How to Do Vampire Makeup… Without Special Effects Makeup!

Check out how to do vampire makeup For Halloween… without needing special effects makeup!

Happy Halloween! Are you interested in how to do vampire makeup for Halloween? Read on!

I wanted to look like a very real, undead, vampire and I wanted to achieve that look without using any of my special effects makeup because I was only going to be at this particular party for a couple hours and did not feel like spending 2 or 3 hours on my makeup. I also knew I had the perfect outfit in my closet (at least half of my clothes are black) so all I really needed was a wig (which I got from Amazon), a cape ( I found on the wish app) and an under-bust corset (also from Amazon) and my outfit was complete!

How to Do Vampire Makeup... Without Special Effects Makeup - with Marianne Meisner

If you’d like to recreate this look, I’ve listed the products and steps below. 


To make my pale skin even paler I used a combo of white foundation (all over my face) and white concealer on the high points of my face. I concealed under my eyes, but looking back I shouldn’t have, as I have naturally dark circles and could have used those natural shadows in my favor. If you don’t want to make your face completely white but still want to look paler, try mixing the white foundation and concealer into your normal foundation and concealer. You’ll achieve a paler, more sallow face, without looking like a clown face. 

L.A. Girl Pro Coverage Liquid Foundation  $6.29 

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ColourPop No Filter Matte Concealer  $6.50

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KAT VON D Lock-It Concealer Crème  $27

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While most contour kits focus on warm shades to bronze, I wanted a very cool shade in order to make my face look undead. I used a combination of the grey shades I had in my professional kit, but you could also use any ashy contour shade you have or even a taupe eye brow powder (yes, you can use any powder product wherever you want). Here’s some great suggestions to use:

Lunatick Cosmetic Labs Pro Contour Kit Book Volume 1 $55

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L.A. Girl Cosmetics Just Blushing in Just Because $7

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Catrice Prime & Fine Professional Contouring Palette $7.99

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Since I wanted a strong brow to frame by blood-shot eyes, I used a brow pomade instead of a pencil or brow powder. The white foundation could mix easily with a powder or pencil and not look as bold or pigmented. 

Kat Von D Super Brow Extreme Long-Wear Pomade $19

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Sigma Define + Pose Brow Pomade $17

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First I primed my eyelid, water line and under eyes with the NYX jumbo eye pencil and blended it out with my finger. I made sure to smudge the black pencil deep into my under-eye to mimic deep set and blood-shot eyes. I then used the Blushing Berries palette to create depth, concentrating the deep berry shades on my under eyes to mimic bruises. To finish up the eyelook, and to make it a bit more glam, I added some of the same liquid lipstick in the center of my eye lid

Dose Of Colors Blushing Berries Eyeshadow Palette  $32 

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Nyx Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean $4.50

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Every Vampiress deserves a winged liner, especially when wearing bold lashes and bruised bloodshot eyes. MUD makes a great cake liner which is water activated or you can use your favorite liquid liner. Make sure to use a water proof pencil liner in your water line or use the same jumbo eye pencil in Black Bean like I did. 

Makeup Designory Black Cake Eyeliner $12

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CoverGirl Outlast Active Get in Line Active Eyeliner $9.49

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You’re going to want to go bold in order to compete with the rest of the look. I love these faux mink lashes by StinaFace because they’re super comfortable and easy to wear. 

StinaFace FAUX MINK Lashes  $13.99


I went with a purple liquid lipstick that had a red undertone so that when I smeared it around the edges with the same eyeshadow palette I used on my eyes (to make it look like I just had dinner) the undertones would not compete and it would stay put all night. You could also blend your eyeshadow around the perimeter of your lips first and then put on the lipstick if you clean edges. 

Karity Liquid Liplock in Soho $6

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K’ryssma Platinum Blonde Glueless Synthetic Hair Lace Front Wig $35.99

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Zhitunemi Women’s Lace Up Boned Jacquard Brocade Waist Training Underbust Corset Corset $12.99