Mad Like Alyce

As part of my re-worked Queen of Hearts costume, I decided to make this costume work for a masquerade ball I attended the day before Halloween. Maybe its just because I haven’t looked at masks in years, or perhaps it was just a fad in this area, but when I went to find a plain mask I could makeover, I was stunned by just how many options there were! I found a great black and white mask to serve as my base, and set to work!

mask1Sorry for the grainy selfies… I was in such a rush I didn’t get around to doing a full photo shoot…yet.

Queen of Hearts Mask

You will need:

  • Black or silver Mask
  • Elastic or wooden dowel
  • Red glitter glue
  • Red heart shaped rhinestones
  • Red and black feathers
  • Hot Glue Gun

Instructions:

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1. First, I detached the black diamond (I found myself pulling this idea together 2 hours before the party and couldn’t find a large heart shaped stone in my rush) and mixed the red feathers into the existing black ones, and glued the black rhinestone back into place.

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2. Use your rhinestones to fill in your pattern. I had varied sizes, so I used the smaller ones to fill in the corners of the mask and used larger ones as I moved forward. With just 4 heart shaped rhinestones in my “mix pack” (huff) I used them in the corners of the eyes.

3. Use your glitter glue and start by drawing designs around the eyes, and working your way back to the tips of the mask. If there is existing paint work as there was on mine, follow those and trace in red. If you are also unable to find a large heart shaped rhinestone, you can also paint in a heart in the center. Allow to dry!

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4. If it doesn’t already have elastic or a dowel (or you want to change it up) use your hot glue gun to glue the dowel to the inside corner of the mask on the side of your non-dominant hand (which frees up your dominant hand for the party) or each side of the elastic on the inside corners of the mask. It also might be ideal to glue a small circle of felt (if you have it) over the edge of the elastic so it doesn’t press into your face during your evening.

If you have time and access to more variety in materials, I woudl have replaced the black diamond stone in the center with a heart shaped stone or button, and replaced the silver piping along the edges with a red trim or ribbon, but sometimes, you have to find your line on where the time and costs are no longer worth it… and after a month of Halloween tutorials… this is where I found mine.

As much as it kills me to admit, done is sometimes nearly as good as perfect and you yourself is often the only one who will notice the difference. That, and done gets me to the party a heck of a lot faster.

Unmask! Unmask!

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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!

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  • My first attempt at a stone makeup! Used Mehron water activated grey base, black to like the creases on my had (so many!) and black and white stipple fir more dimension. Turned out pretty cool, I'm hoping to do a full face application soon!
  • Today was a lesson in moderation. I have too much on my plate, and sometime you just have to accept that it is ok to accept defeat and just relax. This burned hand makeup was inspired as half of a poem(see previous post). Since the inspiration required two hands, I actually did all on this with my non-dominant hand! Gelatin for the burn scars, and my Ben Nye  bruise wheel for color.
  • i have loved
with hands closed
and hands open
both are accompanied
by their own type of pain

by @andrewcoonswriting 
This was truly an example of art inspiring art. If you haven't read @andrewcoonswriting poetry, you need to follow him asap! Having both suffered heartbreak and chronic pain myself, this poem spoke to my heart, and I knew I wanted to use it for my next makeup look. 
The two types of pain display an open hand of stone, and a curled hand of burns. A love present but immovable, and love that burns hot and fast, leaving us scarred for life. 
Check out more of his work and keep an eye out for his new book of poetry, "Living with it," coming out in September!
  • So. Thirsty. Glycerin makes a great base for cracked and peeling lips. And you actually can't drink wearing it... at least, not without a straw. Now back to my morning caffeine infusion. I used my Ben Nye bruise wheel for the minimal colors, and my usual foundation to color the glycerin "skin."
  • Bloody knuckles! Today calls for a quick makeup and an early bedtime, as my sciatic nerve pain is approaching 11... I wanted a wound down to the bone, so I built up the torn skin with gelatin and rimmed the inside of the wound with black, leaving bare skin in the middle to take the appearance of bone when the look is done. I toned the gelatin with red water activated paint, and filled in with a rust and stippled purple to simulate the start of bruises. Finally, I coated it all down in blood. Not bad for a quick and dirty makeup!
  • "EAT SLUGS MALFOY!" Not a fun spell, and not one to attempt with a faulty wand. This "bonus" Chamber of Secrets was born literally from the thought that my ice cube tray looked like slugs! I had to pair my vom with some extra eye bags from a day of puking slugs. "Better out than in."
  • As promised... part two for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Basilisk after being blinded by Fawkes the Phoenix. This was a faster approach but I still think it turned out quite nice. The edges of the punctured eyes was made with glycerin, and I tried out my new Ben Nye scan blood! A great way to take a typical snake makeup to a different level.
  • Back to my Harry Potter series... nothing is more essential to the plot of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets than the Basilisk! I actually Iove the hell out of this one, done with mehron water activation paints and fishnet stockings. Aannndddd, since I was not on top of my game last week, I'm bringing you a two for one! Check back soon for part two of this look.
  • This look was a not so successful attempt at a major broken dose... think car accident minus other scrapes. Things I liked: I feel like the beginning of the bruise settling into the cheek was great. Not so much: I wanted to replicate swelling and added glycerin to build up the ridge on the nose. I think I needed to blend it out a little bit more, as it looks too abrupt. I also feel like this look has far too much red and purple in it. I think I could've accomplished a much better makeup with far less color, another one to try again soon!

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