Halloween Makeup Tutorial | Half skull half glam

Halloween isn’t that far away now, it’s always a really exciting time for makeup artists and makeup lovers. It’s a time where you can be really creative and wear makeup that you’d never wear on a normal day. This year I wanted to put my skills to the test to come up with a few different Halloween looks for you. I love creating exciting and different makeup looks.

I have started to add a few makeup tutorials on to my blog recently, being able to teach you guys a few different looks is something that I really enjoy doing. Here is my first Halloween makeup tutorial: Half Skull, Half Glam.

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I started with the glam side first; I created a dark Smokey eye that I would normally wear for a night out. I used a long lasting foundation (Rimmel Lasting finish 25 hour nude), my usual brow duo, Maybelline mastershape shape brow pencil in soft brown and Mac omega eye shadow.

For the eyes I used the Lorac Pro palette (Shades: White, Nude, Taupe, Espresso and Black) view my review here, my trusty Topshop gel liner in Ink, a pair of Ardell eye lashes (Demi wispies) and loads of mascara.

To finish the skin off I used Mac prep and prime highlighter in light boost under the eyes, Makeup forever full coverage concealer (Shade 4) for any blemishes and redness. I used the banana shade from the Kat Von D shade and light palette to set my under eye area.

For my contour I used the Kat Von D Shade and light palette again, mixing all the contour shades together to create my perfect shade for my complexion. To highlight I used Becca Jaclyn Hill Champagne pop highlighter, which I’m obsessed with at the moment.

On my lips I used my Barry M lipstick palette that I made (Find out how I did that here) I used the shade 156 black cherry.IMG_2496

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Moving onto the Skull side; I started by mixing a bit of Illamasqua skin base in the shade 1 to my normal foundation, I did this because I wanted the skull side to be a few shades lighter than my natural shade.

After the base has been applied, I took a black kohl pencil and drew out the outlines. Around the eye, nose, cheekbone, jaw line and temple. These don’t have to be neat or perfect because we’re going to fill them in with black eyeliner and shadow later.

Once the outline has been drawn on, I then used the same black gel liner to fill in the gaps. Around the eye, the nose, jaw line and temple. I also used the gel liner to go over the outline of the mouth and to add dimension to the cheek bone area.

One all the black areas have been filled in, I then took a matte black eyeshadow (I used the one from the lorac pro palette), I used this to smoke out the edges and blend it into the foundation. I also used this to set the gel liner in a few places (eyelids and nose) so that it will last all night.

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Once you are happy with the shapes and blending of the edges, I used the kohl pencil again to draw in the teeth. I did vertical lines going down from the centre of the lips to the edge of the cheek bone section. I then added little ‘v’s at the top and bottom of the lines to make it look realistic.

To add extra dimension to the face I took a small amount of the Illamasqua skin base on it’s own and added it to highlight the face. I also took this down the neck in a line and across to create a bone-like effect. I used the black shadow for the neck also.

Lastly I applied lots of mascara and the Ardell demi wispies to the lashes. I also used my Cinderella Mac pigment in Evil Stepmother on the black areas. This added sparkle and a tint of purple which was such a nice touch.  IMG_2502

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If you recreate this look for halloween please tweet (@whatlucylovesxo) or Instagram (@whatlucyloves) me a photograph, I would love to see your versions.

What do you think to this look? Will you recreate it?


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