Considering I like to plan out my costume many months in advanced, I'll be the first to admit that I'm definitely not the norm when it comes to my Halloween costume. That said, I've watched way too many friends put off their look to the very last minute, making our annual group shot anything but impressive (priorities!). So, this year, I did every procrastinator a solid by finding the easiest vampire Halloween makeup tutorial of all time. Not only is it super doable with makeup you already own, but it's also, like, shockingly cute. So, buckle in and prepare to master these 10 easy-to-follow steps—your Halloween-obsessed friend will thank you.
Vampire Makeup 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 getting that gaunt and vampire-y look.
Vampire Makeup 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).
Vampire Makeup Step 3: Shade Your Eyes
Blend a matte taupe eyeshadow into the creases of your eyes and under your lower lashes—this will make your eyes look more sunken in.
Vampire Makeup Step 4: Tap on Red Eyeshadow
Vampire Makeup Step 5: Line Your Bottom Lashes
Vampire Makeup 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.
Vampire Makeup Step 7: Pop on False Lashes
Vampire Makeup Step 8: Put on Black Lip Liner
Vampire Makeup 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.
Vampire Makeup 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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