So, whether you’re inspired with one of the aforementioned classics, or you’re more of a books/literature fan, it’s paramount that you try to both (re)create and celebrate the whole genre with some pretty and sexy vampire makeup.
But even if you’re not so much of a fan and you just like having some good old fun at the Halloween party, we’re going to give you some ideas on how to get the most memorable makeup appearance. So, without further ado, close your curtains/drapes/ window blinds, get rid of all your silverware, and sharpen up your fangs – because we’re about to nail these vampire makeup ideas like you’d nail your arch-nemesis’ coffin.
- The Basic Vampire Makeup Look
- Aim At Scary and Sexy Look No Matter What
- Vampire Makeup: Video Ideas
The Basic Vampire Makeup Look
We start off with the basic vampire makeup look that’s going to aim at both pretty/sexy and scary at the same time. When you’re trying to pull off a look like this, in some cases it’s best if you don’t overcomplicate things. With that being said, you can focus mainly on three colors: black, white, and red. Some of the prettiest and best-looking Halloween makeup designs are accomplished with only these three colors, so your much-coveted vampire look won’t or shouldn’t be any different.
Every vampire costume aims at being riveting and entertaining, so you have to make sure that your makeup says ’sleek’ and ’sophisticated’, along with ’pretty/sexy’ and ’scary’. A good way to accomplish this is by ensuring that your application is precise and neat. You want all the details of the makeup to accentuate the undead look since you’re not wearing a mask – which is an easy way out that you don’t want to take.
Wearing a vampire mask really isn’t all that necessary, as you can easily create that living dead appearance without many troubles. All you need to do is to be patient, practice and experiment a little bit, prior to actually going to the party.
And while we’re on the subject of colors, we’ve already indicated that your vampire makeup should consist only of three colors, if you want to stick to the basics. However, you can also smirch a few dabs of blue and purple, just in order to accentuate the undead look that you’re after.
Pay Attention to Your Lips/Mouth
You should be aware that lips are one of the most striking features of any vampire out there. This means that you simply have to try your best to accentuate the whole mouth area. Vampires use their mouth and teeth to do all the damage, and that’s why it’s paramount that you see that your lips/mouth look like you’re going to go into a full attack mode any second.
Wearing the right kind of fake blood or lipstick if you don’t have fake blood at your disposal is crucial. If the latter is the case, just make sure to remember that the deeper the red – the better. On top of this, it’s absolutely crucial that you always use a liner with red lips – it doesn’t matter if it’s just a regular day or a Halloween party that everyone’s going to attend and remember for the rest of their lives.
By making your lips look bloody red you’ll also be able to emphasize those fake fangs better. The contrast between bloody red lips and white teeth is something which adds to the drama – not to mention that it’s also a classic sexy makeup look, as well. This is just one of the reasons why vampire makeup often looks attractive and alluring, regardless of the intention.
So, while we’re on the subject of sexy, the idea is to make your mouth look like you’re going to bite human victims’ neck at any moment. The lips should look bloodstained, and you can even add a trickle of fake blood to the corner of your lip, to further distinguish your vampire features. Whether you’re a male or a female, all these tips are applicable to anyone who wants to look sexy and pretty wearing vampire makeup in 2020.
Make Sure Your Eyes are Truly the Windows to the Soul-less
You know how playing up both your lips and eyes at the same time is basically a huge red flag in most cases? Well, this is one of those rare moments and situations where you actually don’t have to worry about that kind of stuff. If you truly want to look like a vampire, you’ll have to act like one as well. And breaking some basic rules is practically a text-book behavior when it comes to these creatures.
When you think about recreating classic vampire eyes, you instinctively want to go with a lot of black liner for your lids and your brows, right? Right. We already told you that doing vampire makeup is fun and easy at the same time. The proper way to do this would be to line top and bottom lids with the black liner heavily. It doesn’t matter if you choose liquid or kohl, the result’s going to be great just the same.
The next thing you’d want to do is to contour the crease with a slightly lighter color like dark gray, for example (you can continue with the black shade if you prefer, just as well).
On top of these things, you can use some silver shadow on the lids (just make sure it’s not real silver) and add mascara – it’s completely up to you since this is the part where you can’t do much damage. Don’t forget that mascara is going to make you look extra attractive if you’re a female.
It’s Paramount That You Don’t Forget the Nose
A lot of people forget how crucial it is to pay an equal amount of attention to their nose when they’re applying makeup. It’s no different with vampire makeup, either. Whether you’re trying to make your nose look bigger or smaller, or you’re trying to cover nose bumps and other irregularities, you can use the power of makeup, which can be just as effective as rhinoplasty.
