It’s coming up to our favourite time of year at BAMM. Not only did we launch at Halloween but, being lovers of fantastical makeup, we also love the creativity that can be put into each person’s looks. Rebecca Clare studied on our Peter King Television and Film Makeup Course and here she talks about how to create that perfect Halloween look.
Halloween! That time of year already! Somehow, October has crept upon us without warning, and with Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, its going to be bigger than ever. Here are my top tips to creating a professional Halloween look that will make you stand out. Without having to spend lots of money on costumes, spending a little extra time on your makeup will create a different and spookier look to everyone else at the party.
However disorganised (or organised) you are, there is no better tip when it comes to creating any type of makeup than making sure you know what look you want to achieve before you set free on your face with that brush.
I usually draw up a face chart and think through the process required to reach the desired look. Ensure all materials, and applicators (eg brushes/sponges) are at the ready and don’t forget water or any other activating agents.
Aqua colours (facepaints)
Although aqua colours are commonly used and can be bought on the high street, they can be very tricky to use. Always start with lighter colours first and build darker colours after; it’s a lot easier than trying to do it the other way round!
When starting with a base, the best way (I find) is to use a damp sponge. Try to avoid going over areas you have already covered- this sometimes, oddly, removes applied makeup. Issues may arise if mistakes are made, so plan and go careful! Also, don’t be fooled into thinking aqua colours are only ever used for simple designs- the look here was created using a large majority of aqua colours.
Blood and Gore
If blood and gore is the look you’re going for this year, there are many different ways to create it (you will find these looks all over the internet).
Many fancy dress shops provide stick on parts and fake blood. However, if you are looking for a more professional look to wow (or scare) your friends, don’t be tempted by the fancy dress shop stick- ons. Visit a ‘Special Effects Makeup’ website online, where you can buy all the professional materials necessary to create amazingly gory looks- without it being too difficult a task to achieve. Even buying fake blood from these websites (rather than from a joke shop or similar), is worth it for the pay off of creating some truly realistic cuts and guts (albeit being the slightly more pricey option).
One last tip, if you decide you would like to create a realistic looking cut or wound on your skin this Halloween: do not forget to use BLACK to show depth (and even a touch of yellow). After all, cuts aren’t always just red!
You can see more of Rebecca’s work at her website – http://rebeccaclaremakeup.com/
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