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How to Look Like a Vampire (Vampire Make-up tips)

Doing a vampire make-up could either be a five minute job or a more involved procedure depending on your choice of look. Some vampires look entirely human, some just have incisors and fangs to give them away, and some convert into the undead creatures of the night, with glowing eyes. The first thing to decide is how simple or complex you want your vampire look to be. Paying attention to vampire movies, one might find many variation in their looks, but it isn’t necessary to follow the common perceptions. Most of the time vampires have a very pale look as they avoid sunlight, their eyes are frequently bold and impressive to highlight their hypnotic powers, and they also show off visible fangs.

The makeup:

Paleness: To have a pale look, application would be the best possible way to achieve the “no sunlight” look, choose a foundation shade that is one time lighter to your actual skin color. Another option could also be using a white face powder which is very easy to apply and is comparatively much easier to remove. Use a brush to dust the powder across your face.

Note: Interested in having the “Twilight” look? Remember that you’ll need to glitter in sunlight therefore make sure to get somebody glitter or shimmer powder if you want to recreate that effect.

Eyes: Apply dark brown, black or dark grey eyeliner that will increase the focus on the eye, they can also be used to darken the eyebrows, if you want that effect. You can apply the eye liner in a subtle or heavy manner depending on the look you want. You may want to even try ‘special vampire eyes’ or contact lenses, although they’re expensive. Lining only the outer half of the upper and lower eyelash lines can make the eyes appear less squinty as compared to lining the entire eye. Before a full application, when you have time, try both to see which way you like best.

Cheeks: With the vampire look, most of the emphasis is on the eyes and mouth, however for a much creepier look one can use a dark grey shadow under the cheekbones and along the temples to make the face appear lean.

Lips: You can either keep your lips pale by just dusting them over with powder or they can be done more dramatically, with lipstick; blood red, deep burgundy or glossy black.

Fake Blood: To have some fake blood visible on your lips or dripping down slightly dripping down the chin, you will need to prepare the concentrate by mixing few table spoons of corn syrup with a few drops of red food coloring. Add a single drop of blue to the mix to get the red to be less orange and more like real blood. This mixture is non toxic and much cheaper than buying fake blood from the market. Be careful of dripping it on your clothes especially if you are wearing white, as food coloring stains.

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Veritas • April 30, 2011


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