Stressing because you need a last minute Halloween costume for tonight? Well, good thing I came out with this last minute post on two fun looks for Halloween! These are fairly simple, but sure to make you stand out at any Halloween party you may have, or even just something fun to dress up as while handing out candy to cute trick-or-treaters.
I wasn’t going to post these creature design looks at all, seeing as I did them purely for fun to practice for my program at CMU, which I will be starting in November. I changed my mind and made this last minute blog write up when I realized so many people I spoke to the past few days still had no idea what they wanted to be! These looks are great for the ultimate procrastinator because the supplies are relatively easy to get, and they are so adaptable you can alter them to fit your preferences! I did these looks in 45 minutes to an hour each, but they definitely can be cut down in time if you want to eliminate the detail and heighten the simplicity!
The first look I want to focus on is what I like to call a “skeletal clown”. It has the colourful elements that a clown would have, but I toned down the vibrancy of the colours to look as if the clown had died and lost pigmentation when becoming a skeleton. It’s a super fun look to do and adds the spooky appeal to your Halloween night!
I did this costume on a whim, so for supplies I quickly ran out to SPIRIT Halloween, which is a Halloween store set up in all major cities during the month of October, and I grabbed SPIRIT paint in black, white, red, yellow, blue, and green. I made sure to not get the florescent colours, because I wanted the tones to be muted to get that dead clown appeal. I also grabbed SPIRIT face grease in black for the parts of the face I wanted to hollow out.
I started by outlining the parts of my face that I wanted to look sunken in with a black eyeliner pencil. This step could also be done in white if you aren’t fully confident in where to place the lines, for white mistakes can be covered up easier than black! I drew two big black circles around my eyes, carved out my temples, and the outline of my nose. Lastly I had to carve out my jawline, but this is where it gets tricky. Instead of tracing out my whole jaw, which would result in a giant black blob on my face, it was time to put my creative skills to work, and create a fake smile outline as to where one would want the skeletal teeth to go. I decided to start just below where my cheeks begin to hollow under my cheekbones and circle it all the way around until I hit the under of my lower lip. I make sure to not make any black markings on the area between the bottom of my nose and above my top lip, just to make blending purposes easier later on in the look. I know this description is confusing, but just take a look at the picture posted and you’ll know what I mean! Now that you have a solid outline of your face, its time to start adding colour to make the clown element present.
This part is fairly simple, as you just pick where you want the colours to go. It’s totally up to you, and there is no right or wrong, so have fun with this part! Now that your full face is covered, excluding the parts we outlined previously, take eye shadow in similar colours and go over your face just to blend the look together. This part isn’t necessary, but will definitely have your makeup last longer throughout the night. Once this is completed you can fill in the sculpted out areas, excluding the jaw, in black SPIRIT paint. You can grab the white paint once the black has dried and put the outline of a nose bone to get that skeletal feel.
Lastly its time for the fun part that brings that look completely together – The jaw and teeth! A skeleton look is not complete until there is a gruesome smile pulled tightly along the face. For this step, grab the white SPIRIT paint and begin to make little squares above and below your lips. You can make the smile as long as you want by adding more white squares the bigger you want it to be. Once that’s done, take the black SPIRIT paint or a liquid liner and line the between of each of the teeth. This is wear you can shape the teeth outline a little more so they look more realistic. Once that’s complete fill black in anywhere you have bare skin left over, which will probably be between the lips and in the hollows of the cheeks. Once your happy with your teeth, add some black eye shadow to shade and add depth to your creepy smile, and you are good to go!
If you find yourself sparing a few extra minutes, go in with a white eye shadow and highlight the rim of the eyes and jaw line to make the black shading seem even more sunken in. This will really help bring the look to life. Lastly, grab a setting spray if you wish, bathe your face in it, and your skeletal clown is ready for a night out.
Now, I know dressing up in a scary costume can result in showing up to a Halloween party looking like Lindsay Lohan in “Mean Girls”, so I decided to post this fun cheetah makeup look that can place a little more femininity on your night out!
For this look I started off by covering my face entirely in a foundation that was 2 shades darker than my natural skin colour. This is important because it will contrast against the areas of the face where we add white & spots, which will make them stand out more realistically. After covering my entire face, I set it with a warm bronzer to keep it from smudging when I put the other paint and products on my face. I then quickly filled in my eyebrows thicker than usual with a simple brow pencil to give the fierceness of a cheetah.
Now that the basic face makeup has been applied, I moved on to the eyes. This part is really fun because you get to play with tons of shadows with the intention of making the eyes sultry but at the same time cat like. I started off by covering my entire eye, including up to the brow and into the hollows of my eye socket with white face paint. I do this because it allows for the colours to blend nicely together once the browns and blacks are added. Once this is done I start creating a typical brown smoky eye. I take three shades of brown, and fill in the entire lid with the lightest shade, use the middle brown for a transition colour in the crease, and then use the darkest brown to smoke out the outer corner of the eye. Its okay to play around with this part and do whatever you feel works best for you, or what you feel most comfortable with. It will look good any way you decide! Once the smoky eye is completed, take a felt tip liner and make a dramatic wing, but instead of stopping at the tip of the inner corner of the eye, continue to drag it out towards the under eye socket. Do the same thing at the outer edge of the wing, and drag it underneath the eye as well to really intensify your cat eye. Look at the picture posted below for a more visible explanation.
After this step is complete, start to shade around the black liner. Add white shadow under the eye and in between the liner to intensify the colour. Also take a dark brown and smoke out the outside of the liner to blend the colours together so the look isn’t so strict and choppy.
For the nose, just fill in the tip and around the nostrils in black paint, and then drawn a line connecting the bottom of the nose to the top of the lip. Fill in the upper lip with black, and then just outline the bottom lip with a black liner. Again, take shadow and soften up the edges by blending with shades of black, brown, and white.
Lastly, this look can’t be completed without cheetah spots. Lightly blend white eye shadow to the perimeter of the face and the cheekbones, connecting it all the way to the chin. This will help to highlight the areas of the face you want to stand out, while at the same time contrast against the hollows of your face where light usually wouldn’t hit. Start by adding whisker dots, gradually getting bigger from the upper lips to just about the beginning of the cheekbone. Now it’s your time to get creative and put cheetah spots wherever you think looks best. For this part, I used a small tipped brush, dipped it in black SPIRIT paint and simply added swirls and half semi circles without any real direction in mind. Again, there is no right or wrong to this so it can be done pretty aimlessly!
Once this part was complete, I just added some gold glitter and tapped it into the cheetah spots to add an element of glam to the look! That being said, all these looks can be easily manipulated, so have fun with this and add your own twist on this look that’s best suited for your Halloween night!
Have a Happy Halloween, Procrastinators!