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Bringing Out the Animal in You

Updated on September 5, 2011

Animal face costumes

I love doing cat face costumes. I've done a few in the past and they have been some of the most fun. You can do realistic coloration or you can go fantasy colors like I've done here.

I'm going to talk about how to achieve the cat face or any animal really for Halloween or anytime!

The prosethetic or muzzle

You can go a number of ways with a cat face. You can paint your face or you can put on a prosthetic. A prosthetic is a latex appliance that changes the terrain of your face. In this case, you are adding a small muzzle. I found that the "woochie" face works well. You will need a little liquid latex adhesive and a brush to apply it. Put the face on your face where you want it to go, getting as many points of contact as you can. You can use a little of the face paint that you will use later to mark where the muzzle will sit. You may want to cut the appliance down a little to fit better. Apply a little adhesive to both the muzzle and your nose and cheeks where the muzzle will touch. Allow it to get a little tacky but not to dry completely. Press the appliance to your face and hold in place for a short time. You may need to add a little adhesive on any spots that aren't sticking. You will get better at this with practice.

The facepaint

I dislike grease paint because it tends to smear and come off on things. I began using Kryolan face paint because it's more controllable and dries well. Also, it washes off with soap and water. After you have the prosthetic in place, you can paint your face working the paint over the appliance.

The Mad Cheshire Cat in the Hat

I love Alice in Wonderland and all the characters. I found a fabulous hat and thought maybe I'll do a cross between the Cheshire cat and the Mad Hatter. I had fun with the color scheme and went with purple and white.

Brannigan's Daughter

If you are a Doctor Who fan, you might recognize this character as an homage to Brannigan in the episode Gridlock. I really don't do recreation costumes, so this is the closest I've ever come. I thought it would be fun to imagine what the character's daughter might look like.

For this costume, I didn't need ears or a tail. The face is all the original character had to indicate his race, Catkind.


For my Kitsune or Japanese fox spirit, i thought I would go without the prosthetic and try for a kabuki inspired look for my face paint.

More on the Kitsune

For my Kitsune, I made the ears and tail with the help of my husband. I wore black velvet gloves to indicate fur on my hands. I wore wolf eye contacts to add to the effect.

I hope that you are now inspired to go make an animal of yourself

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    • mihgasper profile image

      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Amazing. I feel like an animal already:-)

    • agoofyidea profile image

      agoofyidea 6 years ago

      Great face painting. Looks like fun. Great lens

    • lasertek lm profile image

      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      The makeup and costume is really good.