Friday, October 27, 2006

Get Spooky

With Halloween just around the corner I thought it muight be fun to talk about Halloween makeup.

I love Halloween and decorate my home every year with huge spiders, rats and of course carved pumpkins.

Here are a few tips and techniques to help you bring your makeup and costume ideas to life with terrifying ease!

GETTING STARTED
1. Decide if you should put your makeup on before or after getting in costume. If your costume is one that can easily be put on without touching your face and messing up your makeup, go ahead and do your makeup first. It's easier to put makeup on when you are not in costume because you don't have to worry about messing up your costume.

However, if your costume is going to be difficult to put on, go ahead and get into it before putting on your makeup. Simply drape a towel around your neck to protect your costume from makeup splatters and drips. This way you can do a great job on your makeup and not accidentally mess it up while putting on your costume.

2. Get your hair out of the way. Now that you are ready to begin with the makeup, secure a scarf around your head so that all your hair is covered. This will keep your face makeup out of your hair, prevent your hair from messing up your makeup and will give you a clear view of your whole face.

3. Use a couple of mirrors (one on either side) to study your face. Take a moment to imagine the makeup on your face before applying it. Taking a little time to mentally plan how you're going to put on your makeup can help prevent frustrating mistakes and may give you some new ideas.

4. Have fun! Nothing is too strange for Halloween, so be creative! If you decide at the last minute that you want to try something wild, go for it! If it doesn't work out, you've (hopefully) started early and will have time to clean up and go back to the original plan.

SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR LOOKS
Old As The Hills - When trying to look old, don't just draw dark lines on your skin to look like wrinkles. First cover the skin in a lighter than normal color using baby powder or white blemish cover stick. Then draw the dark lines using an eyeliner and slightly blend them to the surrounding area with your finger. Then add baby powder to give the skin that old, dry look. You can also use the baby powder in your hair to get that gray look.

Walking Dead - Be a skeleton on Halloween night by smearing white paint all over your face and black paint around your eyes, nose and mouth. Use a black eyeliner to make teeth and spooky-looking nostrils.

Get Bit - If you want to be a Vampire, first cover face in white powder makeup or white blemish cover stick. Outline sharp eyebrows, and then fill in with black makeup. Draw lines on the face with reddish-brown makeup, and blur the edges a bit. Outline the eyes and draw a line up about an inch from the outside edge of the eye. Drip fake blood from the edges of the mouth. (see below for details on making fake blood) Comb hair into a point in the middle of the forehead. Use fake teeth to complete the transformation.

Which is Witch? - To look like a witch, cover the face in green or white powder makeup or white blemish cover stick. With a black makeup stick, draw lines in a "V" in the middle of the forehead and create some lines around the mouth. Draw lines on the hands with an eyeliner pen; almost follow the veins to make the hands look old. Tease and spray hair with a super stick hairspray. Place in a few plastic bugs.

EXTRA EFFECTS
For scars and sores: Combine pink or green face tissue with corn syrup.

For facial hair: Use the hair from an old stuffed toy or hairbrush and attach with double stick tape or fake eyelash adhesive.

For blood: Combine red food color and corn syrup. After dripping the blood where you want it to be, don't let the edges of the blood smear. Give the fake blood plenty of time to dry and be mindful not to wipe your face later on in the evening!

For blood and gore: Use red food color, corn syrup and chunky peanut butter.

Have fun at Halloween and I would love to see photos of what you all dressed up as. Feel free to send them to lipstickpowder_n_paint@yahoo.ca

1 Comments:

Blogger TheBeautyBrains said...

Thanks for the great tips.

If you don't have time to make a costume and put on make-up here are some ideas.

1. Tape dollar bills to your ears. You are a Buccaneer.

2. Tape a plastic baby to your butt. You are a baby sitter.

3. Tape a coin to your back. You are a Quarter back. (or Nickle Back).

Ok, I'll stop now.

Right Brain

Incidentally, the Beauty Brains have moved. Check out our new site at http://thebeautybrains.com

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