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Applying Halloween Make Up - Getting Started

Oct 26, 2007
Halloween is a great time to have fun: you can go trick or treating, dress up as your favorite horror or thriller character, and eat all the candies you want! Putting on make up is of course part of the fun: you can turn yourself into a vampire or vamp, depending on your whims in this season of spooks; and you can certainly have fun just putting on the paint if you know what to do and what to avoid.

Before you start applying Halloween make up, make sure you have everything that you need to get started. You might need to do a review of high school chemistry and look at your make up labels before using them, so keep your eyes peeled as you look through your make up set.

Before starting on your quest for spooky perfection, identify what make up you have. You need to have foundation on which to work your magic, so look at your foundation types and see if you have to do some restocking. If you have pancake make up, you need to have a powder puff. You might also have a tube or a stick of foundation, which you can use to shadow or highlight certain parts of your face.

The most commonly used foundation for Halloween, however, is cream make up or face paint. You can buy face paint in several different colors: white face paint can be used to create the gothic look that you need to be a vampire or witch. Light yellow and dark red can be used for fleshy, scarred looks such as those for certain monsters. You can use any color you want, provided that you use face paint that was created especially for application to the skin.

You might also add a fake nose or scars with the help of rubber prosthetics, then make them look real through adhesives on your skin. Be careful with adhesives, as some of them have irritating vapors that can be painful on your eyes.

Before using any make up, do a skin test by putting a bit of the make up on the inside of your arm at least a day or two before the big make up day. If you develop an allergic reaction, such as a rash, then you should not use the make up, and apply an anti-allergy cream on the rash. However, if the rash does not disappear in about twenty four to forty eight hours, then you might need to talk to a dermatologist.

If your make up passes your skin test, then you can start using it. First, look at your costume. If it is too tight or fitting around the neck, then put on your make up after you wear it. Before putting on your make up, wash your face and apply a mild astringent to take out all the oils and seal your pores. If you want make up removal to be faster and easier at the end of your night, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly before proceeding.

Start with the prosthetics first, and then apply the make up. Prosthetics will adhere better to dry skin. You can then start with your foundation using the color of your choice. Always take time to blend your make up to make it appear even. Once the foundation is on, you can texture your make up, create shadows, or highlight certain features. When you are done, set your make up by dusting your face with baby powder.

These are a few easy ways of applying Halloween make up. Happy trick or treating, and happy partying!
About the Author
Philadelphia Tivoli is the creator of the popular "Halloween Make Up Guide": A step by step guide to 20 Halloween make up designs. Start applying Halloween make up with her guide by clicking here.
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