We don’t have enough time to go further into details about what is rhinoplasty at the moment, but the important thing to note is that you can definitely use makeup in order to create an illusion of a nose job operation.
But to get back to our vampire makeup ideas: trying to make your nose look smaller or bigger is in some situations essential for achieving that authentic vampire look. A huge part of making your nose look good consists in applying your foundation properly. You should be aware that if you put the foundation before you put your eye makeup, you’re jeopardizing the look of your nose and cheeks under your eyes. The black shadow is well-known for causing fall-out, and the powder then gets stuck on your nose, sometimes completely ruining the job that you’ve previously done.
If you go against the rules one more time and apply foundation after you’ve put your eye makeup on, your nose will look fantastic as well.
The Rest of Your Face Also Needs the Right Intervention
There’s simply no other way around: use the lightest foundation that you can find, both for your nose and the rest of your face. No vampire out there is running around like she or he has spent an entire summer soaking in the sun rays. That’s why you need to make sure that your foundation instantly gives out the centuries and millennia spent out in the dark.
Apart from using the lightest foundation that you can find in order to create that much sought-after vitamin D-deprived look, you also must skip the blush. The proper way to make your features really stand out is by sweeping a contour cream or powder along the sides of your nose, around your forehead, and under your cheekbones. It should be clear by now that your natural skin tone probably won’t do it when it comes to creating that gaunt, cadaverous look.
If you want to make your face look more sunken in, we recommend you to blend a matte eyeshadow under your lower lashes and into the corners of your eyes.
Draw Your Lace Collar
When you’re done with the basics, as well as your lips/mouth, eyes, nose, and the rest of the face, now it’s time to apply makeup to your neck and move onto designing and drawing your lace collar.
This is especially advisable to those female readers that want to rock the ’Victorian vampire’ look that’s getting more and more popular in 2020. Now, you might be thinking, why don’t I just use the collar that I have, or why don’t I buy one, instead? Well, first of all, there’s no need to buy when you can paint a perfectly good-looking, sexy collar with the makeup you already have. Not to mention that it’s going to look far more authentic if you draw your lace collar for a party than to use the real one.
What you want to do in this step is to take black face paint first. Then you’re going to draw some zig-zag lines. These should start at the top of your neck and should end somewhere at your collar bone region. Afterward, just continue to get creative and make your faux lace collar look like a spider web, for example.
The most important thing is to be bold and get creative at the same time. There’s no point in doing this makeup unless you’re going to have some good time along the way. And after you’re done, real fun’s going to start as soon as you present your awesome vampire makeup at the party.
Aim At Scary and Sexy Look No Matter What
Who says that these two notions are mutually exclusive? On the contrary, we feel like it’s the other way around – you want to achieve that mysterious, slightly scary look that’s going to knock everyone off their feet.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that you’re going after that look where no one would want to meet you in a dark alley. Like with everything, the key is in finding the right balance. You don’t want the people to be truly frightened to go near you – you just want to turn yourself into something which is deliciously frightening, if possible.
On the other hand, you want to look sophisticated and sleek, so that people start to raise their eyebrows wondering: ’Who’s this girl/guy/agender/multiple gender person?’ Accomplishing this kind of a reaction shouldn’t be that hard since sexy definitely always had a spot on the ’vampire agenda’.
Just make sure not to go overboard with smearing fake blood all over your face and practice your smoldering stare. You also want to paint your fingernails in deep red, black, or even dark purple tones.
Vampire Makeup: Video Ideas
So, to wrap things up, those were your pretty and sexy vampire makeup ideas, 2020 edition. Although vampires are basically ’forever’ (like diamonds), there are certain trends that you need to follow here, as well.
We’ve all had a chance to see some classic feature films and their vampire makeup ideas that were constantly changing through time. But now you have the opportunity to contribute to this look yourself. In order to do this, it’s paramount that you follow some basics and simple instructions.
At the same time, it’s of utmost importance that you get as much creative as you like and wish. No good makeup has ever come out of being shy and not having or involving imagination or original ideas. On top of these things, just remember to have fun along the way, as this is the point of the whole endeavor.
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Mia Johnson is a writer with a ten-year-long career in journalism. She has written extensively about health, fitness, and lifestyle. A native to Melbourne, she now lives in Sydney with her 3 dogs where she spends her days writing and taking care of her 900 square feet garden.