It happens every year: before you know it it’s October 31st, the shops are rammed, and you have to cobble together a costume from things you already own. Don’t panic, though - your perfect costume could be hiding right in your makeup bag.
Witches and zombies are last year’s standbys - and everyone you know is going to be dressing as Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn. This year we’re channeling good and evil to make a costume that’s sinister yet mysteriously angelic: the Vampire Princess.
Here’s how to create this look:
Step 1: Create your smokey eye
Sorting your eye makeup first means you can clean up any smudges or mistakes without messing up your foundation. After applying an eyeshadow primer, take an eyeshadow blending brush and apply a thin layer of eyeshadow from lash to crease: we love Rimmel London’s Magnif’eyes Mono Eyeshadow in Show Off, £4.49. Blend well into the crease of your eye and add a bit more shadow on top of your entire lid to help intensify your look. Sculpt your brows with Rimmel London’s Brow This Way Kit, £3.99, to help give your face a well-framed look.
Step 2: The perfect canvas
Next, create a base that looks lit from within. Wipe away any excess eyeshadow with a makeup wipe. Then, using a foundation that’s one shade lighter than your normal shade (we love the illuminating formula of Rimmel London’s Wake Me Up Foundation, £8.99) take a 5p-sized amount and place it on your forehead, both cheeks, your nose and chin.
Using a blending sponge, spread your base on each section of your face and out towards your temples, hairline, jaw and neck. Finish with a light dusting of the lightest shade from Rimmel London’s Kate Sculpting Palette (£6.99) to make your skin dewy and bright.
Step 3: Create spooky smudges
It’s not easy being evil – this Vampire Princess is a rebel that’s been fighting her own corner against her vampy haters. Let’s just say, tears have been shed. Create a smudged tear-stained look using Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Liner(£3.99). Draw two or three streaks from your lash line down to the top or bottom of either cheek, then lightly smudge with your fingers. Add clear gloss to your smudged eyeliner tears to make your weepy look even more realistic.
Step 4: Add spooky lips
Finish off your Vampire Princess look with a dark lipstick. We love the deep purple shade of Rimmel’s Only One Lipstick in Oh-So-Wicked (£6.99). Apply a line around your lips using the edge of the lipstick bullet and fill in your lips. Blot and reapply for a look that will last all night long - then finish off with Scandaleyes Mascara (£4.99) and you’re out the door.