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:
- Benefit POREfessional Matte Primer
- white grease makeup
- black grease makeup
- MAKEUPFOREVER HD Powder
- L’oreal Infallible Gel Liner in black
- Urban Decay Anti Aging Primer Potion
- MAC Carbon Eyeshadow[outer-v/under eye]
- MAC Ambiance Eyeshadow [to blend Carbon]
- MAC Gesso Eyeshadow[all over lid]
- MAC Blooming Pro Longwear Eyeshadow in Blooming [highlight/blending]
- MAC Technakohl Liner in Graphblack
- Eylure Faux Mink Lashes in Opulent
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!
Here’s some dupes of the outfit I wore!
The finished makeup look!
What did you dress up as for Halloween? Did you do any fun makeup looks?
13 replies on “Half Skull Makeup / Dead Ballerina Halloween Costume”
I love this! How creepy…I would totally wear those shoes normally, btw. Lol.
Oh I definitely wear the shoes normally! 🙂
Oh my gosh! Love the makeup! You did an amazing job!
Belle | One Awesome Momma
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
The ballerina was mainly to make use of what I already had in my closet!
You nailed it!!! Both of you are really pretty but that makeup is scary good :))
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!
I feel the same, but thank you! It was way easier than I thought, you should definitely give it a try next year!
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.
Aw thank you! I’m sure you could do it, it just takes some practice 🙂
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!
I feel the same! I’m already planning on what to try out next year!
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.
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