Happy Halloween From The Geisha – What Were You This Year?


When I was young(er), Halloween was an event I could only fantasize about. I read about it in storybooks and would imagine myself to be a part of all that dressing up in princess-y dresses and cute animal hoodies, walking down large pavements, getting cute little baskets filled with candies from going house to house chorusing ‘trick or treat!’, attending parties in huge houses decorated with cobwebs and skeletons, eating cupcakes with ‘R-I-P’ and eyeballs fruit punch…

Back in primary school, this magazine named YG (Young Generation) worked on a concept of having monsters and ghouls tell stories and inculcate moral values through games and quizzes, all year round. There was a cute vampire, a green fat monster a scrawny witch and some others.

That was the closest I got to Halloween.

In recent years the Halloween scene in Singapore has grown rapidly and more people are welcoming the idea of dressing up and attending events and parties to scare the sh*t out of themselves, myself included.

The trick-or-treat culture doesn’t go quite well in our culture though since 80% of the Singapore population reside in high-rise apartments.

I was a zombie last year (2010), with a bloody scratch across my face, severe eyebags and blackened mouth. You know, typical of the undead. But the makeup wasn’t all that stunning, I used poster colors which faded to a matte and full finish, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Slate for the lips, and black+brown eyeshadow for the eyes. My friend screamed when she saw me and I made some kids cry, but I thought it wasn’t all that impressive.

This year I went as a geisha, and I must say I am very pleased with how my makeup turned out. I had strangers come up to me and praise my makeup; some people thought I was wearing a mask, others thought I just pasted some rubber thing on my face and were shocked when I told them it’s pure makeup.

I made full use of the weekend to bask in the celebrations of Halloween, the one day of the year where people can be anything they want, be silly and merry and laugh at themselves.

It was my initial intention to make this post a tutorial in addition to showing some pictures I took of my Halloween weekend, but after editing the pictures, I’ll have to do the makeup tutorial in the next post otherwise it will be information overload.

Halloween 2011 – Day 1

Location: Zouk Singapore, En Motion Dance Studio, 1-Altitude

Fellow nippon-jin!

Battle of special effects. Mask VS Really Awesome Makeup.

I love groups that dress up in one theme!

My pirate friend and I.

The queue outside Zouk that stretched about 200m beyond the entrance.

My Edward Scissorhands friend and I. Pretty cool, huh?

The guy-nun is actually a Buddhist and the Joker’s pasty white face made my ivory-white face look almost human.

A pastor holding back the geisha who is about to pounce on the pirate?

I’ll show in the upcoming tutorial how to get these effects:

Halloween 2011 – Day 2

Location: Sentosa

For day 2, I thought of using another set of costume I had in mind – Corpse Bride – but that wouldn’t be as comfortable to move in as compared to the kimono. Besides, I wanted to make full use of the kimono since I may never wear it again. So I amped up the makeup, made it scarier and more intense. And reminded myself NOT TO SMILE when taking pictures.

The mood at Sentosa was less joyous than the places I went to on the first day, simply because people paid good money to get scared. So there was a divide between the audience and the crew, who were obviously paid to scare.

Chinese opera ghost VS Japanese geisha

I don’t know what is this character. It seems like a fusion of Chinese (because of the opera makeup), Japanese (kimono), Vietnamese (straw hat).

Some bleeding Thai, lamp-holding ghost? I like his gross, decaying teeth.

I look very much like part of the crew right, don’t I?

That’s why countless strangers came up to take photos with me. Some asked politely, some just put their cameras into my face and clicked away. Lol.

I didn’t know what to do initially.

Do you want me to smile? Do you want me to scare you?

Then I got used to it and just remained a stoic face. Sometimes I forgot, and smiled a little. But a tiny smile with that makeup made it more creepy. So all’s well. Lol.

Then I was minding my own business, taking artistic/creepy shots helped by the red spotlights, when I got swarmed again by enthusiastic strangers.

It felt extremely gratifying to hear people coming up to me praising my makeup, the crew were impressed too.

Some people even argued among themselves whether or not I was a staff. I looked the part, but was carrying a bag and a camera. Lol.

One guy came up to me and asked “Could you do me a favor? Help me scare my friend. It’s his birthday. Just stand behind him and scare him”.

I was like “Er, okie”, but his friend walked away too fast so the guy said “Ahh, never mind, he’s gone. Thanks”

“I’m not a staff, you know”, I chuckled.

“OH! SORRY! You look very scary”, he laughed.

I had to apologize and turn down the increasing number of people who wanted take a picture with me because my own group of friends had gone ahead to the next trail.

I felt like a celebrity for a night. HAHAHA.

Min, who took all these cool photos for me, and also of me with strangers because she found it really amusing.

“Hey buddy, kinda under-dressed for the event, aren’t you?”


Sorry, I find this picture hilarious. The proportions are way off. And the fact that Fort Siloso was a fort built during the Japanese Occupation makes this shot a whole lot more ironic.

Green lighting is awesome.

