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My Favorite Costume Makeup Products

Face painting favorite tools

Of all of the posts I have worked on in the past two years, I’ve realized that, by far, my favorite ones to both work on and post were costume tutorials. It is so much fun being able to transform yourself into anything you can imagine! I’ve learned a lot over the last few years about using different types of face paints to accomplish different looks and which ones work best… at least for me!

Face Paints

Like many people, I started out using products from the Halloween store, or even the Halloween ailse at Walmart. From my very first year when I did Sally and Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas, I realized just how little I knew about the products available. This video by one of my favorite tutorial artists ever, Made Yew Look by Lex (subscribe to her, she rocks), breaks down the different types of face makeup out there and references some great brands. Here is a quick breakdown of the types of face makeup I use.

creme based face paints

Creme Based Paints

This was the first type of makeup I used, although I learned it may not always be the best for all over face applications, like I did for my Sally makeup, or if you want a really opaque makeup (Jack Skellington, see Grease Based Paints below).

It is, however, my go-to makeup for Zombie flesh color and for any type of wound or bruise. A good bruising pallet, such as this Mehron Bruise Makeup Wheel, should include a mustard yellow, pea green, dark purple, black, and red. I also recommend using a Stipple Sponge to achieve a really good, mottled skin pallor.

grease based face paints

Grease Based Paints

Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of these, but when I started working on my Jack Skellington makeup look, the creme paint was too translucent, and I wanted the paint to give me 100% coverage. Grease paint certainly did achieve this, but it is extremely messy, gets on everything, and (as far as I can tell) never dries. This means that you cannot touch your face, accidentally rub it on clothing… nothing. It also makes a hot mess of brushes, I had to toss most of them afterwards. If you want to go this route, I suggest trying this 12 Color Pallet, which includes your basic primary colors as well as metallic gold and silver!

water activated face paint

Water Activated Paints

This is going to be my next big adventure, I just purchased two different 8-color pallets from Mehron, and I am SOOO EXCITED to try out a few new looks!

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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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  • Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more. 
Super excited that my family is NOT doing gifts this year! We are all just bringing a side dish, dessert, and a board game for some quality family time. What are you doing for Christmas? #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies #grinchmas
  • Even if I wanted to go, my schedule wouldn't allow it! 4 o'clock: wallow in self pity. 4:30: stare into the abyss. 5 o'clock: solve world hunger (tell no one). 5:30: jazzercise. 6:30: dinner with me, I can't cancel that again! 7 o'clock: wrestle with my self loathing. I'm booked! Course if I bump the loathing to 9 I can still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear! #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies
  • "I'm gunna throw up... and then I'm going to DIIIIIIIEEEEEEEE!"
Probably my favorite line in the entire movie, so much so that it has stuck with me for years. This is often how my anxiety feels like, and I think of this line from the Grinch often when I'm struggling, even at the height of summer! So, the Grinch is a bit near and dear to my heart, and no one will ever take Jim Carrey's place in my heart, even if if it does grow three sizes. #grinch #thegrinchthatstolechristmas #christmas #grinchmakeup
  • I’ve never actually smoked a day in my life. #frosty #frostythesnowman #glamfrosty #winter #wintermakeup
  • One of the reasons I liked this makeup so much was the incredibly simple nose. I’ve tried some looks in the past and I don’t know if it was the white face, orange nose, or just my lack of makeup experience, but I hated them. Instead of trying to literally draw a carrot, this is just a nod in that direction. Also, I’m not one for glitter but I really dig these eyes! Good thing I like them, because I still have glitter on my face. #glitter #frosty #wintermakeup
  • Sticking with my winter theme, it’s Frosty! Ok, this one is a great example of why I love the internet. I saw an AMAZING frosty photo on an Instagram feature account and took a screenshot because I was dying to recreate it. Normally I make sure I have the artists handle in the screenshot so I can tag them if I ever do try it, but somehow missed it this time. To find her, I took to YouTube to find @victorialyn ’s tutorial, and I’m completely blown away with not only the makeup, but the production quality of her videos. I know how much time and effort something like that takes and they are so much fun to watch, even if you don’t plan on doing the makeup in the tutorial. I love finding new artists to follow and be inspired by! #frosty #frostythesnowman #winter
  • The last look at my Frostbite! What other injury makeups could be considered "Holiday"? or at least timely for winter? Or should I do something more glam next? I have half a mind to save more gory winter looks for January when i'm no longer feeling the warm and fuzzies when it snows! #winter #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #sfx #sfxmua
  • "Walking in a Winter Wonderland"
Im really pleased with how this turned out! I know it's no super glamorous but creating actual injuries and skin conditions is a great challenge. I'll spare you the reference material, but it was fun trying to re-create the blistering, as gross as that sounds. Stay warm my friends! #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #winterwonderland #sfxmakeup #sfxmua
  • "Baby it's cold outside."
This look inspired by a 3 hour drive in a blizzard last weekend. It actually wasn't too bad, mostly just excruciatingly slow, but living in SD, I know how dangerous it can be going off the road in bad conditions. #frostbite #SFX #sfxmakeup #brrrrrr #sfxwound

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