Monday, October 29, 2012

Vampire Makeup Tutorial

Vampires are one of the most popular Halloween costumes in America, along with werewolf, witch, and pumpkin. The costume is pretty simple (all black!) but sometimes the makeup is a little harder to nail down. Too many options! Smoky eyes, red lips, super pale all over, or a combination of the three? Here's the basic version of vampire makeup that can be adjusted to fit any look.

Start With Flawless Skin:

Begin your look with the perfect foundation and concealer combination. Make sure the color matches perfectly; you can make yourself pale later. Skip concealer under your eyes, and apply a matte powder all over.

The Eyes:

Personally, I think the eyes are the easiest part of a vampire look, because it only requires two colors: deep black and shimmery beige. Start by using a fluffy brush to apply black all over the lid and up into the crease. Next, use your finger to swipe your shimmery beige downward from the brown into the crease. Blend your two colors in the crease so that you have a shimmery greyish color there.

Then, using an angled brush and your black shadow, give yourself winged liner, keeping the wing nice and short. Finish off the eyes with two or three coats of black mascara. If there's any fallout under your eyes, blend it in so that you have deep, dark circles there.

Lastly, Lips:

For your lips, I find that a nice matte, medium shade works well with the eyes.

The Finishing Touch:

Now, your whole face is done, aside from one tiny detail - vampire skin. There's actually a super easy way to do this. Mix about 2 teaspoons of baby powder with a drop of moisturizer and brush it down your cheekbones, nose and forehead.

One more thing: you don't have to wear those awful plastic fangs. Yes, they make it easier to identify your costume, but it's a lot harder to chew candy if the plastic is all over your teeth. Think about it this way - the Cullens in Twilight didn't have fangs. ;-)


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