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…  

What Will I Need to Create this Scary Halloween Makeup Look?

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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.