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Thursday December 14th 2017

Homemade Make-up Tips For Halloween

With Halloween right around the corner it is time to start planning your costume.  The clothing or outer materials is just one part of the entire costume.  Make-up can make a plain costume even better.  A brightly colored face of a fairy or butterfly will spice up that costume.  Blood, bruise and open wounds can make a scary costume scarier.  You don’t have to be a professional make-up artist to create these effects.  You don’t even have to spend 100s of dollars to create these effects.  I am going to give you some of the basics I have learned and used over the years to make and apply your own make-up effects at home.

Making Your Own Halloween Make-Up

Store bought make-up is expensive and full of heavy metals and some toxic ingredients, so why not make your own?  You never have to worry about running out because you can just make more.  Most of the ingredients you already have in your cupboards.  Do remember to keep make-up a safe distance from the eyes and the mouth.  Homemade make-up is safer and less toxic but you still don’t want to get it in the eyes or mouth.  Below are some of the basics to start with.  Don’t be afraid to be creative but do give yourself plenty of time when planning to apply any make-up, just in case you goof and have to start over.

Face and Body Paint

What you need:

2 tablespoons of soft shortening
4 tablespoons of cornstarch
food coloring as desired
some loose cornstarch
some coldcream
some small bowls for the different colors

Determine how many different colors you want.

Remember that you can mix colors to make new colors, here are some basics:
red and blue = purple
blue and yellow = green
yellow and red = orange
red and green = brown
add white to make any color lighter such as red and white to make pink
add the darker of the base color to the new color to make it darker such as adding more blue to green to make a darker green

Mix the cornstarch and shortening together in each bowl you want a color for, then add the food coloring.

Start with a freshly washed and clean face or area of the body you want to apply the make up too.  Make sure to dry the area thoroughly.

In order to have the make up stick well, wash off easily and keep the food color from staining the skin, first apply a thin coat of cold cream to the entire face or area of the body the make-up will go on.  Dust the face or area of the body with a light dusting of cornstarch.  Make sure the eyes are closed when applying the cornstarch.

You are now ready to apply the different colors of make-up.  Finger tips work best but Q-tips and paint brushes work as well.

Fake Blood

What you need:

1/2 bottle of light corn syrup
very hot water
small squirt of liquid soap
red food coloring
blue or green food coloring (optional)

Start with the light corn syrup in a bowl and add the hot water a little at a time.  Stir each time you add the water and check the consistency.  Keep adding the hot water until you have the consistency of blood that is right for you.  If you over use the water just add a little more light corn syrup to get back to the consistency you want.

Once you have the consistency you want add a small squirt of liquid soap to the mix.  This will make cleaning off the blood easier later on.  If that isn’t a concern you can skip the liquid soap.

Add drops of red food coloring and stir.  Keep adding a drop or two at a time until you reach the desired color of fake blood you want.  Adding blue or green food coloring will make the blood a darker color but don’t go over board or you will end up with brown fake blood.

Smear on when ready.  The fake blood will work on body parts and clothes and normally washes off and out of both wit ease.  Clothing materials are all different though, so I wouldn’t use it on some expensive article of clothing no matter how easily it is suppose to wash out, just in case it doesn’t.

Homemade Bruises

What you need:

deep blue powder eyeshadow
charcoal or smoke gray powder eyeshadow
shimmery olive green powder eyeshadow
make up brush
dish of water
cotton ball or small sponge (optional)
face/body paint (from above – optional)

Bruises can be made with the face and body paint as well but they look better using the powdered eyeshadow.

Dip the make-up brush in the water and get it wet.  Start with the deep blue color and brush on the bruise in the desired area.  Use different strokes and angles as no bruise is completely uniform.

Next, dip your fingertip(s) in the water and apply some of the charcoal or gray powder around the edges of the deep blue.

Finally, dip your fingertip(s) in the shimmery (yes shimmery!) olive green and smudge around the edges of the entire bruise.  It is the shimmery part that helps make it look more realistic.

