From True Blood to Twilight, vampires are having a serious beauty moment right now. Inspired by the "Glampire" look we saw during Fall 2010 Fashion Week, check out these tips from Three Custom Color Specialists co-founder Chad Hayduk on how to re-create the pale skin, dark lips and sunken eyes that make up the darkly romantic trend.
The first step towards underworld chic is super-pale, flawless skin. Get rid of any skin discolorations by using a heavy cream concealer, then apply a powder foundation that's 1-2 shades lighter than your normal skin tone.
"If your skin is medium to dark, don't try and go more pale, just think powdery and matte," says Hayduk. Avoid anything with shimmer or a dewy finish and stick to nude, barely there blushes to subtly contour the hollows of the cheeks.
When choosing a lipstick, Hayduk says to look for the darkest shade in that particular color family. That means deep plum, black cherry and burgundy. "Another great trick is to add a little bit of black lipstick to your favorite red shade to customize the depth of the shade," says Hayduk.
Feeling daring? Then go ahead and wear your dark lipstick of choice as a full coverage shade. If you want to be a little more tame, Hayduk recommends blotting the color several times with a tissue or your finger to soften the look.
A sunken, moody eye is key for giving off that undead appeal. "Dark colors make the eyes recede so, in this case, the darker the eyeshadow, the better. Look for black, deep, smoky greys and burgundies or plums," says Hayduk.
To get the most intensity and color payoff, Hayduk advises using a dampened brush to apply the darkest color along the upper and lower lash lines. Blend out, bringing the color towards the crease of the eye and beyond for that smoky look. Saturate lashes with lots of mascara and line inner rims with a black eye pencil or a gel eyeliner.
For a modern, more wearable take on this trend, Hayduk recommends pairing a subtly defined eye with a plum stain. "Stains, while still deep, allow your own lip color to show through and can be layered for buildable coverage," he says. Try: Three Custom Color Specialists Noir Sheer Lipstick.