Halloween is coming and so I thought I would start a series where I show you guys some easy makeup-orientated Halloween costumes, and seeing that American Horror Story Cult has just started I figured it’d be a good theme for this series. Starting with American Horror Story Murder House, I figured I’d do my favourite kind of makeup, skeletons, thank goodness my fave character from that season is Tate Langdon.
Considering how grungey Tate’s skeleton face is you don’t need a lot of makeup products.
From left to right: Hourglass Vanish Stick “Blanc”, Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad “Smoke”, DB Black kohl eyeliner, NYX HD Finishing Powder, Kryolan Aqua Color “Black”, Urban Decay Perversion Mascara.
Step 1: Foundation and Outlines
While I primed my face I didn’t bother colour correcting, my “problem areas” were going to be covered in black so there was no point in wasting product for that. Taking my Hourglass foundation I applied it all over my face and neck, including covering my lips and set it with my NYX translucent powder.
I then took my kohl eyeliner and sketched out the bigger shapes that would be filled in on my face, using pictures of Tate as a general guide, you don’t have to follow the shapes created to the letter get creative with it. It’s worth mentioning this is not my first skeleton and so I’m pretty confident at sketching out eye sockets and teeth, so I went straight in with black. If you’re new to this you may be better with a flesh or white coloured eyeliner pencil as it’ll be easier to wipe away or hide if you make a mistake.
Step 2: Fill in the Black
Taking my black Aqua Colour paint I filled in the big shapes on my face, setting it with the black eyeshadow from my Kat Von D palette. I also ran some of that eyeshadow around my hair line and edges of my face.
Step 3: Teeth
Teeth are probably the hardest part of the whole skeleton so I’m going to try and explain this as best I can.
To first sketch out teeth you want to take your eyeliner pencil and draw a line out from the edge of your lips to about half way between your lips and your ear lobe, replicate that on the other side, SYMMETRY IS KEY. I recommend doing this with a closed-mouth smile, so when you take pics at your party it’ll still look like you’re smiling slightly without opening your mouth and ruining the illusion. You then, starting from the centre of your lips, start drawing little lines, you want to make sure the spacing is even and symmetrical. Once you’ve drawn all your lines, going in from 3 lines at both sides draw ovals to create hollows in your face. With the space left between the ovals and your earlobes draw a thicker line.
For the teeth not inside the ovals you want to incorporate those lines you’ve made and turn them into squared-off tear shapes, drawing little lines between your teeth using Kryolan black paint and a fine liner brush. Draw some teeth in your ovals and fill in the rest of the space with black Kryolan face paint and black eyeshadow. Tate’s “teeth” are slightly different to how I normally do teeth and so I created some shadowing underneath the lower teeth. I then used the white eyeshadow shade form the Kat Von D palette to set the “whites” of the teeth.
Step 4: Shadowing
Taking an angled brush and a cool-toned brown shade from the Kat Von D palette I drew out little lines around the black shapes and then blended it out, creating a raised effect. I also created some “x” shapes on my forehead using the same technique to make my forehead protrude a bit more.
Step 5: The Neck
Tate has a lot going on with his neck and I couldn’t find a good enough picture of the detail so I replicated the neck as best I could. The only necessary shape is the spine, which you can create by overlapping weird mushroom shapes down the centre of your neck. I used my kohl eyeliner to do this and then I drew out a lot of lines, marking out which space would be filled in with black. You don’t need to worry about it being symmetrical.
I then filled in the spaces with black Kryolan paint and set it with the black Kat Von D eyeshadow. I also took a mix of the black and cool-toned brown eyeshadow to create some shading on the spine.
Step 6: Finishing Touches and Costume
Tates skull has some, for lack of a better phrase, squiggly smoke-like texture happening around the temples and edges of his face, and so I replicated this by lightly squiggling some black eyeshadow and a fine liner brush over those areas. I also placed some dots at the base of my eye sockets with the same tools. Lastly I applied my mascara.
Costume-wise you just need to wear all black. I wore a black t-shirt that says “Broken Dreams Club” (I know how emo of me), black ripped jeans and boots, if it were colder I would also wear my black hoodie. In terms of hair I slicked back my hair into a pony tail.
I hope you guys have enjoyed the start of this series, I’m really excited to start getting into some more exciting kind of makeup- I’m so pumped for Halloween!