This Halloween season, we’re teaming up with talented makeup artists to bring you a series of exclusive SFX makeup tutorials every week through Halloween. In our seventh and final release of the series, PRO artist Samantha Jaymes creates a Glam Gore Halloween Queen makeup look featuring a collection of Ben Nye products from Camera Ready Cosmetics.

Follow along as Samantha walks you through each step of creating this look!

Shop The Look

Ben Nye
Essential Eye Palette

Ben Nye
Cake Eye Liner


Ben Nye
Stage Blood
Starting at $3

These are the products she used:

  • Ben Nye Olive-Brown Matte HD Foundation Palette – $60
  • Ben Nye 8-Color Essential Eye Shadow Palette – $50
  • Ben Nye Cake Eye Liner in Black EL1 – $10
  • Ben Nye Stage Blood, 1oz – $4

Total Cost: $124

Get the look for less! Opt for smaller palette options or individual shades, and use a black gel or cake eyeliner that you already have on hand:

  • RCMA Makeup 4-Color Foundation Palette – $27
  • LORAC Pro Matte Eye Shadow Palette – $28
  • Ben Nye Stage Blood, 1oz – $4

Total Cost: $59

Step 1: Highlight your brows.

Using the lightest shade from the Ben Nye Matte HD Foundation Palette, highlight above and below your brow and blend out.

Step 2: Create a dark lid and smokey eye.

Using the darkest shade from the Ben Nye Matte HD Foundation Palette, create a dark eyelid base and smudge out with a shadow blending brush. Next, dip into the eyeshadow palette and create a deep, chocolate brown smokey eye. Use the excess shadow from your brush to extend the smokey effect across the lower lash line. 

Finish your eye look with the Ben Nye Cake Liner and a thin liner brush. Create a thin line along the upper lash line, extending out beyond the corners of each eye. For an even more dramatic effect, draw a thick triangular outline from each corner of the eye and fill in with the black liner. 

Apply long, voluminous false lashes for extra glam.

Step 3: Contour and shape your face.

Using a bronze shade from the Ben Nye 8-Color Essential Eye Shadow Palette, or any other eye palette with bronzy and gold shades, start creating depth around the face. Contour below the cheekbones, around the temples, across the forehead and along the jawline and neck. 

Step 4: Create "stitched-up" details lines across the face.

Using a light foundation shade, trace the outline of your face stitches. Samantha starts in the top middle of her forehead, traces down the bridge of her nose, and starts from the middle bridge of her nose across the tops of her cheeks and down to the her jawline and neck.

Once you've finished the outline, dip into a slightly darker foundation shade to trace an outline around your faintly traced lines.

Dip back into the Ben Nye Cake Liner or another black eyeliner you have on hand, and create thin lines down the middle of your traced lines. Then create "stitches" across all of the lines, as well as on the ends of your brow.

Step 5: Create a glossy nude lip.

Using a nude lipliner, trace the outline of your lips. Fill in with a matte lipstick in a similar nude shade, and top with a nude or clear lip gloss for a bold, glam lip look.

Step 6: Create the looks of dripping blood from some of your stitches.

Add a small amount of Ben Nye Stage Blood to the end of a thin makeup brush and apply thin, dripping strokes from various places on the face - from stitches, the top of the forehead, and the corners of your mouth. Anywhere you think needs a touch of Halloween gore!

Visit our YouTube channel for more step-by-step SFX tutorials. A special thank you to artist Samantha Jaymes (@samanthajaymes_) for bringing this Glam Gore Halloween Queen to life.

Check out CRC's other SFX Tutorials:

Comic Book Pop Art by Kelly Tull

CATS with a Twist by Andie Piazza

The Nun by Janet Cake

Glam-Gore Witch by Rachel Quattlebaum

Halloween Clown by Kelly Tull

Butterfly Face Paint by Angie Lum

Need something specific to create your SFX looks? Shop Camera Ready’s extensive collection of top special effects brands here. Also, explore our limited edition, exclusive collaboration with SFX artist Freakmo, a.k.a. Kiana Jones.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact our Customer Experience Team for a comparable alternative, or to see if we can order the exact product you need.

Mallory Hatten
Beauty Editor / Camera Ready Cosmetics

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