The vampire is a classic Halloween costume that’s popular year after year. It manages to combine a fear factor with elegance, which is a difficult combination to pull off without the right vampire makeup. The look is deceptively simple but getting your vampire makeup right means capturing both the menace and the glamour of this immortal character.
Vampire Base Makeup
The basis of good vampire makeup is the base makeup. You can either go with an actual base makeup that is several shades lighter than your skin tone or a pure white or pale gray look. You can also opt for a vampire makeup kit that includes all the makeup you’ll need for the complete vampire look. Apply the base using a damp makeup sponge, carefully blending for a smooth, even look. You want to have a pallor, but not necessarily be a stark white.
Any self-respecting vampire makeup look includes sunken cheeks, so some contouring is needed. Use either a dark gray or a very dark blusher applied and blended beneath the cheekbones to give a sunken appearance. This works for men and women, but apply with a light hand for the best effect. You can also brush a bit of contouring along the sides of your nose to give it a sharper, aquiline look.
Emphasize the Eyes
Your eyes should also look sunken and hollowed-out, but you can kick the drama up a notch by putting more emphasis on them. Start with a black liner pencil all around the eyes, then create a smoky eye look by applying black or dark gray eye shadow on the lids and blend up toward the eyebrows. Apply a narrower band of eye shadow directly below the eyes and blend around and up to meet the shadow on the lids. Women should also apply two or three coats of black mascara or choose some dramatic false eyelashes to add a finishing touch to your vampire makeup for a seductive flutter.
A vampire’s lips are often his or her most seductive facial feature, so play them up. They should stand out from the otherwise “black and white” look of the rest of the face. Choose either a rich, deep burgundy or a blood red lipstick and apply generously. For added sharpness, you can first outline the lips with a lip pencil in a similar shade. Two or three coats should be applied so the look will last through any tasty treats or mysterious potions you indulge in.
Set Your Vampire Makeup
After you’ve finished your vampire makeup application, use a fluffy makeup brush to dust a coating of light face powder over your face. You can use a very light, loose powder that’s several shades lighter than your skin tone or a bit of white baby powder to keep that vampire pallor.
A Bit of Blood
To complete the look of your Halloween vampire makeup, use a bit of fake vampire blood to apply a few beads of blood to the corners of your mouth for that “I just bit someone,” look. Don’t overdo this – a few drops on the edge of the lips and perhaps a thin drizzle down the chin is all you need.
Finally, be sure to frame your face with jet black hair to set off your vampire makeup. At Halloween Empire, we have bold vampire wigs with and without streaks of white for added drama. The finishing touch should be slipping on a set of impressive vampire fangs. The combination of your smoky vampire makeup and your Halloween Empire vampire costume will make you devastatingly attractive and deadly.