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Halloween makeup how-to: Zombie Marie Antoinette

Elizabeth Mitchell is a freelance fashion and beauty writer living in Los Angeles. A graduate of New York University, she regularly contributes to The Fashion Spot, The Luxury Spot and authors the Star Style column for StyleBakery Teen. ...

Last-minute costume idea

Halloween is only a couple of days away, and once again, you’re stressing out because you still don’t have a costume. Well, calm your nerves, because we’ve put together a not so boo-tiful, last-minute makeup tutorial for you. How about going as a zombie Marie Antoinette this year!? A little bit chic and a lot bit freaky, this creative costume is as fun as it is eerie!

Last-minute costume idea

I personally had the pleasure of sitting down with talented makeup artist Joshua Bosley of Beauty Collection in West Hollywood to get the complete zombie face transformation. Follow his simple steps below to recreate the living dead look yourself.



Last-minute costume idea

To make your eyebrows appear fuller, use a brow pencil and fill in any sparse areas or gaps.



Last-minute costume idea

Apply a light foundation to your entire face and neck, and dab concealer underneath your eyes to help disguise any dark circles — blend in well.



Last-minute costume idea

Moving on to your mouth: Define your lips with a red lip liner, and paint your pout the same color. Always use a brush to apply your lipstick — you’ll be less likely to go outside the lines.



Last-minute costume idea

Contour and add a touch of glow to your cheeks with a coral powder blush. Sweep the color from the apple of your cheek up toward the top of your ear.



Last-minute costume idea

To keep your eye makeup in place, prep your lids with primer first. Then, dust matte purple shadow over your entire lid, up to your brow, and blend with black eyeshadow to create a “bruised” effect. Remember to extend the color out past the corner of your eye (just like you would in the smoky eye), and line your upper lids with black eyeliner. Finish off by applying black mascara to your top lashes only.



Last-minute costume idea

The key to really nailing the zombie look is aging your skin. "It’s all about contouring and shading, to give off a sunken in/dead appearance,” says Josh. “Feel your face, and find the areas that don’t seem bony — these are the areas you want to shade darker.”



Last-minute costume idea

You also want to shade any areas where wrinkles would naturally occur, such as around the eyes, lips and on your forehead. "The best way to find these is by squinting your face, as if you just ate a lemon,” recommends Josh. Once you find them, dip a makeup brush in brown eyeshadow and extend the wrinkles out, like in the picture.



Last-minute costume idea

Don’t forget to blend your lines! You do want those wrinkles to look natural, don’t you?


Create red cat eye

Last-minute costume idea

To make it seem like you haven’t slept in weeks/aren’t actually alive, create a “red cat eye” using the lip liner you used in Step 3.


Cover up eyebrows

Last-minute costume idea

If you want to get really crazy, make a portion of one of your eyebrows disappear by covering it up with foundation!



Last-minute costume idea

Finally, grab some fake blood and squeeze a good amount of the product at the corners of your eyes — let it fall down naturally like real tears. To amp up the evil (this is optional), add a faded black cross to your forehead.

Now you’re ready to scare the bejeezus out of people!

Products used

  • Brows: Vincent Longo Brow Pencil in Brunette
  • Face: SmashBox Studio Skin Foundation, Vincent Longo Crème Concealer, Stila Self-Adjusting Coral Blush
  • Lips: Too Faced Lip Liner in Perfect Red, Too Faced Lip Color in Coral Fire
  • Eyes: bareMinerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer, Stila Holiday Eye Shadow Set, bareMinerals Round the Clock Eyeliner in Midnight, Too Faced Size Queen Mascara
  • Shading: Jane Iredale Purepressed Eye Shadow in Taupe and Dark Suede

Final touches

Complete your costume with these easy to get, last-minute must-haves!

Shopping online? Add this over the top Marie Antoinette Wig ($30) to your cart stat. Or, if you’re going for a more modern day look a la Kirsten Dunst, pick up this lovely blonde Victorian wig ($23). Either way, just make sure you have it shipped to you overnight!

As far as your dress goes, we suggest you head to the nearest thrift store now and purchase a cheap (and, of course, poofy) prom dress that looks like something Marie would have worn! Splash fake blood on it to really get into character.

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