By: Erin Fahy

Vampire Make Up Tips

Photo by: Aundrea Jordan / CC BY (Cropped)

A Guide To Vampire Make-Up

Along with immorality, super strength and agility: vampires are most known for their eternal and flawless beauty. Skin that is smooth and pale white, eyes that draw you in, then turn deadly, and lips dyed blood red from feeding.
Us humans aren’t blessed with such beauty, but there are some ways we can look like a vampire, minus the craving for blood.  So how can you achive the perfect make up to look like a vampire?  Here are some tips for both the female and male vamps out there to try out.


Look One: Freshly Turned Vampire


  1. Wash and dry your face thoroughly, then use a rich moisturizer to even out your skin tone. You’ll also need to make sure it as SPF in it, if you plan on being a day dwelling vampire.  Recommended: Neutrogena Deep Moisturizing Day Cream, Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Cream
  2. Prep your now smooth skin with a primer, to really smooth out and get your skin ready for porcelain paleness. Look for matte products, vampires are illuminated not shiny.  Recommended: Rimmel Stay Matte Primer, Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Foundation Primer
  3. Now for the foundation: you want something one to two shades lighter than your natural skin tone. Don’t forget to blend and blend, you can use a beauty blender or just your fingers.  Recommended: Revlon Colorstay Foundation, Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation or Pro Longwear Foundation from MAC. If you want a more ghostly white appearance, try Full Coverage Foundation from MAC in White.
  4. Now is the time to blend in some concealer if you still see any imperfections. MAC and Kat Von D have you covered.
  5. To capture some of that eternal glow: you’ll want to use a little bit of luminizer on the top of your cheek bones, corners of your eye and under your brow bone. Go lightly and blend in, you want subtle glow, like you’ve just fed.  Recommended: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch.
  6. Now for your eyes, you can use contacts if you want to capture the intensity (like Selene) or the darkness (Dracula) of vampire eyes. If you want to keep your natural eye color, then add a bit more luminizer in the inner corner and outer corner of your eye, you want to make your eyes really pop.
  7. First use an eye primer that matches your foundation (or a tiny bit of foundation all over the lid)  Recommended: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original, NYX HD High Definition Eyeshadow Base.
  8. Then using an eyeshadow color that is complementary to your natural eye color (neutral and slightly shimmery is the key), lightly sweep the color over the lid and up out towards your temple. Don’t forget to blend, blend out and up slightly.  Recommended: Almay Intense i-color shimmer-I kit (use the neutral colors) and from MAC Brulee, Arena, Orb, Naked Lunch or Shroom.
  9. Mascara is your final step for your eyes. Volumizing or thickening lashes give you the stare that will have any human follow you. Get the blackest of black colors. Recommended: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara or Benefit BADgal Mascara.
  10. Lips, you want natural and smooth, skip the lipstick for this one. Try Burt Bees or Fresh lips in Sugar Lip Treatment in a shade closest to your lip color.

Transformation complete, looks glamorous and delicate but deadly.


Look Two: On the Hunt

This look is more intense, especially if you want to scare humans and show other vampires that you are one kick ass hunter.
Follow Steps 1-6 of Freshly Turned, you want that gorgeous matte with a hint of luminosity skin, envy of humans and other vampires and priming your eyes to get them ready turn them into sexy smoky eye.


  1. Take a steel gray eye shadow and brush it on to your eyelid going out and up again, think a wing shape. You can use a darker grey shadow along the crease (see this tutorial for tips). Recommended: CoverGirl Eye Enhancers 3-Kit Shadows in Smoke Alarm, Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in Slate or MAC eye shadow in Scene and Print.
  2. Now for some drama, after curling your eyelashes and using whatever mascara you have lying around (or see step 8 in Freshly Turned), add false eyelashes. The blacker, the more dramatic the better. Follow the steps exactly to get the dramatic thick lashes. Once dry add another coat of mascara. Recommended: Ardell Lashes in 120 Demi Black or Sephora False EyeLahses in Showstopper. (For more tips and tricks, Youtube is always a good source, they can give you tips on foundation applying, using fake eyelashes or mastering the smoky eye.)
  3. Don’t be shy with the eyeliner, get a thick black line and extend it slightly out. You can use whatever eyeliner you prefer, khol, liquid or gel. Recommended: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion, Nyx Eyeliner (any of the blackest shades), and Annabelle Khol Eyeliner.
  4. Go over your eyeliner with a black eye shadow and eyeliner brush. Run it under your lower lashline and waterline to sharpen your look. Recommended: MAC eyeshadow in Carbon.
  5. Lips, you want to look like you’ve just fed, so you want heart stopping red and glossy. First, line your lips with a red lip pencil (match it to your lipstick), very carefully, then go over it with the blood red lipstick and blot. Recommended: MAC Lipstick in Russian Red, MAC Red or Ruby Woo, Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Hellbent and Covergirl Outlast Lip Color in Ever Red-Dy.
  6. Then add quick slick of red or clear gloss to your bottom lip and smush lips together to look like you just finished a tasty human snack. Try: MAC Tinted Lipgloss in Russian Red or Viva Glam I or Rimmel London Show off Lip Lacquer in Big Bang.

Now you are ready to prowl the night, looking for fresh meat or a fresh date.


Look Three: For Him

Eternal beauty and flawless skin is not just for ladies, male vampires are deadly gorgeous and able to draw innocent women in with their eyes and clear skin. Human males, if willing to try, can also get this look.

  1. Wash and dry your face thoroughly, shave or trim facial hair and use a moisturizer with SPF in it. Recommended Clinique for Men Maximum Hydrator or Neutrogena Men Triple Protect Face Lotion.
  2. Use eye cream or an eye roller to brighten around your eyes, can’t look like a corpse, you want to look ageless. Recommended: MenScience Eye Rescue Formula or Men Expert Hydra Energetic Eye Roll-On.
  3. You have options, if you want to look Freshly Turned you can use a primer all over and skip the foundation or you can use a BB Cream, which is slightly tinted so use a very pale shade. Recommended: Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream or Aveeno Clear Complexion BB Cream SPF 30.
  4. If you want to really look un-dead then you will definitely need to prime and use foundation, same blending it very carefully.
  5. Lips: you can go au natural with just lip balm or you can use a hint of red to give that just fed look. Recommended: Burt Bees or Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment has plain and subtle red shades.
  6. Scent is important for a male vampire, it draws women to them. Find something masculine but not too overpowering. Mastering these steps and you’ll look like a master vampire.

Each vampire has their own distinct look, so feel free to experiment. The goal is to look immortal, but be warned these looks will undeniably draw humans to you. What you do with them is completly up to you.

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