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Do Your Own Vampire Makeup

Updated on May 16, 2016
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Raye loved playing dress-up so much, she studied costume and makeup for her BA, then got an MFA in surface design.

What Type Of Vampire Are YOU?

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Eric - a bit pale with classic fangsWhen Colin Farrell shows his vampire side, sometimes it's just dark eyes and fingernails, and sometimes it's all teeth...these vampires are pale, with shadowy eyesTwilight vampires in sunshine - Unlike other vampires which burn or explode in sunlight, these vampires sparklePale skin and pale blue eyes are the hallmarks of these vampiresThese vampires have black eyes, serious teeth and tend to be covered in whatever they just ateYellowish eyes and spidery surface veinsthese vampires had bumpy foreheads and red/yellow eyes.these vampires could shape-shift to fly and had blue-white eyes.Both upper and lower fangs, a bit more rare for movie vampires
Eric - a bit pale with classic fangs
Eric - a bit pale with classic fangs | Source
When Colin Farrell shows his vampire side, sometimes it's just dark eyes and fingernails, and sometimes it's all teeth...
When Colin Farrell shows his vampire side, sometimes it's just dark eyes and fingernails, and sometimes it's all teeth... | Source
these vampires are pale, with shadowy eyes
these vampires are pale, with shadowy eyes | Source
Twilight vampires in sunshine - Unlike other vampires which burn or explode in sunlight, these vampires sparkle
Twilight vampires in sunshine - Unlike other vampires which burn or explode in sunlight, these vampires sparkle | Source
Pale skin and pale blue eyes are the hallmarks of these vampires
Pale skin and pale blue eyes are the hallmarks of these vampires | Source
These vampires have black eyes, serious teeth and tend to be covered in whatever they just ate
These vampires have black eyes, serious teeth and tend to be covered in whatever they just ate | Source
Yellowish eyes and spidery surface veins
Yellowish eyes and spidery surface veins | Source
these vampires had bumpy foreheads and red/yellow eyes.
these vampires had bumpy foreheads and red/yellow eyes. | Source
these vampires could shape-shift to fly and had blue-white eyes.
these vampires could shape-shift to fly and had blue-white eyes. | Source
Both upper and lower fangs, a bit more rare for movie vampires
Both upper and lower fangs, a bit more rare for movie vampires | Source

So, you want to be a Vampire...?

Doing your own vampire makeup can be a five minute breeze, or a much more involved procedure, whichever is to your taste and talents. Some vampires look entirely human, some just have their fangs to give them away and some are fully-transformed, undead creatures of the night with glowing eyes.

The first and most important thing to do is deciding how simple or complex you want your vampire costume and makeup to be. The second thing to decide is how much money and time you want to invest in your look. Time might include having to make things or practice applying makeup.

If you watch vampire movies, you'll see lots of variation for how vampires look. There are some common beliefs to how vampires look and act, but you don't necessarily have to follow those. Vampires are often very pale as they avoid sunlight, but sometimes vampires are portrayed as able to go out during the day. Their eyes are frequently bold and dramatic to emphasize their hypnotic powers. Some have visible fangs but fangs are not required. Many people who dress as vampires have a tendency to accent their wardrobes with period clothing, and the color scheme tends towards the darker and deeper ends of the spectrum but you don't have to stick to that.

Deciding how you want to look ahead of time is a good way to save time and money when it comes time to put together your vampire costume. Once you decide what type of vampire you are, then you can move on to makeup and accessories...

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Types of Vampires

The popularity of the vampire image in modern culture has lead to a greater variety in how they look and act from when they first appeared during the 1800s. Back then, it was pretty universal that vampires were ugly and evil-looking, a far cry from the stylish and sophisticated image that we have today.

Seriously Undead - Some vampires are more akin to zombies, being more like the walking dead who are up and about for a snack. Discolored skin (bruises and decay), wounds (scratches and scars) and blood running down the chin is a good look for this type of nightcrawler.

Period clothing - Just how old IS your vampire character? Just about any historical period would be possible for a vampire costume. Corn-starch is good for making "dust" on outfits that are supposed to be very old or for vampires that just climbed out of their crypts. Don't use baby powder as it turns to paste when it gets moist.

Modern Gothic - Perhaps your vampire keeps up with a more modern style and is fashion-conscious. Club wear or fetish fashions could work for these characters. Long coats, shiny PVC and big boots go well with dark lipstick and fingernail polish.

Everyday Vampire - Does your vampire keep a low-profile? Are you a vampire still in high school? This type of vampire might just prefer to dress in dark but casual styles. Formal wear (tuxedos and long dresses) also works well for those of you vamping it up at costume parties.

