postheadericon How to Apply Corpsepaint

Corpsepaint, not to be confused with zombie makeup, dead makeup, or Goth makeup, is a makeup style favored by black metal bands. It was originated by the vocalist of Mayhem, Per “Dead” Ohlin, who wanted to look like a corpse on stage. To apply corpsepaint, follow these directions.

How to Apply Corpsepaint

1 Apply a thin layer of white base on your face. Make sure you use enough to make your face at least several shades lighter, but not enough so that you look like a geisha or a clown. Generally, it’s a good idea to include your jaw line and neck unless you want a “mask” or “floating face” effect.

How to Apply Corpsepaint

2 Apply white or translucent powder over the white base (optional). Though this step can be skipped, it will help keep the white base from smudging/melting off your face or into the rest of the color. For extra hold, repeat Steps 1 and 2 until a mask-like effect is achieved.

How to Apply Corpsepaint
How to Apply Corpsepaint

3 Liberally apply either dark blue/purple/black eyeshadow around your eyes. There should be enough to cover the entire space between your eyebrow and eyelash. Apply a reasonable amount beneath your eye. Instead of simply applying it so that it contours to your eye socket, try going for a spider-webbed, stitched, shattered, dripping, or vine-y effect.

How to Apply Corpsepaint
How to Apply Corpsepaint

4 Apply a wide layer of black eyeliner around your eyes. This helps to bring out the eye shadow and your natural eyebrows.

How to Apply Corpsepaint

5 Apply dark lipstick if desired. Match the colour to what’s around your eyes for a more cohesive effect. Again, consider creating a secondary effect such as stitching or dripping instead of simply drawing perfect lines.

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