So you’ve been invited to a Halloween party and want to do a great monster make-up without buying anything extra? A whole host of grizzly and ghastly ghouls are easy to create from a regular make-up bag that contains just a few beauty staples.
Ghostly Pale Eye Shadows or Light Shimmer Powders
Most people have a white or light colored eye shadow lurking around in their make-up bag, or as part of an old palette. Use this to create an all over pallid skin. Your own foundation will probably be just the right, healthy color for you but using a fat brush to dust a light colored powder all over this takes that healthy glow down a notch. This is great for creating a bloodless or sickly look and is useful for corpse, zombie and undead make-up.
- Liberally apply light powder or eye shadow over foundation for an overall sickly glow.
- Any shadow with a lemon or green undertone can be used to further enhance a sickly pallor.
- Powder colors are suitable to use anywhere on the face and a light shadow is useful for blocking out natural, healthy color in cheeks and lips.
Demonically Dark Matte Eye Shadows and Brow Powder.
Halloween is the perfect time to use up that old dark brown matte eye shadow or eyebrow powder that was bought and then consigned to the bottom of the make-up bag.
- Use any matte brown, green, navy or black shadow to do some ghoulish contouring and shading in eye sockets and under cheek bones. This makes a great corpse-like, emaciated or diseased look.
- Advanced contourers can also use this along the outside of the forehead, jaw line and nose to create a range of shaded effects from skeletons to ghosts.
- Use in combination with a white shadow to create the most three dimensional looking illusions.
- Darkening up brows can create a werewolf look, or just accentuate pale skin.
- Do not forget to color ears, if appropriate.
Spidery Eye Liners and Kohl Pencils
It is easy to get a quick intensity with eye liners and pencils and most people have a black eye liner lying around somewhere.
- Use a soft kohl pencil for more intense chiseled contouring, either combined with dark and light eye shadows or alone. Draw lines and then soften these, blending in one direction only with a brush or cotton bud. This leaves one side of the shading clean and sharp for a three-dimensional look.
- Dark pencils, especially in blue and green, can be used to trace over, or draw, bulging veins.
- Dark lips can look vampy or can be used just to contrast frightfully with a pale skin.
- Line the lips with a dark pencil and then blend in your regular lip color to lend this a wearable but gothic edge.
- Line lips with a dark pencil and blend in concealer to get a grayish lip color.
- Color lips all over with a dark pencil and either leave matte, or top up with clear gloss for Halloween party glam.
If you want to look glamorous, yet dark and mysterious or even a bit monstrous, black eye liner (ideally liquid or cake) is you best ally. Instantly turn an ordinary make-up, or even a monstrous face, in to something a bit more seductive.
- Try drawing a double thick liquid flick above the top lash lime. Team this with lashings of mascara or fake lashes if you have them.
- Line eyes all around with liquid liner to create a variety of striking eye make-up looks.
- Those with drawing skills can use a small brush to create a variety of liquid liner designs anywhere on the face or body. Try spiders, bugs and cobwebs. Decorate them with diamante for witchy glam or leave alone for something a little more scary.
Monstrous Make-up Extras
- Attach individual lashes to anywhere using regular lash glue. Draw a dot with pencil or liquid liner then add a couple of lashes for a fun hairy wart.
- Too much blush, or a lip color patted in to cheeks with fingertips, helps create a fevered look. This looks especially good if done with pale lips and darkened eye sockets.
- Halloween is the time to revive any make-up purchases that did not suit you. The chances are that you didn’t like the color because it made you look slightly sickly or at odds with your usual image.
- Paint the whole face with a bright lip color and powder this to fix it. Red quotes the classic Clive Barker flayed look but any bright color can be the basis of a fun monster make-up. Beware that some lip colors stain, so trial this on a small patch before actually covering your whole face.
- Regular latex lash glue can be used to create tiny cuts, scars, spots and warts. Apply to skin, manipulate to look how you want and leave for a few minutes to dry. Then color this with foundation or eye shadows.
- Pile on extra loose powder for a dry texture and ghostly pale skin.