How to Apply Corpsepaint

By LeafTV Contributor

Corpsepaint is a style of makeup that makes you look like a corpse. It is very popular among the goth/punk scene and black metal bands. If not done properly, corpsepaint can make you look more like a clown than a corpse.

Woman with corpsepaint make-up in bath
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How to Apply Corpsepaint

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Apply foundation that is one or two shades lighter than your actual skin tone. Apply the makeup evenly so it doesn't look splotchy. Apply the makeup to your eyelids too. Put white powder over the foundation for a paler look.

Use dark eyeliner and eye shadow to give your eyes a dramatic look. Be creative; eyes are very important in corpsepaint--the darker your eye makeup, the better. Remember that you want to be unique, and you don't want to show up at a party or concert wearing the same eye makeup as someone else.

Find a good color of lipstick, preferably black or blood red. Many local drugstores have a limited selection of these colors, so it's best to look for lipstick at a theater makeup shop or website. For a more precise application and severe look, use a lipstick brush to apply your lip color.


  • Applying foundation to eyelids and lips helps your makeup stay on longer.

  • Always blend the foundation into your hair and jaw lines to avoid telltale lines.

  • Wear long sleeved clothing unless you are planning to cover your entire body in foundation.

  • Apply your corpsepaint so that is opaque and brightly colored.