Halloween is a coming!!! I know that a lot of you don’t want to go out and spend your hard earned cash on fancy paints, or you’ve just left things to the last minute and you’re stuck with whatever’s lurking around in your makeup bag. So, I figured I’d try and put together some drugstore makeup tutorials so that you can still look totally amazing without all the fancy gear.

Kicking things off is a classic look, the Bride of Frankenstein!

I’m calling this event the Halloween Tea Party where I’m going to attempt to do a tutorial a day for October like some sort of creepy online advent calendar for halloween. If you recreate any of these looks I’d love to see how they turn out, you can hashtag them on social media with #halloweenteaparty and tag me (@teaisforteagan) in the picture so that I see it, I prefer instagram because I check my instagram about 128,795,632 times a day, but if you prefer twitter or facebook I check those a couple of times a day too.

Competition Time!

I’m having a little halloween competition over on instagram where you ca post your own halloween look, hashtag it with #halloweenteapartycomp and tag my in the picture to be in with a chance of winning some goodies. The full details are over on my instagram if you feel like showing off your skills.


I have a couple of little tips for doing this look that hopefully will help you out.

  1. It’s better to use a light coverage foundation or BB cream if you want to get the ashy dead/ill look, if you don’t have one then you could mix a little bit of moisturiser in with your foundation and it’ll give you a lighter coverage.
  2. Stick with a foundation that’s a little lighter than your natural skin tone if you want that ashy look, if you want to make it more green or grey then you could try adding in some smashed up matte eyeshadow, or a bit of lipstick, or some green colour corrector.
  3. Make sure you don’t do the “cut” dashes too small, because when you go in to shade around them it can be a total nightmare if you’re trying to work on a tiny area.
  4. Add the red swelling around the cuts first, if you add the stitches then it’s hard to blend out the swelling around the cuts without smudging the stitches at the same time.
  5. Try and extend the stitches out past the swelling around the cuts a little so that when you add the swelling around the ends of the stitches it’s not going to end up mixed in with the swelling around the cuts.
  6. If you use an eyeshadow base in your hair, and you’ve got dark hair be prepared to have to really scrub to get it out.

If there’s anything else you’re struggling with in this look then let me know in the comments and I’ll do my best to help you out.

As usual with my drugstore looks there’s two product lists, the first is a guide of what you can use, and the second is what products I’ve used.

Products To Use

For the foundation/base

  • Colour correctors for any discolouration
  • Concealer
  • Foundation a couple of shades lighter than your own skin (but stick with the same undertone, or go for a cool tone if you aren’t already cool toned), it’s better to go with a light coverage foundation to get that ashy ill/dead look
  • Light Face Powder

For the Contour/Highlight

  • Cool toned contour (light contouring)
  • Light coloured no shimmery highlight

For the stitches/cuts

  • A burgundy/dark red liner for the cuts (you could use a lipstick or eyeshadow if you don’t have a liner, a liquid to matte lippie would work pretty well although they tend to stain a little)
  • A black liner for the stitches (felt tip style ones are easiest for this)
  • Dark red/burgundy eyeshadow for the swelling
  • White eyeshadow to make the swelling look more intense
  • Black liner to make the stitch entry/exit holes (kohl is easiest for this)

For the lips

  • Lipstick (I’d go either scarlet, bricks, or really dark, but pink’s or bright neons might look a little strange, depends what eye look you go with)

For the eyes

I went pretty simple on the eyes so that the stitches would be the focus point of the look, but feel free to go nuts, I’d love to see this with a full on smokey eye and red lip

  • Nude eyeshadow base
  • Nude shadow for the lid
  • Cool brown for the crease
  • Mascara
  • Black Liner
  • Lashes (if someones going to do all that work stitching up my face they better take five minutes to give me some gorgeous looking lashes)

For the Brows

  • Brow Pencil
  • Brow Gel

For the Hair

  • White eyeshadow base or white liquid liner, white lipstick…something liquid that will set to add those white streaks to your hair

Specific Products I Used

For the Foundation/Base

  • Makeup Revolution Colour Corrector Palette in Green & Orange
  • Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory
  • Makeup Revolution Matte Effect Foundation in Cool Ivory
  • MUA Matte Perfect Translucent Powder

For the Contour/Highlight

  • NYX Nude Matte Shadow in Bare My Soul
  • Collection Pressed Powder in Ivory

For the Stitches

  • Makeup Revolution Kohl Liners in Black and Vamp
  • Essence Lip Liner in Ready for Red
  • Blush Matte Professional Palette in Red, Deep Purple and White
  • MUA Luxe Professional Felt Tip liner

For the Lips

  • Makeup Revolution Wow Stick in Maria

For the Eyes

  • Maybelline Tattoo Colour in Creme de Nude
  • NYX Nude Matte Shadow in LapDance
  • NYX Nude Matte Shadow in Bare My Soul
  • Makeup Revolution I <3 Sin Palette in Black
  • MUA Luxe Professional Felt Tip liner
  • Ardell Demi Wispie Lashes
  • Rimmel Scandal Eyes Mascara
  • Makeup Revolution Kohl Liner in Tipx

For the Brows

  • NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Charcoal


  • Colourvue crazy lenses in black

I felt like adding the dark lip with a neutral eye made the makeup portion of the look dramatic enough without detracting from the stitches or making the overall look too busy, but there was a huge part of me that wanted to go nuts and do a big smokey eye, a scarlet lip, huge lashes, the works. But, of course, you guys can do what you want, which is part of why I’ve added that new little fancy feature in my videos…

The Jump Menu

On the left side of the video there’s a list of all the “stages” of the makeup, so if you don’t care about how I do my foundation, or you want to do a different eye, you can easily skip to the parts you are interested in (probably the actual stitches part). I wanted to make the tutorials easy for everyone, so if you want to do the complete look how I’ve done it then it’s in the video from start to finish, but if not, you can just pick and choose. I’d love to hear what you guys think of this new feature, is it helpful? Is it distracting? Would you rather it just popped up for ten seconds when I move onto the next step? Let me know what you think.