Makeup a Murder is an indie beauty brand created by self-taught makeup artist Theresa Spencer. Between the brand and Spencer, over 45,000 Instagram followers are already familiar with Makeup a Murder’s grim take on cosmetics, which includes references to poison, gore, and crime scenes. Upon visiting the brand’s site, you’re greeted with a group shot of some of the products overlayed with the words “slay faces with crime scene investigation makeup” in all caps.
Crime, both true and fictional, has long been an entertainment obsession. Thanks to movies, TV shows, books, and podcasts, even those of us who aren’t particularly ghoulish in everyday life will temporarily escape into tales of homicide from a safe distance. I’m no sadist, but I’ve seen every episode of every Law & Order series umpteen times. Scream? I’ve watched all the sequels at least twice. Even so, I never thought our collective morbid curiosity would ever carry over into cosmetics, but that’s exactly what’s happening with Makeup a Murder.
It’s a relatively small but definitely distinct makeup collection with some pretty unusual product names. There’s colour-shifting eye shadow in shades like Ricin and Radioactive Waste (which are packaged in test tubes), Evidence Marker Lashes, Luxury Blood Chunky Glitter (also available in a shade called Laser Gun), Finger Print Setting Powder, the Bloody Blender Sponge (which is not actually bloody, just red), and the Criminology Forensic Brush Kit.