Halloween costumes can be a scary fashion statement during the holiday, however, complementing it with make-up creates a more gruesome touch to an outfit. These are a few suggestions to help decide on what make-up to use to go alongside a Halloween costume:
Scars and bloodstains can be replicated using fake blood or a dark eye pencil. Whether it’s for a pirate who has seen her fair share of battles or a mauled zombie, a wound or two drawn on the face gives costumes a more blood thirsty appearance. Zombies in comics and cartoons are normally depicted as having green skin, such as Frankenstein’s monster, and varying shades of green face make-up can be used for a shadowed, realistic moldy flesh tone.
As well as zombies, the Mexican Day of the Dead mask can be made using make-up for an undead look. Also known as sugar skulls, Day of the Dead make-up is used to create a vibrant range of skulls. Black face paint is applied around the eyes and on the nose to resemble empty skull sockets and a nose that never grew, teeth or fangs can be drawn on the sides of the mouth using a thin brush, white foundation creates a much paler appearance, while the rest of the make-up consists of brightly colored swirls and spider webs.
Ghouls and ghosts are pale, undead creatures. Emulate this deathly pallor using white make-up with a touch of blue for an ethereal look. Like the Day of the Dead make-up, black eye shadow or face paint can be used around the eyes for a sunken in, sleepless stare. Using white or pale lipstick can make the lips appear bloodless. If the ghost met a violent death then fake wounds could be applied to the face. This might be best done by your make-up artist.
Dressing up as a witch allows for a lot of creativity as the media has depicted witches in several different styles. Costumers dressing up as a witch could go as an ugly green skinned witch with fake warts and moles, reminiscent of the ‘Wicked Witch of the West’ from ‘The Wizard of Oz’, or as a beautiful witch using dark, gothic make-up. Delicate spider web designs drawn around the eyes give a striking, attention grabbing look.
Vampire make-up can put people on edge with a little fake blood dabbed onto the corner of the mouth, as if the person has just fed on someone. A more tragic vampire character could have blood running down their cheeks to look like bloodied tears. All vampires have the bite of another vampire on the side of their neck to show that they have joined the ranks of the blood hungry undead.
Cat women have a more elegant but cute look. Whiskers drawn on the cheeks and thick eyeliner which flicks up at the corner of the eyes gives a feline appearance. Apply black lipstick to just the top lip and paint the bottom of the nose in black, with a small line to join them, and it will resemble a cat’s mouth.