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David Bowie Makeup Tutorial

Halloween How-To: David Bowie

If you're in the mood for a truly rock-and-roll costume, people don't come much cooler than David Bowie. The androgynous, glam-rock look of his Aladdin Sane years takes a bit of energy to pull off, but it's worth the effort. MAC senior makeup artist Louise Zizzo, who did the Jem makeup tutorial, shows us how to get this space-rocker look.

For a list of colors used in this transformation, read more.

  • Brows: Louise used glue stick to tame the eyebrows and to prepare them to be covered with concealer.
  • Face: Contour the face with powder blush in Raizin or Fleur Power. Use a fluffy brush to give skin an airbrushed effect.
  • Design: Sketch the design with a light brow pencil. Louise used Chromacake to fill in the red and blue, but you can get a similar look with other products. Try the red part of Danger Zone eye shadow or red lipstick (just blot loose powder on top to set the color). For the blue portion of the face, Freshwater eye shadow should work. Using an angled brush like the excellent 266 brush, define the line with Fluidline in Blacktrack.
  • Lips: Use fingers to dab red lipstick on the lips, focusing in the middle portion. The idea is to add a hint of color without covering the lips entirely.
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