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Halloween How-To: David Bowie

If you're in the mood for a truly rock-and-roll costume, people don't come much cooler than David Bowie. The androgynous, glam-rock look of his Aladdin Sane years takes a bit of energy to pull off, but it's worth the effort. MAC senior makeup artist Louise Zizzo, who did the Jem makeup tutorial, shows us how to get this space-rocker look.

For a list of colors used in this transformation,


  • Brows: Louise used glue stick to tame the eyebrows and to prepare them to be covered with concealer.
  • Face: Contour the face with powder blush in Raizin or Fleur Power. Use a fluffy brush to give skin an airbrushed effect.
  • Design: Sketch the design with a light brow pencil. Louise used Chromacake to fill in the red and blue, but you can get a similar look with other products. Try the red part of Danger Zone eye shadow or red lipstick (just blot loose powder on top to set the color). For the blue portion of the face, Freshwater eye shadow should work. Using an angled brush like the excellent 266 brush, define the line with Fluidline in Blacktrack.
  • Lips: Use fingers to dab red lipstick on the lips, focusing in the middle portion. The idea is to add a hint of color without covering the lips entirely.

DaPryncess DaPryncess 8 years
hmmm... interesting and inspiring!
k8-rckstr k8-rckstr 8 years
Thats ZIGGY STARDUST!!!!!!!!!!
fifthdaughter fifthdaughter 8 years
That's right flyingroo. But other than that is was ingenious, truly amazing.
flyingroo flyingroo 8 years
They forgot the contacts in two different colours :-P
CCee CCee 8 years
The deal MAC product deal sounds amazing! Looks great!
nancita nancita 8 years
Wow that's actually a pretty good deal. Thanks Bella!
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Nancita, what you can do is make an appointment at a MAC boutique. It costs $100, but the $100 is redeemable in product — so if you need some makeup or beauty supplies anyway, it's a chance to get your Halloween makeup done at the same time. Faylinn, love your avatar!
Faylinn Faylinn 8 years
That should be me in that video!! :D Thanks for the tips, Bella. Using a glue stick sounds like a good idea. I've always had a problem figuring out how to hide/control my eyebrows. Definitely saving this for future use. ;)
nancita nancita 8 years
This was really incredible. So any idea how much it would cost to go get this done at MAC?
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
SO amazing!!! You look just like him. ;)
pink-elephant pink-elephant 8 years
AMAZING! Love it!!
emalove emalove 8 years
Love it!!!!
jasmint jasmint 8 years
StefanieO StefanieO 8 years
I did this for Halloween last year - it turned out great, and I was able to do it all with makeup I already had!
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
That is AMAZING. :notworthy:
foxie foxie 8 years
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