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This Lip-Tutorial Transforms Your Pout Into A Sexy Skull Using 2 Colors, And A Few Makeup Tools

by Marie Lodi


 Don’t want to be bothered with dressing up this Halloween? Wear your costume on your mouth! Makeup artist Ryan Kelly (@RyanKellyMUA), who is famous for her amazing lip art, created this spooky tutorial that gives you two choices: a chic gray ombré look that can be worn alone for a subtle scare or transformed into a bone-chilling skull with just a few extra steps. “Remember to have fun with it and use a straw when you go out!” she says. –Marie Lodi

Here are Kelly’s instructions for turning your lips into a ghostly work of art.

 1. Prep lip with a hydrating lip primer (like Vaseline), blotting enough so your lips are moisturized but not slippery. 

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2. Use a black lip or eye pencil to trace the outline of your lip slightly above your natural lip line.

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3. Fill in the outer corners of the lips with black pencil, blending with a brush or fingers to create a softer outline while leaving the center open. 

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4. Apply a blob of white liquid lipstick or regular lipstick to the center of the lips, then press lips together.

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5.Using a makeup sponge or fingertips, lightly tap to blend, creating an ombré effect. 

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6. Clean up around the outside of the lips with concealer using an angled brush. 

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Spooky Skull

1. Starting with the gray ombré lip, add another layer of white lipstick to the center of the lip so it creates a brighter, light bulb-esque shape. 

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2. Apply and blend black liner outside of the white to form a skull. 

3.Using black liquid eyeliner, draw two circles on the center of the upper lip for eyes, two mirrored, obtuse triangles underneath for a nose, and a few small lines on the bottom lip to mimic teeth. 

4.Use a brush around the skull to blend out and refine the shape. 

5.If needed, clean up once more around the outside of the lips with concealer. 

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 Photos courtesy of Ryan Kelly

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2022 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today! 

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