Inspired by David Bowie's fearlessness and Patti Smith's androgyny, Halsey bravely takes on new beauty looks no matter how extreme, including the glittery bruise she gave herself on the cover of her latest album, Manic. In a Vogue makeup tutorial, the "You Should Be Sad" singer shared exactly how she created the watercolor-like look and opened up about her inspiration behind the beautiful yet slightly gruesome makeup.
"I wanted to make it almost like a badge of honor for what I've been through."
"When I was coming up with the art for the album cover, the black eye was a really important part of it because I think a black eye is a universally recognized sign of pain or trauma or abuse," Halsey said. "And the album is a lot about me outgrowing some traumas and some things I feel have been otherwise holding me back from really becoming myself in my early 20s . . . I did the black eye and I wanted to do it in glitter because I wanted to make it almost like a badge of honor for what I've been through. And through the album cycle, the black eye goes from black glitter to red glitter to yellow glitter, which symbolizes the stages of healing that the bruise goes through. So, hopefully in a year, you'll see me running around with a face full of yellow glitter instead."
Halsey's artistic inspiration behind the album cover makes it no surprise that she wanted to go to art school before becoming a musician. "Before I was a musician, I was really, really set on going to art school after high school," she said. "A lot of people don't understand how alike painting and makeup are — a lot of it is knowing colors, understanding analogous colors, using greens to cancel out reds, using yellows in your blues and purples, and being good with a brush."
She began creating her Manic look by using Image Skincare's The Max Stem Cell Facial Cleanser ($32) before adding a layer of Dr. Barbara Sturm's Hyaluronic Serum ($300), a few of Dr. Barbara Sturm's Glow Drops ($145), and her "holy grail" product: Dr. Barbara Sturm's Face Cream ($215). While there are several other products Halsey swears by, some of her favorites include Laneige's Lip Sleeping Mask ($20), Elf Cosmetics's Eyebrow Palette ($4), NYX's Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick ($7) in Bright Blue Sky for the eye bruise, Kevyn Aucoin's Contour Book ($65), Glossier's Boy Brow Pomade ($16), NYX's Glitter Primer ($4), Milani's Color Statement Lipstick in Teddy Bare ($4), and Too Faced's Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder ($33).
As far as putting on false eyelashes, Halsey said she's worn so many different pairs that she could practically put them on with her eyes closed. "I feel like I could put on lashes in the back seat of a car with no mirror, in the dark, with one hand tied behind my back during a zombie apocalypse," she said. Watch the full video here to see Halsey's Manic makeup tutorial and to see her highlighter trick at the very end that pulls the whole glowy look together.