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Robin Black’s Spooky Last-Minute Halloween Costume Only Needs Makeup

Halloween is less that 24 hours away, and while there are people out there who have had their costume planned for months, there are also people out there who still have no freakin’ clue what they’re gong to do. I know this, because I am someone who has waited until the last minute, and who also has no itention of spending any money or waiting in the long lines that form outside of New York City costume stores on Halloween’s Eve. Luckily, Robin Black — the genius makeup artist and photographer behind Beauty is Boring — has come to the rescue. Black dreamed up a costume that can be done entirely with makeup, and in most cases, done entirely with makeup you already own (see, she really is genius).

“This Halloween I took inspiration from the classic 1983 vampire film, The Hunger, with Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, and Susan Sarandon. It’s worth a watch if you’ve never seen it, Yves Saint Laurent did all of Catherine’s costumes!” Black tells Allure. Not to be confused with The Hunger Games, this movie is about a love triangle between a vampire (Deneuve), a cellist (Bowie), and scientist (Sarandon), which obviously gets complicated. Anyway, Deneuve’s makeup in the film is a dramatic, monochromatic red makeup look that you don’t need a whole lot to recreate. “You can easily put this beauty look together at home using some of the existing products in your beauty bag — such as red lipsticks on the eyes and highly pigmented blush on cheeks.” Then, all you have to do is follow Black’s step-by-step, which you can find below.

Step 1: Skin


“Be sure to prep skin with moisturizer and primer to keep makeup in place,” says Black, who used Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Serum followed by the J.One Jelly Pack for this shoot. “To create Catherine Deneuve’s supernaturally pale complexion, I used a foundation two shades lighter than Alex (the model’s) natural skin. For this I recommend a matte liquid formula — I used a mix of Dior Diorskin Forever Undercover in Ivory and Light Ivory to create a super matte base before applying color. Don’t forget to use the same pale foundation on your neck, shoulders and any other body part that is sticking out of your costume.” And since Vampires are super matte, Black dusted the model’s skin with Laura Mercier’s Translucent Setting Powder.

Step 2: Blush


“This movie was made in the early 80’s so blush was a huge thing,” says Black. She applied Dior Rouge Blush #999 (a bright red) to the apples of the cheeks and blended the powder formula all the way up to the temples.

Step 3: Lips

“Instead of using Halloween paint, I wanted to reinvent what I already had in my makeup kit to create a dramatic eye,” says Black. “You can take a classic red lipstick, like the Rouge Dior #999, and use a flat brush to apply it to the entire eyelid.” To create the sharp cat eye shape, Black took an ink based lip liner (the recently launched Dior Rouge Ink Lip Liner in #999) starting at the inner corner of the eyes and pulling it outward to just a fingertip away from the end of the brows. She also used the felt-tip lip liner to trace the lower lashes. “It’s lipstick so it will definitely crease and move but that looks even more on point with the film,” say Black. Although, if you want something more steadfast, consider some of our editors’ tricks of using either a red liquid lipstick or Kat Von D’s indelible brow pomade in Scarlet.

For a finishing touch on the eyes, Black applied Dark Swan of Denmark’s “Tempt” Lashes and sealed them to Alex’s natural lashes with a thick coat of mascara.


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