Glam Skulltress: SFX Tutorial Series, Pt. 11

The skull trend is still going strong, and for this tutorial, we partnered with PaigeMarieMakeup for a bit of an untraditional skull. This tutorial is for those that want to dip their toes into the SFX world while still maintaining a glam makeup look. In addition to using makeup, she shows us how to add some stickers, gems, and an elaborate headpiece for an easy glam skulltress look that will turn heads from SFX beginners to makeup lovers alike!


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The Tutorial

Step 1: Apply the eyeshadow

Using the Mehron Paradise AQ Palette, lay down your eyeshadow base. Paige Marie used the light purple shade before layering on some of the Ben Nye Pearl Sheen shadows to add a pearly glow.

Step 2: Apply foundation, powder, and contour

Does this sound like your normal makeup routine? These first few steps will be very similar to your normal glam routine. For this look, Paige Marie uses L.A. Girl Pro Coverage Illuminating Foundation in two different shades (for foundation and to contour) and RCMA No Color Pressed Powder.

Step 3: Add highlighter

Keeping with the glam theme, add a beaming highlight. Paige Marie used the lightest shade from the Ben Nye Pearl Sheen palette on the high points of her cheeks, brown bone, and upper lip.

Step 4: Brows and lashes

For this look, only half of your face will be a skull, so using the NYX Brow Gel (she uses Espresso), fill in one brow, and add lashes. For liner, you can use either a liquid liner, or in this case, a sticker.

Step 5: Block out your other brow

For this step, Paige Marie used a glue stick to cover her brow with plenty of RCMA No Color Powder. To further disguise this area, she took the Graftobian Corrector/Neutralizer Wheel in Light to create a skin-tone finish and powdered some more.

Step 6: Paint on the jaw and face details

Using the Mehron Paradise Makeup, paint on the jawline and other details. Feel free to add more or less based on your comfort level and how detailed you want your skull to be. You can use stickers and gems to create more details, too.

Step 7: Use a white liner for added details and as a guide for your gem application

To help guide where you're going to add more gems, draw lines using the Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ Detailz (Paige Marie uses white) to both add more detailing and to make application a breeze!

Step 8: Time for lips

Apply your favorite liquid lipstick, and use the Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ Detailz and Ben Nye Pearl Sheen to add depth and create "teeth". Adding pear shaped gems is a fun way to add "teeth" to your skull, too.

Step 9: Paint your neckline

Using the same colors you used for your eyeshadow, cover your neck and décolletage. Throw on a wig, a flower crown, and whatever accessories you want to complete the look.

You're Camera Ready!


A special thank you to Paige Marie for creating this look and for the detailed tutorial. You may find her and view more of her work on YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.


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