Intro to Halloween Makeup
Halloween is the perfect holiday to present your creativity to the world. It's a night when both children and adults were scary costumes in order to look like horrific nightmarish creatures such as werewolves, ghost, corpses, vampires, zombies, skeletons. If you want to stand out on Halloween night, take time in finding the perfect costume and emphasize your individuality with Halloween makeup.
There are basically two options when it comes to Halloween makeup – you can prepare the makeup on your own, or purchase it form the store. Regardless of the route you take, it is crucial to use makeup that is completely safe. If you are prone to allergies, make sure it doesn't contain certain ingredients that lead to rashes and allergic reactions.
In case you are not sure, it is a good idea to try the makeup on the inner side of the arm or some other part of the body that is not exposed. These rashes should occur soon after you apply the makeup, but just in case, try the product several days before Halloween. If you are purchasing makeup from your local store or online, look for products approved by FDA.
Once you find safe and quality makeup, spend time preparing your skin for the application of these products. In order to do this, clean your face completely with cold water and soap. (The cold water closes the pores in the skin.) Also be sure apply a dab of petroleum-based jelly on your face. This practice will benefit you in two ways – you will be able to keep your skin safe and you will also be able to remove the makeup easily once Halloween is over.
When you finish the preparation phase, you can start applying your Halloween makeup. Keep in mind that your makeup will depend on the type of costume you have chosen for this night. In many cases, people use certain prosthetics like fake cheeks, chins and noses and if you are planning to use these items too then you should start this phase with them. They are usually made of latex and need to be fixed with a sealer in order to prevent their falling. After the sealing process is finished, you can use a latex-free sponge to color the area.
Next, you need to use foundation on your face. The foundation can consist of liquid based powder or powder cake. You should use a sponge or puffs to apply the powder. Once again, the color used for this purpose should match your overall look.
For example, if you are planning to be a skeleton, you will need a combination of black and white foundation. On the other hand, vampires and ghosts need white foundation. Don't forget to take care of the prosthetics and make their borders invisible.When finished with the foundation, you need to focus on the character. For example, you may need sores, gashes, wounds, scratches, scars etc. For this purpose, you will probably need brown and red color in order to emphasize these specific parts. Try to achieve a contrast.
Since most Halloween masks and costumes include blood stains, make sure that you have liquid red paint and wax in order to achieve these effects. You can practice the same technique to get wrinkles and fine lines. In addition, you can use oatmeal or corn syrup to make your face look rougher.
Before the makeup is completely dried, you can use a brush to create scratches if needed. This is great for those who are planning to be a zombie this Halloween. Don't forget that your hair plays equally important role. Vampires usually have very neat hairstyle while zombies have messy hairs. If you are planning to be a skeleton you can use a scarf.