Simple skeleton makeup tutorial for Halloween

I love Halloween. But when it comes to costumes I’m all about ease. The holidays can be stressful enough and Halloween should be the last hurrah before going into planning mode. To help give you an amazing costume that is sure to impress, I’ve made this simple tutorial that will give you all the details needed to create your own spooky skeleton face.


The tools you’ll need are:

  • Black eyeliner
  • Concealer
  • Dark red, grey, and black eyeshadow
  • Whatever you use for contouring (powders, creams, sticks, etc)
  • White and Black cream makeup
  • Makeup brushes


First, you’re going to set your base. Use a sponge and blend your concealer (I used Too Faced Born This Way) and little dots of the white cream makeup across your entire face and down your neck. You don’t want to use just the white cream because white can be really hard to blend properly and it usually involves a lot of layers. You’re also going to want to use some concealer on your lips to help match them to your skin tone. Basically, you want your entire face to look as pale as possible. Feel free to set this with a powder of your choice.


Next up are the eyes! You’re going to take a fluffy blending brush and put some red into the inner corners of your eyes and follow the hollows of your eye sockets. The goal of this is to make your eyes look as sunken in as possible. To create more depth, after this I went over the red with a little bit of grey.

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Once that is done you want to take an angled brush into your black cream makeup and coat your entire eyelid. Don’t worry about making this perfect. The entire purpose of this is to create a good base for the shadow to stick to and to help make it really pop. After that’s added, add the black eyeshadow. Go crazy with this! You want to go over everywhere you previously added the red. Don’t forget your waterlines! Use the black liner to get those taken care of.


After that, you’re going to create the sunken in look on your face. The main areas to hit here are the areas underneath your cheekbones, underneath your jawline, underneath your lips (where it meets your chin), and a little bit near your temples.

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First, you’re going to want to go in with your contouring makeup and start to build the shape you want. Then, you’re going to hit it with some black eyeshadow to really make it pop. Make sure you blend, blend, and blend! Admittedly, I had an issue where it was starting to look like a weird beard but blending saved me.

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Almost finished! Next is your skeleton nose. You’re going to take your angled brush again with the black cream makeup and draw two lines down the bridge and circle around the tip of your nose. Fill that all in with the black. And then extend that color down the section that separates your nostrils. This was the part I was most worried about, but it’s a lot easier than it sounds!

That leaves you with your mouth! Again you’re going to take that angled brush with the black cream makeup and use it to extend your smile lines. Then you’re going to draw vertical lines through it to create the illusion of teeth. In addition to that, you’re going to take the brush you used for the black eyeshadow on your eyes and add a little shadow to where the vertical “tooth” lines meet the horizontal “smile” lines. This will add dimension.

Lastly, you’re going to use your white cream makeup as a highlighter. You’ll want to put this above and below the contour on your cheeks, on your forehead, in between your eyebrows, and a little bit down the bridge of your nose.

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So there you have it! A skeleton look that not only super easy but guaranteed to have people fooled into thinking you spent a lot longer on it than you actually did!

What’s your favorite Halloween costume? Personally, I’m loving this skeleton one!

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16 thoughts on “Simple skeleton makeup tutorial for Halloween

    1. Thank you!! This is the first time I’ve ever done a tutorial like this so I’m glad it was easy to follow along! You should try it! I was worried when I went into it, but it’s a lot easier than it looks 🙂

    1. Thank you! And I totally think you could do this – promise the final look seems a lot more complicated than it really is! Happy Halloween – hope you had an amazing one!

    1. Considering the rest of my costume was a skeleton sweatshirt and plain black jeans, I’m sure your skeleton costume blew me out of the water! 😉

    1. All it takes is practice! There are tons of things I still can’t do but it’s fun to try (even if I end up looking a little weird sometimes).

  1. This is awesome.I love love that makeup.Your creativity is on top.I love hallowen and i enjoy see what people end up wear too bad in our country it’s not such a big thing.

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