How to Create Adorable Deer Makeup for Halloween (Or Just Because)

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Hallie Gould

Social media filters are fun—millions of iPhone-wielding millennials and Gen Z TikTok users will tell you that much. While I've never been one to feel it necessary (or healthy) to use the ones that change your face to some version of "pretty" dictated by traditional beauty standards, I've become quite partial to others. Think: birds flying around, rainbows, sparkles, and, of course, a classic—the Snapchat deer. Once you've swiped over to it, you'll find winged eyeliner, huge doe eyes, and a hilarious squeaky voice. Intrigued? I was, too.

Although I don't need an excuse to want to transform my usually bare visage into a far more fun version, Halloween presents the perfect opportunity to do so. We worked with Lijha Stewart, a genius and creative professional makeup artist, to make my deer makeup dreams a reality. Here's how we pulled it off (in less than 15 minutes).

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To block out the brows, Stewart used a full-coverage concealer. Apply the formula to a brow spoolie and brush down in the opposite direction of your hair growth.

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Then, brush up to arrange the eyebrows and lightly dab over the top with a Beautyblender ($20). Afterward, you get a bleached brow effect without any of the chemicals, commitment, or wait time.

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Stewart blended a mix of yellow, brown, and peach to get the shades just right and applied the mask with an eyeshadow brush.

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Later, she used white and black from the same palette to create the nose. The brush worked perfectly, as it's meant for cream shadows and intense color payoff.

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Start with a traditional cat eye and (if you're really going for it) a strip of false lashes. Then, use a cream eye shadow to line through the crease and out past your eyebrow. Stewart explains this is called a "double-wing crease." It helps bring the entire thing together, offering up that super doe-eyed look and lots of lashes (like the filter).

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