Halloween Makeup Tips & Tricks

Halloween is a pretty magical time here at College Station. Skulls and pumpkins line the college apartments and parties can be found in just about every bar and apartment building. Walk down the street and you’ll run into fellow students dressed all out in their ghoulish, comedic, and, of course, sexy Halloween costumes. Basically, you don’t want to be the only one in your crew not getting into the Halloween spirit.

Yet, nailing a perfect Halloween look doesn’t have to expensive. A great makeup job is often all that’s really needed to nail a look or to finish off an appearance. Not sure where to get started? Consider the following tips and tricks to pulling off Snapchat-worthy Halloween makeup:

Tips & Tricks for the Perfect Halloween Makeup Application

  • Base your look on a photo and schedule in a trial run.  Everyone has an idea of what a skeleton or zombie looks like. That’s the great thing about having an imagination. However, unless you are an accomplished artist, free handing a makeup look isn’t going to turn out so well. Instead, find a photo of someone with your desired makeup look. Really evaluate the shades of various aspects of the makeup as the more you look, the more you’ll notice the details that sets it apart. Also, plan to do a trial run a few days before you go out. This both will make sure you aren’t allergic to any special effects makeup and things always turn out best on the second run.
  • Start clean and layer appropriately.  Professional makeup artists recommend starting off with an astringent to fully remove any daily makeup as well as facial oil. Next, if you want to use prosthetics, such as scabs or scars, go ahead and apply spirit gum to both your face and the prosthetic. Wait for the gum to become tacky before attaching and hold until dry. Other special effects and Halloween makeup products you’re likely to encounter include:
    • Modeling putty or wax :: This softer product can be used to smooth out the edges of your prosthetic pieces to create a more natural and blended in appearance.
    • Liquid latex :: This is useful for creating a variety of skin textures and is available in a variety of colors to match your costume.
    • Setting powder :: Setting powder is applied after the rest of your makeup to help ensure your look is set in. This product absorbs extra moisture and helps prevent makeup from sweating off.

Halloween Makeup Inspiration

Don’t know where to start? Consider a few of these images and tutorials to get help you started:

Have your own Halloween makeup tips or tricks you always use? Sound off and share on Instagram!