I will be tending a bar at a Halloween party this year and have decided to be a skeleton. This is actually the first time I have ever done this sort of makeup to my face. Usually it’s just the every day makeup, you know? But since it’s a skeleton costume, I can’t go without my face matching my outfit!
Below is the finished look which was achieved using nothing more than a pencil eyeliner and eyeshadow.You could, of course, use face paints – I plan to do this on the day but didn’t want to waste my paint since I didn’t have a lot of it! I also wanted to show you that it isn’t necessary to buy yourself face paints when you can achieve the same look with products you probably already have in your makeup bag.
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Products you will need:
- Black eyeliner – any will do – pencil can blend into the eyeshadow but liquid will give you a precise line.
- Black eyeshadow.
- Grey eyeshadow for blending.
- White eyeshadow – you can also exchange this for highlighter.
- Sponge eyeshadow applicator or brushes – I found the sponges easier to use but it’s personal preference.
If you’re starting with facepaint, then you can paint your entire face white or mix it with your foundation to make a more bone colour. I didn’t at this point so I started with my normal skin colour.
Take your black pencil and draw two lines from each side of your nose from halfway up and meet them almost at the tip of your nose. Then continue the line around the side of your nostril.
Fill in this shape with your black eyeshadow.
I’m not quite sure how to explain what I’m doing here but I’ll try! Draw a straight line from just under your temple and follow it down your cheekbone. It might help you to feel the bones out in your face. When you get towards the middle of your cheekbone, make a semi-circle upwards as if to open up the jaw where you will draw the teeth. Basically, just try and follow the same shape I’ve made in the picture ahaha. It might be easier to see the shape in the next photo when I’ve started filling it in.
Fill in the first half of the shape with black eyeshadow. Leave the rest blank as a place to draw in your teeth.
Continue the line of your mouth into the middle of the semi-circle you created. This will be the place your teeth meet one another. For the teeth, you can choose to use liquid liner to make a thinner, more precise line. Then, just take your pencil and create several vertical lines along the line you’ve just drawn, with equal spacing, to separate the teeth.
Above each of your vertical lines, create a Y shape to start creating the roots of the teeth. Do the same to the bottom row but obviously with an upside down Y.
Start thickening the horizontal line. When you veer towards each of the vertical lines, change it into a curve rather than angular. This will help give the teeth shape.
Do the same towards the roots of the teeth.
Now you can continue filling in the rest of the jaw with black eyeshadow. Make sure not to fill it in completely – blend it out towards the teeth.
Follow the shape of your eyebrow with the black eyeshadow and continue the circle. You want to use shadow for this rather than liner because it all blends in and you won’t end up with a black line around your eye. If you have eye bags like me then you can use them to help you make the circle (the only thing they’re useful for!).
Fill in the circle with the black eyeshadow.
All I’m doing here is lengthening the top of the nose shape on each side to make it more sharp.
All I’m doing here is adding the white eyeshadow or highlighter to the teeth, bridge of the nose, tops of the cheekbones and tops of the eye holes to make them stand out more.
Create a faint line of grey eyeshadow beneath your “cheekbone” and blend this downwards to add depth.
Add another faint line of grey above the “cheekbone” and blend this upwards.
Make a C shape at the temple using black shadow and, once again, blend, blend, blend!
If you want, you can add some black to the hairline and blend that out.
Angry face time! Draw your eyebrows together and put the eyeshadow in those creases to make your skull look angrier.
Don’t forget your jaw line!
And for extra depth you can add lines here and blend them towards the middle of your forehead.
Lastly, line your waterline with black liner to erase any blank space between the eye holes and your eye ball.
If you recreate this look, please send your photos to me on Twitter at @jenetisist. I’d love to see them!