Considering some manly face paint this spooky season? Going for a rotting ghoul, a pale vamp, a hairy were or need cosplay war paint, scars, blood, or dirt — read which clean beauty products to grab.
For those of you, who don’t do makeup (as in: ever), there is a non-Halloween recomMENdations article by Mr. B. coming next that tells you all about an amazing ancient and yet trending skincare tool you are bound to love.
The Halloween Edit
While make-up artistry is quite an art, party make-up requires basic drawing skills only. It’s fun and easy if you follow our mini tutorials and additional tips.
Isn’t there something very intriguing about make-up: basically it’s nothing but paint for your face, and yet it can do so much to transform you into another person.
Pre-requisite step: skin prep and testing
ALLERGIES & SENSITIVITIES: like just anything you put on your skin, make-up products can contain something your skin will not love. From a pigment, to a herbal extract, to an oil and so on, make sure to read the ingredients list. An example: I myself have a wheat allergy which means that the otherwise healthy and beneficial whear germ oil in a product will cause rashes.
PERFECT TEXTURE: make sure to pick textures suitable for your skin. Very simply put — if your skin is dry, powders may feel uncomfortable; if your skin is oily, colours might “slip”. You can counterbalance any problems by prepping your skin.
SKIN PREP: hydration is your friend! Dehydration can occur fast during parties (hot air, alcohol consumption), so this is something you should plan for. Stage and film actors whose skin takes quite some beating (think prosthetics, glue, and grease paint!) can’t rely on oil-free, gel-like moisturisers entirely. Now, wearing a party look doesn’t call for changing your skin care regimen, but just know that this issue may arise and make sure to prep your skin accordingly by applying a generous amount of your fave moisturiser. Also: make sure to drink a glass of water after each alcoholic beverage.
If you can be bothered finding one suitable for you, then use a non-tinted primer afterwards. Primers help even out the skin and let make-up stay longer.
PROPER REMOVAL: because we’re not doing any SFX, you’re likely to be able to remove your face paint using water and a facial cleanser without alcohol, thus with no further dehydration.
“Waxy”, thick make-up textures like pencils or liquid eyeliners may need a bit of oil to be properly removed.
TEST DRIVE: try your party look a few days in advance to make sure you can make it a comfortable experience and are happy with the result. If you must tweak anything, this gives you plenty of time to experiment.
PRODUCTS TO CHOOSE FROM: Only green please! Yes, I’m partial to clean beauty, but this is why you’re here anyway, right? For ghastly colour picks and brands, please check out my earlier article on Gothic Beauty to discover “green” blacks, purples, and vampy whites galore.
If you’re looking for pure loose pigments, I suggest checking out Berlin’s own Hiro, the amazingy-exclusive brand.
For skincare picks, simply browse the recomMENdations series or the skincare department — or shoot me a comment/ ask your question over on Instagram or Twitter.
And now, onto our mini-tutorials!
1 Zombie complexion — no latex, no SFX, no prosthetics
Creating a ghoulish look with no SFX is entirely possible.
The simplest and somewhat minimalistic way to do that is by focussing on two things: complexion (randomly greenish, with highlighted veins where the deadly virus spread) and optionally some unhealthy eye contour (dark red).
Use either pigment or pigmented matte eye shadows — matt is an important feature, unless you want a metallic effect which only makes sense if you go for a merman ghoul. Is that a thing?
Pale skin (pale powder), glossy lips (untinted lip balm), dark pencil smudged around the eyes — a classic Drac is ultra-easy to pull off.
3 Werewolf (or any role you need fake/ additional facial hair for)
There are basically two ways to create a hairy look without glueing fake hair to your face, and they also work in combination. One way is eye shadow to create a larger area (aka fake scruff), another is pencil to draw hairs. Choose slim pencils, like eyebrow pencils, in order for your fake stubbles not to look overly cartoonish. Again, choose matte finish products.
4 War paint (from Braveheart to Skyrim to Uruk-Hai)
Having bold accents in black, blue, red, or white is possible with natural makeup!
All you need is loose mineral pigment in the desired colour and either water or moisturiser to blend with (experiment to find your perfect recipe).
5 Scars, blood, bruises, dirt, “SFX”
Scars: draw a line with a pale red or pinkish brown pencil across your closed lid or across your mouth for an instantly brutal warrior look. If you feel artsy, use a darker pencil to give your “scar” more depth and to fake a shadow. Remember that realistic-looking scar shapes are rather unruly lines or random Y shapes. Good inspo can be found in RPG games!
Blood (fresh): oxblood lip contour pencils are the easiest bet and will stay put. If you want to emulate the look of blood splash, the best way to achieve that is to cover your clothes with an old towel first (natural pigments can be a beast to remove from clothes). Then, mix an oxblood pigment with water and, using a rigid brush, spray-paint all you like.
Blood (old): blend oxblood with a black pencil, et voila.
Bruise (fresh): eye shadows in purple, blue, and red; randomly dabbed across one another will look quite realistic.
Bruise (old): purple, yellow, green eye shadow.
Dirt: loose mineral pigment in various shades of brown, grey, and green.
“SFX”: you can use a bit of organic gel-textured facial mask (here: Masque Resurfaçant, Tata Harper) to create a lasting texture for a scar or for some extra-terrestrial slime.
I hope you’re inspired to get creative and will share your Halloween look with me by tagging me over on Instagram!