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Change Color for Halloween

Updated on February 14, 2013

Show Your True Colors

Have you ever wanted to do something a bit more colorful for Halloween or any other costume party? I have been red, green, brown and purple for various costumes and let me tell you, people take notice. It can be a fun and creative way to change your look. I'll tell you some of the best ways to change your color for whatever occasion you wish.

Scarlet the Demoness

Scarlet was my first color costume. I did it for Halloween in 2004. I realized that I wouldn't want to paint my entire body so I found red tights and put fishnet tights over them to imply that was my leg color. I also wore opera length red satin gloves with fishnet gloves over them to avoid having to paint that area. Now the task of making myself red was so much easier. I only had to paint my face, neck, chest and tops of my arms. These areas will get less contact and so won't rub off as badly.

Kelly the Gremlin

The idea for Kelly is taken from the works of Roald Dahl. His gremlins predate the movie that comes to everyone's minds. Once again, I didn't want to have to paint everything. I found a bodysuit and tights from the same manufacturer so they matched. I tried several different paint colors and it works better in some lights than others but most people don't notice subtle color differences. Adding lots of green accent pieces helps to convince the eye that it's all about the same color.

Autumn Fey

The idea for this one is a fey or fairy but without wings. This time I only needed to paint the face and chest, and I wore gloves and darker tights. A friend made me a pair of leather ears on a headband and I painted them to match my skin tone.

Violet the Space Cadet

I did Violet for a science fiction convention where the theme was space cadets. I hadn't done purple before so I thought it would be fun. Unfortunately I tried a liquid body paint and it was a bit odd and gave me a dappled appearance. Sometimes you just have to work with a flaw, so I added more spots in places to make it all seem intentional.

Widget the Automaton

Widget is my steampunk robot. The base tone is gold, but I mix in a lot of other metal colors and powders as well to give her more depth. I also draw in lines and rivets to add to the robotic effect. I had a friend sew the leggings and sleeves out of a metallic fabric.

Kryolan Face Paint

When I did face painting for children, I learned about a great face paint by Kryolan that is water based not oil. It dries quickly and doesn't smear easily. You can blend it and paint with it very easily. It works great for doing small designs on faces, so I figured it should work well on a larger scale. As an artist, I love how easily you can sponge large areas or use a brush to make fine lines. It comes off quickly with soap and water and doesn't make your skin greasy. It will still transfer to your clothes a little, but it usually launders out depending on the fabric.


I use a slightly wetted makeup sponge with the water based Kyrolan paint I talked about above. You will need to add several coats and be careful not to get the sponge too wet or it will wipe off the previous layer. You can also use an airbrush, but you will get a very flat look that I am not as fond of. Also, my skin reacts badly to being sprayed so I prefer this method. The paint dries pretty quickly. After I get a good base coat covering everything, I will take a fine brush and do my eyeliner and lips with the paint in a contrasting color. Next I add a little dimension to the look with a darker color of powder in the hollows of my cheeks, above my eyes, under my chin and anywhere else that might need a little sculpting. A little lighter powder on the nose, and cheekbones will then help finish the look. I spray a fixative over the whole thing last.

So tell me which of my silly colorful costumes is your favorite.

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So I hope this has given you some fun and colorful ideas for your next costumes.

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    • deckdesign profile image

      deckdesign 5 years ago

      I like how you match the color with the costume. Very cool and imaginative.

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Awesome ideas and color tips for creating a unique Halloween Costume. You look wonderful in all of your costumes!

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      Karen Kay 6 years ago from Jackson, MS

      Great costumes and cute ideas! Thanks for the tip for kids' face paint! Blessed!

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      agoofyidea 6 years ago

      You have a great talent for costomes. The color really works. Great lens.

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      elyria 6 years ago


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      fugeecat lm 6 years ago

      i'm going to be a demon for halloween. and i might just have to try the paint for the costume. your costume was great.

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      Jules Corriere 6 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      What a lot of terrific ideas! And I appreciate the application tips! Nice lens!

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      john35055 6 years ago

      Nice variety of skin tones lol.

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      PainMan1 6 years ago

      Very cool, fun lens! Great job! Can't wait to see what color you'll be this year! Happy Halloween!

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      JeremyAce 6 years ago

      Matching the skin tone color to the clothing color seems to be the hard part. That and the more earthy colors seem to come out the best. Thanks for sharing!

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      cool. i hadn't known what to use.