Halloween Skull Makeup Tutorial

My finished look- as “Skeleton Little Red Riding Hood”
Still can’t figure out what to be for Halloween night? Try out this awesome skull makeup for an instant costume that is equal parts frightening and fascinatingly cool!
I had faced this dilemma myself when scrambling for a costume last minute for a pre-Halloween party I attended just last night. After deciding against the cannabis look from my last post, while wanting to have a costume that would really make an impression, without much time to put something together this wild and creepy skull makeup ended up being the perfect solution!

Luckily, my good friend Sharon was already going as a skeleton (from Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way” video), and had the makeup and materials ready to go! It actually doesn’t take too much to put this look together- all you really need is some white and black theater makeup (or black eyeliner), and a brush- and you’re set!

Our friend Iris decided to go as the “Black Swan” from the film, and Sharon also whipped up a makeup look for her that really brought the simple costume of a black ballet suit to life (which I will show in my next post!)

the creepy three!

For the skull look, there were many different youtube tutorials to choose from, but Sharon and I both felt that  this video by eRaness was the best. However, I found that the camera moved much too fast while showing the process to clearly see what was going on, and using the video alone to recreate this makeup look was extremely challenging!


So, I decided to help out and take a few step by step pictures of the process as I did this look myself.
  • Step one: cover your face in the white theater paint, and create the “eye sockets” by drawing in large black circular shapes around the eyes that you fill in with the black paint and/or black eyeliner. 
  • Step two: create the hollowed out nose look by covering most of your nose in the black paint, shaping it at the top in two points. At this stage, you may end up looking like a creepy clown panda- which I suppose could also be an option if you have now run out of time! 

can you see my blonde eyelashes? 
  • Step three- start creating shadows and giving shape to the look by creating many lines around the face stretching out from different points around the hollows of the eyes and at the cheekbones. Remember- your goal is not to look pretty, so if you are freaked out by your own reflection, this is a good sign! 

  • Step four- paint/draw in the shadows that mark the hinges of the jaw with jointed circular shapes at the base of each cheek. (Unfortunately, I didn’t capture this stage as well as I would have liked in the photo, so I included a screen shot of the video below.)

  • Step five- with the black liner draw small thin lines at the mouth to create the spaces between the teeth, and draw thin cracked lines at the chin, while also blending the other lines a bit more into the white base to create depth.

  • Step six- touch up any areas of the white base that need to be more opaque, and paint in the shapes of the teeth at the mouth. Line your lower waterline with black liner and dust a heavy layer of power over the entire look to eliminate shine and set the makeup so that it will stay on longer.

And now you have….the finished look!

I personally loved going out with this look, and had a lot of fun scaring and surprising all the people I encountered throughout the night!

Depending on your face shape and how much you choose to stylize the skull, the makeup can come out really different- but I like it both ways! Sharon  (in the photo below) had a slightly different eye shape and thicker lines in her look, but I think they are both great!

The makeup was so successful that we were asked to be in lots of photos with strangers that night! As you can see, my finished look of choice was “Skeleton Little Red Riding Hood”. 
I think the cape adds a nice touch, don’t you?

Next up- instructions on how to do the “Black Swan” look- so get your tutus ready!

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