My Blatantly Plagiarized Halloween Costume

When you don’t purchase Halloween costumes, makeup is the easiest way to pretend that you have your thematic shit together. I copied redditor Sssamanthaa‘s tricolor pop art makeup. The original looks like this:

(Now that I’m gotten your hopes way too high…) My way-shittier version that got super smudgy and weird around the neck looks like this:



This was done with Illamasqua’s Rich Liquid Foundation in 105 and the Makeup Forever Flash Palette.

I hope you have a happy, totally not-at-all racist* Halloween.

*I am having a conversation literally right now with someone who thinks, essentially, that if you can’t dress up as a sugar skull, a geisha, or an “indian”, there is no point in dressing up for Halloween at all. Don’t be that person.


1. That looks awesome! Much more original than the pop art girl makeup with the dots all over the face too. Great job. My Halloween makeup ended up really rushed tonight, I was sad.

2.… haha. “Original”. I did totally copy it off someone else.

3. I think you did a great job! Haters gonna hate. (shruggy guy icon)

4. Thanks.

5. You will certainly appreciate this – one of the more interesting characters from my childhood posted herself in an only mildly slutty “squaw” costume with the caption “I keep it classy & tasteful this time of year.” My mind basically exploded.

6. I wore a long black dress, black eyeshadow, heavy winged black eyeliner, and dark vampy lipstick. Depending on your frame of reference, I was either “a witch” or “myself in 1995.”

7. That looks great! (I can’t tell if the racist Halloween costumes have become more popular over the last few years, or if it’s just that I/we/media have been paying more attention to them.)

8. I think it’s the media because I sure remember a lot of indian/native american costumes growing up, of course I think that may have had something to do with pocahontas being super popular. I think we’re just a lot more touchy about things now than we were then.

9. I’d say “more aware” rather than “more touchy,” personally.

10. This year for Halloween I went as a retail employee who doesn’t get enough hours, so at the very least your costume was better than mine.

11. I’ve noticed more and more people doing “sugar skull” make-up for Halloween/Day of the Dead— Sephora has a tutorial on their FB timeline now (

Genuine question: I get why dressing up as a geisha or a native american or a slutty [other race] is *not* okay, but is sugar skull makeup insensitive as well?

Love your insight (not just on makeup but on social issues as well) and I’d love to hear your thoughts!

12. I would definitely call it less problematic than, say, dressing up as a Native American, but it’s still stealing a part of someone’s culture for the sake of a costume. If you’re going to err, I always recommend erring on the side of not hurting others.

13. I think you did a great job 😀 The sugar skull stuff is annoying… I don’t have a big a problem with it as dressing us as a native american, for example, but if you’re going to do it, at least know what the hell it actually is, and what it means.

14. I’ve been looking for a makeup/skincare blog for AGES that is properly science based and not completely terrible like, I don’t know, almost all of them. Finally, FINALLY, I found this blog, and I am so unbelievably happy about it. And to top it all off, you’re also aware of racism and not afraid to call it out. How do I put this? THIS BLOG IS PERFECT.

15. I basically came to the comments to make this exact same post! I found this blog yesterday (from cheapasfuck) and am now reading through the archives. I was already loving the scientific orientation and then to see a call-out of racial (mis)appropriation… Be still my science-loving, socially progressive heart!