Only a few more days to go until Halloween! Still don’t have an idea? Here’s one that you’re sure to have the stuff for!  

 For the outfit grab jeans or overalls, a white tee, a flannel, and a straw sun hat!  

 For the makeup, start with your face as done as you like it. For Gracie, we opted for foundation and powder and some big fluffy doll-like lashes! Then go in with hot pink blush and make a distinct circle shape with it on each cheek! We used Tarte blush in Rad. 

Make a tear drop shape with the blush on your nose too and top off the look with a bright pink lip! Try NYX Butter Gloss in Peaches and Cream or Cupcake! 

Now take a black eyeliner pencil—we opted for Urban Decay Perversion—and draw smile lines with stitches and outline the pink on your nose the same way too!  

Double braids add to the country farm vibe!  

There you have it! And chances are you already have all these things lying around! 

Special thank you to Indulge Beauty Studio for taking pics of the gorgeous Gracie in this tutorial!  

Give this a try and be sure to tag @polishandpout on IG when you do so we can see your version of this costume!! Happy {almost} Halloween!!!

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October 22, 2018

Scarecrow Halloween DIY Costume

Last year we did a few fun super simple Halloween DIY costumes and it was SO MUCH fun we just had to do more this year too!  

First up, an old timey bank robber! 

 

Here’s what you’ll need: For your outfit opt for black pants and shoes, a black and white striped top (go for all black if you don’t own stripes), black gloves. 

 

 

You’ll also need a bag for all your stolen loot!  An old white or cream pillow case will do the trick! Use a black sharpie to draw a big dollar sign $ on it…because otherwise how will you remember what’s inside?! 😉 

 

 

Ok now for your makeup. Start out from whatever point you’re most comfortable. Maybe that means a bare face or maybe that means your current routine, it’s whatever you want! On Izzy, we used foundation, powder, blush, bronzer, and highlight. So her basic  complexion was on point before we drew the mask! Ok now grab a black eyeliner and sketch your eye mask outline.   

 

 

Now fill in the mask! We used Mehron black cream makeup, you can snag it on Amazon for a few dollars! Not able to get ahold of black makeup? Fill in mask with your eyeliner or layer on black eyeshadow to fill in the mask. 

 

 

Now the fun pop of color! You really can wear anything lip you want but I just love the contrast of this bold red with the black and white outfit! Bank robbers like to be glam too! This is Fenty’s Stunna Lip Paint in red and it’s so creamy, smooth, vibrant, and ultra long wearing!  

 

 

Now you’re ready to pull off your master plan!!! 

 

     

   

Special thank you to Indulge Beauty Studio for these awesome photos of the lovely Izzy! 

 

 

Give this a go and be sure to tag @polishandpout in your look on IG so we can see it!! Happy {almost} Halloween!!  

 

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October 15, 2018

Bank Robber: Halloween DIY

We’ve all had those moments, when we feel ready for better. Often the beginning of the year is that moment for many of us. But what about when, let’s say, it’s March and the enthusiasm of early January feels like forever ago? When we don’t feel like pushing through? Excited to share with you this glimpse into a strong amazing woman who pushed through to achieve a big time personal goal! Meet our friend and wedding planner extraordinaire, Kristina Foerster!

 

What made you start this journey?

It was a normal day, I had been working out regularly but not getting the results I wanted. I had just gotten married and life had settled. Everyone was telling me I was fine–and I wasn’t fat– but I thought I could be better. Even though I was working out, I wasn’t being as consistent. My gym had a challenge and I decided to do it!

What made this time different from the other times you wanted to make a change?

I’d say 3 main things were different this time. I was…

Committed

Seeking advice and

Looking at the scale differently.

It wasn’t just about the pounds anymore. This changed my perspective about what I should eat. Also this was something I was doing for ME. My hubby and family were happy with me as I was and loved me, which is great, but they don’t live in my skin, I DO. Confidence in your own skin is what gets you through the day. I needed to make a change for ME.

OK TODAY IS THE DAY…

My gym had a challenge. Weight loss wasn’t the goal, but being committed to the routine even though the process isn’t fast. So many days I felt like I was regressing. People want that one or two week fix. Really what makes the change is the momentum you build up to it. I didn’t want to yo yo, I wanted to keep it off.

The first three months had the most moments of doubt and usually in the evening after my shower being so aware of my body. I wanted my body to change as fast as I imagine it would in my mind. You think, I’m working out 5 or 6 days a week why am I not there yet? It’s hard to judge your own progress when you see ur body everyday. I had to tell myself to stop judging so harshly and push those thoughts out of my mind and focus on staying committed to the routine rather than examining my body.

