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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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  • 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
  • This is my level of excitement right now! The love I have gotten for Evie over the past few days have been amazing, thank you all so much! #clown #clownmakeup #clowns #hauntlife #scareactress
  • That’s not a Wiley grin, that’s me clamping my teeth together so I stopped chattering. This spring was BRUTAL in SD, and it was in the 30s when we shot this in an unheated parking garage. #clowningaround #clownmakeup #scareactor #scareactress #hauntlife
  • Evie is probably my favorite full-costume character I’ve created to date. It’s so fun to think a practice look I made for haunt last year will be a fully fledged character come haunt season next year! Also, I NEED these light bars @jibclimmer used in this shoot. If anyone has a few hundred dollars to donate to the cause just let me know. 😉 #clown #clownmakeup #hauntedhouse #hauntlife #makeupartist
  • If only @grave_digger_the_clown would learn to share, Evie wouldn’t have to steal his shovel! #justclowningaround #clown #clownmakeup #hauntlife photography credit goes to the incredibly talented @jibclimmer
  • Hey guys! It’s been a hell of last few months, but trust me, I’ve been busy! I’d like to introduce my newest character, Evie the Clown! Thanks so much to @jibclimmer for these incredible photos... more to come very shortly. #clown #clownmakeup #hauntlife

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