Sunday, September 21, 2014

"Inner Beauty"

Hello again!

Today, I thought that it would be really fun to get into the 'spirit' of things and start brainstorming ideas for Halloween. I know what you're thinking, "Melissa, isn't it over a month away?" Well, coming from a work background where Halloween time begins about halfway through September each year, I would say that I am pretty much on track.

If you've taken a peek at my Instagram today, you might have noticed my pale complexion and sunken cheeks. Today's look is inspired by a fusion of one of my favorite holiday themed attractions, Haunted Mansion Holiday, and Dia de los Muertos. I've always been fascinated in intricate details of the attraction as well as the unique costume pieces of the Cast Members. I will say that the Haunted Mansion maid costume one of my favorite ensembles in the in the park (after Indiana Jones Adventure of course). I also love the sugar skull look of Dia de los Muertos. It brings back fond memories of decorating sugar skulls in middle school.

I wanted to recreate the maid look without necessarily breaking the bank. If you're interested in how I did it or would like ideas for your next Disney bounding date for Mickey's Halloween Party, here's how I did it:


  1. First, I made sure to wash my face to ensure a clean palette for the makeup.
  2. Then, I used a disposable foundation sponge and ran it under the sink with a little bit of water, making sure to squeeze out any excess water. (Tip: You want your sponge a little bit damp but not soaking wet.)
  3. Next, I used the white cream makeup that I purchased from Target for $1.00 and applied it all over my face. Once it dried, I repeated the process two more times.
  4. Then, I used a clean thin paint brush with some Maybelline gel liner to outline (and fill) the hollows of my eyes, contour my face, and outline (and fill) the tip of my nose. I also added a bit of medium purple eyeshadow from the Wet 'n' Wild palette below to the hollows of my eyes for more color definition.
  5. After that, I used a new, slightly damp foundation sponge, and dipped it in a little bit more white cream make up and blended out the the lines that I created with my gel liner to create depth and dimension to my face. (Tip: Keep blending outward until you get the desired gradation to your face.)
  6. Next, I used my Wet 'n' Wild lipstick in Sugar Plum Fairy, used another clean paint brush to create petals around my eyes. I also used the lipstick to add a hint of color in the gradation areas by dabbing the product to those areas and blending the color out with my clean fingers.
  7. Lastly, I created some cobweb and teeth designs to the lower portion of my face with my Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner. (Tip: You can do whatever designs you'd like. Have fun, and be creative!)


To be honest, that I just pulled back my hair into a messy bun. I think it was pretty appropriate for the emaciated, dead maid look, don't you think?


  • For my "dress", I wore a white buttoned up blouse, and wore a dark green sleeveless top over it. To cover my arms even further, I also wore a long, black cardigan that I had around the house.
  • My bow tie was created using a pair of torn knitted leggings that I had. I merely took scissors and cut it into a jagged strip, and tied it around my neck.
  • For my headband, I actually purchased it at Disneyland. They were selling it at Port Royal, so unfortunately, I did not make this item. I wish it did. It looks so easy to make! 
  • I wore a pair of white gloves. They're pretty inexpensive and cost about $1.00.
  • Lastly, I couldn't forget the lantern! I purchased this at Target for $3.00. (Tip: If you want to be on the safe side, use battery operated flickering tea candles instead of the real thing.)

There you have it, my 'spooktacular' Haunted Mansion maid look. I hope you enjoyed it, and will give it a try, whether you will be dressing up for Halloween or attending Mickey's Halloween Party. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave a comment below or tweet me via @tran_gerine. You can also follow me on my Instagram at tran_gerine. Have a great night, and I will be back next time with another post! :)




  1. Girl this look is perfection. If I were a beauty site I would totally pick this look up and have you guest blog! YOU ARE AMAZING! <3 <3

  2. Thanks Jenny! You are also quite the inspiration! I absolutely love your blog! You are such a creative and beautiful individual. Thank you for all of the love and support! I really appreciate it! :) <3