It’s hard when you compare yourself to others. If I looked at the person next to me on the treadmill and compared myself that would discourage me. So wherever you are today, that’s your starting point. There’s no point looking to the left or the right. All you can do is look in the mirror and say this is what I’ve got and I’m gonna work with it. You have to love who you are first when you start. You can still love yourself for who you are but push towards better.


While Kristina was dedicated to weight lifting and high intensity interval training, she says that food made the most difference.

Here’s a peek into a typical day for her…

Wake up drink: ice water with apple cider vinegar–it wakes up my organs!

I make breakfast and eat it within 30 mins of waking up–1 egg, 2 whites, and turkey links Shake snack later that I made the night before

Coffee– I love it! The biggest change is I drink it black, no sugar or cream, it’s not dessert anymore!

Lunch salmon over a cup of greens

4 oz plain yogurt 15 almonds for another snack

Workout, either weights or interval training 3 days of each

Dinner with hubby is usually some chicken with a cup of veggies.

“The answer is consistency and commitment. True lifestyle change. Nothing long lasting comes easy.” If you want to chat more with Kristina about her journey or about your upcoming wedding day–we mentioned she’s an amazing wedding planner, yes?!–visit her site here.

And what better way to celebrate smashing your goals than to have a photoshoot (with a little hair and makeup of course!)! Love these pics by Dee and Kris Photography! Thanks for sharing your journey with us, Kristina

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March 6, 2018

Goal Smasher: Kristina

Ok folks…we have the perfect last minute easy-peasy costume for you!  

 

 

Wednesday requires 2 essential things: a white collar and double braids. Everything else is a little flexible!  

 

 

I’d like to think that black lipstick was a staple in her routine as she got older. We didn’t have the exact dress or even sweater…so what we did was put the white collar shirt under a black thermal long sleeve shirt!  

 

Classic three strand braided pigtails of course. Loads of lashes and strong brows for a more glam look. Paired her top with a skirt and there you go!  

 

 

 

Be sure to wear your serious face like Alyssa did. Special thanks to Indulge Beauty Studio for these awesome pics!  

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October 31, 2017

Wednesday Addams: Halloween DIY

The ultimate Halloween icon: the vampire! So many possible directions you could take this one…but I think my favorite is to go full blown dramatic on the makeup then add the fangs and blood! 

 

 

So here’s a glance at each step I took to get my undead glam on… 

  

 

Clean bare face of course! I used Painterly paint pot by MAC as my eye base and worked from the purple and black shadows in the Tarteist Pro palette!  

  

 

Start with a wash of color over your lid, the brightest purples should go in your crease, smoke out the edges with the black and highlight your brow bone!  

  

The far right row in the palette is all shimmery shades—use your finger to color pack the shimmery purple onto the center of your lid for an extra pop! I always use a makeup wipe to clean up after and create a sharp line to guide my wings! Dior has an awesome liquid liner, the felt tip makes it goof proof!  Lashes are a must, try using the lash trios by Ardell! They’re like training wheels for lashes— so much easier to put on! 

 

Now that you’ve cleaned up the fallout from the smokey eye, even your skin tone with your favorite foundation! I used Face Atelier ultra foundation and concealed and highlighted with the NARS creamy concealer.  This bronzing and highlight palette was limited edition, but you can snag the shades individually from NARS as well. A nice sharp contour and highlight definitely adds that necessary severity to this look.

 

 

 

Loving this look so far! Smoke out under your lashes and add liner in your inner rim for extra drama. 

 

 

 

Blush by Cargo in Ibiza, strong brows with my new favorite brow pencil from NYX…it’s called Precision Brow Pencil and the shade taupe works for just about everyone! NYX lip in Transylvania—how apropos! I set it with black eyeshadow for extra depth and hold.

 

 

There it is! Love! Of course I added fangs. I used the petite set from Scarecrow Vampire. The set comes with a kit to make custom molds but I opted to go the lazy route and use poligrip since I only was wearing them for a couple hours.  

 

 

 

Bonus step: Add a drip of fx blood in the corner of your mouth!  

 

 

Any outfit will do but I think all black is the way to go…leather, chockers, boots…the more badass the better! 

 

 

 

I’m not gonna lie, I kinda want to wear this look year round…fangs included!  

 

 

There you have it! You’re ready for your date with Dracula!  

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October 28, 2017

Vampy Vampire

Last year we did a Día de Muertos photoshoot in conjunction with the headpieces from Idolatry and loved it so much we decided to do it again this year! 

 

 

How gorgeous are our 3 Mexican models?! 

 

 

 We leveled up this year by having P&P Artist Gina Scheiber bring her amazing fx skills! We were in awe the whole time at the detail and vision she brought to the shoot.    

 

 

The Day of the Dead is such a special Mesoamerican celebration with roots in both indigenous traditions and Catholicism.  

 

The imagery of skeletons and skulls walks hand in hand with this holiday.

