Disney Witch: Beauty From The Dark Side Of The Happiest Place On Earth

Published on October 30, 2013 by   ·   7 Comments

0000 Designer Disney Villains Dolls(Before we get started, about the preview pic for this article: I know, I know!  The Wizard of Oz is NOT Disney!  Recently, during a server move, we lost many of our images.  The preview pic for this article, which was a fierce green and purple eye look, was one of them.  I couldn’t find it again, and I was in a rush, so I plunked in this great pic of the Wicked Witch of the West.  Sorry ’bout it!)

Some girls want to be part of his world, or want to dance around a glowing ballroom in a fabulous dress with enchanted servants working furiously to set the mood, but for some of us, the real pleasure of the Disney spectacle comes from the darker side: the fabulous villains who throw challenge after challenge in the heroine’s path.  The sea witch, plotting to steal Triton’s crown.  The vindictive queen with a vain streak and a yen for enchanted produce.  The wicked sorceress exacting a terrible revenge for being snubbed from the social event of the year.  Whatever their motivation, and their usually tragic fate, the Disney witch is a remarkable and memorable character who deserves to be celebrated.  And what better way to celebrate than with a collection of glamorous looks inspired by these wicked beauties, just in time for Halloween!

Villains are definitely “in” this year: e.l.f. did a whole line of makeup kits for Halloween inspired by Cruella DeVil, Ursula, Maleficent, and the Wicked Queen from Snow White that included “look books” with multiple products for creating a fabulous face, eyelash collections, a mail art box, and a set of utterly fabulous cosmetic bags that were unfortunately sold out before I could get to the nearest Walgreens.

This isn’t the first year that e.l.f. has done Disney-inspired makeup collections, and they aren’t the only brand that’s gotten in on the wicked fun either.  A couple of years ago, MAC did a Disney villains collection as well that included lipstick, eyeshadow, lip gloss, and other great products with special edition packaging.  I have one of the MAC eyeshadow’s from that collection, and it’s pretty good – it’s part of their baked Mineralize shadow line and it’s a fun combination of black, blue, and green with tons of glitter!  Below I’ve included a gallery of some of the great makeup products and accessories that have been inspired by the ne’er-do-well divas:

But enough about the makeup – on to the looks!


The Little Mermaid is one of my favorite Disney movies, and Ursula is by far my favorite Disney villain!  She’s a big girl with a raspy jazz voice and she isn’t afraid to torment those poor, unfortunate souls with a little evil magic and mayhem.  I’ve got my very own fabulous Ursula costume that’s a little sexy, a little crazy, and a whole lot of fun.  It was simple – just make a bubble skirt out of dark purple satin and a matching strapless top – I got the patterns at JoAnne’s for $1.99 each or less on sale.  Then for each tentacle I cut three long, skinny triangles: two out of the same dark purple and one out of a lighter, lavender purple.  I sewed the triangles into the tentacles and stuffed them, and then cut suckers out of dark purple felt and glued them to the light purple side.  Sew the tentacles onto the bubble skirt, and you’re an octopus!

In addition to the fabulous costume possibilities, Ursula also offers the potential for some great makeup looks!

If you are going to go all out and do the purple skin coloring, this is one of the best makeup Ursula looks out there, done by blogger Brittany Couture.  It’s big and drag-y, and the contouring is to die for!

That look has a sexy feel that is perfect if you’re going to be a naughty Ursula (either at the party, or afterwards!).  If you want something a little more cartoonish and true to the characters of Ursula from the movie, Goldie Starling has a great tutorial as well:

Like Ursula, but don’t want to do your whole face and body in purple?  Here’s a great video that gives a fun and sexy Ursula-inspired look without the all the Technicolor!

Ursula will probably always be my favorite Disney villain.  She’s a big girl who gets what she wants and she bests the sea king…if only that pesky kid with the boat hadn’t come along and ruined everything!  Plus, growing up I had a weird fascination with octopi.  Another great idea for an Ursula-inspired look that doesn’t require full body work is to pay homage to her most famous appendages in your eye makeup, like so

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Gets the job done without messing up your towels!  But whatever you do to create and Ursula look, just be sure it’s big, over-the-top, and stupid sexy just like a plus-size diva ought to be!


Ahh, what wicked, wicked fun is the evil Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty!  She’s one of the only Disney villains who is truly scary – I remember being delightfully petrified by her flowing robes, her creaky old voice, and the terrible dragon she transforms into.   This diva has some power, and you need a powerful look to do her justice!  Like Ursula, most of the Maleficent makeup videos out there involve painting your skin green to match her look from the film.  On of the best videos I’m found for this that gives lots of helpful tips and tricks is by Rebecca Yeates:

Another great look that is sort of similar but perhaps a little easier to achieve based on the products she uses is this video by Denean Dale for PinkStylists “Villains in Vogue” contest:

Again, not everyone is willing to commit to a full body color transformation, so I found this video of a great Maleficent -inspired eye look that doesn’t require greenifying your entire face! (The look is gorgeous, but to warn you – he does the video from the side and it can be a little hard to see some of the steps!)

So much wickedness…if you’ve already got your costume already picked out for this year, don’t fret – you can bookmark this page and come back for a look when the Maleficent movie comes out next year starring Angelina Jolie as the title temptress!  And before we move on, here is one more Maleficent look, inspired by the wall of thorns she erects to thwart the lovesick prince – what a sap!

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Besides my two favorite villains, Ursula and Maleficent, Disney has created a lot of great characters to inspire cosmetic masterpieces!  Tired of seeing leopard print?  Take a tip from Cruella DeVil and make dalmatian print this year’s go-to pattern.  Cruella is fabulously fashionable – just ask PETA!

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Alice met a whole host of oddball characters in Wonderland, but one of the most striking was the Cheshire Cat whose wicked grin would appear before he did and linger after he was gone.  This character is just begging to be recreated in a fabulous makeup look – why not indulge in a little Wonderland mayhem?

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And speaking of Alice in Wonderland, we can’t forget about the Queen of Hearts.  Whether you go traditional Disney, Tim Burton’s bizarre re-imagining, or something more avant garde, there are a ton of possibilities to make this look sexy, creepy, or a little bit of both!

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The Wicked Queen from Snow White is a simple look to recreate and definitely a glamour choice.  But maybe you’re feeling artistic, or want something that will be a true challenge to recreate with makeup?  Why not follow the queen’s lead and opt for a truly stunning transformation?  Before you craft your own poison apple, work on creating this kooky look of the queen transformed into an old beggar woman:

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00 Disney Witch EyeWhat is it about the villains that attracts us so?  Maybe it’s because they get to do all of the naughty stuff we only dream of doing.  They doo what they want, say what they want, and never apologize for going after everything their shriveled little hearts desire!  That’s a kind of power we don’t get to experience very often – and probably for very good reason.  As Lord Acton so eloquently put it, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  But most of us live our lives just trying to get along.  That nosy neighbor?  The coworker who annoys us?  That drunk person at the bar with the wandering hands?  That philandering ex?  The bitch who took the job we wanted?  In our minds, we’ve all had secret fantasies of getting vengeance on those who we perceive as having wronged us.  There are times when we wish we could just be powerful, make everything happen the way we want it to.  But we also know that, in most stories, things don’t usually end well for those glamorous villains.  So we watch, and we enjoy, and we fantasize, while staying safely tucked away on the side of good.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t at least look a little evil from time to time.

Now Go Forth And Get Painted!

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