Sideshow Mermaid Tutorial


Sideshow Mermaid Tutorial
I wanted to share a fun sideshow mermaid tutorial with you. Every year, my friends have themed Halloween parties.

Sideshow Mermaid Tutorial

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One year they did a Dark Carnivale / Seedy Sideshow themed party. For that party I created a sideshow mermaid costume out of what I had in my closet. I used a corset shirt, fish scale leggings, and a long wig. This time around, I added scales and fun makeup. I’m not a professional makeup artist, but I had  a lot of fun putting this look together and hopefully you will find it to be an easy to follow tutorial.

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Sideshow Mermaid Tutorial
Sideshow Mermaid Tutorial



Too Faced Shadow Insurance– primer
Kat Von D Primer in Fair – primer
Sugarpill Tako – base shade (vegan)
Sugarpill Suburbia – transition (vegan)
Sugarpill Love+ – lower lid, winged out, blended into transition
Sugarpill Poison Plum – accent
Sugarpill Bulletproof – accent (vegan)
Sugarpill Countess – on top of Love+
Sugarpill 2AM – lid
Sugarpill Lumi – on top of 2AM on the lid, inner v, inner lower lid (vegan)
Tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner in Black – upper lash line, outer lower lash line (vegan)
Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline Pencil in Legend – waterline
Perfekt Beauty Curl Mascara

Sugarpill Countess (vegan)

It Cosmetics CC Cream in Fair + The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops in Lightening (vegan)
Sugarpill Countess – darker scales (vegan)
Sugarpill Feral – lighter scales (vegan)
Graftobian Liquid Glitter in Opal Neon – highlight scales
Sugarpill Lumi – lightly dusted on top of Feral and Countess (vegan)

Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in Gash
Sugarpill Lumi – on top of Gash (vegan)

Sugarpill Lumi (vegan)

To recreate with similar colors you’ll need

Eyeshadow primer
Urban Decay All Nighter Spray
Tako – white matte
Suburbia – light coral matte
Love+ – red matte
Poison Plum – purple matte
Bulletproof – black matte
2AM – pink-toned purple matte
Countess – shimmery burgundy
Feral – shimmery orange
Lumi – white with turquoise shift
Gash – red lip pencil
Black gel eyeliner
Black pencil eyeliner
Mascara or false lashes

Sideshow Mermaid Tutorial Video

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This is the first time I’ve ever done something like this, so I hope you like it! I really liked how Countess and Feral worked for my scales. Perfect for a sunset mermaid. And if you’re not a mermaid fan, you can always use this technique to make a Mystique costume!

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  1. I love your entire look from the patterned leggings to the seahorse necklace to the scales on your face to the awesome liner/shadow and then that wig!! You look fabulous.

  2. I looked but I don’t have those fish scale leggings. They are so amazing. You also did an amazing job with this makeup. I hope you got a chance to wear it somewhere.

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