Halloween is right around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about your costume. You could buy something from the store replete with a body suit and a mask, or you could try something a little different this year. Have you ever thought about creating your own Halloween costume using clothes and accessories you have around the house and using makeup to create a stunning look? If so, this is a great article for you!
Everyone can come up with ideas for creating a puppy dog’s face or a kitten. You can easy apply stage makeup to create the witch from The Wizard of Oz or white foundation a la Bella Lugosi’s Dracula. But what about using makeup to create an alien skin or creating something entirely new?
The key to creating dynamic coverage ideas like this is mixing. Just like with paint, makeup can be mixed to create unique hues that you might not wear to a board meeting but that would be perfect for your Halloween ensemble. Here are 3 ideas you can try this season:
Contouring. This new fad in makeup might look like a lot of work on a normal day but it’s perfect for a day full of Halloween activities. You can use the contouring technique to create a skeleton, spider in a web, or walking dead appearance by creating lines of color. These “masks” will be great as you take the kids to their Halloween party or go trick or treating around town. Blend in the makeup for a night on the town after the kids go to bed.
Accident Victim. Once of the costumes that you see at every adult Halloween party is the accident victim. The person is either a toxic waste victim, burn victim, or car accident victim. The look is often all encompassing of the face – nothing of the original visage remains. Try sectioning your face in half, making one side up beautifully as if you were going to attend a gala – beautiful lipstick, check accents, eye shadow: the works. Then create a jagged up using lipstick and eyeliner for a more defined gash and create bruising and skin damage on the other side. The contrasting looks will be dramatic and breathtaking. This is definitely a look that could help you win a Halloween costume award.
Animal Spots. Cats and dogs are cute but how about going for an exotic animal like a Leopard or a Koala Bear? Study and picture and use dark makeup to shade as the animals fur patterns go. Add props to the look – wear a hood that is painted with the animal’s pattern and conceal your own hair. Browns, creams, and golds will make this look pop.
Halloween makeup can be simplistic or dynamic. Go for the latter! Try unique patterns to add depth and dimension to your costume. People will stop and stare, ask how you did it, and put that on their mental list for next year. Stand out from the rest of the party crowd and let your makeup work for you!