When it comes to Halloween, it’s always a hard one for girls.

We always want to look a little scary, but also a little sexy – and it’s a fine line trying pull it off without skewing too far either way.

Well, the arrival of the sugar skull is the perfect antidote to Halloween costume hang-ups, because it’s impressive, scary – and sexy all at the same time.

The legends at Napoleon Perdis showed us how it’s done:

#1: Prep, prep, prep!

Begin by cleansing and priming your skin for a perfect base. Next, apply a generous coat of black mascara. Add a light foundation all over the face (a few shades lighter than your natural colour) to appear skull-like and set with a light dusting of powder. Get heavy-handed with a translucent white powder if you want to look REALLY light.

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#2: Create your look

– Start by applying a blue eyeshadow in a circle shape around the eye and over the eyebrows using a medium sized domed brush.

– Sweep a red/deep pin shadow around the hair line and under the cheekbones to add warmth to the skin using a large blush brush.

– Add intricate swirls to the forehead using a black liquid liner. Ensure the design you create is thin and is mirrored on both sides.

– Apply to the eyelid and the top and lower lash line for a dramatic look. You can’t be too heavy-handed here.

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– Achieve a skull-like appearance by applying liquid liner to the tip of the nose, making sure to leave a strip down the middle to avoid looking like a cat.

– Give your eyes a floral look by adding small circles around the blue eyeshadow mimicking the look of small petals.

– Next mimic the look of stitches by pressing the tip of your black liquid liner onto the outer corners of the mouth and drawing a thin line. Next add with vertical stripes. –

– Finish with a swipe of bright red lipstick for a luscious result, adding more vertical black lines on top with your liquid liner – and make sure to add false lashes.

To perfect this look, try using the Napoleon Perdis Halloween Heroes Pack, (RRP:$59)

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