Dare to Scare this Halloween

Halloween is upon us, so we called on expert makeup artist and Great Lengths devotee, Lianne Burgess from Great Lengths Gold Salon, Salon Ten to inspire us on how to pull off the incredibly lifelike “scary skull” look.


Check out the easy to do hair and make-up step by steps below to make sure you’re rocking a killer look this fright night.


Scary Skull Hair

Lianne is wearing:

  • 200 Great Lengths bonds of Colour 110, 40cm from Great Lengths Fashion Colours
  • Extensions have been cut to 20cm and coloured black from the roots to create an ombre effect 

You will need:

How to:

  • Before styling, distribute mousse from your mid-lengths to ends
  • Section the hair in half, dividing the top and the bottom
  • Starting with the bottom section, using a large barrel tong, tong the hair, varying the direction of the curl
  • Continue to work throughout the bottom section until all of the hair has been curled
  • Drop the remaining top section and repeat the process
  • Use your hands to shake out the style, creating an ‘unfinished’ type wave effect

To finish, lightly spritz with hairspray to hold in place

When speaking of the scarily-cool hair look, Lianne says:

Great Lengths extensions are perfect for helping to create this statement look. They are so versatile which means I can style them just like my own hair, using heated tools to create the curls. I find they keep styles in much longer in comparison to when I style my natural hair, meaning I can go from day to night without having to re-style it. I couldn’t achieve this look without the volume they give me and the silver fashion colour is totally unachievable with my natural hair without compromising the quality”.


Scary Skull Makeup

You will need:

  • Makeup sponge
  • Black and white face paint
  • Black eyeshadow
  • Black khol eyeliner
  • Black mascara
  • Black lipstick
  • White khol eyeliner
  • Face jewels / rhinestones
  • False eyelashes

How to:

  • Using a sponge, apply white face paint all over the face and neck
  • Draw the outline of the skull with a light coloured eyeliner
  • Use black eyeliner on the waterline of the eyes and apply black mascara to the lashes. For an extra dramatic effect, apply flash eyelashes to the top lashes
  • Use black face paint on a sponge to fill in all the areas that need to be black (eyes, nose and mouth) smudging the edges to create a softer look with a clean eye shadow brush
  • Use the excess eyeshadow on the brush to create softer definition and contouring of the skull
  • Apply a dark lipstick across the lips
  • For glam horror, add rhinestones or jewels. Using the handle of an eyeshadow brush, dab duo eyelash glue onto lips, wait a few seconds until it turns sticky and then stick on the jewels using fingertips or tweezers for a more precise application


Whether trick-or-treating this Halloween, let your hair and makeup do the talking and add some glam horror to your style with the Scary Skull get the look.

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