Tips for a Game of Thrones-Inspired Halloween Makeup Look

A local makeup artist shares her Halloween tricks.

We love any excuse to dress up in New Orleans, which makes Halloween one of the city’s biggest and wildest parties. If you’re searching for some Halloween costume inspiration, we’re here to help. Makeup artist and drag performer Midori Tajiri-Byrd, owner of Midori Makeup Artistry, gives some Halloween makeup tips while creating a Game of Thrones- inspired beauty look.  (Model: Amy Steinkampf)

Items Used to Create Look:

-Wig: red, brown, auburn or blond long wavy or curly wig. (Source: Kawaii Nola on Magazine Street)

-Additional hair for braids: (synthetic hair wefts from High Maintenance Beauty Supply on Rampart)

-Costume pieces: created from materials purchased at No Fleas Market on Magazine, which sells boutique resale items to benefit local animal rescue

– Makeup: Foundation (Bobbi Brown) using 2-3 colors to contour face. Highlighter: Gel Illuminator from New Orleans brand, Kismet Cosmetics.

  • Blush: Glo Minerals gel blush (from Embodyment Salon & Spa on Magazine)
  • Eyeshadows: Kat VonD Alchemist Palatte, Smashbox matte neutrals and Urban Decay eyeshadow primer (from Sephora) plus  Sugarpill loose pigment (from Kawaii Nola on Magazine Street), black mascara.
  • Lipstick: Kismet Cosmetics (local New Orleans brand available at Embodyment Salon & Spa)


  1. Start with a clean and moisturizers face. Apply a makeup primer (optional) for the face, covering entire face except around eyes.
  2. Apply foundation as normal, covering entire face except eye lids.
  3. Use darker foundation color or contour palette to contour bone structure.
  4. Apply blush in “c” shape along tops of cheekbones curving slightly around outer corner of eyes. Top with highlighter/illuminator over tops of cheekbones.
  5. Apply eyeshadow primer to eye lids and under eyes.
  6. Use lightest color of eyeshadow over inner eyes/tear duct area. Use medium shade over center of top lid and underneath eye. Use darkest shade in outer “V” of corners of eye curving above and below lid. Add mascara. Spray with makeup fixative spray.
  7. Dress in costume: we created a layered look using clothing and materials sourced from No Fleas Market topped with faux metal epaulettes made by Midori Tajiri. Tip: metallic looking materials, faux fur and embroidered upholstery fabrics can give a regal look when creating a cape or wrap for this look.
  8. Wig time! We chose a wavy auburn red wig from Kawaii Nola on Magazine street, where they have a great selection of costume wig styles as well as other fun costume, cosplay and collectibles. We topped it with braids we created using synthetic hair wefts from High Maintenance Beauty Supply on Rampart.
  9. Additional accessories or dragons, optional 😉
  10. Selfies!

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