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Everyday Hogwarts House Makeup

Harry Potter Makeup

Fandom can be an interesting thing. It can turn some people into over-the-top creatures while some of us prefer to harness our love and keep it more to ourselves. I tend to fall somewhere in-between (depending on the subject). There isn’t a right or wrong way to be a fan if you ask me, but in my mid-to-late 20’s, I often want to go on the more subtle side of things.

This week marks the start of the Pottermore’s House Pride Week (March 20-23rd)! According to Pottermore Insider, “During house pride week there will be a day dedicated to each of the four houses, giving their members a chance to show their house pride (even more than usual).”

I’ve always loved to express my love for something through my makeup. Whether it’s a sports team, a holiday, or anything else. I’m a proud Hufflepuff and when things like this come along, my first thought is always to how I can best fly my colors through my makeup, but without being too in-your-face about it. So here I am with my take on Hogwarts House makeup looks!

I’ve created 4 very wearable looks that will be easy for any Harry Potter fan, no matter what house, to recreate! I love finding understated ways to show my pride or appreciation for things. So let’s get to it!

Gryffindor

Gryffindor values bravery, daring, nerve, and chivalry. Their house colors are scarlet and gold, so I immediately knew I’d have to do a deep red lip to display their bold and courageous traits.

Gryffindor Makeup

“You might belong in Gryffindor, where dwell the brave at heart. Their daring, nerve and chivalry set Gryffindors apart.”

I used a light wash of Urban Decay Half-Baked eyeshadow all over my lids with Urban Decay Naked 2 through the crease. I smudged MAC Teddy Kohl across my lashline and on my lower waterline. Then I finished off the eyes with my favorite mascara, L’Oreal Butterfly Effect Mascara. For the lips I used Rimmel for Kate Moss lipstick in 107, which I felt was the perfect bold statement for any Gryffindor.

Hufflepuff

Next is my own humble house, Hufflepuff. We value hard work, patience, loyalty, and fair play. Our colors are black and yellow which can be a little tricky to pull of if you aren’t careful, but fear not, I got you covered.

Hufflepuff Makeup

“You might belong in Hufflepuff, where they are just and loyal. Those patient Hufflepuffs are true and unafraid of toil.”

I won’t lie, for this look I imagined myself wanting to glam it up to impress Cedric Diggory, so I went for a more dramatic smokey eye. The trick here is to use a yellow gold, and not a true yellow. I used a mix of MAC Sunshine and Urban Decay Half-Baked all over my lid with Urban Decay Naked 2 as a mid-tone in my crease to help transition the darker color I’d use next. I blended MAC Black Tied into my inner and outer corners to really intensify the look. I then lined my eyes with Jordana Fabuliner in black and created a little flick at the ends. I put some black liner in my waterline and smudged it out along my lowerlash line with Urban Day Naked 2 eyeshadow before applying mascara. To finish off the lips I used NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brule.

Ravenclaw

Next we have Ravenclaw, who value intelligence, knowledge, and wit. The colors of Ravenclaw are blue and bronze per the books, but are often shown as blue and silver in the films and on merchandise. I decided to go with bronze since it’s their official color and that those ’Claws would probably appreciate my knowledge on the matter.

Ravenclaw Makeup

“Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw, if you’ve a ready mind. Where those of wit and learning, will always find their kind.”

Now, for some reason I see the Ravenclaw girl not wanting too much of a fuss with their makeup, but wanting to look polished. In fact, I wore this look out to a business meeting later in the day! That being said, I used MAC Blanc Type eyeshadow all over my lid and blended a small amount of Urban Decay Dark Horse crease to create depth and used the same color along my lower lash line. I lined my upper lashline with a Eyeko Skinny Liner in Navy Blue. I apologize that the blue did not pick up much in the photos, but I promise this is a gorgeous navy blue liquid liner. I did the slightest flick at the outer corner to life the eyes and used Rimmel Kohl Kahjal in Blue on my waterline, which was another nice subtle way to include the blue in the look, but not be over the top. I finished off the look with Buxom’s lipstick in Hooligan.

Slytherin

Last but not least we have Slytherin, the house that values cunning, ambition, and resourcefulness. Slytherin also just happens to be my secondary house (rumor has it I’m about 75% Hufflepuff and 25% Slytherin, but this has yet to be confirmed by the Sorting Hat). Slytherin’s house colors are green and silver and if I’m being completely honest, this was one of the looks I was most excited to create.

Slytherin Makeup

“Or perhaps in Slytherin you’ll make your real friends. Those cunning folks use any means to achieve their ends.”

The word that came to mind when coming up with the look was “sharp.” I wanted it to be simple, yet strong. I kept the eyes fairly neutral by using Urban Decay WOS on the lid and Naked 2 through the crease. To create a dramatic green cat-eye, I scraped off some of my MAC Humid eye shadow and dampened my eyeliner brush in Fix+(you can also use eye drops) to create a custom color liquid liner. I lined my upper waterline with a black liner and used a white liner on my lower waterline. Using MAC Electra and a small detailer brush, I applied the silver shade on top of the white on my waterline and smudged it out along my lower lash line. After finishing off the eyes with mascara, I deepened the contour on my face and added some NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brule to keep the lips simple.

So there we have it! Wearable makeup to represent all of the Hogwarts Houses. I hope you’ve found this helpful and enjoyed it. Now we are all prepared to represent our houses not only this week for Pottermore House Pride Week, but for any other day in life!

Hogwarts Makeup

 

Bellatrix Lestrange Costume Tutorial – Harry Potter

Bellatrix Lestrange Costume TutorialCan you believe Halloween is less than a week away? If you’re still looking for costume ideas be sure you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel and check out my Halloween videos. My latest Halloween video is a Bellatrix Lestrange costume tutorial. I don’t know about you, but I’m a big Harry Potter fan! I’ll admit, I got into Harry Potter a little later than most, but I still love it just as much as the next.

Bellatrix Lestrange is such a fun character, while at the same time being so deranged and evil. If there was ever a perfect casting, it was Helena Bonham Carter for Bellatrix. Spot on!

What I love about this costume is how easy it is! It’d be really easy to throw together over this next week and the makeup is very simple. It’s all about creating shadows and making yourself look a litter worse for wear. Plus, it’s kind of fun to have crazy messy hair and not worry about a nicely styled look.

I also just want to take a moment here to say that I am a Hufflepuff, so shout out to all you honey badgers out there! What house are you all in? :)

Finally, I talk about it in my video, but if you’re ever in Orlando and/or London you need to check out both the Harry Potter theme park in Islands of Adventure and the Harry Potter Studios tour outside of London. Both are so amazing! I think I liked the studio tour a little more, but the rides at the park are really fun too!

Let me know if you try out this costume idea and post your photos to my Facebook page! Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel when you get a chance!

xx

Danielle

Offensive Friday

How can you offend every single nerd at the same time?

John came across this on Facebook and I had to share it because it’s just so damn accurate. (source unknown)