York Little Theatre makeup artist Susan Taylor offered some tips recently on the classic Count Dracula costume.
The theater is offering "Dracula, Up Close and Personal" in the Bon-Ton Studio as its Halloween play.
Here are five steps to becoming Dracula.
1. Buff alabaster powder into the skin to lighten it to get that half dead look. Taylor plugged Make Believin' Costumes at 2709 S. Queen St. in Dallastown as a local place to fill most of your monster makeup needs.
2. The menacing eyes are key, she said. Surround the eyes with black eyeliner and put a thin line of red near the bottom waterline.
York Little Theatre's Dracula, played by Ken Bruggeman, will be wearing green contacts to contrast with the red-rimmed eyes, Taylor said. She said she buys the contacts at Hair Depot at 137 N. Duke St. in York for $20.
3. Fangs also can be bought at Make Believin', Taylor said. The fangs come with a plastic that is heated and placed into the hollow fangs and then pushed up over the canines. Taylor said she has had actors sing while wearing the fangs and they did not come off. The fangs can be reused.
4. A black wig, fashioned to you choice.
5. The finishing touch is a black shirt over black pants with a large medallion and the essential black cape, Taylor said.
"Then, there you go," Taylor said. "You're a vampire."