Whether you or your child are making a Halloween party appearance as a vampire or
a cute little puppy, your costume won't be complete without a bit of special-effect
makeup. Although dressing up is a lot of fun, dealing with face-painting products
can be daunting. Here are some tips to help you create a work of art that both fun
The day before you plan to wear your costume, make sure to do a patch test of
the face paint you'll be using. These heavy-duty cosmetics are much higher in
pigment than regular cosmetics and can cause a reaction on sensitive skin. Apply
a small amount of the makeup to the inside fold of your arm and leave on for at
least a half hour to make sure there is no adverse reaction.
If you plan to paint your entire face, a foundation primer can be your best friend.
These lightweight pre-makeup products create a barrier between your skin and the
makeup to help prevent staining.
Want to paint a great face?
Only use face paints that fully comply with the FDA requirements for
cosmetics. You should also look for face paints that have a "child toy safety rating."
Stick with water based paints that wash off easily with mild soap and water or wet wipes.
Never use products like acrylics or "want-a-be face paints". There are a lot of products
on the market that people are using on the face. Many are safe for use for children art
projects BUT NOT SAFE FOR THE FACE. You will regret it if you use a product not designed
for the face. Several problems can be a result. You could an allergic reaction. Paint can be
difficult to remove, it may stay on the face for days. It can be harmful to the eyes,
it may crack or peel off, and it may ruin clothing.
When painting faces, the paint can be applied over other colors. Go from light to dark whenever
possible. Start with the lightest color you are going to apply to the face. While you can use white
over black, you will get a much bolder contrast when you paint black over white.
When trying to look old, don't just draw dark lines on your skin
to look like wrinkles. First cover the skin in a lighter than normal color using baby
powder or white blemish cover stick. Then draw the dark lines and slightly blend them
to the surrounding area with your finger. Then add baby powder to give the skin that
old, dry look. You can also use the baby powder in your hair to get that gray look.
If you want to go for the vampire look, first cover face in white powder makeup or
white blemish cover stick. Outline sharp eyebrows, and then fill in with black makeup.
Draw lines on the face with reddish-brown makeup, and blur the edges a bit. Outline the
eyes and draw a line up about an inch from the outside edge of the eye. Drip fake blood
from the edges of the mouth. Comb hair into a point in the middle of the forehead. Use fake
tooth caps to complete the transformation.
To look like a witch, cover the face in green or white powder makeup
or white blemish cover stick. With a black makeup stick, draw lines in a "V" in the
middle of the forehead and create some lines around the mouth. Draw lines on the hands
with an eyeliner pen; almost follow the veins to make the hands look old. Tease and
spray hair with a super stick hairspray. Place in a few plastic or rubber bugs in your wild
hair to finish off the look.
For scars and sores: Combine pieces of pink or green facial tissue with corn syrup.
For facial hair: Use the hair from an old stuffed toy or hairbrush and attach with double
stick tape or fake eyelash adhesive.
For blood: Combine red food color and corn syrup. After dripping the blood where you want
it to be, don't let the edges of the blood smear. Give the fake blood plenty of time to dry
and be mindful not to wipe your face later in the evening!
For blood and gore: Use red food color, corn syrup and chunky peanut butter.
To make sure your makeup lasts all night, you'll want to set it with loose powder.
Make sure the powder is translucent, which is colorless, and not the powder you use
everyday. It most likely contains pigment and could alter the color of your halloween makeup.
When you're ready to return to your normal self, you'll need a tub of cold cream on
hand. These heavy, oil-based cleansers do an excellent job of breaking down the oils
in greasepaint. They can be found in any drugstore. Once you've removed all the makeup,
it's a good idea to wash your face again with your normal cleanser to rid your skin
of any residual makeup and grease.
Copyright © October 2006 Lori Markham and Low Carb Luxury