Halloween Pirate Costume: Drowned Crew of the Flying Dutchman

by Loepsie
16 Materials
30 Minutes

Part of the ship, part of the crew... this Halloween makeup tutorial is my tribute to the Pirates of the Caribbean's Flying Dutchman and its magnificent, drowned sea crew.

Follow along with me as I create a Halloween pirate costume with a creepy drowned look.

Tools and materials: 

  • Glue stick
  • Brush 
  • Concealer
  • Powder
  • Eyeshadow
  • Stippling sponge
  • Makeup brushes
  • Foundation
  • Scar wax
  • Wet wipes
  • Bandana
  • Shells
  • Band-aid tape
  • Lash glue
  • Seaweed
  • Coconut oil
Erasing your eyebrows

1. Erase your eyebrows

Start by erasing your eyebrows using a glue stick method. Take a child-safe glue stick and cover your entire eyebrows with it. Go over them with a brush to smooth everything down.

Then, add a layer of concealer to mute out your eyebrows followed by some powder. If you have dark eyebrows you may want to go in with some more layers of glue, concealer, and powder until your eyebrows are covered.

Once done, apply a layer of foundation to your eyebrows as well as your forehead and eyelids to make everything look the same tone.

Applying eye makeup

2. Apply eye makeup

Moving on to the nasty skin texture. Apply red eyeshadow underneath your eyes to create a tired, irritated skin effect.

Apply it to the hollows of your eyes as well. Then go in with some purple eyeshadow to make your eye sockets look sunken and hollow. Keep applying the red and purple until you achieve the desired look.

Creating wrinkles

3. Create the wrinkly skin

Next, go in with a stippling sponge and some green eye shadow pigment to create the appearance of textured skin. Go over random bits of skin with the green on your sponge.

Then it's time to create some wrinkles. Take an angled liner brush and some brown eyeshadow. Then squint and contort your face in different ways and trace your natural wrinkles.

Once done, add a couple more wrinkles, and especially the eye bags are very important in this look. Be sure to draw everything in a downward direction.

Next, take a tiny eyeshadow brush and create dots in red, brown, and purple. Draw little spots and veins, really working on the skin texture. We want to make it look very unhealthy.

Draw in more wrinkles and then go over your face with the stippling brush and some brown eyeshadow to make it look a little bit dirtier.

Creating warts

4. Create the warts

Next, we’re going to create the warts on the pirate’s face. Take your scar wax, it is easiest to work with when your hands are wet, or you can use some wet wipes to manipulate the wax.

Create random patches of wax dots and weird shapes and then go around the edges with blue and purple eyeshadow to make them look really irritated. Then go over the tops with yellow.

Pirate headwrap

5. Put the headwrap on

Separate out some hair and put a bandana or other headwrap on (I just took an old t-shirt and tied it around my head). Then take some skin-colored eyeshadow and dirty it up a little bit.

Attaching shells to face

6. Attach the shells

Attach the heavier shells to your face with band-aid tape. Place the tape in a way that you know you'll be able to hide it later on. Apply the smaller shells with lash glue.

Then, I found some moss that looks like seaweed, and I used that to hide the tape and also just to add to the whole underwater effect.

If any of the shells look too clean, you can apply some black eyeshadow to them to make them look dirtier.

Proceed to add some wrinkles and texture around the shells to make them look more integrated with your skin.

Coloring lips

7. Color lips

Cancel out your lips with a little bit of foundation and then go over them with a sponge and some brown eyeshadow to make them a little bit textured and dirty.

Then take just a tiny bit of blue eyeshadow and color in your lips to make them look dead and nasty and then fill the insides in with black.

Wetting the hair

8. Wet the hair

The final step is to take some coconut oil and make the hair look wet, you want to make it look like you just stepped out of water.

Oil won't dry up so it's better than using actual water as you can wear it for hours without it drying up.

Halloween pirate costume

Here we have the finished drowned pirate Halloween makeup look from the Flying Dutchman of Pirates of the Caribbean.

I love how the pirate strikes the balance between looking half-dead yet still alive as well as how they blend in with the underwater setting.

If you create this Halloween pirate costume, let me know in the comments down below.

Suggested materials:
  • Glue stick
  • Brush
  • Concealer
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