How To: Bludgeoned Barbie Halloween Makeup

Hello everyone! If you follow me on social media you’ll know that this week I was originally going to review my Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara that Influenster recently sent to me, but with Halloween around the corner I thought I could show you guys what I tried out for the first time this week to get you into the spirit of the season. I just want to warn you now, these Halloween puns are most likely going to continue throughout this post… so get ready to roll your eyes!

As a massive makeup lover, I’ve seen a lot of alternative looks on Instagram this week including budget ideas on how to do fake wounds. Needless to say, after binge-watching several tutorials on YouTube combined with the latest series of American Horror Story, I had been itching to give it a try myself without forking out a lot of money for the skin latex and having to wait for it to arrive by post. If I’m completely honest with you, I haven’t even purchased fake blood for this year’s Halloween! This is something that is totally optional for what I’m going to be showing you today; I haven’t used it in this look as I’ve concentrated on bruising, but if you decide to try it yourself then why not add some fake blood?

I’m always very indecisive when it comes to what costume I should wear for Halloween. I don’t really like making a spectacle of myself, yet I love being extra. It’s an odd predicament I have to say… I decided this year I would channel my love for all things creepy as well as my love for all things girly. This look is either a Bludgeoned Barbie or my interpretation of if Regina George didn’t survive the bus incident.

In this post I’m just concentrating on the makeup. The outfit style is completely down to you guys. Have fun with it, make it your own! All of the products I use to create this look are either already in your home or inexpensive, so I thought this would be a cool idea to show you if you don’t like spending too much money on things you won’t use often.

You Will Need:

  • Facial moisturiser
  • PVLA Glue
  • Tissue Paper
  • Makeup Revolution’s Spectre SFX palette
  • Any foundation that matches your skin tone
  • Any other makeup of choice. In the following photos I used Makeup Revolution’s Dark Reign palette for my eyes
  • Tweazers
  • Hairdryer (optional)
  • Fake Blood (optional)
  • Spare time and patience

Step 1…

Start by moisturising your face!! This is really important if you have sensitive skin! When I did this look I forgot to moisturise and I was lucky enough to not have any bad affects from using PVLA glue on my skin. However everyone has a different skin type, so I really recommend using a face cream beforehand.

Step 2…

Apply a thin layer of glue to the selected area of your face.

Step 3…

Rip up some tissue that will cover the area. Try not to use any of the straight edges of the tissue as it will make it more obvious and it won’t look as good. Apply several layers until it is thick, adding more glue to the top of the tissue. Repeat until you feel that you have enough ‘scar tissue’ (see what I did there?).

Step 4…

Let it dry! If you’re in no rush then let it dry naturally. This will take roughly 40 minutes. If you’re anything like me, you will already be running late so using a hairdryer on the lowest heat (and I can’t stress this enough!) will speed up the process.

Step 5…

Once the scar tissue is dry, make a small rip in it to give the appearance of a wound. You can play around with the tissue a little bit to make it look like the skin is falling off, if you prefer more of a zombie look.

Step 6…

Apply a small amount of foundation to the fake wound, so it blends in with your skin. Make sure you can’t tell where the tissue is when you blend your foundation in.

Step 7:

Now you can start playing with the fun stuff! For my wound I used the Spectre SFX palette by Makeup Revolution. It only costs £6 from Superdrug and it’s a cream-based product. Here is what the palette looks like:

Step 8…

Use the black shade inside the wound around the edges to create depth and shadow. This should be on the skin you can see through the rip you have made in the tissue.

Step 9:

Use the two red shades together and cover the inside of the wound and gently blend with the black. Continue with the red shades around the entrance of the wound so it looks swollen, bloody and just plain nastayyy… This look is almost complete!

Step 10:

Use some of the purple shade to create bruising around the area. You can mix this with the off-green shade to create a different bruising shade. You don’t have to limit your fake bruising to the wound either. In the pictures below I have added some cuts and bruises to my nostril area and my bottom lip. Now is the time to add that fake blood if you’re using it, too. Add a small amount to the inside of the wound but don’t saturate the tissue as may end up turning to mush.

Step 11:

You’re all done! Now, just your makeup as usual, or play around with something bright if it isn’t your usual style. Remember this is essentially a dead Barbie girl so you want to look glam AF still! I went for glitter and blue because I felt like this was the most contrasting to the wound.

So here is my finished look. I know that it is far from perfect as it was my first go at it and the products are not expensive at all. Considering that, don’t think it turned out too bad!

Let me know what you guys think! I’d love to see what you beautiful lot do with this look, as you really can change it up and make it your own! Why not post it to your Instagram or Twitter and tag me @shannonatron so I can see the outcome?

I hope you all have a great Halloween! See you next week! Xoxo


While I have used PVLA Glue on my skin this may not be a good idea for everyone. I am lucky to have very resilient skin. If you have any allergies or particularly sensitive skin then I do not in any recommend using this particular method. I do not take any responsibility for the outcome if you try this at home.


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