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How to: Scary Halloween Makeup

Scary Halloween Makeup

Ah, the annual Halloween dilemma. You want to go to your bff’s party looking frighteningly fabulous but you don’t want to cross that very, fine line and end up giving her little bro nightmares (ahem, Mean Girls). We have struck the perfect balance with this ghastly ghost look. Cue scary Halloween makeup with just the right amount of spooky…  

Scary ghost makeup

What will I need to create this scary ghost makeup look?

Step 1: Dab on white foundation over & around eyes

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Coat a makeup sponge with white foundation (or white face paint) and gently dab over both eyes.

Build up the coverage bit-by-bit until the white is a block colour, with no streaks or gaps. Set with a powder for a matte finish.

Step 2: Draw around the eyes with black kohl eyeliner

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Next, we’re going full-on goth mode by lining the eyes with black kohl eyeliner. Apply under the lower lash line and along the upper lash line until you have a thick, defined line. Once your liner is looking fierce, go over with black eyeshadow across both lids, overlapping the crease.

Top tip: Don’t worry about excess powder falling underneath the eyes/cheek area. Once your eye makeup is all in place use a makeup wipe to clean up under the eyes.  

Step 3: Coat lashes in mascara & apply falsies

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Dig out your trusty mascara and coat your top and bottom lashes. Apply in a zigzag movement, from root to tip, to get the most lash-lengthening effect from your wand.

Next, coat false lashes with glue and focusing on one eye at a time, position and secure in place. You can use tweezers to help guide the lash, for added ease!

Step 4: Cover face & neck in white foundation

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With your eyes looking oh-so smokey, next is time to whiten up the rest of the face for this ghost look.

Take the same white foundation (or face paint) and dab all over the face and neck using a sponge. Keep going until the colour is an even, blocky shade. Set with powder, to keep it in place and shine-free all night.

Step 5: Contour using black eyeshadow

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As there’s no such thing as subtle when it comes to this look, we’re going to be contouring using black eyeshadow.

Use a fan brush for easy application and create a diagonal line from the top of the ear down to the cheekbone. Then move to the jaw line and apply the black eyeshadow all along, shading down towards the neck.    

Step 6: Fill brows with black eyeliner

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Continue the monochrome theme by filling in your brows with black gel eyeliner.

Go for a blocky finish for added drama (no ombré allowed!)

Step 7: Apply black gel eyeliner to lips

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Using the same black gel eyeliner (or a black kohl pencil) line lips and fill. As the colour is so dark, take your time at this point and apply in short strokes to avoid smudges.

Step 8: Backcomb hair & apply white hairspray

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The bigger the hair the better, so take a backcomb brush and go crazy! Next, use a white hairspray to create a seamless blend from the edge of your white foundation to your hairline and beyond. Spray as much or as little as you like and then weave spiders in your hair for a frightening finish.  


Scary vampire Halloween makeup

Want a look that’s both glamorous and gothic? Give into your dark side with a vampire costume and take your beauty game to the next level with this striking look.

What will I need to create this scary vampire look?

  • Concealer
  • Highlighter
  • Brow pencil/pomade
  • Angled brow brush
  • Nude powder eyeshadow
  • Foundation (a few shades lighter than normal skin tone)
  • Bronzer
  • Eyeshadow palette
  • Eyeliner in a bright colour (we’ve gone for pink)
  • Red matte lipstick
  • Red lip liner
  • Red/clear lip gloss
  • Vampire fangs

Step 1: Conceal around the brows

Model adding concealer around brows

Coat an angled brow brush in concealer and outline your brows, drawing lines above and below the brows. Next, apply a nude powder eyeshadow across the entire eyelid blending up towards the brow arch.

Go over your brow outline under the arches using a highlighter – this touch will make you look Fierce with a capital F in your Halloween selfies. 

Step 2: Overdo it on your brows

Model applying brow pomade

Go bold on the brows and fill in gaps with a dark eyebrow pomade or powder. Don’t hold back on this part, you want to go heavy on the brows but avoid a blocky finish by applying in short lines. We’ve created a feathered effect by deliberately brushing and enhancing a few strands outside the lines. 

