Originally Posted: October 5th, 2015
I’ve sadly got no Halloween plans this year, because Fastnacht is really the big costume holiday in Germany. And working full-time is sticking sucking away all of my energy. But, in celebration of the upcoming holidays, I’m reposting my Halloween makeup tutorials!
I get really excited when Halloween is coming up because I love playing with costumes, especially costume makeup. I minored in Theatre for my Bachelor degree and one of my favorite classes was the stage makeup class. I feel that my crazy makeup creativity is waning a bit, but I think I will try to get it going again with my take on a Halloween staple – the vampire.
I didn’t use any specialty makeup for this, so if you’re looking for something that you don’t have to buy anything for, this may work well for you. I didn’t have any plastic fangs on hand, but if I choose to do this as a full Halloween costume, I will go out and buy some cheap ones.
But now on to how I did it.
I like to do my eyeshadow first in case it gets messy, which can happen quite easily with dark or shimmery colors. For my eyeshadow here, I started with a primer all over the lid area. I used the e.l.f. Essential Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer in Sheer. Then I started adding color by patting my Maybelline Color Tattoo in 70 Metallic Pomegranate all over the lid (found a use for it!). I brought it up into the crease a bit, making sure to blend it out before it set. Once it sets, it’s not moving, which is great if you’re going out. I then took a black shadow into the crease and the outer corner. I used Blackheart from the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, because that’s actually the only black shadow I own. Black shadow looks great on vampires, but not so much on your everyday pale girl.
For eyeliner, I did a very dramatic wing with the Kiko Lasting Gel Eyeliner. It’s super black and does not move easily. I’m actually really terrible at getting my wings even, but with q-tips, makeup remover, and patience, I got it done. I rimmed the waterline and lower lash line with the essence long lasting eye pencil in 01 Black Fever. If you wear contacts, you’ll want to be cautious with this eyeliner, as it can stick to your lenses. I then took an angled eyeliner brush and applied some of the Maybelline Color Tattoo underneath the lower lash line to make it a bit more smoky and bring in a little color. I topped off my lashes with Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket Waterproof Mascara in Very Black which has been working very well for me.
Moving on to the rest of the face, you want to grab your palest foundation (which for me is the one I use every day). I put on a bit more than I normally would to get rid of much of the color I have in my face. Conceal any blemishes as needed.
I took my highlighting and contouring “routine” into overdrive to get a more dramatic look. The order you go in may very depending on your personal preference and the products you use. I used a liquid highlight and a powder contour, so I did the highlight first, powdered my face, and then went in with the contouring powder.
For the highlight, I used the e.l.f. Studio HD Lifting Concealer in Brightening. I went quite high on my cheekbones and along my jaw to attempt to get a more angular look. I need to replace this concealer, but I haven’t been able to find any this pale. If anyone knows of any super brightening liquid concealers available in Germany, I’d love recommendations!
After I blended in my concealer, I then put a heavy layer of the essence all about matt! fixing compact powder all over my face. It’s meant to be colorless, but if you pack it on, it gives a bit of a white cast to the skin, which we actually want here! Vampires are not known for their glowing complexion.
Usually when I contour, I try to keep it subtle, but not today! I like using the essence I love nude eyeshadow in 05 my favorite tauping – yes it is an eyeshadow, but it’s matte and a nice cool brown shade that works really well for me. I concentrated particularly under my cheekbones and under my jaw and a little at my temples and the side of my nose, again trying to create a more angular look than I have naturally. People tend to identify vampires with really angular, skull-like faces, so that’s the look I was going for. I didn’t use any blush or shimmering highlight because I decided matte skin conveyed that undead look much better. This isn’t a Twilight movie; real vampires don’t sparkle.
Eyebrows came after the face. I have no reason for this, it’s just how I like to do it.
For the eyebrows, I initially was just going for a sharper arch than I normally do, using the essence designer pencil in 02 Brown (not pictured because I forgot it…). Then I overdid it a bit and ended up with the little flick on the arch, which I quite liked, so I added it to the other side as well.
Lips I saved for last, and I wanted to make them more clearly vampiric because I didn’t have any teeth. I went for a bloodstained effect around the mouth, but if you want something more glam and less messy, you can replace it with something more “vampy” like a solid dark lip or and ombre look (as demonstrated in this post).
I used two lipsticks to get this effect. First I dabbed all over my lips and outside the lipline with my Manhattan X-treme Last & Shine in 54V and then blotted further with a tissue. This isn’t sold anymore, unfortunately. However, any brick red with orange undertones will give you a “realistic” bloodstained look.
Then I applied a darker shade, the Misslyn Lipstick in 119 Love Temper, all over the lips, but within the lipline. Then I used my tissue to blot just around the outside of the lips so that the lipstick blended more evenly into the other color. I did this a few times and added a few more dabs of the Manhattan lipstick to get the desired look and then added an extra layer of Love Temper right in the center of the lips.
And that finished off the look! Add some black clothing and fangs and you’re ready to go!