Quick Makeup Tips and Costume Ideas

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If you’re still not sure on what you want to be for Halloween, I’ve assembled a little collection of links that should be of great interest to you. Although I’m a huge fan of Halloween masks, I do have to admit how makeup does have some advantages of wearing makeup instead of a mask. Wearing makeup prevents you from getting overheated and (rarely) restrict one’s vision like masks can. It also doesn’t hurt that makeup tends to be much less expensive than latex masks.

Both the Google Books preview for Celebrate Halloween by St Remy Media Inc. and the Halloween Costumes Blog have beginner-friendly makeup tutorials.

Those looking for more advanced (and more gruesome) makeup tips should check the “Costumes” section of Wolfstone’s Halloween Technology Roadmap, along with Janus Vinther’s Special Effects Make-up.

Propnomicon is an amazing resource for great-looking makeup tutorials, such as this one for incredible-looking zombie makeup that uses acrylic nails and a plastic soda bottle.

A Halloween How-to: Costumes, Parties, Decorations, and Destinations by Lesley Pratt Bannatyne has tons of great information. In addition to its selection of tips on makeup and creating fake blood, there’s also instructions on sewing various kinds of costumes, distressing costumes and last minute costume ideas.

The Halloween Activity Book: Creepy, Crawly, Hairy, Scary Things to Do by Mymi Doinet and Benjamin Chaud not only has guidelines for easy witch makeup, but also shows how to make ghost and witch costumes (complete with an old school paper witch hat).

As you’ve undoubtedly noticed, now I’m transitioning into costume ideas. You don’t need a lot of money in order to have an impressive costume. For example, those with artistic talent need only a paper shopping bag and nice clothes to create an outfit that’s sure to wow everyone at your next Halloween get-together.

The Original Duct Tape Halloween Book has lots of interesting concepts, but is sadly very light on tutorials. Sure, they discuss making and cutting “duct tape cloth” (along with making duct tape headgear), but it’s mostly just ideas. While some are impressive, others seem to have been included as a joke.

But sometimes a costume idea is simple enough that you don’t even need instructions. If you’re a fan of Hayao Miyazaki, then you’re sure to love this easy cosplay of No-Face from Spirited Away. All you need is some white (or painted) cardboard, a black marker and either a black robe or sheet to become No-Face! Fans of Cardbo the Robot should enjoy this costume. They might even enjoy this soda-related one as well.

Finally, here are some more resources for makeup and costume tutorials:

Halloween is Here
Lost in Schlock

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