The matchup: Mermaid makeup

Blog, The Matchup


This Halloween, I’m planning on being a mermaid, mostly because I really wanted to do a fun makeup look. Luckily, most of the makeup is affordable ($20 or less), which is great because I’m not willing to spend a ton of money on blue eyeshadows I likely won’t wear again. In fact, the only items I ordered specifically for this look were from Colourpop.

So keep reading to learn how to get this beautiful mermaid look!

Here’s everything I used:

Brushes (left to right): 

Laura Mercier concealer brush

Laura mercier pencil brush

A random brush I found to use as a lip brush

Julep eyeshadow brush

Julep shader brush

Winky Lux kabuki brush (I received this as PR and I don’t think it’s for sale yet)

Kevin Aucion eyelash curler

Tarte airbuffer blending brush

Eyeshadows/Face pigments: 

Colourpop single shadows (s): two piece, backseat, tiny tangerines, crown jewel

Colourpop super shock shadows (ss): lace, sugar, coconut

The rest of the eye things:

Urban Decay eyeshadow primer (mini)

L’oreal lash paradise mascara in blackest black

Julep gel eye glider in emerald shimmer (now discontinued, however forest green shimmer is close)

Marc Jacobs matte highliner in over(night)


Kat Von D lock it setting powder

BECCA first light priming filter

RMS living luminzer

RMS un-cover up in 00

Glossier boy brow in brown (use this link for 10% off!)


Winky Lux glossy boss in unicorn tears

Hurraw lip balm (green tea)

Urban decay lipstick in Pandemonium (I have a sample from a packet I got with purchase)


Fishnet stockings

That’s a long list!

The items for Colourpop are the most important (and also $5 each), but I listed everything I used just to help out anyone trying to recreate this look.

Now for the actual tutorial!

When I think of mermaid makeup, I think glowing skin. That’s why I picked the BECCA first light priming filter to prime my face and the RMS uncover-up to conceal my skin lightly. I love both products for creating a super natural glowing look. I used the Laura mercies concealer brush to apply, and my Tarte airbuffer to blend it out. The Tarte brush has become my easy makeup staple that I now reach for more than my beauty blender!

Remember, don’t go overboard with the base products or apply anything more than concealer and primer because you’re going to have to put a fishnet stocking over your head which will mess up anything more complicated.

Once you’ve created a simple base, slip part of the fishnet stocking over your head (to make it easier, I cut off a section on the bottom) and adjust it to make the holes as big or small as you want. Remember, bigger holes mean bigger “scales.” There is no way to do this without looking ridiculous.


Can’t you see how much fun I’m having? 🙂

Tap the super shock shadow in the shade coconut onto your forehead down to just above the eyebrows and just past the bottom of your eyes. The colourpop super shock shades are so creamy and blendable that they work perfectly to create this sort of look. Make sure you get the shadow all the way up to your hairline and along every part of your forehead. Everywhere you want there to be scales, there should be blue shadow.

Apply the RMS living luminizer along the cheekbones for a base. Then, tap the colourpop super shock in lace down the nose and on the cheekbones, blending well where it meets the blue to create an ombre effect.

Then, apply a bit of the super shock shadow in sugar along the cheekbones and the bridge of the nose to give the purple underneath a bit of opalescent sheen. Sugar is a glittery shade, and when I bought it I wasn’t a fan of that. However, it’s absolutely perfect for this look.

Set the whole face with powder (I used Kat Von D lock it setting powder) to make your makeup last longer, and then remove the fishnet very carefully. I recommend pulling it out, then up, to avoid smearing the scale pattern.

Voila! The hardest part is over.

Here, I’m applying the Glossier boy brow in brown to add a bit of shape to my brows. Then, I apply the Urban Decay eyeshadow primer to my eyes and pat it on. That step isn’t necessary if you have dry eyes, but my eyes are so oily that if I don’t apply primer, the color fades incredibly fast.

Now for the eye look:

Here, I blended two piece onto the eye with crown jewel into the outer corner. I’m not quite sure what I think of the Colourpop single shadows. The ones in the Yes Please palette were amazing, but the singles, I’m undecided on. Some are more pigmented than others (backseat is probably my favorite in terms of formula) and some blend better than others too.

For the lid, I added tiny tangerines (such a lovely, vibrant teal!) onto the inner half of the eye and backseat to the outer half of the eye. Then I blended to two together to create an ombre eye.

After that, I curled my lashes and applied the L’oreal lash paradise mascara. To finish the eyes, I added the Julep eyeliner in emerald shimmer (now discontinued) along the lash line and Marc Jacobs over(night) along the bottom waterline.

Lips time!

To make this vibrant purple, I first applied the hurraw lip balm, and then applied pandemonium, which I happened to have a sample of. If you don’t have a purple lipstick just lying around, I recommend applying the super shock shadow in lace over your lips. Be warned, pandemonium has the mega matte formula, meaning it will stain your lips a cherry color, and stain your lips lines.

Then, I applied the Winky lux glossy boss in unicorn tears for a glitter finish.

For a final touch, I added this DIY hair clip, which I hot glued shells to. I love it!

Here’s the finished look! For nails (after I took these photos) I used the Julep nail polish in something blue with many coats of shay overtop. If you’re looking for just one shade I love the Julep nail polish in Aquarius from their zodiac collection (I’m an Aquarius, so I love that polish on another level) which screams mermaid. I would’ve used that shade, except I ran out of it.

Ciao bella!

*A note*

Some of the products in this post were given to me for PR purposes through the company. 

This post contains affiliate links.

Read more about my affiliate link/PR samples policy here.

Previous Story
Next Story

You Might Also Like

No Comments

Leave a Reply