Halloween makeup is incredibly fun. It is great way to explore with much more intense makeup than you’d regularly wear, but it’s the only time of the year many get to step it up a notch. Halloween gives us an opportunity to play with prosthetics, fake blood, nails and teeth and scare people witless with an alibi. Hey, I’m just celebrating here, you can say. You can completely transform your face into something horrifying and create nightmares that will last a lifetime.
Now that the holiday is approaching, here are a few tips and tricks to putting on that ghoulish zombie makeup, how prepare for application, and the tools you might need for any mistakes or emergencies.
Make sure you read all the instructions and have everything you need.
It’s no fun to be ready to put on a fake nose only to realize you forgot to buy the glue. If you have enough time to spare, consider doing a test run to see how the makeup will look on your face and in pictures. You might even take the time to reconsider a different look or come up with ideas on how to make it more special.
Give yourself enough time
Especially if this is your first time. Put aside more time for putting on prosthetics, false eyelashes, false nails or teeth. These are more complex types of makeup and take time and patience when applied. You also might need a few tries. False eyelashes are a great example. Even if you’re a pro they make take a few tried to apply correctly.
Watch a few tutorials
If you have a specific look in mind, watch tutorials of other people doing it and get an idea of the process. This will help answer any questions you make have left over and, once you start putting on the makeup yourself, it will seem a lot less daunting.
Protect your face and hair
Treat your face gently and moisturize before applying your Halloween makeup. You might also wash your hair a few days beforehand and give it time for the natural oils to replenish, especially if you’re planning on using colored hair sprays or dyes. Hair that’s a little dirty is okay. For blondes: make sure you test any drastic hair colors before applying. I have heard too many horror stories of blonde hair that was still fire engine red days later using a semi-permanent hair color that was not right for blonde hair.
You should protect your teeth two-fold
Up your flossing and use a high fluoride mouthwash. If you’re going to use any false teeth or dentures, keep in mind any food or candy that might get trapped in your mouth. Also, be very, very careful with dental prosthetics that require you to make a mold directly from your teeth. These glues can pull fluoride and moisture from your teeth. I’d consider consulting a professional to either make a mold of your teeth or for custom made prosthetics.
For small mistakes, have sponges, q-tips makeup remover handy
Also keep paper towels or a small towel handy to wipe your hands with. If you prefer using gloves to keep your hands clean, definitely have a pair handy. Gloves are also good to keep in mind when using colored dyes, self-tanners, or products that stain. Sponges, q-tips, and makeup remover will help correct any mistakes immediately without damaging all the other work. For small mistakes or to dab any excess makeup or glue, dip a q-tip in makeup removing solution and rub gently on the area.
Consider using a setting spray
This will help keep makeup from melting as the night goes on. Your makeup will budge, especially as you move, smile, or simply talk with other people. You can keep this in mind, or simply choose a look that will make any melting or smudging look intentional as the night goes on. For prosthetics, keep a little glue on hand.
But most of all, enjoy your night. Have fun! And take lots of pictures. You did all that work, go out and enjoy it.