BOO! Did I scare you? I bet I did. No? Oh well…..so how are you all? Can you believe it is that time of year already? I do love Halloween – the one day in the year where your nail varnish is allowed to be chipped and your make up isn’t meant to look perfect – although if you’re anything like me it often takes longer to put on than any normal day!
So whilst I am sitting here secretly munching on the Haribo sweets that have been bought for the forthcoming trick or treaters (shhhhh don’t tell anyone – just hope that we don’t have many kids coming-a-knockin’) I thought I would share with you my make-up tips on how to create one of the timeless Halloween classics – The Vampire.
Vampires, skulls and all things scary are huge at the moment in the fashion world thanks to films such as ‘Twilight’ and ‘New moon’ so it’s the perfect outfit for Halloween this year and even better you can probably create it without needing to buy anything new! Could there be anything more frightening than bumping into a vampire on this particular night? Obviously you’re now going to tell me that you won’t be out roaming the streets with the kids as it’s not a done thing for a cool adult to do (such as yourself) but I know that you’ll be eyeing up that sweet pot in the next few days before those little fingers have even had time to say Trick or Treat!
Here is my 3 step plan to create the perfect Halloween Vampire Make Up.
Step 1: Prep the face
An extremely pale face is a must here. You must look as if you have never stepped out into the sunlight. Ideally you will have some white face paint lying around from last year that you can soften a little bit with a heat and will be good to use again – you know the kind that you get from Fancy Dress Shops or places like Ebay – for the one time that we want to look as pale as possible!
Before applying any type of face paint, may I suggest slathering your face with a foundation primer or moisturizer. This keeps makeup from appearing cakey, especially if you have dry skin – as there is little point in going to this effort if it is just going to flake off!
If you’re on a budget then try L’Oreal Dermo-Expertise Triple Active Day Moisturiser 50ml for only £5.45!
Or to treat yourself (as you jolly well should!) try Shiseido Pureness Moisturising Gel-Cream at a slightly pricier £23.50 for 40ml.
Apply a puff of powder over entire face to keep it in place – preferably white to keep the effect!
Step 2: Apply the eye makeup
You can choose a dark grey, brown or black or have fun with aubergine. Any dark eyeliner and eyeshadow will do you. Apply eyeliner on the inside of eye, on the top and bottom. Then take a dark eyeshadow and apply around the perimeter of the eye. Blend it well!
This little trio from Bourjois is simply amazing and unbelievably value for money – 3 pots of eyeshadow for less than a tenner? Don’t mind if I do!
(If you really want to go all out as a vampire, pop in fake contact lenses. You can order them online or get them in costume shops)
Step 3: Now have fun with the lips
Vampire lips aren’t supposed to be perfect. But they are supposed to be red. To get this look rub lipstick on your finger and press into lips. The “stain” will look authentic. Don’t forget to put in your fangs and you’re ready to go!
There are loads of fabulous lipsticks out there at the moment but for this look my favourite one would have to be Jemma Kidd Cosmetics Lipstick Duo – Use the balm to prep and prime lips then add colour for a sheer, moisturising finish or use the lipstick alone for an intense shock of colour.
And there you are! Will take, ooooh a whole 5 minutes I reckon and you will be a seductive, scary (sexy?) vampire ready to go (with the kids of course) trick or treating.
I’m off for a lie down after all those Haribo! Suppose I should hide the wrappers too!
Enjoy your evening, wrap up warm and be safe!
Lots of love and belly rubs