as Nagy, shared some quick tips for creating the look exclusively with Allure.
Instead of freehanding the straight lines of the cobwebs or diving straight into bedazzling, Nagy created dots with black liquid liner where she wanted the gems to go. (Don't worry about the curved parts just yet.) She says this trick helped make the lines more precise. "If you go wrong, you can easily just rub off a tiny dot that you misplaced instead of a [whole] line," she explains.
Teo Nagy’s take on the spidey look
Nagy also suggests taking your eye shape into consideration when picking your gem placement. "My eyes are hooded, so I didn't put any gems onto my eyelids," she explains. "People with more eyelid space could definitely finish off the look by putting more gems on the center of their eyelids."
Szramowski points out you don't necessarily have to use black eyeliner. Depending on the vibe you're going for, you can sub in any color you'd like.
After your dots are done, you can connect them with the same liner. Then, you can draw on the curves that connect the strands "to get that instantly recognizable spiderweb shape," Nagy says.
Now, you can reach for your glue and rhinestones. Nagy is a fan of the Duo Brush on Adhesive with Vitamins while Szramowski prefers the House of Lashes Clear Lash Adhesive, and you can shop a multicolored pack of gems on Amazon. Szramowski recommends laying out your rhinestones on a large, flat surface, so "they are easy to see and grab," she says.
@beatbyrache’s cobweb corners
Section by section, lightly brush the glue along the lines you made. Let it dry down for about 30 seconds. Then, place down the jewels closely to each other with no gaps. To easily do so, "Having a gem pick up tool is essential," Nagy says. "It makes applying gems a breeze and way less messy." We like this one.
White colored pencils pick up rhinestones, too, Szramowski says. "It's sort of waxy, so it just holds the rhinestones very lightly," she explains.
The size of the rhinestones you stick on can be uniform, but Szramowski mentions using different sizes can help cut down the amount of time you spend gluing them on. The color scheme can vary, too. Szramowski has done bedazzled spiderwebs in both black and opalescent white, but try other Halloween hues, like orange and purple.
If you don't have the patience to glue on the gems one by one, glitter liner, like the Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner, is a quick and easy option for creating the same glitzy cobweb aesthetic. It may not have the same 3D effect, but the spidey senses are still there.
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