The popularity of vampire films has created an interest in vampire-style make-up. Vampire make-up does not have to be all gore and blood, even for men. Vampire make-up looks can be inspired by movie characters such as Lestat from "Interview with the Vampire" and Edward Cullen of the "Twilight" series. Whether for Halloween or a special party, a vampire look is easy to achieve with a few key make-up items.
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Things you need
- Light cream foundation
- Make-up sponge
- Loose powder
- Make-up brushes
- Light shimmery eye shadow
- Black eyeliner
- Pale-coloured contact lens
- Red lipstick
- Light shimmery blue powder
Make sure your face is clean and well-shaven. Smooth on a light moisturiser. Choose a foundation shade that is at least two shades lighter than your own skin. An unnatural pale complexion is essential. Use a cream foundation for the best coverage and for a smoother finish. The best tool for applying cream foundation is a small sponge. Gently pat the foundation on your face and blend it in.
Dust your face with loose face powder using a big make-up brush. Use a translucent powder, which has no colour, but simply sets the foundation and gives it a matt look. Or, use a very light-coloured face powder to enhance the paleness of the foundation. Either way, finishing powder will make the foundation last longer and prevent shine from oil.
Bring focus to your eyes by applying a pale shimmery shade above and below the eye, using a small make-up brush. Smudge a bit of grey eye shadow on your eyelid. Male vampires are known for their mesmerising eyes. If you have naturally light eyes, using black eyeliner will make them stand out. If your eye colour is dark, you may opt to wear pale-coloured contact lenses. A bit of pink eye shadow smudged just below your eyes will add an eerie look.
Apply dark red lipstick to your lips. Look for a shade that is close to the colour of blood for a striking effect. Blot your lips on tissue paper and apply a second coat to ensure it does not come off easily. For a more modern version, simply blot a little red lipstick on your lips and smudge with your fingers to achieve a bloodstained effect.
if you want colour on your cheeks, use a light dusting of shimmery light-blue powder.
Tips and warnings
- Insert some fangs on your teeth for a scarier look.
- To look like you have just bitten someone add drips of red face paint around your mouth.
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