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Easy ghost makeup for Halloween — because yes, you can be dead and beautiful

Ghost makeup so realistic, you won't need a costume this year

Dressing up like a ghost on Halloween is normally considered child's play, because who wants to walk around all night with a sheet over your head? But as always, there's a grown-up interpretation of your favorite costume you wore when you were a kid. And trust us when we say that with a full face of grown-up ghost makeup, you're going to be as stunning as you are scary.

And hey, if you totally forgot to put together a costume for your work party or another Halloween shindig, this ghost makeup tutorial is exactly what you need to have in your back pocket. A creepy face, a little black dress, and you'll be an undead beauty that's hard to forget:

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Step 1: Prep your face

Before you begin, clean off any makeup, dirt or oil that may already be on your face. Because the look relies heavily on white makeup, a clean slate will work the best.

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Step 2: Create a white base

Take a white makeup base and apply it generously all over your face using a sponge. Blend it around your neck, too. Set the base with a light, translucent powder.

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Step 3: Apply nude lipstick

Apply a nude-colored lipstick or lip gloss to your lips. Choose a color that matches your makeup, but still has a hint of light-pink color.

Step 4: Define the eyes

Apply black or a deep plum eye shadow to your eyes, but extend it from your eyebrow to below your bottom eyelashes. You should look like you have two big black eyes.

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Step 5: Add some detail

Take your look to the next level by adding glitter eyelashes and black glitter. Apply the glitter with a wet brush by lining the bottom edge of the eye shadow.

Originally published Oct. 2012. Updated Sept. 2016.

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