The Hair and Makeup Tutorial That Will Turn You Into Disney's Elena of Avalor on Halloween
We've been hunting the web and staying in tune with trends, movies, and shows to get you all set for Oct. 31, but this year we're playing favorites and suggesting you get dolled up as Disney's first Latina princess, Elena of Avalor.
If you're not familiar with this beauty, Elena is an adventurous, compassionate teenager learning to rule as crowned princess of Avalor — she's so badass, how could we not dress up as her this Halloween? Straight ahead you'll find the makeup and hair how-to that'll turn you into your new animated hero in no time.
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For the most part, Elena's makeup is neutral in tone. Start by applying a sheer eye shadow primer, like Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($12), to the lid.
To re-create the definition in her eye shadow, I used the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Palette ($49). Using a round dome brush, apply the shade Mousse (a matte light brown) to the entire lid, blending well on the crease. To add a touch of definition, go over the crease with the shade Truffled (a dark matte brown). Make sure you're using a light hand, and blend well with the base light brown shade.
On the Disney Channel's show, you can see that Elena has a slight angled liner on the edge of her eyes. To create this, I used E.l.f. Precision Liquid Eyeliner ($3) in black, but you could also opt for a dark brown shade. Simply start lining your top lash line at the inner edge of the eye, flicking out the line at the outer edge for a cat-eye effect.
Next, apply a touch of matte bronzer, like Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Golden Light ($44). Use a fluffy angled brush to dust it on your cheeks and forehead. Be careful not to contour too much — you're aiming for a sun-kissed effect.
Follow up with a complementary lipstick with a touch of shine, like Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick in Mocha Beige ($22).
To create the illusion of Elena's long, wavy hair, we are going to create a double ponytail, but first you'll need to create soft waves with a curling iron. If your hair already happens to be super long, go ahead and skip this step! If not, begin by parting your hair down the middle, leaving one or two pieces around your face to frame it.
Next, section your hair into two horizontal sections like putting hair into a half-up, half-down style. Secure the top part with a clear elastic hair tie.
Gather the lower portion, the remaining hair, and secure it with a clear elastic just under the top ponytail.
Pull both ponytails taught and lightly brush through curls. Finish this style with a hair spray, like Sebastian Re-Shaper Brushable Humidity Resistance Strong-Hold Hairspray ($11). Push hair to the side so it's visible from the front, and make sure to add a crown.