Buffies and gentlemen, it’s time to take back vampires. For too long, a certain sparkly immortal, whose name rhymes with Jedward Sullen (he has so many feels), has been damaging the undead's street cred. And that's reason enough to fang out this Halloween. Fight the good fight; bring Nosferatu back to its rightful place in the Western Lit pantheon. (Let your inner English major be your guide?) Plus, if True Blood has taught us anything—besides that Anna Paquin really, really deserves better—it’s that Draculas are super effing sexy.
In the wise words of Amanda Harlech, “I’ve always liked the slightly consumptive face.” And the vampire look is that whole sickly-sexy thing writ large. Halloween or not, we agree there’s something undeniably cool about a slightly drained complexion (easily acquired with Le Blanc De Chanel), reddish-Bordeaux shadow á la the divine Ms. Meghan Collison, and a deep, dramatic lip. Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Pencil in Venom is perfect if you want something that stays on no matter how many necks you bite... Or fake-bite, hopefully.
There are so many fabulously vampy ladies out there (Michelle Harper, Dita Von Teese, Emilie Jean) that just a few minutes of Google-image-searching should have you in a suitably dramatic mindset. (Or click through the images above.) And if you need technical assistance, we have a tutorial ideal for your situation.
Completing the costume is simple and flattering: black, slinky clothes. You're done. Bonus points if you have a cape. After that, you need a pair of faux fangs. And for the finishing touch, a few artfully applied ruby teardrop crystals at one corner of your lips—perhaps you are a vampire who preys on members of the Swarovski family (?)—to elevate the look.
After all that, if it's not quite coming together, you can add some whiskers & dress up as a cat who's nearly run out of its nine allotted lives. Either way, try a reddish eye, would you?