You’re Undead To Me

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Alana Zimmer by Paolo Roversi
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Marie Piovesan by Ben Hassett for Interview Germany
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Sasha Pivovarova by Mert & Marcus for Vogue Paris
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Photographed by Khoa Bui
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Proenza Schouler Fall 2010
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Marie Piovesan by Ben Hassett for Interview Germany
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Catherine McNeil by Mario Testino
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Malgosia Bela by Katja Rahlwes for Vogue Paris
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Lara Stone by Terry Richardson
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Lara Stone by Terry Richardson
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Lara Stone by Terry Richardson
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Lara Stone by Terry Richardson
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Kristen McMenamy by Paolo Roversi for Vogue Italia
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Kristen Stewart by Mario Testino
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Kinga Kajzak by Jem Mitchell
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Kiera Knightley by Mario Testino
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Kate Moss
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Catherine McNeil by Alex Cayley for Allure
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Karlie Kloss and Abbey Lee Kershaw
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Gillian Zinzer for Karen Walker Sunglasses
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Georgia May Jagger by Kai Z Feng
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Fall 2010 Lanvin Campaign by Steven Meisel
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Danni Li by Henrique Gendre
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Anna Selezneva by Zoey Grossman
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Clemence Poesy by Karl Lagerfeld
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Carine Roitfeld
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Catherine McNeil by Ben Hassett for Vogue Germany
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Catherine McNeil by Ben Hassett for Vogue Germany
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Catherine McNeil by Ben Hassett for Vogue Germany
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Brad Pitt
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Cushnie et Ochs Fall 2010 backstage
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Anja de Rijk by Marc De Groot for Vogue Netherlands
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Anna Selezneva by Zoey Grossman
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Alessandra Ambrosio for Love Magazine

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?

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  • Rachel

    This post is beautifully written. So inspired, I am totally 'digging' the "undead" look.

    xx
    http://www.boyofcommonthings.com

  • tr3ndygirl.com

    fabulous look!
    http://tr3ndygirl.com

  • http://www.vibrantbeautyblog.com/ Jennifer Monforton

    Love a little vampy inspiration around Halloween-- or anytime, really! xo

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