Complete Makeup Kits

Hollywood Makeup Center
Hollywood Makeup Center

I was a theatrical major in college, so I actually got used to having all sorts of weird makes in the bathroom. For the average person or couple who want to get through one or two parties in an October, this is just the right amount of stuff.

Everything here goes on like a soft cream, so you can use your fingers or makeup sponges. Everything here washes off with plain old soap and water at the end of the night so it's quick and easy.


Making Vampires with Makeup

Making a Vampire with Prosthetics

Vampire Makeup Tips

Paleness - some people do white foundation makeup to get that "no sunlight" look, but I find that using a white face powder is often a lot easier to apply and less messy to remove. Use a powder puff or brush to dust the powder across your cleanly-washed and dried face. For non-Caucasian vampires, a face powder that is in the same color family as your skin but lighter is a good option. If you do want to use foundation makeup, you don't necessarily have to go white. One or two shades lighter than your regular skin tone will make you look much paler than usual.

Note: If you want to be a "Twilight" vampire, remember that you'll glitter in sunlight and make sure to get some body glitter or shimmer powder if you want to recreate that effect. However, if you do go the glitter route, it will sparkle if any light falls on you, not just sunlight.

Eyes - lining the eyes with a black or dark brown or dark gray eyeliner increases the focus and it can also be used to darken the eyebrows a bit. The lining can be subtle or heavy, as you wish. Those with a very generous budget might want to try special "vampire eyes" contact lenses. Just lining the outer half of the upper and lower lash lines can make the eyes appear less squinty than if you outline all the way around. Try both to see which way you like best.

Cheeks - most often no emphasis is put on the cheeks which keeps the focus on the eyes and mouth. For a more sinister look, using a dark gray eyeshadow, you can shade under the cheekbones and along the temples to make the face appear more gaunt.

Lips - vampires can have very pale lips (just dust over with the powder) or they can be dramatic with lipstick. Favorites seem to be either blood red, deep burgundy or glossy black.

Fake blood - if you want to have some fake blood on your lips or dripping down your chin slightly, it's really easy to make some by mixing up a few tablespoons 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 is cheaper than purchasing fake blood and is non-toxic and ok-tasting to have in your mouth. Watch out for dripping it on white clothes as the food coloring can stain.

Vampire Bites - comments and feedback

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      rcorcutt 4 years ago

      Those are some pretty cool tips. I have been told I look like a vampire anyway so adding something from your HUB might make me pretty convincing.

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      AGBOR BISONG 4 years ago


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      cici 5 years ago

      thanks you rock

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      joana 5 years ago

      spooky stofe.

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      Tracie 5 years ago

      Awesome makeup tutorial, thank you! Going to use this on my daughter (she's 4!) but not go totally crazy. :)

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      louromano 5 years ago

      My favorite vampire. Thank you, even though I can't pull off even eye liner! haha

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      mitokomatsu 6 years ago

      Thanks for the marvelous posting ! I definitely enjoyed reading it, you might be a great author.

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      perla 6 years ago

      That roks really

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      MrsCullen 6 years ago

      Hey so gr8! I wish i could do it tho!

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      Sophia 6 years ago

      I tried to do it at my house it was awesome!!!

      I love what you do!!!!

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      ninja 6 years ago

      This is good no its awesome!

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      kayleigh 6 years ago

      well, i wanted to know.. because im off t o a halloween party tonight, with ym friend's and i wanna be a vampire, i have some make=up not that much... but how would we do it we are not creative lol

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      koolgirl123 6 years ago

      cool way to put on make-up! :)

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      Leslie 6 years ago

      Woah, not bad at all.

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      Marylol 6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      A w e s o m e ! I have been looking for useful Hubs that would help me out planning this year's Halloween and yours is one of the best I've found. I will be the most vampirish vampire ever! Thanks for sharing =)

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      Bobbimarie123 7 years ago

      wow this was a really great article@ i love vampires

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      Messi 7 years ago

      Thank u so much this was a great help to me

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      Random Anon 7 years ago

      I'm going as a vampire at Halloween but I didn't know what to do for makeup thanks a lot. =)

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      donkeyz1 7 years ago

      Thank you, even though I can't pull off even eye liner! haha

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      Christine S 7 years ago from Australia

      This is the best vampire hub I have seen. You've really covered it all. I think its fabulous.

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      lender3212000 7 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      The vampire look just seems to be one of those classics that never goes out of style. I will say that the costumes are getting much more sophisticated these days!

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      brandon 7 years ago


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      Nadyaa 7 years ago

      im doing my guy friends and my boyfriend´s make up for halloween and this really helped cuz im not used to putting make up on guys lol thanks A LOT :)

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      henrykasan 7 years ago from UK

      Good Hub!!!

