Halloween Make up & Effects
Here's a trick to get some treats
One of the tricks of Halloween, is being someone or something else. The scarier the better, and the less they can tell its you the better! Here I have compiled what I could think of to help you with simple prosthetic all the way to making your own Bald cap, and full head mold as well as special make-up FX. There's some pretty creepy things and if you watch the Syfy TV show Face-off You might get some ideas of how to create details with just regular make up alone.
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The Amature MASTER!
For as far as I can remember
Which was since at least high school, I've been able to freak out friends, co-workers and others.
I've gone to school on Halloween when we were NOT allowed to dress up (& if we did would be suspended) but STILL did anyway but in a way you may not notice right away. I made it look like I slit my throat & wrists no one other than my then best friend noticed. She grabbed my arm & said what did you do?!!? She really thought I had tried to slit my wrist to the point that it at least looked like a bloody sore or bruise.
Another time, when I graduated high school & was in a new neighborhood I scared the well.... I swear the person peed their pants! They ran back in the house when they saw me!! I was supposed to be a dead Hockey player complete with CCM equipment bag (for the small accessories pucks, gloves etc) as my treats bag also hockey stick, a jersey and gave myself a black eye using regular every day make-up (eye-shadow) a 'puck' in the eye (well in the eye of my Glow in the Dark Friday the 13th mask), a missing tooth or 2, & scar as far as I remember BUT what must have scared the person is the way I tried to make what looked like maggots & decaying skin... that trick is my own and I'd have to try again & see how it looks before I give away my secret.
I haven't made my own prothetics yet, though I would like to try a couple of simple things. I will also try that one day, but i'm not sure if that will be for this Halloween. (I already have a few costume ideas set up for the next couple of years! (YES I'm THAT into it) It just depends if I can fit into a certain someone's Army pants to do this years! otherwise we will save it for next (which by then I better have lost enough weight by)
I also watch the show Face off on the Syfy channel to try and learn some tricks and get ideas of how to use different stuff, for instance... Fishnets or that shower puff netting, works good for making the look of scales!
Depending on what you are going to be... You will need some form of make-up kit (some of which you can find cheap at stores like CVS etc. You know the ones with the Black tooth crayon, Black or white (aka Clown make up) face paint sometimes they have a few different colored 'crayon's in it some sort of 'sponge'
Stipple sponge is great for making beard stubble
wedge foam make up sponges are great for blending (plus soft if you have sensitive skin)
If you are serious about your halloween make-up get a face painting brush set
Check out the Videos below for How To's for a variety of things. Including making your own mold of a face, etc.
as for other basic needs... if you want to make your own mold to make prosthetics & full mask... You will need either molding clay that doesn't harden (but if it falls or you squeeze may ruin your mold) or the stuff that hardens when you bake it. After your Mold is shaped (& if needed hardened) use foam latex or the latex 'flesh' like I noted here and spread a thin layer on, you may need a few layers so let sit to dry (even when it's dry it may feel sticky) wait about 5-15 minutes between each layer to be sure (or in front of a fan) & spread up to 8-10 layers. After the last one dries, put some powder on top to take away the stickiness.. baby powder is fine.
If any of the prothsetics are going to go over someone;s eyebrows, use vasiline so it will come off easier (if you apply it directly)
If you are not sure what items yiu will need you can ask me & I'll help! I'll be doing make up for a friend or 2 this year besides mine of course! Find what you need here
Sometimes Less REALLY is more
(sometimes when you have 'more' it makes what you've done look fake)
Try experimenting before Halloween with any FX make-up etc.
especially preparing (making) any prothetics or especially FULL masks yourself.
Dvd, Books and How Tos help
Now when It comes to learning how to do make-FX I already had a bit of a talent for it just growing up but watching the show Face-off as mentioned, I've learned how to do some other stuff or it has inspired me to try something or inspired a costume even.
Depending on the amount of Flesh, wounds etc You have you may need a larger amount of Latex or blood or both.
This Methods of Movie Make-up DVD will help, I do believe that was the title of the one I rented from Netflix... You could also check out the
I will also see if I can find how to make your own at home prosthetic. (esp. if you don't have all the machines Molds etc the Make-up artist have at their disposal...Plus.. not all of us have time for that let alone room)
I will make note on the Retractable fangs, they are not realistic as the caps, and they easily fall out when you 'fang out'. They are not worth ANY amount of money. I've seen them for $15 & more I got mine (same kind) for under $10 (between $5 & & i think)
And being I don't have the workshop to make my own prosthetics and cannot really make all my own wounds etc or need some help, I've included an accident kit on
My Halloween Make-up Blog Page Which has how I have done some of my past make-ups (since 2013) as well as other how to videos not here. (way to much to cover)
Silvia is a good channel on YouTube to get ideas and how to's for Halloween make-up
Face off - Syfy tuesdays @ 9pm est
My Favorite Face off contestants & creationsClick thumbnail to view full-size
I'm not really into 'reality' show or competition ones but Face-off is MUST SEE tv for me!
I love watching how the artists put their creations together & only WISH I had a workshop with at least the supplies, if not certain machines.. (like that suction one that you can make many molds out of one.)
I've watched it since the first season and in the first episode I always pick at least one who I favor, and as the season goes on I may pick another 1 or 2 depending how many may impress me.
Connor McCullagh was in the first season as well equally talented Tate .
Connor worked on The Hunger Games movie, on Vampire Diaries during 2009 for 4 episodes, Jackass the movie for make-up department On Special Effects for Freddy Vs. Jason, Tooth & Nail, Children of the Corn 5 as well as other well known & not so movies & Tv series and other departments like visual effects & costume & wardrobe.
Tate Steinsiek worked on Special Effects for Piranahconda (as well as being a 2nd unit or assistant director. Healso worked FX on The Amazing Spider-man as well as with the make-up department. In Piranahconda he was also one of the actors (as well as in a few other movies as an extra) particularly as a thug (ok hoping Syfy or Chiller puts that on again soon) Director, producer (&) or writer for 1-2 movie shorts. Tate's Spotlight challenge gallery (season 1)
There have also be a few memorable creations not only by these two but by the others throughout the years. (Wish I could find the others) however below are just a few pictures have found of my favorites. (sadly not even one from each season, & none of Connor's or Tate's , but then I might need a seperate gallery for theirs possibly each)
I'm not sure if they still have some make-up tips up from contestants but I know they had it in a past season or 2, but so far I have yet to find it.
Another one of my favorites has been Roy (Season 3 Creation Gallerythe past 2 seasons, Laura as well comes out with some very creative stuff. I know only one can win but (instead of having had Vets vs newbies why not an all vets or have 1 vet winner & 1 newbie winner)
Honestly I prefer to just purchase what I need separate or if a kit has a specific color theme to it (like if I am going to be Frankenstein or his bride then I'd buy something that has greens /grays as well as if it has the neck bolt accessories. As these generic kits can sometimes have some really cheesy colors or sometimes the latex and other items in the tubes can be hard or too soft and that sort. A lot of times, I usually find there is not enough in the tubes to do what I wish, but if you have more than one child that needs some sort of make-up with their costume... then this is a good deal
The blood Capsules in this are not a good color I prefer to buy them separate. besides I can make my own and it would look closer to the real color. If you want a realistic effect, find the dark red ones (preferably cherry flavored)