With all the buzz around the new live action Little Mermaid movie, I was inspired to create a modern day DIY Ursula Halloween costume. In terms of the makeup, it may have been the most ambitious look I’ve attempted yet. However, the rest of the costume is super easy to piece together– and budget friendly!
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I started the look by blocking my brows, so that I could create a bigger eyeshadow look. Watch the video at the top of the page for the full makeup tutorial.
The base of creating an Ursula makeup look is face paint. I used the UCANBE Athena Painting Palette, which is one of the top rated face paint palettes on Amazon. This was my first time using face paint like this, and I found these shades to be easy to mix and apply. Being an oil-based face paint, however, the color doesn’t quite set on the skin, so you’ll need to set it with translucent powder. Working in thin layers can also help the paint last longer. It’s not transfer-proof, though, so be careful when coming in contact with clothes, wigs, or your hands.
The Profusion Delightful Dahlia palette provided all the shades needed to add definition to the face, and color for the eyes. I used the dark purple shade to contour the cheek and chin areas, as well as the nose. The blue shades were great for creating a sultry eye look with a pop of sea-like teal glitter.
The rest of the costume was easy to put together using separates I found on Amazon. I went with a wavy white wig for a more trendy take on Ursula’s hair. Plus, I can definitely use this type of style in other costumes for years.
To avoid having to paint my chest and arms, I layered a purple mock neck long sleeve shirt underneath a black corset. Since I matched the face paint to the shirt, it created the illusion of continuous color.
The conch shell necklace was DIY’d with items from the Dollar Tree– a shell from their decorative shell bags, yellow and black paint, and twine ribbon.
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