      The hub regarding Vampire Makeup is useful. We often observe Some vampires look entirely human, some just have fangs to give them away and some transform into undead creatures of the night with glowing eyes. They are simply terrific to watch and stimulate the flow of adrenaline. Thanks a lot for sharing such an enjoyable text.

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      PinkieRiceGurl 7 years ago from Davao City, Philippines

      nice post... keep up the good work! I may do a vampire look for Halloween... this helps :)

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      Nashville 7 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      You did a great job on this. I like how you went over the different areas of the face and had the videos to help out. Really really great hub.

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      What's News 7 years ago

      Great attention to detail on the vampire makeup and application. This is what I'm going to go with for my Halloween party.

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      AuthorSteve 7 years ago from Hawaii

      I´ve bookmarked this hub for Halloween. Makes the decision very easy: I´ll go as an vampire.

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      outlawbybirth 7 years ago from Lycraville, Florida

      Where were you three years ago when I did the Vampire costume, awesome way to put make up on.

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      Alucard 7 years ago

      This was great, I'm getting ready to cosplay Alucard from Hellsing: the Dawn, and I had no idea that the makeup would be this complicated. I never even thought to use dark eyeshadow on my temples of all places. Definitely going to follow these guidelines, and the colored contacts are definitely making the to-buy list.

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      scaffolding tower 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      And I thought you just had to look really pale, having had no idea of the intricacies of this. Good info.

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      V*ire D*es's Diva 8 years ago from New York

      LOL... This is really cool!!

      Good job ;D

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      very soon 8 years ago

      this is such a big thing right now with all those movies out. Those videos are funny.

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      WilfordSy 8 years ago from The Bahamas

      Haha. That was awesome. Haha

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      paulette perinelo 8 years ago from USA

      Once again, GREAT HUBS! You can see that you really know your subject matter and you have put a great amount of detail into them.

      Thanks for the useful information.

      Maybe I will use one of these ideas for Halloween. I need to hurry up, get off my behind and make a costume this year!

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      Raye 8 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I wrote this Hub in 2007, so I can't recall exactly how long it took me to write. And it's been updated a bit here and there along the way.

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      sannyasinman 8 years ago

      I take my hat off to you. This is a fantastic hub, and the best example that I have seen so far of how to write and compose a hub. Masterful! (PS May I ask how long i took you to complete it)?

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      LazarDRod 8 years ago

      I remember when I was younger I dressed up as your typical dracula-looking vampire. Good times!

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      dogmother86 8 years ago

      I love your hub very good i get a kick out of halloween and doing makeup!!!!!

      Wish my hub was this awesome

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      Carolyn Blacknall 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Great hub! I never knew there was so much to a vampire costume or that you could even get special contact lenses! Vampires seem to be the popular thing now. I even wrote a hub on the Twilight New Moon movie. Thanks for writing this. - Carol

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      joey 8 years ago

      wow. this helps me a lot thx

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      Uriel 8 years ago from Lebanon

      ok this will be sure followed ....can't wait to try it .... let me go for a while and i'll check back and see how it goes:D

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      Maggie 8 years ago

      Cool! I'm writing the script to a vampire movie, and this has been useful!

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      This was just awesome I am going to bookmark this one for future reference.Loved it

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      J_Eds 9 years ago from Blackpool

      I wish I had seen this in time for Halloween.... gah, next year it is...

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      Jamster2759 9 years ago

      Go watch twilight tomorrow at the theaters and turn off The Lost Boys ...ha ha.

      Jack Bauer does have secret life, he sucks blood. Great hub none the less.

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      chermarie 9 years ago from Wisconsin

      This is an awesome Hub. I sent to my daughter who seems to be obsessed with a new Vampire coming out in 2 weeks called 'Twilight'.

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      naturesencore 9 years ago from Chicagoland

      Great Hub! My daughter was to be a gothic vampiress for Halloween, so this is very useful information.

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      GhostWoman 9 years ago

      is all a very good...

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      Susan Keeping 9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      What a fun hub.

      I dressed up as a Vampire Vulcan for one Halloween :)

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      teeray 9 years ago from Canada

      I had to re-visit this hub again - great stuff. Anyone want to guess what I will plan to dress up as next hallowe'en? Muhahaha! Yipes - I'm gettin' outta here - now Bela is kinda spookin' me out!

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      Joanie Ruppel 9 years ago from Texas

      The only bad thing is that as I get older it seems to take less makeup to get the right effect!

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      facepaintingideas 10 years ago from Paisley, UK

      Excellent hub. Really scary results

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      teeray 10 years ago from Canada

      OMG that is a frightening Sutherland photo!

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      Kiz 10 years ago from Antioch, TN

      Oooh!! Now I've got more in-depth info on vampire makeup. Thanks!

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      Misha 10 years ago from DC Area

      LOL this is some serious fun! I love your hub :D