A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Glam Vampire Makeup Look for Halloween

Vampire Glam

 Kelli Bartlett

Halloween is the one night per year you can morph yourself into anything. From ghastly ghosts to wicked witches, the ideas are endless, and it's the perfect opportunity to let your creativity run wild (and sometimes a little wacky, if we're being honest). If you're looking for inspiration and haven't decided on what to wear this year, we've got the perfect gory-glam look that can be done solely with makeup. Ahead, we asked New York-based makeup artist and founding member of Glamsquad, Kelli Bartlett, to create a step-by-step tutorial for an elevated vampire look, and the results are seriously spooky.

01 of 06

Nocturnal Complexion

Makeup artist applies foundation to bare face
 Kelli Bartlett

For starters, it's important that the skin is prepped before applying the foundation. Bartlett suggests hydrating your lips first and massaging a moisturizing cream onto the skin before applying any kind of makeup. This really helps the product to set well and allows it to last for quite some time. To even out your skin tone, apply a tone-correcting cream like Chanel's Le Blanc Multi-Use Illuminating Base ($48) to help minimize any appearance of sunspots and redness. Next, buff on your favorite full-coverage foundation with a big, fluffy brush, like the Anisa Multi-Powder Brush ($40). Bartlett recommends the Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation ($49) in a shade slightly lighter than your skin. (Go ahead and skip the concealer—after all, you are nocturnal.) Then, apply a clear brow gel to get your arches ready for the next few steps.

Makeup artist with pale foundation and brushed brows
Kelli Bartlett

Here, the skin looks even, yet slightly pale—the perfect complexion for a vampire.

02 of 06

Sinister Brows

Makeup artist with bold, dark brows
 Kelli Bartlett

Create a bold, sinister brow by using a gel pomade or liner, such as KVD Beauty's Super Pomade Vegan Eyeliner, Shadow, and Brow Pigment in Graphite ($23). Use a spoolie or an angled brush, gently working the product through the natural brow hairs and extending the shape back towards the temple. Bartlett suggests defining and amending the shape using an angled brush saturated with makeup remover to help wipe off any excess product.

03 of 06

Haunted Gaze

Makeup artist with dramatic gray smoky eye with red center
 Kelli Bartlett

Use a creamy black shadow to shape the eye, such as the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Tuxedo ($32). Apply it very close to the lash line, then buff the product into an angular shape (past the orbital bone, towards the temple) and into the nose contour. Don't worry if this gets messy, as you can use your angled brush dipped in remover to finesse and create the shape. Add several layers to achieve a rich black color.

Next, paint on Danessa Myricks's Colorfix Eye, Cheek, & Lip Cream Pigment in Primary Red ($18) directly over the iris area of the eyelid using a synthetic fiber paintbrush. This adds immediate dimension to the eyes and is a key step for this eye makeup look.

After, using your finger, press a sparkly red-toned shadow such as Hourglass's Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow in shade Aura ($30) to the eyelid until you are satisfied with the level of shimmer. Then, buff the same product into the lower lash line, dropping it to the under eye to even everything out.

Makeup artist with brushed red brows and black smoky eye
 Kelli Bartlett

Line the upper lash line and the inner rim of the bottom lash line using an eyeliner like Urban Decay's 24/7 Eyeliner in Perversion ($23). Buff and drop the shadow as low as you want using a stiff brush. A long-wearing eyeliner is key so that it doesn't fade.

Apply several coats of black mascara to your top and bottom lashes—the chunkier, the better. Buxom's Lash Mascara ($23) is an excellent product for this. Take it to the next level by tapping on Chanel's Rouge Coco Gloss in Amarena ($32) to the eyelid for a glam and gory effect.

Add definition by brushing on a bright red cream (such as the aforementioned Danessa Myricks pigment) to the brow hairs with a spoolie. A matte red lipstick will also work for this trick. 

04 of 06

Carve Out Your Contour

Makeup artist with radiant skin, red brushed brows, and dramatic smoky eye

Kelli Bartlett

To carve out your cheekbones and create exaggerated contour, Bartlett used a blackened purple lipstick (Pat McGrath's Mattetrance Lipstick in Deep Void, $39) by applying it to the palm of her hand, then blended it out on the cheeks and forehead using Anisa's Buffing Bronzer Brush ($34) on the cheeks and forehead. Using a blending brush like MAC's #224 Synthetic Tapered Blending Brush ($34) will help give great control while blending.

Next, apply Fenty Beauty's Match Stix Contour Stick in Amber ($25) to the deepest hollows of the cheeks with the Anisa Buffing Bronzer Brush, buffing in an upward motion.

Set your makeup using a giant fluffy brush, apply a translucent powder all over the face, and let it sit for a few minutes before buffing away any excess product.

05 of 06

Vamp it Up

Makeup artist with dramatic red and black eye makeup and blood drip lipstick

Kelli Bartlett

The first step to creating your vampy lips is to ensure that lips are primed and hydrated. Bartlett suggests using MAC's Prep +Prime Lip ($21) to smooth out the lip surface and keep lipstick from feathering, as this is a must when layering several lip products.

Bartlett then mixed a few lipstick shades to create a classic blood red that truly pops. She applied Pat McGrath's Mattetrance Lipstick in shade Elson ($39), a bright orange-red, to the center and McMenamy ($38), a deep burgundy, around the perimeter of the lips. For an extra special touch, pat a clear gloss into the center of the lips, then press in red glitter—any fine red glitter will do.

The fun part comes next: It's time to add blood. How much is your choice, but when it comes to products, Bartlett prefers Ben Nye's Fresh Scab ($15) because of its thick texture, which keeps it in place.

06 of 06

Go Forth and Haunt

Makeup artist with complete dramatic vampire look with bloody lips, smoky eye, and pale skin
 Kelli Bartlett

Voilà:You are now the chicest vampire there ever was. This makeup look will certainly be the most memorable and glam all in one—what's better than that?

Related Stories