Monster's Bride Makeup To Woo Any Frankenstein

by Miki Hayes

When it comes to Halloween makeup, there are, generally speaking, two different directions one can go: pretty and sultry or scary and gory. Both can be fun, but it can also be hard to choose. I mean, I like to go as hard with my makeup as the next girl, but in this selfie-age, I still want to be recognizable on Halloween. Enter the Monster's Bride. She is sassy, knows what she wants, and has impeccable makeup, to boot. At least, this particular Monster's Bride does.

This Monster's Bride is based on my favorite character from one of my favorite Halloween movies: Elizabeth from Young Frankenstein. In case you haven't seen the movie, Elizabeth is a self-absorbed actress who makes sure her betrothed, Dr. Frankenstein, knows to be careful of her freshly done hair and makeup at all times. Of course, when she meets the man(?) she actually wants to be with, Dr. Frankenstein's monster, she can finally unwind.

In honor of Elizabeth and her love affair with Dr. Frankenstein's monster, here is a simple, Monster's Bride makeup look to try for Halloween. And the best part? This look will bring enough gore for your monster bridegroom, while still being pretty enough to stay out of Frau Blücher territory.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Full-coverage foundation
  • Brow pencil/powder/gel
  • Green eyeshadow
  • Dark lipstick of your choice
  • Black liquid eyeliner
  • Dark lipliner of your choice
  • White eyeliner
  • Red lipliner

But be warned: This makeup brings all the monsters to the yard.

The Base

Start by using a full-coverage foundation. You can go lighter than your skin tone if you want, but the idea is basically to have a flawless canvas. Don't worry about blush or bronzer with this look.

Brows should be full and crisp — fill those puppies in! A green lid and winged liner paired with a dark lip will give you a dramatic look that evokes that vampy, monster-y quality.

The Details

Take your dark lipliner and draw evenly-spaced lines around your face. This should be where your "face" was cut out.

Go back with black liquid liner and draw lines perpendicular to your lipliner in the spaces you left. These are the stitches.

Finally, trace all of your lines with the white eyeliner first, and then the red lipliner. These colors will mimic inflammation, to give your stitch-job a little more dimension.

Et voila! Just add a veil or wig to complete this look.

Images: Miki Hayes (3); Giphy (2)