Halloween Makeup: Evil Queen

Photography by: Barry Lean 

So here is my second look the Evil Queen from Snow white and the seven dwarfs , you can see my first look here. Believe it or not this was the very first film I ever saw at the cinema, I was four years old and can't recall much. My mum said I had told her that I didn't like Snow White, and that I was upset she had gone in the dwarfs house without asking. Growing up I actual always thought that the Evil Queen was far prettier than Snow White, and never understood why the mirror said differently. Of course it was her purity and good heart that made her the fairest of them all. Anyway I wanted to go for a more life like version of the queen, with a hint of the cartoon. The makeup is actual really basic, and the cleaner the better. This is just my version, if you wanted to make it more dramatic than go for it. 


Firstly I primed my skin, as the queen had a flawless complexion.  Sadly I have dry spotty skin, so I dotted on some concealer over my red spots and freckles. You don't have to do this if you have clear skin, but if your like me it's worth the extra coverage. I applied my lightest foundation Pixi H2O skintint in cream*, and than set it with Beautyuk compact face powder in shade 1*. Make sure your skin is flesh toned but keep it light, try to dust the powder or it will cake and that's not the look we're going for. Later I did lightly contour just below my cheekbone, to give my face more shape. I added thee smallest amount of pink blush along my cheekbones, but you don't have to. 

Eyes - Brows

For the eyes I started with a white grease paint, it sounds odd but it helps the purple eye shadow fix to where you want without a heap of fallout. I applied it in a semicircle shape like in the film, she had a brown colour but I wanted to use the purple shade. I applied the purple shade almost to the end of the white, I left a little white rim on the inner corners. Make sure to pat the eye shadow, as this will build the colour it make take a little while but will look perfect when finished. 

Than I lined my eye's with liquid eyeliner, than went back over it with pen. I took it out into a flick, and added an extra flick above to look like eyelashes. You could wear false lashes, I didn't as I wanted to show you don't need to. I left the mascara till the very end of this look, as I wanted to focus on the details first.

For the brows I used eyeliner pen in black, a little further in and make the start of them a little sharper and boxy. I traced over the rest of my natural brow making it more arched and lengthen the tail out and down at the end. She had high thin brows but as I wanted it to look real, I would say trace your own brow line making it more dramatic and arched. I filled the brows in with the eyeliner and made them as dark as I could. 

Headdress & Lips

That headdress was perfect, and to get the look right you simply need to draw a heart shape (minus the bottom bit of course). I used the black eyeliner pen to trace a rough line, than began to fill it with Beautyuk black lipstick*. You could always use grease paint, just remember to set it by going back over with a black powder I just used an eye shadow.  Make sure to go down to the top of your ear, on the sides so that it will blend into the costume. 

To get that pouty lip, I started with a lip pencil in a darker red shade. If you go just above your lip line on your top lip. Make your lips look more pointed, and you can always highlight your cupids bow to help. I than used the bright red lipstick from Beautyuk*, but to get the lipstick to blend well with the liner I went back over with a darker red. Giving me that perfect red pout she had in the film, than you can tidy up with some concealer on an angle brush to give clean lines. 

Costume on a budget

Okay so the headdress was made from the top of a pair of tights, yes you have to chop off the legs and you will have too bumps but they will be covered by your crown. Next cut a small round hole for your face, start small as if you cut too big it's ruined cut as you go will insure a perfect fit. You can take the extra bit of length that goes under your chin, twist it and tuck it under in on its self. So it's not too tight around your neck, but you get that royalty vibe. You could also use a black scarf, but this worked better because it will also hide your hair at the back. 

Next I made a crown and collar from paper, I would suggest looking at pictures draw out the shape in pencil than cutting it out. With the collar I took three pieces of A4  white paper made them curved and stapled them together. Than I cut the top to a round shape, than stapled it to my dress and rolled it to make it more collar like. Lastly I cut some circles out of the card I had left and stuck them to the headdress. Yes it won't last forever, but this is a great way to get the look for an evening and not spend a fortune. I wore a black dress, as I did not have a purple one and i think it still worked. So I hope you enjoyed this and it gives you some inspiration to try it, it's fun cheap and easy. Me and Barry (my other half) had so much fun doing this for you guys.  


  1. This is absolutely amazing! You look so cool!

  2. This makeup is amazing; so gutsy compared to the stereotypical cats or slutty zombies for Halloween!

    Dandy Girl


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