With Halloween quickly approaching, many of us have started thinking about costume ideas and the makeup to go with it – unless you're not into Halloween and prefer subtle, yet spooky nail art instead. If you're still stuck for a costume idea, forget about the outfit and focus on a look that only requires makeup to look great. Skeleton makeup? That definitely fits the category. And while skeletons normally require a lot of intricacy and patience, the half skull trend is making this costume much easier to achieve.
It's got all the spooky marks of classic skeleton makeup, but let's you still wear a fierce smoky eye on top. Ready to take on this cool costume trend? Follow our step-by-step tutorial.
HALF SKELETON MAKEUP TUTORIAL
Since the bottom half of your face will be covered in black and white face paint, don't bother prepping that area. You'll want to focus on making your under eyes as even-toned and bright as possible. To do this, use a full-coverage creamy concealer and set it with translucent powder.
Next, intensify your brows with a brow gel or pencil. If going bold with brows scares you, remember that once your face is completely done, everything will feel balanced.
While the skeleton mask is the main focus of this makeup look, nailing the eyes is just as crucial. An intense smoky eye and mega lashes are required to take your death stare to the next level. Using an black liner pencil, tightline your eye and trace the colour into the outer-V of your eyelid. Then smudge it out with a medium shading brush, doing the same on your bottom lash line, as well. Remember: the darker the better.
Next, using a shadow brush, pack black shadow on top of your base to set it. Then with a fluffy brush, apply warm brown shadow into the crease as your transition colour. Next, apply a shimmery white or cream colour in the inner corner of your eyes as highlight. Finish off with mascara.
Now for the fun part: Outlining the skeleton. For symmetry purposes, work side by side. This way everything stays even. Using black and white kohl pencils outline the mask, nose, cheekbones and teeth. Then, with a skinny liner brush, apply a black gel liner on top to darken and intensify.
Next, fill the black outlines with white paint. To do this, use a flat, tapered shadow brush to fill in the white; using gentle outward strokes, starting from the centre of your face out toward your hairline. Avoid using the white paint then layering the black, this will result in grey, smudged makeup.
This step is the time to go in and touch up any lines or creases that may appear. It's also the time to build out and intensify the hollows of your cheekbones and make your skeleton teeth appear more realistic by shading and blending. To do this, re-apply your black liner where needed, and with a dense shadow brush, buff out any harsh lines in light, sweeping motions.
To make sure your look stays in place, go over all the black areas with black eyeshadow, then dust translucent powder over all the white parts using a large fluffy powder brush.