Bloody Mary FOTD and Tutorial

I’ll let you guys in on a secret…I don’t celebrate Halloween. No, i’m not super conservative or anything. But I am Wiccan, and so October 31st/November 1st is a completely different holiday for me…Samhain. I’ve only been trick or treating once, in 7th grade and I did not dress up! Haha

Lately there have been a lot of spooky/costume makeup tutorials floating around and I wanted to get in on the fun. The inspiration from my look comes from two places. First, the very talented Ruben Cortez’s student video for Lady Gaga’s song, Bloody Mary.

And second, my recent viewing of the film Paranormal Activity 3, which has featured the “Bloody Mary” game very prominently in its advertisement. You can view the portion of the trailer that shows it by clicking this link.

Of course, the look isn’t simply limited to Bloody Mary costumes. I think it would make an equally good vampire/demon/vengeful spirit look. I hope you enjoy it!

(Picture Heaviness To Begin!)

Bloody Mary:

Bloody Mary is said to be the spirit of a woman (who killed her children, was unjustly accused of killing her children, or was driven mad by the miscarriages of her children) that will appear to the person who chants her name three times in a darkened room before a mirror. A lot of her character history resembles La Llorona and other “crying” female spirits, usually looking for their lost loved ones and driven mad over time.

What You Will Need:

  1. Eyedrops/Contact Rewetting Solution
  2. A matte red shadow (I am using the two red shadows from the bottom of the top palette of BH Cosmetic’s 3rd Edition 120 Color Palette)
  3. A large flat foundation brush or similarly shaped eyeshadow brush (controlled application is a must here.)
  4. Black liquid eyeliner
  5. Black NON-waterproof mascara
  6. (Optional) Thick fake black lashes
  7. A foundation that is a little lighter than your own skin tone or white face paint
  8. A large white shadow.
  9. An angled, fluffy foundation or blush brush.
  10. A deep red, ruby or burgundy lipstick
  11. A black lip or eye liner PENCIL (alternately, a matte black lipstick)



I know i’ve said this in every makeup tutorial i’ve done, but for this look you will REALLY REALLY want to do your eyes first. Your makeup WILL get ruined if you fail to heed this advice.

1. Prep your eyelids up to your eyebrows with a FLESH colored primer. Do not use a white primer. If you have no flesh colored primer then don’t use a primer at all.

2. Using your foundation brush, start piling on the red shadow over your lids and around your eye area. Try to create as much of a circle as possible, and don’t forget the sides of your nose.I used a matte bright red for the majority of my eyes and a slightly pinker red with some shimmer for the inner corners of my lid.

3. Using your black liquid liner, create a super thick line below your lower lashes. It doesn’t have to be perfect and should be much thicker than you would normally do.

4. Toss in at least one downwards stroke of liner, less than a half-inch in length in either corner of your eye. If you want something more dramatic, go nuts! I did three.

5. Using your favorite black mascara, apply a nice coat to your LOWER lashes.

6. Drip 2-3 drops of your eyedrops or contact lens rewetting drops onto the black liner. It will also wet your lower lashes and cause them to bleed a bit.

7. Tilt your head downwards and wait for the dripping mascara and liner to dry. The results should look a bit like this.

8. (Optional) It’s a costume! Add some drama with some thick spiky fake lashes.


1. Apply your foundation or the white face paint all over your face and neck. Use your fingers to apply the foundation, not a brush or sponge. Why? Well, first to avoid ruining the circle of your eye makeup. Second, we’re looking for a thick somewhat unnatural application.

2. With your fluffy angled foundation brush, pick up your white shadow and top off your white face paint or foundation. Because I chose an iridescent white shadow, I applied it heaviest where the lights would normally hit my face. But don’t ignore the rest of your face! WE want to try to get as even an application as possible.


1. Apply your red lipstick as normal. I would not suggest using a liner beneath your lipstick, a little bleeding is good for this look!

2. DO use your black lip or eyeliner over the edges of your black lipstick. Make sure to disinfect this liner afterwards, as we woudln’t want it to touch our mouth and then our eyes. (P.S. Did you notice that some of my lip pencil broke off on the middle of my bottom lip? Whoops!)

The Finished Look:

Feel free to click for full sized pics!


:3 Quick notes: I threw in some red contacts and desaturated my body for the purposes of this photo. But you can use white body paint or powder for a similar effect.

So what do you guys think? D: BE GENTLE…or else. Muwaha!

<3 EA

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13 Responses to Bloody Mary FOTD and Tutorial

  1. Larie says:

    I love it! I hate scary movies, stories, pictures, etc., lol, but from a makeup perspective, this is really awesome!
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  2. how terrifyingly cool :D LOOOOOOOVE the circle lens :D
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  3. I’m not used to seeing you in crazy makeup but I must say I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! You did an amazing job!
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  4. WOAH! That is amazingly creepy :)
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    Creepy! And awesome!
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  6. Celina says:

    Oh man, this is so amazing yet creepy at the same time! Great job *_*
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  7. Ah, yeah. Bloody Mary. I LOVE this look! The shape of the area you used the red is fantastic. And I love the bleeding eyeliner/mascara. <3

    Very well-put together FOTD, but still simple enough to recreate.

    I remember I used to be so blase about her that I'd always take the dare to do the whole thing in front of the mirror by myself. (What can I say– I was an unflappable kid.) Now that I've had enough wonky experiences with other planes an such, though…. well, "homie don't play that." xD
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  8. Bloody Mary? So creative, great idea! You look freaking HOT!! Red lips, hell yeah, making me proud ;_;! BEEEEEEEEEEEEWB!!!!!!
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  9. Shang J. says:

    Oh wow this is so so GRR-REAT. You are talented pretty girl. ;) New follower. Hope you follow back too.

  10. Stacey says:

    This is AWESOME! And creepy at the same time…but mostly awesome!
    I love the eyeliner bleed effect and how you did the lips. The contacts are kinda scary but they fit this look perfectly!

  11. Sara Hassan says:

    This is BRILLIANT!! You have got some serious talent girl! I am happy to see this side of you :D This is AWESOME! <3
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  12. the makeup looks fantsatic!!! It’s very expressive.. and I love red (it’s my favorite color).. I’m celebrating Samhain too ;)
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