COSTUMES & MAKEUP

Be someone else for a night! Here’s how to create four iconic Halloween looks!

Captain Spaulding mask

Mask It Up

US-based Trick Or Treat Studios set the benchmark for quality replica masks and costumes of all your favourite horror characters, including Michael Myers, Captain Spaulding (pictured), Chucky and Sam from Trick R’ Treat.

Some specialty pop culture stores stock them here, but you don’t need to go all out; dollar-shop masks of zoo animals or movie characters can look just as good with a few little tweaks — think blood splatter, scar stickers and temporary tattoos.

Witchy costume

Witchy poo

What you need:

  • Old black dress from a secondhand store
  • Hat, cape, horrid orange wig and fake nose from a costume store
  • Teeth stain
  • Green makeup
  • Scowly expression

TIP: Make sure you buy good quality makeup so you get good, even coverage over the prosthetic nose.

Movie-star costume

Film characters

Mrs Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction

What you need:

  •  Black flare culottes, button-up white shirt and black bra
  • Black bob wig
  • White powder for the overdose nose and fake blood for the shirt and chest
  • Fake hypodermic needle and plaster tape and/or latex to keep in place

TIP: Smear liquid latex around the base of the needle to help keep it in place. Flesh-coloured tape also works a treat.

Vampire costume

Bloodsucker!

What you need:

  • Black shirt and jeans 
  • Black vampire cape from costume store
  • White makeup for that washed-out look
  • Blood capsules (to bite down on as a party trick)
  • Fake vampire teeth

TIP: You can also put some dark makeup under your eyes for that perfect vampy look!

Makeup tips and tricks

A top make-up job will absolutely make your outfit!

There are so many different types of makeup products available, it’s easy to get confused.  Here’s our guide on how to use some of our favourite products stocked by most costume stores.

WHAT TYPE OF MAKEUP SHOULD I USE? HOW DO I GET IT OFF?

If you’re going to use full face makeup, spend a bit extra and get a decent brand. And always test it on a small patch of skin before you apply it everywhere. There are two kinds of makeup; cream and grease. Grease is oil-based, has good coverage and it’s more vibrant.

Cream is water-based and you’ll need to add a few layers to build up the colour. You can also mix it easily with other colours to create any shade and use crayons to add detail. Both wash off with soap and water, but have makeup remover handy, just in case.

HOW DO I USE LIQUID LATEX?

Liquid latex is an amazing product that you can use to create wounds such as bullet holes, burns, slashes, bites and cuts. We always use tissue to create texture.

WHAT KIND OF FAKE BLOOD SHOULD I USE?

Fake blood is all about consistency. If you want to bloody-up a wound, use a thicker blood, like gel or scab blood. If you want fresh, longer drips, you need a thinner option such as stage blood. Makes sense, right?

Use gel capsules for mouth blood, and spray blood to create a splatter look. The best range of fake blood we’ve used is the professional range by Mehron. It’s corn syrup-based, dries glossy and always looks amazing.

WHAT IS SPIRIT GUM?

This is an easy one — spirit gum is basically a skin glue. You use it to adhere special makeup effects such as hair, horns or crystals etc to your skin. You can get it off using rubbing alcohol or a spirit gum remover.  

TIME TO TRANSFORM

CREEPY SKULL

What you need: Foundation, black eyeshadow, black, white and grey makeup, sponges and brushes.

BLOODY ZOMBIE

What you need: Fake blood, red, black and grey makeup, sponges, brushes, liquid latex to make open wounds, sponges and brushes.

MARVEL-OUS HULK

What you need: Green makeup, contour pencil, grey and black makeup, sponges and brushes.

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