Once a year, Halloween allows me to be a kid again and dress up! I can even wear black lipstick without getting curious looks and stares. lol. It’s by far one of my favorite holidays besides Christmas. If you’ve been following me for awhile, you wouldn’t be surprised. Instead of going for my usual Maleficent look, I wanted to do a minimalist and effortless Halloween kitty look for those looking for last minute ideas.
As a vegan momma of two black kitties, this also gives me the opportunity to bring awareness that black cats are subject to mistreatment and abandonment during this time of year. Black cats are iconic for Halloween but they shouldn’t be used or bought just for the purpose of entertaining a holiday. I read that it’s a myth that shelters prevent adoption of black cats during this time to prevent potential abuse, and that there is no substantial evidence that this is even true. However, I rather be safe than sorry, and keeping my kitties indoors because you never know. With that said, lets get to the look!
Verb Ghost Prep is perfect for that silky smooth hair finish. I use about a quarter sized amount, which is enough for my long hair, and rub it in my palm before applying it evenly throughout my hair. It lasts all day keeping my hair frizz-free and moisturized. Brushing with a short bristle brush afterwards gives it that extra shine.
I like to use my daily moisturizer, Aloe Soothing Day Cream by The Body Shop, before applying any foundation. It goes on super smooth, not tacky or oily at all (which tends to be a problem with most natural/vegan moisturizers). It’s thicker and creamier than most daily moisturizers but not overwhelming—it actually has a whipped light texture that absorbs really well. Its perfect for my dry skin especially during the fall/winter season. Sometimes I’ll use a face primer afterwards but this moisturizer is usually enough for easier foundation application and ensures that my foundation lasts all day while keeping my skin hydrated.
The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation serves as my base before applying any shadows or powders. I wet my beauty blender a little bit with water then apply minimally on my entire face, edges, and jawline making sure to blend into the neckline. This allows for a lighter more translucent finish. It evens out my skin tone with a slightly glowy, semi-matte finish.
For a little drama, blending a bit of e.l.f.’s matte dark brown shadow from the Sculpting Silk Eyeshadow in Rose All Day palette on my eyelids and crease compliments my green/hazel eye well and makes them pop. Adding a bit of the same shade around the lower lash line defines my eye for more depth and dimension. I then go back in with a blending brush to soften the edges.
What’s a cat look without a cat eye eyeliner?! To create the perfect winged eyeliner, I like to use a cream eyeliner. For this look, I use The Wet N Wild’s Fergie on Edge Creme Black Eyeliner in Little Black Dress. I’ve had this forever! So it’s not sold anymore and I probably should have already thrown it away a long time ago but the conservationist in me wants to use it all up. There’s an e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner alternative I’ll list with the rest of the e.l.f. featured products at the end. Pro Tip: If you have an old cream liner that you’re not ready to part with but has dried up, add a few drops of Vitamin E oil, mix it up a bit with a brush, and it’s good as new. Before I apply, I always flatten out my liner brush and press it between my thumb and index fingers to make sure the line comes out super thin. With small strokes, I line my upper lash line and draw a winged flick on my outer eye corner, imagining my lower lash line extended. This gives the illusion of having a long lash at the tail end of the lashes. Since I’m going for a minimal look, I skip lining the inner eye corners, and just lightly line my lower lash line.
False lashes always irritate my eyes, so I usually avoid them. I just use a few sweeps of e.l.f. Mineral Infused Mascara to give my upper natural lashes an extra lift and thickness. I don’t use an eyelash curler because to me it looks like a forced unnatural curl. Instead, immediately after applying the mascara, I hold my lashes up with the length of my index finger for about 15-20 sec until the mascara dries slightly.
For a hint of color and slightly nude lips, I use The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Windsor Rose. When using this velvety and creamy liquid lipstick, a little goes a long way. It has a long-lasting matte finish that stays put without over drying!
Using the same eyeliner, I went for a simple kitty face makeup and only drew on the bottom of the nose, with a thin line through my cupid’s bow dimple. No whiskers, just 3 dots in an upside down triangle shape on each side of the line above my lips.
