Mad Like Alyce

The Outfit Photo Experiment

So, if you have been checking in… you may have noticed there hasn’t been a lot of activity. Honestly, July was like living in a funhouse and I have hardly had enough time to breathe, much less write. So I fully admit and apologize for being (roughly) a month behind.

On the 4th of July, I decided to get into the spirit and compiled a mostly red, white, and blue outfit. Ok.. maroon, not really red but you gotta work with what ya got! I spent the day couch shopping, because that’s how exciting 25-year-olds with full and active lives spend their day off for the 4th of July. My sister called me and was just FLOORED and wished me luck with my upcoming 25 going on 50 birthday. Whatever, I saved over $500 on my new couch! I had hated my old couches for YEARS and finally donated them to my brother after the last move, and am so freaking excited to have a brand new couch! Like a real life adult! I’m not going to re-read the last few sentences to avoid feeling as lame as they probably sound.

After scoring my killer couch deal, I decided to take my new camera equipment out for a spin to capture my somewhat patriotically themed ensemble.


Notice the lovely forgotten hairband on my wrist and the clearly visible remote.

Here is what I meant by needing to work on employing some of the tricks I have included in my Tips & Tricks… I had wanted to include some props in the photos, but didn’t want to be so incredibly obvious and use an American flag, that would be pretty uninspired. Then it hit me! At over 90 degrees, it was the perfect temperature for Popsicle and I could get some Patriotic Bomb Pops!

Some of you are already ahead of me… and yes, I accept your amusement. It wasn’t until I was unwrapping the first popsicle that I realized that I was going to have to be VERY CAREFUL how I posed with these “props”. Fail. You will be pleased to know that I avoided any photos of me actually eating the popsicle… I like to think that I do have some class.






Overall, this was a great first time out and learning experience on planning out props, detail shots, etc.


Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!


  • William Faulkner said to “it’s hard to kill your darlings” meaning it can be difficult to critique your own work, especially if you put a lot into it. Stephen King went on to say you should put your work away for six months to a year before editing so you can clearly evaluate. I’m really glad I looked back at this one. Even without the wig, I think it’s striking. #hauntmua #sfxmua #stevenkingismyhero #skullmakeup
  • I’m going through old pictures and ran across this one. I remember not really being happy with this look, and sure, the lines could have been cleaner, but I still really like this! I think we should always go back and look at work a year later... even if it really want good, it shows us just how far we have come in so little time. #skullmakeup #hauntmua #sfxmua #personalgrowth
  • I often do a look that I’m just not all that happy with afterwards, as is with this “halfway to Halloween” clown I created back in.... May? Looking at it now, I don’t know what it is exactly it was that I didn’t like... maybe I just needed a orange wig? I almost like a progress pic more than the finished product. What do you think?#clowns #clownmakeup
  • Throwback to my first actual clown makeup! The eye shapes were inspired by a few looks by @totalnightmaretravis, and i was incredibly excited about this wig! The Rhapsody Short by @rockstarwigs is probably the most fun wig to wear that I currently own. I only have red, but am heavily considering another color for my collection.
Happy National Clown Week! #justclowningaround #clowns #scaryclowns
  • Happy National Clown Week! A year ago, I wasn’t a big fan of clowns, but I practiced so many clown makeups that I eventually came to find them to be one of my favorites, and even created my own clown character. This is the first actual clown makeup I recreated based on @grave_digger_the_clown for last year’s haunt. Turned out a lot prettier than he is, no? 😉
#clownsofinstagram #hauntmua #clownmakeup #clowns
  • One last look at this (insightful? Revealing?) makeup! I actually really loved the eyes by themselves, and they took a good 2 hours themselves. A good challenge in trying to make a flat art of round objects translated on a curved surface! #eyeseeyou #eyeball #eyes #makeupartist #inspiredbyart
Inspire by art by @xsullo
  • Eye see you! I also understand I’m not funny, it’s ok. 😂
This was actually a fun challenge, eyes are really complex and took nearly 2 hours to get them where I was happy. Of all of this, I’m really proud of the detail I was able to get in the irises of each eye, and my blocked eyebrow almost completely disappeared! This actually looks amazing compared to the first time I blocked them out. Yay for progress! #eyeseeyou #eyeball #horrormakeup #horrorart 
Inspired by art from @xsullo
  • I love finding inspiration in new places, and when @bearded_horror shared artwork by @xsullo a week or so ago, I knew I had to give it a try as a makeup! Seriously, such amazing art. I hope I did it justice! Check out their profile to see even more incredible works and compare to the original.
  • After this photoshoot im not sure how to go back to my plain black background... I mean if there isn’t ominous fog in the background, does it really even count?!?! #fogmachine #clownmakeup #scareactress #hauntlife #evietheclown


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