Our top tips for getting the most out of your Halloween Makeup

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  • Look after your skin

Thinking about going ALL OUT with your Halloween makeup this year? It’s a super fun thing to experiment with but first and foremost, you must remember to take care of your skin! 

Face paints and other prosthetics can be difficult to remove so, with that in mind, a top tip is to apply a thin layer of Vaseline to your face before you start, which will make everything far easier to take off at the end of the evening.

So simple, but so important!

Use latex for special effects

Latex is perfect for creating height and different textures so whatever makeup look you’re trying to create this Halloween, chances are latex will take it to the next level!

Start with a base coat and slowly build from there. For scars, the application of a thin layer is followed with one piece of tissue which you then repeat as needed. 

After application, you can pull back pieces of the latex to create the appearance of rotting skin. 

Fake blood

Want to create the look of fake blood? You could end up spending a packet on various liquids and special effects but everything you need is already in your makeup bag!

First, shave off some red lipstick and mix it with some creamy black eyeliner and a dollop of clear lip gloss. 

Depending on how gritty you want the blood to look add more or less of the black liner. Use purple and red eyeshadow to add bruising to other areas of your face.

Missing teeth

To give the impression of missing teeth as part of your Halloween look, first you’ll need to clean off your teeth with alcohol and suck in a good amount of air to dry off the surface. 

Then, apply a black gel eyeliner or a waterproof pencil to the tooth or teeth in question.

To remove the product at the end of the night, use a cotton bud dipped in alcohol.

Create 3D veins

For a seriously terrifying Halloween makeup look, use yarn to make 3D veins that stand out. 

First, unravel one strand of yarn into individual fibers. Trim each piece into one or two-inch sections.

Use a thin liner brush to apply eyelash glue in the pattern you want the veins to flow.

Place the yarn on top of the glue and use black eye pencil to add in more details and refine your pattern.

Sunken Eyes

Sunken eyes are a staple of many Halloween makeup looks and they’re very easy to create. 

Simply apply dark colors on the upper lids and underneath the eyes in a wide circle and blend well.

Light-colored eyes contrast well with dark colors, but some people go even further by wearing colored contact lenses in unnatural shades just for the occasion.

Ghostly complexion

If you don’t want to spend a fortune on fancy Halloween makeup, a good way to get a ghostly complexion is to use a foundation that’s a few shades lighter than your normal one. 

If you want your face to have a spooky blue, green or yellow tint, just add an eyeshadow in that shade to the foundation before applying it to your face with a sponge.

Mix it up

Halloween is the ideal time to use all those forgotten products in your makeup bag! And the best part is that you can use them in totally different ways. 

Matte liquid lipsticks are perfect to use as face paint and have great staying power while crazy eyeshadow colours can be used to create a ghoulish pout for whatever look you’re going for!

Make it believable

If you want your Halloween makeup to be convincing, don’t stop with your face. 

Remember to add makeup to any skin that will show once your costume is in place, including your neck and hands. 

Do this after your costume is on to ensure you cover all the needed areas and to prevent smearing when you get dressed.

Make it last

After all the effort you’ve put into your Halloween makeup, the last thing you want is for it to melt or fade halfway through the night. 

To make sure it stays put, set it with a light dusting of face powder. If you don’t want it to be noticeable, try translucent powder from your regular makeup stash. However, for a completely matte look, finish the job with baby powder. 

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