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Scary Halloween Makeup Tips

Updated on December 22, 2013

Start Planning Your Halloween Face Makeup Now

It's never too early to start thinking about your Halloween costume, and that includes your makeup. Especially when you start looking at the prices of those Halloween masks!

A good mask that portrays a popular character, can cost $60 or $75 - or more. And when you think about it, all you really need to put together the perfect costume is a little imagination and a few good makeup tricks.

You may even have some of the makeup items you'll need already on hand. Dig through that makeup drawer and find those old false eyelashes you've never worn or that horrible blood-red shade of lipstick. Green or black nail polish, black eye shadow, ornage-y blush - all those trendy items you bought a year ago and never got around to wearing because the colors were just too horrible can now, finally serve a purpose.

Use them to create the ultimate scary Halloween makeup!

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The Secret Of Scary Halloween Makeup

Scary Halloween Makeup On A Zombie
Scary Halloween Makeup On A Zombie

The Answer Is Liquid Latex

What is the secret that Hollywood makeup artists know about achieving a very scary Halloween look with makeup? Ever wonder how other people create some of that gruesome Halloween makeup magic? You've seen it, I'm sure. Zombies with torn flesh hanging off their face that looks so realistic it makes you cringe and turn away. Freddy Krueger with burn scars so realistic you almost feel sorry for the guy.

Witches with 'real' warts, Frankensteins with 'real' stitches, and Reptilians with such scales so 'real' they look painful.

How do they do it? It's obviously not a mask because it looks much more realistic than any mask you've ever seen. It's makeup, that's for sure. But what are they using?

It's called Liquid Latex and it's how you tell the men from the boys when it comes to scary Halloween makeup! (even when it's a woman wearing it!)

Liquid Latex ~ Cinema FX Secrets

Cinema Secrets Liquid Latex

This is the latex used by professional Hollywood makeup artists when they want to create the scariest Halloween makeup effects. If you've never worked with it before it can take a letting getting used to. Which is why it's so important to start planning your Halloween makeup early - so you can make sure you're as realistic looking and scary as possible!

Liquid latex comes in a variety of colors, so if you're worried about getting that perfect shade of blue for your Avatar costume - don't. You can easily match flesh tones or even use a clear latex and use makeup to create your special effects.

Tip: For lumps, bumps, warts and extra gruesome scars try combining tissues and liquid latex to make your own prosthetics.

Cinema Secrets Liquid Latex, Flesh, 2 oz
Cinema Secrets Liquid Latex, Flesh, 2 oz

Use Cinema Secrets Liquid Latex to blend prosthetics and create realistic looking scars, gashes, blemishes and warts.

Lightly tinted a flesh color which can be enhanced with your own makeup for theatrical effects.


Get Liquid Latex

Liquid Latex

Here are many different sized containers of liquid latex, different colors too. You can create the best Halloween looks with this stuff. It's what the horror movie makeup crews use to create some of your favorite monsters and spooks in all those scary movies you watch. Have some real FX fun this year by creating your own scarred and damaged look with liquid latex.

Scary Halloween Makeup Tips

Scary Halloween Makeup Tips

When you are going to create your own scary Halloween makeup look to match your costume, I have a very important piece of advice for you.


I cannot stress how very important it is ~ for your own safety and for the effect you are looking for. If you don't follow the directions that come with your makeup or products, it is not going to do what you want it to. So be smart and read the instructions that come with it either on a paper or on the container.

  1. A week or so before the big party, do a small patch test first to make sure you're not allergic to the makeup you're going to use. Test each product on the area where you plan to use it.

    For example, if you're going to be using a green face paint, dab a small bit of makeup on your face and leave it for at least 20 minutes. Test eye shadows on your eyelids, test fake blood on your face and arms, etc.

    Leave makeup on for at least 2 minutes and after removal look for signs or irritation or rash.

  2. When applying colored face paints - like green or blue or red - apply a moisturizer or face cream first to help prevent the makeup from staining your skin. This will also make it easier to remove.
  3. Before applying a colored base to your face or skin, apply an undercoat of white stage makeup. The white will neutralize brown skin tones and make your colors look more vibrant.
  4. Apply your makeup in layers and give each layer time to set. A quick dusting of invisible or translucent powder helps set your makeup and make it longer lasting. Allowing your makeup to set between layers the layers stand out more instead of all your makeup blending together.
  5. Never use crazy glue or hot glue to attach eyelashes, warts, noses or any other accessories. The dangers are just too numerous to mention and too horrendous to even think about!
  6. To create the appearance of scars or aging, stretch your skin and apply a layer of liquid latex. As it dries your skin will it will look like your skin is puckered with wrinkles or scar tissue. Build up layers of liquid latex to create gashes or extensive scar tissue.
  7. Make prosthetic pieces like noses and ears look more realistic by blending the edges with liquid latex

F/X Prosthetics

Acid Eye Reel F/X Prosthetics for Halloween Costumes

Reel F/X prosthetics make it easy to come up with a scary Halloween costume. Just apply using the adhesive that comes in the package, use liquid latex to blend into your skin, add a little makeup, some fake blood and ... Voila! You're ready for Halloween!

Let's face it - even a professional would have a hard time re-creating this look with makeup alone. Halloween only comes around once a year. Give it your best shot!

Rubie's Reel F/X Acid Eye Socket Wound Kit, Red, One Size
Rubie's Reel F/X Acid Eye Socket Wound Kit, Red, One Size

Reel F/X Prosthetics for Halloween Costumes come with an easy to apply and easy to remove adhesive, fake blood and makeup suggestions. but you can get as creative as you like!


Gruesome Halloween Makeup Prosthetics

Gruesome Halloween Makeup Prosthetics

Rubie's Reel F/X Migraine Head Wound Kit, Red, One Size
Rubie's Reel F/X Migraine Head Wound Kit, Red, One Size

"Not tonight, honey. I have a headache!" This Migraine Halloween Latex Prosthetic comes with fake blood, adhesive and makeup ideas.

Rubie's Reel F/X Raw Meat Open Wound Kit, Red, One Size
Rubie's Reel F/X Raw Meat Open Wound Kit, Red, One Size

What's a zombie without a bite mark? This Big Bite Wound comes with adhesive, fake blood and makeup ideas.


Scary Halloween Prosthetics

Scary Halloween Recipes!

Share Your Halloween Makeup Tips

Halloween Makeup Kits

Scary Halloween Makeup Kits

Here are a few kits that come with everything you need to create a scary Halloween look with makeup. Remember to read the instructions carefully when you get your kit, and follow the directions exactly as they are written to get the best makeup look for your Halloween costume.

We would love to hear your "HORROR STORIES", you know, how you made your face or body look absolutely horrible with Halloween makeup, the use of liquid latex and perhaps some extra latex prosthetics! Tell us how you did it, what look you were going for ... all the gory details, including how much everyone loved your costume look!

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