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How to Contour & Highlight for Vampire Makeup

Learn how to contour and highlight for vampire makeup in this Howcast Halloween makeup tutorial with expert Kenneth Llambelis.


Hi, my name's Kenneth Llambelis. I'm one of the head makeup artists at Abracadabra Superstore in the heart of New York City. You can find out more about me and the store Abracadabra at

Usually for a vampire, I like to work with a dark gray for a contour. And in this case, since it's a more kind of a Twilight vampire, we use a white for a highlight, but with a little bit of shimmer so he'll have that kind of ""glistening in the sunlight"" look. I'm going to take an angled blush brush and go in with a dark gray press shadow, starting from right here by the ear and making your way down towards the hollow of his cheek. It's kind of smoothing out and blending it into the foundation color that we had used prior. Face me. I just want to check both sides and make sure that it's even on each, and maybe bring it up a little into the hairline. Also you're going to want to contour, same color, a little bit around the forehead area. You're now going to want to work on your highlight. Take a kind of shimmery pearlescent white, and I'm using ""Ice"" by Ben Nye, which is a very shimmery, bright press shadow. Get a little bit on the blush brush over here, and you're just going to apply that right on the top of the cheek bone. Blend it right into that contour. You can also do it a little across the jaw line just to kind of make your jaw more pronounced. Also to add a little bit more grimace, we're going to just kind of slightly contour the top of the bridge area of his nose. Everything's applied. I'm just going to take a large fluffy brush like so and just blend everything out evenly. And then you're set with your vampire face and skin combination.

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