Whether you’re walking down the beauty aisle or scrolling through your Instagram feed, one thing’s for sure: unicorn makeup is having a serious moment. While holographic highlighters and everyday glittery glosses are making their way into #MOTDs near and far, there’s no time like Halloween to get in on the trend. To help you make the most of your mythical creature beauty look, we tapped Florida-based makeup artist Vanessa Mendez for the step-by-step slay.

You’ll need:


Woman applying face makeup in front of a black background.

1. Use the Mehron Creamblend Stick in a color that’s one shade lighter than your complexion to set the stage for your bright unicorn makeup. Swipe the product on your forehead, cheeks, and chin, and then use a foam sponge applicator (we love the BeautyBlender Sapphire ($20)) to blend everything in.

Woman contouring with teal face makeup.

2. Using the Mehron iNtense Pro Pressed Pigment Palette in Fire, apply Hot Pink to make the outer edges of your face pop, then carve your cheekbones with a swipe of Fire Island. Be sure to blend, blend, blend for a blurred, ethereal effect.

Woman applying purple eye makeup.

3. Still working with the Mehron iNtense Pro Pressed Pigment Palette in Fire, apply a combination of Hot Pink, Purple Heat, and Ignite to your lids and lower lash lines, as well as a single color across your brows. Don’t worry about being matchy-matchy — part of what makes unicorn makeup look so magical is the carefree artistic quality that drives it.

Woman applying glitter along hairline.

4. Apply Mehron Paradise AQ Glitter in White along your hairline, throughout your brows, across your cheekbones, and on the center of your lids.

Woman applying drip makeup to neck.

5. Gather your Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ in Light Pink, Fuschia, and Light Blue, wet your flat face makeup brush, and begin the drip process. Dip your over-saturated makeup brush into each color and allow the excess to drip down your neck. Again, it’s all about looking perfectly imperfect.

Woman applying splatter makeup to neck and chest.

6. Wet your flat makeup brush and, after dipping it in the pressed color, use your finger to pull the bristles back to splatter color every which way.

Woman applying purple lipstick.

7. Take your Mehron E.Y.E Lashes out of their package and adhere them to your upper lash line. Brush them out with a clean spoolie to blend with your natural lashes. Wet your lip brush, dip it into the Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ in Purple, and paint it across your pout. Keep in mind that this might be a tad drying, so be sure to start with a hydrating lip balm, like Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy ($26).

Woman posing in pastel unicorn halloween makeup for the camera.

8. You’ve officially slayed the unicorn makeup trend. We won’t blame you if you want to wear it well past Halloween.

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Photos via Vanessa Mendez