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3 subtle ways to wear Halloween makeup now

It’s not quite Halloween yet, but that shouldn’t stop you from channeling some spooky vibes with your makeup, especially since the vampy look ruled the autumn catwalks. To get the style right in the run-up to October 31st, go subtle with the gore, opting for deeper hues on lips, blood-drip manicures and a lot of eyeliner. We show you how...

1. A vampy pout

3 subtle ways to wear Halloween makeup now

This is the quickest and easiest way to start wearing Halloween makeup: go darker on the lips, swapping pinks and nudes for blackened reds and statement plums.

The Only 1 Lipstick in Oh-So-Wicked, £6.99, is a deep, warm oxblood shade, while Moisture Renew Lipstick in Dark Night Waterl’Oops!, £6.49, has a berry-toned finish that’s super sultry.

2. A bloodcurdling mani

All you need is a black nail polish for the base, and a red to create the drips of ‘blood’. Start by applying60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish in Black Out, £2.99, all over the nailbed. Then use a dotter tool to create drips ofSuper Gel Nail Polish in Rock n Roll, £5.99, that run along the tips of your nails.

While the polish is still wet, connect the drops and let them dry completely. Finish by slicking on the Super Gel Top Coat, £5.99, for a subtle Halloween manicure that lasts. 

3. A full-on flick

3 subtle ways to wear Halloween makeup now

When in doubt, layer up the eyeliner to create full flicks that are totally feline. You may not have your cat ears on (yet), but you’ll be halfway there with your Halloween look. Simply take a fine-tipped liner pen, like the newScandaleyes Precision Micro Liner, £5.49, and trace it along the upper lash line, extending slightly at the outer corner.

Then, from that outer point, draw a second line that reaches across your lid to the inner corner of your eye. This will create a triangular shape. Fill that in before taking a mega-volumising mascara (we love Scandaleyes Reloaded, £6.99), and adding two coats for full, dramatic lashes that up your feline game.   

Want more ways to wear Halloween makeup right now? Click here for the most flattering – yet spooky – tutorial.