Hello, darklings! My name is Bex and it’s my pleasure to join you as the resident Dear Darkling makeup artist. I will be sharing some of my favorite products, as well as makeup tutorials with easy steps for you to follow. You can check out my work here, and please feel free to let me know which tutorials you’d like to see next; I’ll always take those comments into account! Today’s look, inspired by the infamous countess, Elizabeth Bathory, was highly requested and since it’s also one of my favorites it seemed fitting for my first ever tutorial. Get ready for a blood bath, darklings.

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If you follow all the steps you should end up with something like this, a blood-inspired burgundy glossy eye look!

STEP 1: Prime those lids. My favourite primer is Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance, but you can use the one that works best for you. A good primer will help you keep the colour intense when the gloss starts messing with the eyeshadow (it will happen, gloss does that kind of thing).

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On my brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills’ brow wiz in Granite and NYX tinted eyebrow mascara in Black

STEP 2: I love using Kat Von D Beauty’s Studded Kiss lipsticks as a cream base for my eyeshadows. Here I’m applying the shade Hexagram and blending it with my finger over the crease of the eye (it doesn’t need to be perfect).

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STEP 3: To deepen the colour of the lid I’m using the Studded Kiss lipstick in Vampira on top, blending it with my finger, and focusing on the lid.

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STEP 4: With a fluffy brush, I’m using one of my favourite blending brushes by Morphe Brushes, apply a small amount of Sugarpill’s Love+ over the crease, blending it towards the brow bone.

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STEP 5: Apply Melt Cosmetics’ Love Sick all over the lid, blending it into the red you have on the crease.

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STEP 6: Time to put some colour on that lower lid! Start with some Vampira lipstick under the lash line and a good black pencil on the waterline (top and bottom) and between the lashes, here I’m using Urban Decay’s Perversion. With a pencil brush blend both colours together and down the lash line. Don’t be afraid to take it quite low under the eye!

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STEP 7: Run that same pencil brush with some Love Sick and Love+ under the eye, and apply the shade Velvet from the Metal Matte palette by Kat Von D Beauty near the lash line.

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STEP 8: Apply some of that deeper burgundy, Velvet, on the upper lid too. Make sure most of the intensity stays near the lash line, blending it into the other two eyeshadow colours we already had on the lid.

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STEP 9: With a fluffy brush put some Metal Crush eyeshadow by Kat Von D in Raw Power on the corner under the brow, and blend it with the crease and towards the nose. This step is optional but I love to connect my eyeshadow with my brows; instant intensity and drama for your eyes!

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STEP 10: Let’s brighten up those inner corners. With a small brush apply some Melt Cosmetics’ Amelie right above the corner of the eye. This shade will connect the crease with the glittery extravaganza we are about to put on the corner.

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STEP 11: To make sure the next color really pops next to the dark eyeshadow we’ve just applied, you might need to use a white pencil as a base; I applied a little bit of NYX’s jumbo pencil in Milk. With that same small brush apply Urban Decay’s Element eyeshadow from the Moondust palette all over the inner corner. This shade is absolutely stunning as it is but you can make it even shinier by foiling it: to do this you can wet the brush with either some water, setting spray, or mixing liquid of your choice, before dipping it into the shadow.

Finally, with a clean brush, run some of your favourite highlighter under the brow. Here I used Kat Von D Beauty’s Thunderstruck Metal Crush eyeshadow because it has some beautiful red and golden tones in it, very fitting for this look.

A few coats of mascara; Too Faced’s Better Than Sex is my favourite (waterproof! This will come in handy later), and the look is complete! Well, kind of. You can totally rock this look as it is, but we’re going to take it to the next level.

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STEP 12: Remember, if you’re going to add false eyelashes you should do it now, you won’t be able to glue them correctly once you apply the gloss all over the eyelid. I’m wearing my favourite pair from Black Magic Lashes in Lady Killer.

There are many different ways to achieve the glossy lid look. Here I used a clear gloss from Sephora, applying it by dabbing the product with my finger all over both lids, making sure not to disturb the eyeshadows too much (even though, as I said before, eventually this WILL happen. Glossy lids are messy, they crease, and that’s awesome).

In addition, you can deepen the colour even more by dabbing some dark gloss on the middle of the lid. I used a bit of OCC’s Lip Tar in the shade Vintage, although Black Dahlia would be a great choice too. *Using lip makeup around your eyes can be risky since eye makeup is specially formulated for safety. Please be aware of cross-contamination, and use this technique at your own risk.*

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And that’s it! Pair it with your favourite red/burgundy lip and you’re good to go! I used Kat Von D Beauty’s everlasting liquid lipsticks in Vampira and Santa Sangre to create an ombre lip, with Nosferatu as a base, and a touch of Sephora’s clear gloss on top.

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Now go make Miss Bathory proud and don’t forget to tag me and Dear Darkling in all your recreations. I can’t wait to see your faces!

Bex Lecter

Bex Lecter

Spanish Nexus-6 replicant obsessed with makeup, art, coffee, eyebrows and monsters.

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