The painting of a calavera on the face or on sugar is a lovely way to acknowledge mortality, remember your ancestors, and celebrate life.

 

 

Our friend Valerie Tejeda at Heart Your Heritage made this awesome video about it—take a peek and learn some more about the holiday! 

 

Special thanks to Indulge Beauty Studio for these amazing photos!  

 

 

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October 27, 2017

Día de Muertos: A Celebration of Life

Alongside the black cat, the witch is one of the easiest and best go-to’s for Halloween! It really only requires two things: black clothing and the classic pointy hat! Everything else is dependent on your imagination! 

 

 

And thanks to the Target dollar section, dressing up like a witch has never been easier! We snagged our hat for $3 and paired it with a favorite black maxi dress. Bonus points if you add striped tights! 

 

 

Another reason why I love this costume is because the makeup can be whatever you want! A smokey eye seemed like the obvious choice.

 

 

Build your smokey eye with black and then color pack some green shadow to the center of your lid for a witchy pop of color! I love keeping a colorful palette full of funky shades on hand for occasions like these. The morphe palette I used is sadly discontinued but they have lots of other colorful options and are super affordable! 

 

 

There you go! Super easy and super glam! Special thanks to Indulge Beauty Studio for taking these rad pics of the lovely Emma! 

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October 24, 2017

Witch: Halloween DIY

Just a quick bit of inspo for all of my fellow Latinxs out there! This week in anticipation of Dia de Muertos, I envisioned a calavera with varying tones of brown and black and here’s how it turned out…

 

I of course had to bust out my Gold Metallic Powder and Mixing Liquid from Mehron…that has seriously been my October staple product!  

  

Tony Moly Black gel eyeliner was perfect for the black outlines and nose. And my favorite brown and black shadows provided the shading! Simple but striking…it was fun to step away from the traditional white base and I love how it turned out!  

 

 

 

Needles to say, it made grocery shopping much more eventful!  And I think I have some great ideas for our upcoming Dia inspired photoshoot! Can’t wait to see how our trio of Mexican models turn out…so stay tuned for more calavera inspo soon! 

 

 

 

Want to see the start to finish video of this look? Head to our Instagram @polishandpout to see the fun time lapse! 

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October 20, 2017

Dia de Muertos: A Modern Spin on a Classic Calavera

One of the things I love the most about makeup is its ability to impart confidence. The other day I wasn’t feeling the greatest and rather than doing nothing I decided that nothing could make me feel better than turning myself into Wonder Woman!

I remember watching old reruns of the tv show with Lynda Carter as a child and thinking she was so strong and so beautiful…seeing the movie this year with Gal Gadot was so inspiring too! 

The latest version of Wonder Woman ditches the classic red lipstick for more of a fresh face. I used Dior Airflash for a flawless finish and NYX Precision Brow Pencil for a strong full Brow.

 

I also used my favorite metallic powder and mixing liquid by Mehron to paint on her signature headband! I had this amazing statement cuff already but you could easily use the same gold pigment to paint them on!  

 

Of course I had to try a comic book version too! I love all the pop art makeup looks floating around right now…simple black and white lines to accentuate facial structure, add red lipstick and there you go! 

 

I changed the headband to the more classic shape.

I can’t decide which is my fave! How amazing is it that makeup can show on the outside how we want to feel on the inside? I have to admit, it’s impossible to feel bad when your face is painted like Diana herself!

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October 18, 2017

Wonder Woman Halloween Makeup

2017 was the year of the unicorn for sure…they’ve been everywhere from T-shirt’s, to coffee mugs, and even our Frappuccino’s! So it should come as no surprise that it also happens to be an excellent do it yourself costume idea!  

 

Chances are you have most of these things lying around your house or can snag the things you’re missing for a few bucks!  

 

 

Ok so first things first you need to make a horn! A piece of paper will do the trick…a glittery or metallic piece of scrapbooking paper is even better! Simply roll it into an ice cream cone shape and secure it with hot glue! 

 

 

Punch two holes through each side of the end of the cone and put ribbon through it so you u can tie it around your head like a headband! The best hairstyle for this look will be pigtails or better yet twist your pigtails into double buns! 

 

For makeup, the brighter the better! Use a bright pink blush and apply it everywhere you’d normally contour, bronze, or blush your face. This will add dimension and color in a fun way!

Added bonus points to use glitter or metallic eyeshadow on your eyes and down your hair part. I used my favorite metallic powder and mixing liquid from Mehron!  And for the paint flecks on the forehead, dilute your shadow with setting spray and flick it onto your forehead.  

 

Toss on your twirliest fluffiest dress or tulle skirt! And there you have it…your unicorn dreams have come true!  

Thank you to Indulge Beauty Studio for capturing these photos of the lovely Katelyn! 

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October 17, 2017

Unicorn: Halloween DIY