Want to do a killer skull look this Halloween? James Charles can help you take your costume to the next level, so you stand out in the sea of black cats and angels (no shade). In the video above, you’ll see our very lucky senior beauty editor, Lauren Balsamo, get the full James Charles treatment with a half-face rainbow skull that looks anything but basic. Not only was the end result really effing cool, but he also completed the whole look in less than 24 minutes. So. Damn. Major.
Using the reds, oranges, blues, and purples in his new Morphe x James Charles The Mini Palette, James is able to make this look pop—no primer necessary. These pigmented shades (two of which are named after his mom and dad—adorable!) combined with his insane shading technique, helps James create gorgeous cheekbones on Lauren (which, let’s be real, she basically already had).
Yes, you’re going to have to go ham with your blending brush to recreate this look, but the results will be so worth it. Oh, and don’t forget to use black eyeliner to define your jawbone—it really makes the skeletal vibe come to life. Seriously, this look brings a whole new meaning to good bone structure.
To finish off the look, James adds more rainbow shades to Lauren’s eye, in what might be the most impressively fast eye makeup application I’ve ever seen. He also adds a cut crease and, of course, fierce full lashes that pull the whole makeup look together. To be totally honest, being dead never looked so good. Don’t forget to peep the whole video above!