Step 3: Create a smokey eye 

Model creating a smokey eye with eyeshadow

Using a fluffy eyeshadow brush apply a light grey eyeshadow across the lids. Next, take a dark grey eyeshadow and define the eyelid creases. We’ve used the edge of a circle cotton pad to create perfect semi-circles.  Create a smokey effect by adding the darker grey eyeshadow to the inner corners of the eyes.

Step 4: Add definition

Model applying eyeliner

Next, add contrast by using a colour-pop eyeliner under the eyes. Choose a shade that creates a strong contrast with your eye colour. 

Add more definition by applying black eyeliner along the upper lash line, starting in the inner corners and ending in a feline flick. Lengthen lashes with coats of mascara and add lash inserts/false lashes for a more dramatic touch.

Step 5: Apply light foundation & contour

Model applying white powder

Evenly apply foundation all over the face. But, instead of using your perfect shade of foundation go for one that’s a few shades lighter than your natural skin tone. This will give you paler finish which will work wonders for this vampire look. Set the foundation using a translucent powder.

Lightly contour the face (focus on areas like the hollows of the cheeks and jawline) to create a chiselled effect. If you want a spooky touch, try swapping your usual bronzer/contour for a grey matte eyeshadow. Yes, really!

Step 6: Go for red lips & fangs

Model adding vampire fangs to teeth to create a vampire Halloween look

For the ultimate finishing touch, apply red matte lipstick. Intensify your pout by adding a gloss too and tidying up with a lip liner.

Next, add your costume vampire fangs to embrace your new Halloween character – the stunning vampiress is born!

Beetlejuice-inspired Halloween look 

Inspired by the iconic eighties movie, this look is so striking it will allow you to haunt the living at your Halloween party. Disclaimer: this look may have your fellow party go-ers shouting ‘Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice’ at you night long!

Want a look that’s both glamorous and gothic? Give into your dark side with a vampire costume and take your beauty game to the next level with this striking look.

What will I need to create this scary Halloween look?

  • Black eyeshadow
  • Purple eyeshadow
  • Eyeshadow brush
  • White powder
  • Powder puff/blending sponge
  • Black eyebrow pomade

Step 1: Go heavy on the eyes

MUA applying dark eyeshadow to model

This isn’t a subtle look, so it doesn’t have a subtle start. Reach straight for your darkest shade of eyeshadow and apply to the eyelids. Now switch to a purple eyeshadow and sweep across the eyelid creases. You can blend the two together but remember the harsher the contrast the better.

Take the same colours under the eye, starting with the black eyeshadow under the lower lash line and blending out to the vibrant purple.

Step 2: Blot on white powder

MUA applying white powder to model's face

Take a white powder or foundation and gently blot it across your entire face. Build up the coverage bit by bit by using a blending sponge or powder puff.  Take extra care to not overlap the white with your bold eyes, but if you accidentally colour outside the lines then touch up the eyes before you move onto the next step.

Step 3: Darken your brows

MUA adding black pomade to model's brows

Use a dark eyebrow pomade or black eyeliner to define your brows. Don’t be afraid to go heavy on the brows – it’s Halloween after all!

Step 4: Add touches of green & purple

MUA adding green face paint to model's face to create a Beetlejuice makeup look

To make this as close to the iconic movie look as possible, take a green eyeshadow or face paint and gently blot across your typical contour areas – think hollows of your cheeks and forehead. Be messy with it and smudge it across the corner of your mouth. Follow this down your neck too.

Next, take the same purple eyeshadow you used around the eyes and draw along the sides of your nose.

Step 5: Finishing touches

MUA adding purple face paint to model's face to create a Beetlejuice makeup look

The devil is in the detail – quite literally. Start by building up the colour on your purple and green blotches so that they really pop. Add a white/silver eyeshadow to the inner corners of the eyes and add volume to your lashes with mascara (followed by falsies if you want to stand out even more!).

Step 6: Get wiggy with it

MUA adding a green wig to model to create a Beetlejuice makeup look

You can create the signature Beetlejuice hair by using a wash in/wash out spray colour. But, for added ease we’ve gone for a green wig that packs a punch.  

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