Mad Like Alyce

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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  • "Jumpsuit jumpsuit, cover me."
Im mildly obsessed with the new TOP single, and actually have a cosplay in the works based off of the music video. Question to you guys, would you be interested in seeing progress pics for some of my work? I feel like I don't focus on one thing long enough, and by the time it hits the blog, its been ages! Let me know in the comments!
#twentyonepilots #TOP #skeletonclique #losingmyfreakingmind #isitoctoberyet #jumpsuit #trench
  • "Time to wake up." I have probably listened to the new TOP song over 100 (200? 100? Who's counting?) times by now. October 5 cannot get here fast enough! I wanted to pull something fast and simple together. #twentyonepilots #TOP #skeletonclique #losingmyfreakingmind #isitoctoberyet #jumpsuit #trench

The whole look was done with #mehron body paint. This wig also has me feeling my emo high school days... wig from Rockstar Wigs, but i'm not sure exactly which style it is.
  • "We've been here the whole time. You were asleep." No better way to jump back in to some makeup looks than being inspired by one of my all time favorite bands. Who else has "Jumpsuit" on repeat? 
#twentyonepilots #TOP #skeletonclique #losingmyfreakingmind #isitoctoberyet #jumpsuit #trench
  • "Sometimes, you just want things to stay the way they are forever. But you can’t. And they won’t." - Girl in Space

Because i'm trying this thing where I post each look in 3's to keep my Insta page even, and I seriously can't express how hauntingly gorgeous the intros are for each Girl in Space episode. I'm re-listening to the episodes now, and I so excited for 109 since I have NO CLUE what is going to happen! Also, after a few weeks without looking at them, this is one of my favorite pictures, and I can't believe I didn't post it first!
  • "Yeah, I’m glad I’m back, too." Episode 108 of the @girlinspacepodcast  left me with SO MANY QUESTIONS!!! Is Kai alive? Where the heck is Thor? Who is the "lion's paw?" But the biggest unknown is just how important the dwarf star "Ra" is likely to become in the plot of 109... and is why Ra is included in my makeup! The warm glowing orb on my eye is in reference to my suspicions that Ra will soon become a much more relevant part of the Girl in Space plot very soon. #girlinspace #findme #nomurdering #savekillbot #prayforkai
  • Galaxy in action! Quick peek at the movement of the makeup before I put on my wig, which covered a lot of the detail. Gotta love that "sunshine" glare on the shiny black surface! I bought a finishing powder this week to hopefully counteract this in the future. Or just back away from the light.... :P
  • Disappearing into the music...
I was really digging my latest playlist when I started my galaxy makeup last weekend, so I started blacking out everything besides my face to procrastinate taking off my headphones. I took this photo halfway through to see how well I would blend into my background, and kind of liked how this "progress" shot turned out. Funny thing was, this was the last pic where I had a true infinite background, my camera (phone) couldn't quite hang once I was fully blacked out. Time to consider a real camera?
  • Let yourself be found... Another shot of my galaxy inspired by the @girlinspacepodcast. If you haven't heard of this AMAZING audio novella, I highly recommend... trust me, you are in for a treat! #girlinspace #findme #nomurdering 
This look took around 3 hours, and while I love the images with the wig, it covered up a lot of the detail. If you try a galaxy look, allow yourself some patience. It didn't look like a lot until I was well into adding color. Take it slow, and keep layering colors, and suddenly it will start to take shape!

This look was completed using @mehronmakeup paradise paints from the standard, pastels, and brilliant pallets.
  • Find me... This galaxy makeup is inspired by my FAVORITE audio novella,@girlinspacepodcast, though I may be a bit biased. If you haven't yet started listening, you are in for a treat! Enter the world of the character "X" aboard the Cavatica, as she monitors the radiation from the Red Dawrf Star, Ra. Alone.

Season one is still in progress, so there is plenty of time to join the fun! #girlinspace #findme #nomurdering

This look was completed using @mehronmakeup paradise paints from the standard, pastels, and brilliant pallets. Honestly, this is the most color intensive look I have done so far, I had cosmetic wedges everywhere! I pulled it together with a @rockstarwigs long curly in Very Berry.

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