If clever Halloween costumes are way too much work for your lazy self, stick with a classic instead, like a vampire. The best thing about choosing a classic costume is that you can turn it up or tone it down as much as you want, and people will still know exactly what you are. All you need for this simple interpretation is your makeup bag — and some fangs, obviously — and you’re ready to get started.
1. Contour. I’m no vampire expert, but I do know vampires look a little gaunt if they go too long without a feeding. Heavily contour under your cheekbones, along the sides of your nose, and around your forehead to really make your features stand out.
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2. Powder and highlight. Most vampires can’t be out in the sunlight, so they’re understandably a little pale. To achieve that look, dust a generous amount of white or light powder on the high points of your face (under your eyes, on top of your cheekbones, and on the middle of your forehead and chin). If you’re going the sexy vampire route, use a shimmery white powder to highlight those areas, too.
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3. Contour your eyes. To make your eyes appear more sunken in, blend a matte taupe eye shadow shade into the crease of your eyes and underneath the lower lashes.
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4. Add red shadow. Since vampires are commonly associated with the color red (maybe it’s the blood?), pat a bright cranberry shade on your entire eyelid, stopping right before the crease.
5. Line your bottom lashes with red shadow. Nothing says “vampire” more than a red smoky eye. Use a liner brush to continue the red shadow underneath your bottom lashes and smoke it out.
6. Blend black eye shadow onto the outer V of each eye. Use the same blending brush as before to add definition to your smoky eye.
7. Add false lashes. No costume is complete without them.
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8. Line the outer corners of your lips with black liner. This is the first step for making a black-to-red ombre lip. Fill in the corners, and use a sponge tip or your finger to fade it out as it get closer to the middle of your lips.
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9. Apply a deep red lipstick to the center of your lips. Start in the middle, and use the applicator or your finger to blend it into the black corners of your lips to complete the ombre effect.
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10. Add fake blood. If you don’t have actual costume makeup, use a shiny red lip gloss and drip it down your mouth to tie the look together.
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