Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween Vamp

Vampires are a traditional, popular look for Halloween especially this year thanks to "Twilight" and "New Moon." Could there be anything more frightening than bumping into a vampire on this particular night? Here we show you three steps to do vampire makeup for Halloween.

Step 1: Prep the face

An extremely pale face is a must here. You must look as if you have never stepped out into the sunlight. I suggest using foundation from a costume shop meant for other deathly costumes. Before applying any type of face paint, I suggest slathering your face with a foundation primer or moisturizer. This keeps makeup from appearing cakey, especially if you have dry skin.
Apply a puff of powder over entire face to keep it in place. You can use white baby powder here to keep the white effect.

Step 2: Apply the eye makeup

For the perfect vampire makeup, you want a smokey eye. The trick here is to use eyeshadow for the smokey bits, over an eyeliner. You can choose a dark gray, brown or black or have fun with aubergine. Any dark eyeliner and eyeshadow will do you. Apply eyeliner on the inside of eye, on the top and bottom. Then take a dark eyeshadow and apply around the perimeter of the eye. Blend well.
If you really want to go all out as a vampire, pop in fake contact lenses. You can order them online or get them in costume shops.

Step 3: Now have fun with the lips

Vampire lips aren't supposed to be perfect. But they are supposed to be red. To get this look rub lipstick on your finger and press into lips. The "stain" will look authentic. Don't forget to put in your fangs and you're ready to go.

Christina Martin attends a Halloween party to celebrate the Lionsgate Premiere of 'Saw III' on October 31, 2006
Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images

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