Vampires are the living dead, and our
feeling is that when a vampire is hungry or weak, they appear more like the dead than living,
very cold and ashen. But after a midnight snack, their powers grow and they look closer
to the living than the dead, only a little bit paler.
Unlike most other monsters, vampires are often portrayed as sensuous
creatures, with lots of mysterious sex appeal. The makeup used for vampires in actually
very basic, but if applied correctly can be quite convincing.
White, black, gray
and green greasepaint.
A light or neutral
colored face powder.
A vampires skin should have a pale, slightly
ashen look. To get this start by mixing a very small amount of gray and semi-dark green
greasepaints with a larger amount of white. Using your fingers, apply the greasepaint
mixture to all exposed skin, i.e. face, neck, hands, etc., until you they are completely
covered and well blended. Don't over do it, remember, you're not a clown, be subtle
in how you apply the makeup.
What you're looking for is a slightly gaunt
look, but not emaciated. Using some gray greasepaint, lightly apply this under the cheek
bones, temples and other area's to give a darker, sunken appearance. Now use a medium
sized blending brush to blend these into very subtle shadows.
The eyes are extremely important. Apply black
greasepaint to the upper and lower lids. Apply it darker close to the eyelashes and in the
hollows around the eyeball. You can press gently with your finger and you will feel the
hollow in the skull in which the eyeball rests. Your shadowing should not go beyond it and
the outer edges of the shadow should gradient from darker to lighter until they blend
softly into the pale flesh color. A quarter-inch eye shadow brush is handy for working around the
Now apply a light colored powder to all
area's with makeup. It's important to pat the powder on, if you rub it, it will smear. The
powder will absorb into the greasepaint and set it, so apply as much as needed and gently
brush off the excess with a large, soft powder brush.
The sinister look of a vampire's eyebrows is
essential to the look. Using a black eyebrow pencil with a sharp edge begin adding very
small hair-like lines on the skin in the same direction that the eyebrows grow. The look
you are trying to achieve is what we call Michael Keaton eyebrows, with the top of the eye
brows having a diabolical, sardonic upward slant.
Artificial finger nails can be applied and cut and filed to look
almost animal-like. These should be painted to resemble normal nail, but with a yellowish
brown tinge. You will want to use translucent nail polish, not opaque.
Look for a cheap brand of nail polish, they are usually thinner and you
can find unusual colors like browns and yellows.