Halloween is the one day of the year when you can dress up and become whoever you want to be. From something scary like a zombie to something a little more magical, think unicorn or fairy. For as long as I can remember, this has been my favourite thing about Halloween; I loved the excuse to dress up and would ALWAYS be a witch, complete with plastic pointed finger tips!
But the older I became, the less I wanted to join in the celebrations. And slowly I stopped celebrating Halloween altogether. But, lately I’ve discovered my love for this spooky day all over again. I can’t wait to watch scary movies (Hocus Pocus counts right?!) and carve my ever-so-creepy jack o’lantern. Dressing up is what I’m looking forward to the most though – I’m always up for an excuse to experiment with makeup!
This year I decided to go with a zombie, monster bride inspired look, this is the perfect way to celebrate Halloween. I absolutely love this! With a soft, sheer white base layer, and dramatic eyes finished with my favourite go-to eyeliner flick. And crazy, extended eyebrows – my little tribute to all the vintage horror queens of the past. This whole look is really made up of two colours, black and white – with a splash of purple on the lips. It’s super simple to do, striking and is the perfect mix between something a little spooky and slightly more pretty.
I know that it may look a little complicated but trust me it’s anything but. The hardest part of the whole look is probably the eyeliner, and that’s just because everyone knows it’s not easy to get perfect symmetrical flicks!
The other thing I like about this look is how easy it is to recreate. Apart from the white face paint and powder, everything else I’ve used is a makeup bag staple. All you need is some dark (preferably black) eyeshadow, black liquid eyeliner, a black eyeliner pencil, some dark lipstick and of course a few brushes.
Make It Your Own…
The ‘stitching’, which is drawn on with liquid eyeliner, can be placed anywhere on your face, from the cheeks to the forehead or even on your chin. You can also make the marks as long or short as you like and add as many or as little as you want. This is really easy to customise and make your own!
I used a dark purple for my lips. But if you don’t have a lipstick in this shade there’s no need to worry. You can use a different dark shade, such as black, leave your lips bare or even add another colour of choice. The choice is yours!
I love this look. I feel ready for Halloween and all the tricks and treats that come with it.
Monster Zombie Bride Make Up Tutorial:
A soft, sheer white base layer, and dramatic eyes finished with my favourite go-to eyeliner flick. Topped with crazy, extended eyebrows and deep purple lips. This is definitely a Halloween must-have!
What You Need:
- White Foundation / Face Paint
- White Face Powder
- Black Liquid Eyeliner
- Matte Black Eye Shadow
- Black Eyeliner Pencil
- Black Mascara
- Deep Purple Lipstick
- Various Makeup Brushes
Getting The Look:
- Cleanse, tone and moisturise face, and apply lip balm. Next, apply your usual primer.
- Apply a thin, sheer layer of the white face paint / foundation to your entire face, ears and around 1/3 the way down your neck, fading into your natural skin tone. Don’t make the white too thick, we’re going for more of a deathly pale look rather than bright white.
- Use a powder brush and dust a light layer of the white powder over the white face paint. Again, try not to make it too opaque.
- Next fill in your eyebrows, exaggerating the shape to make them look slightly thicker, using a black eyeliner pencil. Extend the line from the very tip of your eyebrow towards your hairline, creating a gentle flick at the end. I faded out the colour as I got closer to the hairline, but go with what you think will work best for you!
- Use a small, rounded brush to apply matte black eyeshadow to the lower lash line, extend this upwards at the corner of your eye to create a subtle flick. Smudge this gently.
- Using a flat, angled brush apply the same black eyeshadow to the creases of your eyelid, starting at the outer corners stopping around 1/2 way.
- Next, use your liquid eyeliner to create the perfect flick, mimicking the line of the eye shadow created earlier. Make sure there’s no gaps between the liner and your lash line.
- Finish off with 2 coats of mascara to your upper and lower lashes
- Use a soft, round brush to apply the matte black eyeshadow under your cheekbones. This can be moved depending on where you want to place your ‘stitching’. Blend!
- Now its time to draw on your stitching, take your liquid eye liner and draw a line from your hairline down to your chin. Go over the black eye shadow on your cheek, using it as a guideline. Wait a few minutes for it to dry and draw little ‘x’ shapes over the line.
- Repeat this step again on the other side, this time changing the position. I decided to end the line at the corner of my mouth this time.
- Use black eyeliner pencil / lipstick to draw a thick outline of the lips, leaving the centre blank.
- Next use your deep purple lipstick to fill in your entire lip, going over the black. Blend lightly with your fingers if needed.
And that’s it, you’ve been transformed into a strikingly simple monster bride!
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