And then I took the train home, in full costume and makeup, no less. Good thing my best friend was with me, otherwise I’d feel very awkward with all the staring.

Quite an experience, really.

I’ll show in the upcoming tutorial how I used makeup to create the looks for both days:

Alright! That’s how I celebrated Halloween this year!=D

How about you?

What did you go as? Where did you go? I’d love to hear your stories! =D

See you in the upcoming tutorial…

I’ll haunt you if you don’t come… 


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About Bun Bun

Hello! My name is Juli and Bun Bun is my alter-ego. I blog to share my love for makeup, how to apply it, and what works or what doesn’t work, all from an Asian perspective.

My first makeup product was a shimmery light blue lipstick which I proudly wore all over my eyelids and lips. It cost $2.50, felt like $250, and made me feel like a million bucks.

  • kai

    i showed my colleague your photos and she got goosebumps all over. she was really scared :) i think i would be too, if i don’t know you. hehe.

    • Bun Bun

      Hahaha! When we were about to enter one of the trails, they asked me to go first so that I can scare the ghosts instead. Also, if the ghosts scare them, and they turn around and see me, it’s gonna be double shock. LOL. But of course, you know me, I’m a scaredy cat. HAHAHA so I walked in the middle of our group. Heh heh.

  • a!kO

    OMG I am in love!!! I didn’t see the twist until I saw someone ate your face! 😛 That is pretty awesome 😀 and strangers coming up to you to take pics? That just show how good your skills are 😀 I love your kimono and costume. I don’t celebrate it here…well I bet there are parties in KL and stuff. I might have to wait till Halloween in the states 😛 next time. lol Can’t wait for the tutorial 😀


    • Bun Bun

      When are you going to the states? For holiday or forever?

      Yup! Tutorial coming up soon!

      I think if I didn’t know me, I’d be freaked out too. A geisha with half a bloodied face is seriously not a nice sight. :O

  • Vonvon

    Wow! This is so cool! What did you use to ‘whiten’ your face?

    For the first time, I dressed up as a devil for Halloween! Well, the link is in commentluv below. :)

    • Bun Bun

      Hey you red devil! Haha! What a cute princess you have too!

      I’ll mention the exact products used to create the geisha face in the next tutorial. Stay tuned! =)

  • Kristin

    Wow all the costumes look amazing especially yours! Great pics. I was a panda. I just stayed home and handed out candy.

    • Bun Bun

      Thanks! Bet mine was the cheapest too. Haha, you’ll see why in the tutorial.

      A panda? Really? That’s really cute! I’d imagine the kids feeling very happy receiving candy from a panda.

  • Kelly

    WOAH! That’s freaky! The second day one is really scary. No, the first one is scary. AHHH! Both scary.

    • Bun Bun

      HAHAHA! Glad it had that effect! I’m actually very timid, so looking scary makes me less scared of the things that will scare me. Do I make sense? LOL.

  • samuraistripper

    That is super impressive! Your make-up work is amazing, it’s like those crazy Hollywood special effects make-up. This inspired me to dress something like this next year. Sadly, I didn’t do anything special this year because I was just so busy working. Although, I quite understand the feeling of being a Halloween “Celebrity”. Lol, two years ago, I was Chun-Li from Street Fighter. And it was just so awesome being recognize as Chun-Li, that everyone wanted to take a picture of me. Here in Hawaii, there is a big shopping strip called “Waikiki”. Every year in Halloween, everybody show off their amazing costumes and everything else, and just walk around. It’s like a freak show. It’s awesome, one day you should definitely come to Hawaii during Halloween. It’s great.

    • Bun Bun

      Chun Li is cooooool!!! So you wore the costume and tied those famous hair buns? Did you show some moves too? ^_^

      Wow, Waikiki sounds like a runway for costumes! I can imagine how awesome it is to have everyone show up in something fancy or freaky. Sounds like a great idea to spend Halloween in Hawaii!

  • Shellz

    Your makeup skills are amazing. It’s one thing to beautify oneself with makeup, but it takes a much higher level of skill to create these gross effects. Well done! Looking forward to the tut.

  • Rena

    I don’t see the Geisha tutorital anywhere :( Can you send me a link, please?

  • annedreshfield

    Your makeup is INCREDIBLE! 

    • BunBunMakeupTips

       @annedreshfield Haha thank you! I had a lot of fun creating the looks for both days. I’m already thinking of what to be this Halloween. What was your best costume?

      • annedreshfield

         @BunBunMakeupTips I’m horrible at making Halloween costumes. 😮 One year it was so cold that my friends and I decided to just bundle up and wander around asking for candy. We tried convincing people that we were eskimos. It didn’t work, lol! 

        • BunBunMakeupTips

           @annedreshfield LOL!! How old were you? So people slammed their doors in your faces? =O

        • annedreshfield

           @BunBunMakeupTips I think I was a freshman in high school? So…15 probably? People got mad at us. 😉 

  • SiminLow

     @BunBunMakeupTips  hahaha Dan Xiao Gui!