Nine steps for nine lives—no that wasn’t on purpose. lol. Time for the kitty ears! I made mine by hand from felt and attached silver studs on each ear. I then attached them to a thin head band. And that’s it! If you enjoyed this look, please be sure to share!
The majority of Verb’s products are vegan with the exception of Sculpting Clay and Forming Fiber. They believe animals make terrible test subjects and all their products are 100% cruelty-free. Most of their products are made and shipped from California. Learn more.
100% Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Paraben Free, Gluten Free, No Harmful Sulfates
Key ingredients include Glycerin, Morning Seed Oil, Pro-Vitamin B5. It has a light Grapefruit Oatmeal fragrance, which isn’t overwhelming. It’s great to use solo for silky smooth hair and also for sleek ponytails and braids!
The Body Shop
The Body Shop, based in the UK, is known for standing for quality products that “Enrich not Exploit”. They set a high standard for enriching people, products, and the planet. They have also made an epic stance against animal testing through their Forever Against Animal Testing campaign with Cruelty Free International aims to end animal testing in cosmetics worldwide. They’ve impressively collected over 8 million signatures (including mine) to end animal testing in cosmetics forever. They are now on their way to the United Nations with all our signatures. All their products are 100% Vegetarian, and never have animal-ingredients obtained through animal slaughter. They also have “All Vegan” (no animal-derived ingredients such as honey and beeswax) products listing under each category in their website navigation, which makes it a lot easier to distinguish the difference!
Aloe Soothing Day Cream
100% Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Paraben-Free, Fragrance-Free, Color-Free, Preservatives-Free, Alcohol-Free
This particular product is great for sensitive and dry skin and made from enriched community trade Aloe Vera from Mexico. It’s fragrance free but has a pleasant smell, unlike other natural fragrance-free moisturizers I’ve tried that smelled awful.
Fresh Nude Foundation
100% Vegan, Cruelty-Free
This foundation is enriched with English rose water and aloe vera. It provides full coverage so that’s why I dilute it with a little water on my beauty blender sponge. It has a nice semi-matte finish but moisturizing enough so my skin feels like it can breathe. It’s suitable for sensitive skin and dermatologically tested.
Matt Lip Liquid in Windsor Rose
100% Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Carmine-Free
This lipstick is enriched with community trade marula oil from Namibia and community trade beeswax from Cameroon. This replaced my NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in London, which I used to love but stop using after NYX was bought by L'Oréal. NYX used to be cruelty-free, and still makes claims to be cruelty-free but ultimately it’s not because they are now under the umbrella of a company that sells to China which requires the testing of products on animals. Although the Matte Lip Liquid is not vegan because it uses beeswax, I trust the safety of its ingredients versus NYX. Although I’m still in search for a completely vegan alternative, I was told by an associate at The Body Shop that the honey is only harvested after the bees have left their hives as to not disturb the natural rhythm of bees without killing them. Learn more about their traditional sustainable beekeeping techniques.
I love e.l.f. because they are the most affordable vegan & cruelty-free beauty products! Unfortunately their products are a hit or miss, and they aren’t the healthiest alternative. The cheaper the product, the more I question the ingredients, safety, and whether it’s toxic-free. Unfortunately, the products I have were not listed on the sites I usually check to verify: GoodGuide.com and Healthy Living App. If anybody has another site or app suggestion, please comment below!
Sculpting Silk Eyeshadow in Rose All Day
100% Vegan, Cruelty-Free
Great little shadow trio. The powder is velvety smooth as advertised.
Mineral Infused Mascara
100% Vegan, Cruelty-Free
This mascara contains all-natural mineral wax infused with Kaolin and Zinc Oxide to create full, healthy-looking lashes. The brush head is designed to minimize clumping for optimal application. It’s good for a barely-there mascara look. The bristles separate the lashes well, and there’s no clumping as long as you don’t apply too much between coats.
100% Vegan, Cruelty-Free
This is the Wet N Wild alternative cream eyeliner I mentioned earlier. I have this liner, but in the Coffee shade. It’s just as good and very creamy, great for a super smooth application for that cat winged eyeliner look.