How To Make Yourself Look Like A Vampire

Welcome to Make Your Face, a makeup tutorial series with a simple mission: makeup by you (me) for your (my) own entertainment, Establishment-style.

“How to Make Yourself Look Like Any Old Vampire?” Nay! Rather: “How to Make Yourself Look Like a Vampire as Depicted in the 2002 Cinematic Masterpiece, Queen of the Damned starring Aaliyah, Stuart Townsend, and Marguerite Moreau, Itself Adapted from Anne Rice’s Novels The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned.”

So, guess what’s playing on Netflix now? That’s right, the very same tragically underappreciated, FLAWLESSLY-styled-and-soundtracked masterwork of our time. But NOW, as opposed to when I was 16, I am capable of openly acknowledging my adoration of this singular film, and NOW, as opposed to when I was 16, I am capable of observing the characters’ makeup and roughly determining how makeup artists Nikki Gooley, Kylie O’Toole, and Shane Thomas made the damned of Queen of the Damned look they way they looked!

This one’s for you, 16-year-old me.

First, brows:


As in life, there is a clear makeup hierarchy in Queen of the Damned: the more gold on your face, the more powerful a vampire you are. This rule extends to your waterlines.


Aaliyah/Akasha wears black shadow, but the other vamps stick to lighter basic neutrals.


Even the lil’ baby century thin-bloods have unearthly perfect shining skin.









Okay, here is the (now) super duper obvious Damn Queen eyeshadow theme that my past self failed to parse 14 years ago — ALL of the vampires in this movie wear shimmery reddish-brown shadow on their lower lashlines…


…and a bit of shiny green at the inner corners of their eyes. The colors grow more pronounced the more blood-thirsty they’re feeling.


The theater ticket stub really did read “DAMN QUEEN,” btw. I think I still have it saved somewhere in a memory box at my mom’s house.


Okay, nobody else in this movie (or in life) besides Aaliyah (and the lady who played Medea in the the 2000 Jason and the Argonauts mini-series we watched on VHS whenever my Latin teacher was out sick during sophomore year of high school) wears these weird swoopy greatest eyebrows of all time, BUT! If I were going to go watch a self-proclaimed vampire perform a nu metal concert in the desert, I would absolutely risk offending the immortal ruler of the undead by biting off her brow style. No question!


Plus a little more shadow to emphasize the extra brow swoosh.

I might start wearing my brows like this every day.


Contour with whatever shade you usually prefer, plus a light overlay of green to get that sickly chic, post-mortem pallor.


Then, more gold highlighter so any other vampires you encounter know you’re a badass. Remember: the more gold powder, the more power.




Vampires are uniformly excellent at applying lipstick. You get really good at it after a few hundred years of practice.


Plus, precise pout-paint contrasts pleasingly with post-meal blood smudges!


What do you think? Willing to accompany me on a midnight stroll through a dark alley?


Looking back through this roll of selfies, I fear I might have been too successful at turning myself into a vampire. I’ll let you know how that’s working out for me when I wake up tonight.


In any case, it’s high time for a Queen of the Damned remake starring R.Patz and FKA twigs, don’t you think?


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