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Halloween Makeup Tutorial: Alternative Lace Mask

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Dressing up as anything you desire — and getting away with it — is pure fun.

Last year I went as a sugar skull, so my face was completely covered in face paint. It was fun to be incognito with a completely transformed face, but this year I’m choosing a costume that’s more subdued. I love the idea of creating a masked look, but ditching the actual mask in favor of something more creative.

I reached out to one of our co-workers, Sasha, who’s trained in the world of makeup, and she had the brilliant idea of creating an alternative mask using lace and eyeshadow. The result is ethereal, moody, and entirely enchanting… the perfect combination for All Hallow’s Eve. Sasha walks us through the simple steps, below, to get the look!

lace makup

What you need:

lace material

The first step is to find the proper lace material. It’s best to use an open pattern, so that the eye shadow can transfer through to the skin. Cut a strip off that’s about the same size and width as the one pictured.

You also need: 


Makeup Brushes (Sasha used a variety brushes: foundation, concealer, powder, eye primer, and stippling)

Foundation  (product used in tutorial: MAC Studio Sculpt)

Concealer (product used in tutorial: NYX full coverage concealer)

Setting powder (product used in tutorial: MAC Skinfinish Natural)

Eye shadow primer (product used in tutorial: NYX eye shadow base)

Eye shadows (product used in tutorial: MAC Gesso and Carbon)

Setting Spray

Step One

step one

Prep and prime face as you normally would (lotion and/or face primer).

Step Two

prepping face

Apply a full coverage foundation.

Step Three


Apply concealer and a setting powder. (Apply eye shadow primer if you plan on having a part of the lace on the eye lid)

Step Five

eye shadow primer

Prep the areas where you plan on having the lace design with a shadow or powder that is a few shades lighter than your complexion (in this case, I used a bright white shadow).

Step Seven


Position the lace on your face (I started with the cheek bone), and spray the part of the lace touching the skin with setting spray.

Step Eight

position lace

Use a blending brush and apply an eye shadow of your choice by stippling the shadow onto the lace, making sure it goes into all of the negative space in the material. Black shadow will show best for this, but you could even try an ombre look by using different colors.

Step Nine

lace on face


Once you feel the shadow has filled the negative space, peel the lace back. Continue the same technique on different areas of the face until you are satisfied with your design.

Step Ten



Lightly apply glitter onto the design with a powder brush, barely touching the lace pattern.

Step Eleven

pretty face

Spay your setting spray one more time.

Step twelve



Finish with mascara and lipstick or lip gloss.

Step Thirteen

face in mirror


lace face

A big thanks to Sasha for helping us out with this tutorial! For inquiries, be sure to contact her at: alexz81@gmail.comCheers 2 U Events.


What are your All Hallow’s Eve plans this year? Please share in the comments!

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Megan Marie (the things she sees blog) -October 22, 2014, 8:57AM

I am so obsessed with this…. thanks for this idea! I have a few Halloween parties to attend this year and I typically do not like dressing up because most costumes I can think of are so cheesy! love!

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Kate -October 22, 2014, 9:28AM

This is stunning!! Awesome idea :)

Lindsey -October 22, 2014, 10:12AM

love this! what is the long necklace the model is wearing? I want!

Wild Child -October 22, 2014, 10:22AM

It is suuuch a wonderful idea ! Feminine, but kind of disturbing and scary in the same time ! I will totally try to wear this for one of my two Halloween party ! Thank you =)
Love xx

rhiannon -October 22, 2014, 10:26AM

wow! that looks so amazing! what a great idea.

Olja -October 22, 2014, 10:40AM


Alexandra -October 22, 2014, 10:44AM

This is awesome. Thank you for sharing this idea. My sister is looking into mermaid costumes and we saw fishnet being used in a similar way, but lace is really pretty, too.

Warm Regards,

Eleanor -October 22, 2014, 11:40AM
Juliette Laura -October 22, 2014, 12:20PM

This is probably the coolest thing I have ever seen. Obsessed!

jelly gamat -October 22, 2014, 2:15PM

very creative idea, not thought of before!

Marie -October 22, 2014, 6:03PM

Absolutely love this , well done xox

Rita -October 22, 2014, 6:29PM

Great post!
More make up tutorial please, they are so scarce on BLDG25 these days!!

Megan Babin -October 22, 2014, 11:06PM

This is so awesome!

Amelia -October 23, 2014, 9:12PM

What could I “be” using this? I really want to incorporate it into some sort of costume but I don’t know what to “be”.

Sunny -October 24, 2014, 1:19AM

Can we please have more makeup tutorials??! Love them!! Especially the ones that have a video, the makeup artist, and FP models! xx

Astrid -October 24, 2014, 2:16AM

Wow! I think I’ve found the perfect addition to my outfit this year! So imaginitive.

The Queen of Dreaming -October 26, 2014, 5:40AM

So original! I like it very much!!

Andrea -October 26, 2014, 4:31PM

I stumbled upon this and I have to say, this is so creative! Definitely a Halloween inspiration, but it looks so lovely for festivals and such!


Gina -October 26, 2014, 7:31PM

Ethereal, simple, and beautiful!!
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Emily Kate -October 27, 2014, 6:49AM

hahhaha your tutorial in how to make up or dress up a self for this coming HALLOWEEN is soo very nice yet simple . I like how the way give the details actually im searching of how people in every culture do their halloween were in they stated how people looks in every part in this world when it comes to Halloween.. Guys are you ready for the halloween ?

NaomiJane -October 27, 2014, 7:03AM

This is super-fantastic. A very real and creative concept to get into the spirit of scary Halloween; thanks for such easy-to-go and instant makeup idea. I have two Halloween parties lined up in my queue and after seeing this tutorial, I am planning to take up different designs on the two. Just hope that I would be the first and the only one to turn up this innovative and modern, stockpiling the greatest number of compliments for my demeanor.

TanjasBunteWelt -October 29, 2014, 3:40AM

Wow what a great idea..thx for the tutorial…Looks really cool

Eloise -October 31, 2014, 3:01PM

This is truly beautiful. I must try this! :)

Juli -October 31, 2014, 4:53PM

It’s amazing! :)
I’ve tried it, and that is the only make-up Tutorial, that really works!
Please check it out,


Lisa raun -November 11, 2014, 2:21AM

Its amazing..

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