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Stitch ‘Em Up Tight With This Amazing DIY Makeup Tutorial

Stitch ‘Em Up Tight With This Amazing DIY Makeup Tutorial

It’s that time of year again. Pumpkin spice dominates all food flavors. Netflix is finally getting around to adding more horror classics. Facebook invites to Halloween parties have been rolling in. Now for the big question: what is your costume going to be?

Fear not! We’ve got you covered with some makeup tutorials that we hope will inspire and add spice to your costume plans, and this first one will have you in stitches! (I refuse to apologize for that joke.)

What You Need:

  • Red creme makeup *or* red eyeshadow
  • (Optional) Black eyeshadow
  • Brown eyeshadow *or* bronzing powder
  • White creme makeup *or* white eyeshadow
  • Black liquid eyeliner
  • Thin tipped brushes
  • Eyeshadow blending brush
  • A steady hand

The look I’m about to outline can be achieved with a few different tools and methods. That means it’s easy to find supplies and that you may even have most, if not all, of the things you need without making a special shopping trip!

The first step is to go ahead and lay down any foundation makeup you would normally wear. Put on your primer, concealer and foundation, then dust it all with a setting powder. It will be nearly impossible to add these things after you get started.

Next, decide where you want your stitches to be. I really love the look of them running from temple to jaw line, but you can place them anywhere you’d like. After you’ve made up your mind, draw a dotted line in red where you want the stitches to be. You can use either a red creme makeup, like I did, or a red eyeshadow.


Personally, I thought the red I used was a little bright, so I went back over the dashes with a touch of black eyeshadow to deepen their tone.

After you have the dashes in place, you are going to take a small brush and draw in what will look like parenthesis around each one using either your brown eyeshadow or bronzer. This is to help give the look a 3D effect.


Don’t worry if they look a little weird because after you’ve drawn them in, as you will be using your eyeshadow blending brush to carefully feather out the edges to give it a softer, shadowy look. Take care not to run the brush through the red, or you’ll risk smudging.

Next, you will want to take your white creme or eyeshadow and lightly fill in the gaps between the red and the brown shadow. If you find a pure white shade is going to be too light on your skin, you can alternately use a little bit of concealer in a shade or two lighter than your natural tone. This is going to increase the 3D look.


Now comes the real fun! It’s time to add the stitches. Take your liquid eyeliner and carefully draw in your stitches. They should ideally fall between your red dashes. I like to have a lot of variety and direction on mine, but you can also draw them in a more uniform manner if you prefer.


The last step is to again take your brown eyeshadow or bronzer and lightly add a line of it under the stitches and in little dots where the “thread” would be going into your skin. I recommend adding the brown under the stitches as light is more likely to be casting down on your face. This step will reinforce the 3D look.


Here’s where you are absolutely free to stop and dash out to your party, but I want to show you a few ways to take this to a more advanced level.

Let’s say a mad doctor was, in fact, stitching you together. Chances are good he’s not going to have all of the same bits to work with, so maybe he has to use some flesh scraps from a more necrotic “donor”. For this I applied some basic beauty makeup to one side of my face.


Then for the upper quarter of the other side I took some green eyeshadows along with contour makeup and started layering them on to give a more ghoulish look.


From there, you can apply your stitches exactly the same way as listed above. I also took an extra step and added a touch of white creme over the center of the stitches to make them pop out a little more. You can also swap in a silver creme makeup if you want to look stapled together.


This really is a versatile makeup technique that can serve a lot of purposes. With a little modification, I was even able to use it to create a look based off of Data in Star Trek: First Contact. And speaking of contacts, adding a contrasting color into one eye really ups the bizarre, disjointed nature of the look.


We would love to see how you apply this look as well as hear other tutorial requests for the future. In the meantime, stitch ‘em tight!

Feature Image Credit: Universal Studios

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