Thursday, October 30, 2014

From Sharp to Spooky: Last-Minute Vampire Halloween Makeup


Feeling a bit uninspired this Halloween? Or maybe you're not super into dressing up, but you're going to a party and don't want to be a total spoil-sport. Well, this is probably the easiest possible way to look a bit spooky with spending loads of time and/or money on a costume.

The morning of...
build up as dramatic a smokey eye as you're willing to wear to work. My office is relatively relaxed so I have no qualms about wearing a heap of taupe and black product; even if you work in a more conservative workplace, do you really think they'd bat an eye at dramatic makeup on Halloween? If so, apply a bunch of mascara in the morning and pack a grey or taupe cream shadow in your purse that you can smear on after work.

Keep blush and highlighter to a minimum; you're going to want to look like the undead in a few hours.

What to wear...
This makeup will look great with a film noir-esque office look. Try pumps, a black pencil skirt and a dark fitted blazer.

In your purse, make sure you have...
blotting papers if you have oily skin; concealer for touch-ups; the eyeliner you used on your smokey eye to build more intensity if desired; a dark red or berry lipstick; and red lip gloss. If you don't have one or some of these items, you can get the drugstore version of all of them and they'll work fine! See my complete list below for drugstore substitutions for the high-end items.

Bonus if... 
you can pack a powder that's a tad lighter than your skin; this will emphasize the spooky look later on. A retractable lip brush always helps with dramatic lipstick application. Also, you can pack some dry shampoo to vamp up the volume.

After work...
blot of excess oil and touch up any blemishes or redness that's emerged throughout the day with your concealer. If you just had to apply blush in the morning, you may want to tone that down with the concealer as well. Apply your dark lipstick, erring on the side of overdrawing them for maximum drama.

Here's how I created my trails of blood: I took drops of water onto my fingertip and placed them on the outer corners of my mouth to create a guide for how a liquid would trail from my lips to chin. Then I took the tip of my dark lipstick and followed the water tracks lightly; don't feel the urge to draw perfect lines or fill them in. This should look a bit messy. Lastly, use a well-pigmented red gloss and glop it on top of your dark lines to create the look of fresh blood!

And if you have time...
you can stop at the drugstore or a costume shop like Ricky's and get some vampire teeth! I've tried both the full sets of teeth and the pairs of fangs, and I hate them both. The full sets are always huge and ridiculous and the glue that comes with the pair doesn't work. Once you get to a Halloween party, no one's going to care. But if you do want to commit, you can find these everywhere the day of Halloween.

Products used:
Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in Ivory 110
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly
MAC Casual Colour in For Your Amusement
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion (drugstore subsitution: L'Oréal's Infallible Eyeliner)
Makeup Geek Eye Shadow in Mocha (drugstore subsitution: Maybelline's Color Tattoo in Tough As Taupe. Different color, but will create a similar and faster effect when smudged over liner)
Body Shop Eye Shadow in Chocolate Linger
Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Shame (drugstore subsitution: Revlon Black Cherry)
Revlon Lipgloss in Fire



Happy Halloween everyone!



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