Skull Makeup for Halloween

It's time for the second instalment of the Halloween makeup series. This next look is extremely popular and can be altered easily to fit your personal style & outfit for the night. There'll be some tips at the end for how to alter or elevate your skull makeup. But first, let's get into the steps of how to create this spooky look...


1. Foundation & Concealer


2. The Eye Sockets

  • Using a black pencil to outline the shapes first helps to keep it neat and symmetrical. You can use a white pencil too to outline first before going in with the darker shade, just in case. You don't want the eye sockets to be completely round, but a bit jagged in places, so don't worry about being too neat. Once you've outlined the eyes, use a small brush and black gel liner to colour the eye sockets in. Then, using a flat application brush and black eyeshadow, set the liner with the black eyeshadow, as you would a powder. This will help to keep everything in place all night without smudging.


3. Don't be so nosey...

  • The nose is also pretty easy. Start at the centre of your nose and at a 45 degree angle, draw down with the black pencil towards your nostril, and around the other side. Make a crack in the nose going down a bit further towards the tip of your nose. Repeat the same process to colour in with the gel liner and set with black eyeshadow. Finish up by drawing frown lines & brow lines, and the start of the teeth for the next step.


4. The teeth & jaw

  • Using the black pencil again as a guide, start at the corner of the mouth and draw a slightly curved line to the centre of the cheek on both sides. Follow through the centre of the lips. Then starting at the centre of the cupids bow, draw a line down. Repeat this process tracing the teeth up to the edge of the line. Repeat the same process for the bottom. Once you're done, round out the lines so they resemble teeth. Then for the jaw. Start at the edge of the top teeth and draw a wavy line ending by your earlobe. Mirror the shape for the bottom as well. Repeat the same process to colour in using the gel liner and set with black eyeshadow. Use a white face paint to softly shade in the teeth to give it more dimension. Then take a small blending brush and some black eyeshadow & extend the teeth lines to create more dimension.


5. Adding more dimension

  • Use a white face paint to softly shade in the teeth to give it more dimension. Then take a small blending brush and some black eyeshadow & extend the teeth lines to create longer shadows in the teeth. The small details like blending and adding shadows helps to make the look more realistic.

6. The throat

  • This doesn't have to be too detailed, it's just to give the look that extra layer and helps bring it all together. Again using the black pencil, trace down the jugular and connect with X lines. Connect some lines on either side and shade in using the gel liner and black eyeshadow.


7. The final touches

  • To give the look a bit more dimension we are going to add some shadows. Just below and above the eye sockets, using the black pencil, draw a line on either side, and softly blend out using a black eyeshadow. Soften and blend out the frown lines & brow lines as well. Add a black pencil to the waterline of your eyes and finish with mascara.

8. How to alter or elevate your skull makeup

  • Make it colourful: simply change the colours used or do the shading with a different colour to add that extra pop.

  • Add gemstones: who doesn't love a glam skull? Simply stick on some gems using clear lash glue.

  • Add fake blood: fake blood just makes everything a bit more gory and scary for Halloween, so why not put some blood around the mouth and eyes?

  • Zombie skull: want to take the gross-ness to the next level? Add zombie contact lenses and make the teeth yellow & brown instead of white.

Finish off the look with your outfit if choice and a hairstyle to match, and you're good to go! Go matching with your bestie and you'll have a skele-ton of fun!








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