Fact: I’ve been counting down the days to Halloween since November 1st of last damn year. I’m obsessed with planning my costumes months (like, many months) in advance and coming up with cool makeup looks to match. But I realize not everyone wants to be as extra as I am for the holiday…and that’s where this easy vampire Halloween makeup tutorial comes in. It’s super cute, so simple to do, and the best part? You can create it with basic products that are already in your makeup bag. Keep reading to get all the tips and tricks on how to bring this look to ~life~.


Kathleen Kamphausen

Step 1: Contour All Over

Sweep a contour cream or powder along the sides of your nose, under your cheekbones, and around your forehead to make your features really stand out. It’s key for making you look gaunt and vampire-y.

Step 2: Dust On Powder

Vampires can’t be out in the sunlight or else they’ll start to burn (or sparkle, according to Twilight). To give yourself that super-pale/haven’t-been-outside-in-years look, grab some face powder that’s a few shades lighter than your skin and dust it on the high points of your face (under your eyes, on top of your cheekbones, and on the middle of your forehead and chin).

Step 3: Shade Your Eyes

Blend a matte taupe eyeshadow into the crease of your eyes and under your lower lashes—this will make your eyes look more sunken in.

Step 4: Tap On Red Eyeshadow

Level up your scary dead factor with some red eyeshadow. Simply tap it on right between your lash line and crease using a compact shadow brush.

Step 5: Line Your Bottom Lashes

Use your shadow brush and smudge the same red eyeshadow underneath your bottom lashes. Then, smoke it out with a blending brush.

Step 6: Add Black Eyeshadow

Line the outer half of your lash line with black eyeshadow. Bring the line up to your crease—this will create a sideways V shape that’ll make your eyes look bigger.

Step 7: Pop On False Lashes

Another trick to make your eyes look bigger? Over-the-top fake eyelashes. Grab some falsies (strip lashes will give you the most dramatic look) to help complete your vampire-y vibe.

Step 8: Put On Black Lip Liner

Time to create your black-to-red ombré lip. Start by filling in the corners of your mouth with a black lip liner, and then use your fingers (or a sponge) to blend it out toward the middle of your lips.

Step 9: Swipe On Red Lipstick

Finish your ombré lip by painting red lipstick in the middle of your top and bottom lips, then fading it into the corners of your lips with your fingers.

Step 10: Add A Drip of Fake Blood

Most people don’t have actual costume makeup lying around, so drip a bit of super-shiny red lip gloss around your mouth for a bloody (good) look.

And now you’re done! Grab some fangs and snap a selfie for Instagram.

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