How to Do Cowgirl Makeup

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Cowgirl costumes are the quintessential Halloween look. Sexy and classic, the cowgirl look never goes out of style. While real-life cowgirls wear little to no makeup, you can make your costume even sexier by using the right kind of makeup. These guidelines should provide you with a fine starting point. After you apply the basics of makeup, your creativity is the only thing limiting you.

  • Black eyeshadow
  • Grey eyeshadow
  • Pink eyeshadow
  • Eyeliner
  • Highlighter
  • Bronzer
  • Blush
  • Golden lip gloss

1 Apply a thick line of eyeliner

Apply a thick line of eyeliner to your eyelid, next to your eyelashes. Extend the eyeliner slightly past the corner of your eye, to make your eyes look bigger.

2 Shade

Shade over three-quarters of your eyelid with black eyeshadow. Extend the eyeshadow slightly past the outer corner of your eye to create a larger shadow.

3 Blend the black eyeshadow with silver eyeshadow

Blend the black eyeshadow with silver eyeshadow, which should cover the rest of your eyelid. Practice until you obtain a nice smoky effect.

4 Blend the very top of the silver eyeshadow

Blend the very top of the silver eyeshadow with pink eyeshadow, to complete the smoky-eyed look.

5 Dab highlighter onto your brow bone

Dab highlighter onto your brow bone. The highlighter will make your smoky eyes pop even more and make your eyes look more open.

6 Use a buki brush

Use a buki brush to distribute bronzer all over your face to create the healthy, sun-kissed glow of a cowgirl.

7 Use a flat brush

Use a flat brush to apply blush to your cheekbones, to enhance and define your cheeks. You're ready to roll, cowgirl.

Tricia Lobo has been writing since 2006. Her biomedical engineering research, "Biocompatible and pH sensitive PLGA encapsulated MnO nanocrystals for molecular and cellular MRI," was accepted in 2010 for publication in the journal "Nanoletters." Lobo earned her Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering, with distinction, from Yale in 2010.