You can smudge the entire bruise area with a small sponge or cotton ball if you feel it looks too drawn on and want it to blend together more.

Optional – if you want to make a fresh bruise you can use a light red paint (made from above) and a sponge.  Before you draw on the bruise, use the sponge to dab on the paint on the area you will put the bruise.  Turn the sponge in different directions and use the edges of the sponge as well to create the freshly bruised skin base.  Allow the paint to set/dry then apply the bruise on top of the area.

Open Cuts

What you need:

face/body paint
fake blood
bruise
translucent powder (face powder or even baby powder can work)
Q tips
thin paint brush

Start by creating a homemade bruise using the optional method above on the area you want the cut to be then dust the entire area with the translucent powder and let it set for a few minutes.

Using the thin paint brush and face/body paint, paint either a thin line or wide open cut down the center of the bruise.  This is the outline of the cut and you can determine how open you want the cut to be.  Dust it lightly with the translucent powder and let it set for a few minutes.

Then take the fake blood and a Q-tip to color inside the outline of the cut.  Don’t be sparse with the blood and remember to give it some time to dry before heading out so it doesn’t smear.  A thicker coat of blood takes longer to dry but will create a raised looked to the cut.

The area make look a little powdery at first but the paint will absorb the powder just give it a little time so don’t worry and try to wipe it off or you will end up with a smeared cut.

Scars, Warts and Wounds

This one is a bit tricky but works well and creates a neat effect.  You will need to start making these early in the day to give them time to set properly but the effect is well worth it.

What you need:

1 oz. gelatin (not Jell-O; plain gelatin which is usually right next to the Jell-O)
2 tablespoons boiling water
mixing bowl
wax paper
light corn syrup
food coloring (optional)
chocolate syrup (optional)
cornstarch (optional)
flour (optional)
oatmeal (optional)
coffee crystals (optional)
bristles from an old paint brush (optional)

That is a lot of optional items but the reason they are listed is because each one can create a different effect.  Depending on the effect you want to create will dictate which one you need.  You can scale this up to make large batches but you will have to work fast as the gelatin is setting so making smaller batches seems to work better.

Mix the 1 oz. of gelatin with 2 tablespoons of boiling water in a mixing bowl and let it set for about 3 minutes.

While waiting for the gelatin to set; lay out the wax paper on a solid surface.

Once the three minutes is up, pour the gelatin or spoon the gelatin onto the wax paper in the shape you want the scar, wound or wart to be.  This is where you need to work quickly so you can add the effect.

Once the gelatin is shaped add the desired effect to the gelatin.  Just place the optional item in the gelatin, don’t stir it in, just put it on top and gently press it in a little:

For a basic wound add some red food coloring; if you want the wound to look old or bruised add some blue or green food coloring.  Chocolate syrup gives an old wound effect as well.

For a witches wart add some green food coloring (see the color chart above to make green) then stick a bristle or two from the old paint brush into the gelatin to get that hairy wart effect.

For a more ghoulish effect add some cornstarch or flour to the gelatin to give it texture.

For a dead damaged skin effect add some oatmeal to the gelatin.

Coffee crystals are great for creating a textured old wound effect as well.  Either dampen fresh coffee crystals with some water or use old left over coffee grounds.

If you want to be real creative you can combine the gelatin effect with the effects from above.  When laying the gelatin out on to the wax paper you can create openings in the center and add the desired effects to the gelatin.  Once dry you would apply it over one of the effects from above.  This can make a pretty neat deep open wound effect when used together.

Once you have added the desired effect allow the gelatin to dry.  This is why you need to make it earlier in the day to give it proper time to dry.

Once the scar, wound or wart is done drying it only takes a little corn syrup to adhere it to the skin.  Use the light corn syrup like glue.  Put the corn syrup on the skin and then carefully place the gelatin effect on the corn syrup.  Give the corn syrup some time to dry just as glue would.

You can be so creative with this last one but it is time consuming so give yourself plenty of time.  I always made two batches in case something went wrong so I had a back up batch ready instead of having to start all over.

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