Wickedly Gorgeous: Become an Iconic Villain With This Maleficent Makeup Tutorial

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Maleficent may be one of the most well-known Disney villains of all time, but the evil queen got a high-fashion makeover with the release of the Angelina-Jolie-fronted film ​Maleficent.​ This Halloween, you can DIY the star's devilishly seductive makeup look for yourself by following this step-by-step Maleficent makeup tutorial for beginners from Bree Mohler, a special-effects makeup artist at American Haunts' Bennett's Curse in Jessup, Maryland.


Things You'll Need

  • Cheekbone prostheses

  • Spirit Gum adhesive

  • Light or fair (not white) full-coverage foundation

  • Makeup wedges

  • Makeup brushes

  • Contouring brush

  • Taupe face powder

  • White or silver highlighting powder

  • Brown brow pencil or brow powder

  • Smoky eye-shadow palette

  • Blending brush

  • Yellow eyeshadow

  • False eyelashes

  • Liquid black eyeliner

  • Black mascara

  • Red lip liner

  • Red lipstick

  • Face brush

  • Translucent finishing powder

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Create the cheekbones

Apply Spirit Gum adhesive onto each cheekbone prosthetic. Let the adhesive dry for a few seconds until tacky to prevent the prosthetic from slipping on your face.

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Apply the prosthetics

Apply a prosthetic to each cheekbone, making sure all edges are smooth and unwrinkled.


Let it dry

Let the prostheses dry for at least two minutes to ensure they will remain in place.


Accentuate the cheekbones

Apply a layer of foundation over your entire face (and concealer if you wish) using makeup wedges and taking special care to blend makeup over the edges of the prostheses.


Time for contouring

Use a contouring brush to sweep a dark stroke of taupe powder along the cheekbone, starting at the top of the cheekbone and finishing at the base. Repeat this on the opposite side.



Highlight your cheekbones

Use a small makeup brush to dust highlighting powder on top of each cheekbone.


Contour your nose

Contour each side of the nose using taupe powder to create a narrower, sharper look.


Apply eye makeup

Fill in your eyebrows with a brow pencil or brow powder, creating a high, exaggerated arch on each eyebrow.

Start a smoky eye

Apply a light eye shadow over the entire eyelid using a smoky eye-shadow palette.


Blend out darker shades

Use a blending brush to apply a darker shadow in the crease of each eye, blending out toward the temple.

Accentuate your brows

Sweep yellow eye shadow along each brow bone.

Time for eyeliner

Line the top lash line with liquid eyeliner, making the line thicker at the end and slightly winged past the natural lash line.

Apply your falsies

Apply a false eyelash to the top of each lash line, following instructions on the eyelash packaging,


Add some mascara

Apply two coats of black mascara to each eye.

Add lip liner and lipstick

Line and fill in your lips using red lip liner.

Apply a saturated coat of red lipstick.

Finish and set your Maleficent look

Your makeup transformation is almost complete. Use a face brush to apply a coat of translucent finishing powder to keep your makeup in place. Put on your Maleficent costume and headpiece and you are ready to go.


The key to mastering an authentic Maleficent look is to make sure your cheekbones are prominent, striking and dramatic.



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