Trend on Trial is a series in which Stylist’s beauty team puts the latest hair and make-up looks to the test.
We hear you – Halloween is hard. Each year, our feeds are filled with show-stopping creations from celebrities (we’re looking at you, Heidi Klum), but when it comes down to our own take, it’s last-minute wig orders on Amazon and quick dashes to the charity shop.
So when we spied Vivienne Westwood’s plastic mask at London Fashion Week last February, we immediately bookmarked it for our annual Halloween Trend On Trial. Using just a roll of red plastic and our moisturised faces, we recreated the look in minutes – although its longevity needs improving. Read on for the beauty team’s verdicts, and how to recreate the look yourself using different tools and methods.
Shannon Peter, Stylist’s beauty director says:
I know: I look horrific. So horrific, in fact, that Hanna coined the nickname Shannibal Lecter – that’s how much I look like a cannibalistic serial killer. Sure, the premise behind the original look sent down the Vivienne Westwood catwalk was worthy – drawing attention to the life-sucking, detrimental effect of plastic – but does anyone really want to jump into the same Uber Pool as me looking like this as I head to a Halloween party? Absolutely not.
Ava Welsing-Kitcher, Stylist’s junior beauty writer says:
I can’t look at any of these photos for too long, they terrify me that much. I know Vivienne Westwood was making a statement about plastic waste when she chose this for her a/w 2019 show, but the amount of effort it took to recreate it (and the amount of time I had to hold my breath for) overrides the message.
Every breath or tiny facial movement sent pieces of plastic fluttering to the floor. If, for some reason, I wanted to recreate this, I’d use face paint instead. The backcombed hair makes me look like I’ve been prowling through bushes for my next victim – but once the plastic came off, I quite liked the amplified volume.
Hanna Ibraheem, Stylist’s beauty writer says:
I mean, my face says it all really. This red mask (which was made by tearing up bits of cellophane and sticking it to skin with moisturiser) made me feel slightly claustrophobic once it was on. I couldn’t move my face. Honestly, even the slightest twitch caused a piece of cellophane to pop off and flap around. So, my face had to stay in its natural resting bitch face until I could rip it off. Never again, please.
It’s a solid, resounding, absolute “no” from us. It’s tricky to master, impossible to pull off, and will most likely haunt our dreams from now till the end of time. The only redeeming quality is that it’s probably the easiest Halloween look to remove – only moisturiser is left behind.
Tempted to give it a go for yourself? Look this way…
The power tools
Mac Paint Stick in Basic Red
Crafty Capers Transparent Red Cellophane
Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Setting Spray
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser
Images: Republic of Photography/Courtesy of brands