Snapchat filters are, quite simply, thebomb.com. You can swap faces with your friends, turn yourself into an animal (or a piece of toast… ?) and completely morph your face into something you'd only send your friends on an app that erases the picture eventually (unless they'd be cruel enough to grab a screenshot). But if we're being perfectly honest, there's nothing like those beautifying filters: the "pretty" filter, the flower crown filter, and our personal favourite, the Golden Goddess filter.
The best part about this filter is that it heavily contours, whitens your teeth, and just gives you an overall ethereal glow that we wish happened in every picture—so much so that we wanted to try the look IRL. But because a glowing, butterfly-laden, gemstone-covered look isn't exactly appropriate outside of social media, we figured we'd have some fun and turn it into a Halloween costume that we promise is super easy to create. Want to learn how? Keep scrolling!
To start, I prepped my skin with foundation and loose setting powder, then MAC senior artist Fatima Taylor spritzed MAC Prep + Prime Fix + (£18) all over my skin. She then lightly dusted MAC Pigment in the colour Vanilla on the tops of my cheekbones, up into my temples, on my Cupid's bow, along the bridge of my nose, and on the centre of my forehead.
Next, to get that bronzed, contoured look, apply a bit of MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm (£25) with a brush along your cheekbones and the top of your forehead (if you have a small forehead, you can skip this step), then dust some Mineralize Skinfinish Bronzer on top for even more definition.
For the lids, Thomas recommends a gold pigmented glitter like MAC's Pro Glitter (£16) in Reflects Bronze.
For those fluttery, flirty lashes, apply MAC's 33 Lash. Thomas's tip is to paint the strip of the lashes with black liquid eyeliner prior to applying them so you don't have to mess with eyeliner afterward or worry about the strip showing through.
Because your lips take on a lighter cast in the Golden Goddess Snapchat filter, Thomas used MAC's Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Innocent followed by a swipe of MAC C-Thru Lipglass (£15) on top.
Finally, to really dress up the look, it's all about the accessories. I enlisted the help of my mum to make these butterfly pins that are made out of yellow paper, bobby pins, and glue. All you need to do is purchase a die-cut machine (I chose EK Success butterfly punch, £18), slide a kirby grip lengthwise over the butterfly, then glue another butterfly directly on top to hide the hardware in the front. Then, just slide them in your hair so that they're facing downwards on either side of your head.
For the gems, I purchased Swarovski Hotfix Crystals (£4) from the crafts store and Thomas stuck them on using Duo Lash Adhesive (£5) around my forehead and into my temples. Et voilà! You're a Snapchat filter IRL.
Watch the full breakdown of how to create this Halloween costume below!
What are you going to be for Halloween this year? Tell us in the comments!