Burtonesque Victorian Vampire

This weeks subject on the Bat Babes channel was to do a Halloween tutorial. I tried to come up with something simple, but I’m horrible at keeping things simple, so I ended up doing a full makeup tutorial and even a hair tutorial. My inspiration for this look was Tim Burton’s style, a mixture of Dark Shadows and other style elements in his movies and drawings. I wanted to keep it rather realistic, but still very artistic.

Vampires have always been my favorite kind of creature to dress up as, and the possibilities are endless. You can go modern or classic or cartoonish, they’re always fun. Since I really love historic costumes I decided to make this a Victorian vampire. But the makeup look itself could also be used for a modern day vampire version of yourself for example!



My DesioEyes lenses in ‘Innocent White’ worked really well with this look, since they look really intense and yet still very natural too. They blend nicely into my natural eyecolor, as most lenses have a very defined edge towards the inner part of the iris. These lenses are also very comfortable and since I’m actually supposed to wear glasses it’s a nice extra that these come with power too (for free I might add!). Definitely recommend this brand!




For the eyes I mainly used

  • MAC cosmetics Nightmoth lipliner
  • Catrice Berrytale Matte eyeshadow – a matte taupe-ish color with a purple undertone
  • MAC cosmetics Deep Damson eyeshadow – a dark purplish red color which shows up purple on a more cooltone base.
  • Sugarpill Poison Plum eyeshadow from the Burning Heart palette – an extremely vibrant purple to brighten it all up
  • Makeup Forever eyeshadow in a dark brown
  • Stargazer white eyeshadow
  • Kryolan Glamour Sparks in silver – a super shimmery, sparkly pigment with tiny silver glitter
  • Realtechniques base shadow brush and accent brush
  • Zoeva pencil brush


  • Kiko precision eye pencil in dark blue
  • Sephora dark blue eyeshadow on my Zoeva wing liner brush





For my face I used a mixture of MAC’s Pro Longwear nourishing waterproof foundation and Illamasqua’s Rich Liquid foundation in white, these two foundations blend beautifully and I actually even use this mixture sometimes for the highlights when I contour my face! (With just a tiny bit of the white foundation mixed in ofcourse.) To set it all I used the Manic Panic pressed white powder.

To contour I used my Zoeva sheer cheek brush and the Catrice Berrytale eyeshadow I mentioned before. My nose is also contoured with a light grey eyeshadow by Barry M. For my highlight I used ‘Over the Moon’, a silver eyeshadow from the new H&M cosmetics line. I am obsessed with these eyeshadows, they are so pigmented and beautiful, I just want to buy all of them!




This beautiful necklace is by the ever so lovely Hysteria Machine it’s a black lacey piece with a little replica of a bat skull framed with baroque elements. Her pieces are always beautifully crafted and very sturdy too, and this piece made the perfect accent for my costume.



Feel free to share this tutorial and if you would recreate this look do send me pictures or tag them #kikamacabre on instagram so I can see them!




See you soon ♥

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