The Best SFX Makeup for Halloween
When it comes to achieving your Halloween look, you’ll have to first decide on what you are going for. Whether that is using a concoction of blacks and browns to resemble a woodland animal or using reds and purple paint to recreate a gnarly encounter with Freddy Krueger.
You can gather what you need by taking a trip down the Halloween aisle or visiting the local Sprit store that pops up every year. These places offer ready-made prosthetics and cheap starter kits for the undead, the freshly bitten, or recently deceased. If you’re looking into popular brands to try, Ben Nye is a household name to SFX artists as they supply liquid latex, powders, sets, and paints. The prices make everything twice as nice since they are mostly under $10.
FX Warehouse is also an online based brand that carries everything from fake blood to airbrush tools. It's really convenient, because you have the option to select sets of products based on character!
SFX makeup can be memorable especially when you have time to prep and plan, but don’t fret if you are in need of a last minute costume. By using supplies you may already have, it can be easy to DIY! Depending on style and complexity all you may need is a cheap set of eyeshadows to contour and blend together for shading or designs.
Always remember to keep a reference photo or inspiration board nearby, so you know what direction you’re going! If you decide to create wounds or use fake blood, be prepared to get a little innovative. For some at-home liquid latex, grab some tapioca powder, gelatin, and coconut oils. Fake blood is even simpler to recreate with a mixture of cocoa powder, food coloring, and a bit of corn syrup. There are many different recipes and with the power of Google you can find which one works best for you!
From scream-worthy aesthetics to cute and colorful designs, venture outside of your makeup comfort zone. It’s a time for experimentation and taking risks with your look so have no fear and go for it!
Level of difficulty: 9/10
Amount of time required: 1 Hour 30 minutes
Since you can create so many looks with SFX, here’s how you can create a fake gash to get everyone creeped out at your next Halloween party:
1) Grab your tissue & latex and build them up until it starts to look like a gash and it has reached your desired thickness.
2) Once dried, take a scissor and gently cut at the wound. You have now created the opening to cut.
3) Now, you can apply your fake blood and other makeup to really make this look stand out. You can add fun details to make it look as realistic as possible.