Fairy Make Up Tutorial!

By Tanya Sharma

Licensed Cosmetologist

Whether you’re starring in a performance of Cinderella or just planning to go all out for Halloween, a lesson in the fine art of fairy god mother stage makeup can come in especially helpful. Creating this look can be a fun project, particularly if you enjoy playing with different colors. It’s also a great look for anyone who considers herself a true “girly-girl”; you just can’t get more feminine and sweet than this!

The Inspiration

The general image of a fairy god mother usually comes courtesy of Disney’s famed Cinderella. She might even be likened to Glinda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz. Both women sport an ethereal, elegant look that is soft and light. It should come as no surprise that so many women find inspiration in this softly glamorous, very wearable look.

Another point to note is that it’s rather versatile. Fairy god mother-inspired makeup needn’t be over the top or intense to make a statement. In fact, the strongest, most realistic statement is made with the most subtle effects and colors.

The Art of Fairy God Mother Stage Makeup

If you’re interested in learning the art of fairy god mother stage makeup, you’ll need a few specific colors to achieve the look. Though it can be tempting to opt for a dramatic look, particularly for an occasion like Halloween, most god mother looks are enchanting and low-key. However, stage makeup naturally demands a slightly heavier hand, so you can expect to be a bit more liberal than you would be otherwise. To create the perfect fairy god mother look, you’ll need:

  • Liquid highlighter
  • Moisturizer
  • Foundation
  • Cream blush
  • Eye shadow base
  • Cream eye shadow
  • Eyelash curler
  • Mascara
  • Lip stain

Feel free to play around a bit to achieve your quintessential fairy god mother look. To start, try this simple approach:

  1. Apply moisturizer all over the face. The key is for your skin to look and feel dewy and soft.
  2. Pump a bit of foundation onto the back of your hand and add just a bit less liquid highlighter to the mix. Blend the two to create a luminous mixture.
  3. Apply this blend all over the face, paying special attention to the cheekbones, temples and chin (places where the sun naturally hits and leaves a glow).
  4. Blend a cream blush in a rosy pink hue over the apples of the cheeks. To do this, smile broadly and blend thoroughly. Cream blush is quite malleable and blends beautifully on moisturized skin, so the end result should be a gorgeous, natural flush. If done properly, you might look as though you’ve just come in from the cold.
  5. It’s all about the eyes! Apply an eye shadow base, like the ever-reliable Urban Decay Primer Potion, all over the eyelids. This will help adhere your shadow, and since you’re using a cream formula it will add some extra luminosity to the look.
  6. Since you’re going for a god mother look (and not a princess!), keep your color more on the transparent side. A shot of cream shadow in a lustrous shade is a good choice: Try Urban Decay Moonshine (a pale silver infused with silver glitter) or Whipped (a radiant, golden peach infused with subtle hints of gold shimmer).
  7. Curl your lashes using an eyelash curler and add a coat or two of black mascara to finish the eyes with subtle polish.
  8. The perfect lip color gives off that “just bitten” vibe: It’s more of a berry than a red, and it looks fresh and girly, not dark and dramatic. Try tarte Rise & Shine Plumping Lip Stain in Pink for a dose of radiance.

If You’re On Stage

If your big debut happens to literally be on the big stage – and not, say, on a spooky evening in October – then you’ll want to invest in some high-quality, professional makeup. MAC Cosmetics is a great option for stage usage, but if you’re in the market for something geared specifically toward stage professionals, check out the selection at Mehron. You’ll find everything from tools to colors.

Fairy Eye Makeup

Green fairy makeup

By Del Sandeen

You may find that designing your own fairy eye makeup is as much fun as dressing the part.

About Fairy Makeup

As with other Halloween makeup ideas, fairy makeup is a fantastic way to transform yourself into another creature. One of the advantages of choosing a fairy character is that you have quite a bit of variety when designing a look. Your fairy may be a sprite-like, friendly forest dweller, or your fairy may be darker and more sinister. Your makeup should help reflect the type of character you portray to be most believable.

Color Choices

Besides your technique, the colors you choose go a long way toward a convincing fairy look. Try a combination of these shades when creating your fairy eye makeup:

  • Pink
  • Silver
  • Pale blue
  • Lavender
  • Light green
  • Yellow
  • Peach
  • Charcoal
  • Indigo
  • Violet

Fairy Eye Makeup Techniques

In addition to traditional makeup you normally use, you may also consider face paints and wet/dry shadows when creating your fairy face. Look for skinny cosmetic brushes that make detail work easier to create.

Light and Ethereal

If you’re going for the “good fairy” look, try this eye makeup as the basis for your entire character:

  1. Prep the rest of your face, using translucent and light colors.
  2. Eyebrows may be your natural color or you may color them in with eye shadow to blend with the rest of your makeup.
  3. Apply the eye shadow color of your choice to your eyelids and bring it up to just beneath your brow bone.
  4. Use this same color, or a complementary one, on the lower lids as well, taking care to blend for a softer line.
  5. Add a sparkling, highlight color under your eyebrows.
  6. With pointed brushes, paint swirled designs at the outer corners of the eyes. A friend may have to help if you have difficulty doing this yourself. Other design ideas include leaves, flowers and butterflies. You can also bring these designs down the cheek or up toward the temple.
  7. Apply a few self-adhesive gems in random patterns at the eyes’ inner or outer corners.

Instead of mascara, try false eyelashes which have a bit of sparkle on them, such as the Glitzy Sparkle lashes at Halloween Mart. Other eyelash options include pink, green, blue and rainbow versions, so you can easily find the perfect type to complement your fairy look.

Dark and Gothic

dark fairy

Maybe the fairy look you’re after has darker intentions. If so, this fairy eye look should convey that very well:

  1. Color in sparse eyebrows if necessary with gray or black pencil and create a high arch.
  2. Line the upper and lower eyelids in charcoal, violet, indigo or black.
  3. Apply a dark eye shadow or create a high-contrast design with a pale shadow. Eye shadow should be applied to upper and lower lids; blend well for a smudged appearance.
  4. Add a deeper color to the eyelid crease, bringing it outward to the corners.
  5. Use a pointed makeup brush to add dark designs to the outer corners of the eyes, above the eyebrows and toward your temples. Design ideas include hearts (broken and whole), swirls and jagged patterns.
  6. As above, you may want to skip the mascara and apply dark false lashes instead.

Getting Creative

Use photos as inspiration, but ultimately, for a truly unique look, your design should be your own. Sketch several creations on paper first, and then apply them one at a time. Take pictures of your various looks and compare them to see which you like best. This will also help you see what works well and what doesn’t.



Once your look is complete, with added accessories and costume, you’re ready to hit the scene as the fairy of your choice!

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