Half Skull Makeup / Dead Ballerina Halloween Costume


This Halloween was the first year I actually got brave enough to go out with my face painted! I always get way too perfectionist about it so I end up being something cute and just do an extra glammed up face, but I was kind of addicted watching all those cool Halloween makeup tutorials on YouTube and decided to attempt a half skull. It was actually way easier than I thought it’d be – especially considering that I have no artistic drawing ability. It worked out, though, and I ended up being a dead ballerina.


I drew inspiration from a few YouTubers, but the tutorial that was probably the easiest for me to follow was this one from Roxxsaurus:



I mean, she has the same name as me so it must be good, right?! I practiced a few times before Saturday before I felt comfortable with doing it and even then, I was still a little nervous. The teeth were definitely the hardest part and figuring out how to work with the grease paint was a challenge since I have an oily t-zone, but I think I’ll be better prepared for next Halloween. I’m already thinking about doing some gory SFX makeup for next year! But here’s a list of products I used:


And an outline of how I did it:

  • I started off by priming my face with Benefit POREfessional Matte Primer, making sure I covered that t-zone area and priming my lips with vaseline – that grease makeup dried out my lips!
  • I filled my brows as usual, then went onto doing a really heavy smokey eye using MAC’s Carbon (matte black) and MAC’s Gesso (matte white). I finished it off with the Eylure Faux Mink Lashes in Opulent. (I seriously LOVE those lashes).

  • before & after of the smokey eye

    Next, I drew the outline of the top of the skull and the nose part with a nude colored lip liner then started coloring in the white portion of the skull. I actually just ended up using cheap grease makeup from Spirit Halloween so I had to layer it twice. I’d let the first layer dry before putting on the next and set it with MAKEUPFOREVER’s HD Powder.
  • I outlined the top line of the skull and nose portion with gel liner and used the black grease makeup to fill it in. I tried the look using just the black grease makeup, but it was so greasy and constantly smudged. I noticed the liner stayed a lot better for the detailed parts so I used it for the outlines and teeth but used the grease makeup to fill in larger parts.
  • The teeth/mouth area was the hardest part, I honestly just really tried my best to imitate a picture of a skull I found on google. For the teeth, I tried to keep the lines as thin as possible and I TRIED my best to blend it nicely. I also went back in after blending with the white grease paint and set it with the white eyeshadow.
  • The hollows of the cheek were also a hard one for me. I outlined the shape with the gel liner, filled it in with grease makeup about 3/4 the way to the teeth, set the grease makeup with black eyeshadow and used a blender blush to blend it towards the teeth.
  • The last step, I attempted to add some depth to the skull by shading under the cheekbones. The good thing about Halloween makeup is, it’s almost better when it’s messier. Plus, I figured no one would really notice in the dark!


The finished look!
What did you dress up as for Halloween? Did you do any fun makeup looks?


Roxy is a millennial minority woman in tech with a passion for women's empowerment. Born and raised in Hawai'i, she currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her crazy English Bulldog, Yeyo.

  • I love this! How creepy…I would totally wear those shoes normally, btw. Lol.

    November 1, 2017 at 9:44 am
  • Oh my gosh! Love the makeup! You did an amazing job!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    November 1, 2017 at 1:52 pm
  • This is pretty awesome! I really like your costume choice! I don’t think I would have ever thought of dead ballerina.

    Kate | The Organized Dream

    November 1, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    You nailed it!!! Both of you are really pretty but that makeup is scary good :))

    November 2, 2017 at 5:03 am
  • Love it!!! Your skills are sharp, for sure! I always want to do a face “painting” for Halloween, but I’m always lacking in confidence! You look great — thanks for the tutorial — maybe next year!

    November 2, 2017 at 9:30 am
  • That looks SO Cool! One day I’ll try this, but I can’t imagine I’ll have half the talent with a makeup brush that you do.

    November 2, 2017 at 9:33 am
  • I love this Halloween look! I always feel like I find the best ideas after Halloween lol so I’m gonna have to remember this for next year!

    November 2, 2017 at 2:02 pm
  • This is awesome! I would love to do a face painting like this for Halloween, but I would need to find someone to do it for me, LOL.

    Amanda ||

    November 3, 2017 at 10:36 am

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