Friday, 1 November 2013

Showcase: Halloween Skull Make Up

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Just a quick post as I wanted to share a few shots of the skull make up I decided to do for a Halloween party last night.

The party was at late notice and I didn't have a costume, so I started thinking about what look could I create with make up that's significant enough to stand alone as my Halloween look. I've never done anything like this sort of make up before so I really wanted to put myself to the test and see how it came out.

Unfortunately due to the short time span and lack of knowing whether I would look completely ridiculous, I didn't manage to create a tutorial for this, but I'll mention what products I've used nevertheless.

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The white base was just a cheap white liquid face paint I picked up in Clinton's, set with a white eyeshadow powder over the top. For the shading I used Urban Decay's Naked palette as it has a great range of matte black, grey, creams and browns. I drew the basic shapes our with a fine dusting of the eyeshadow with a fine detail brush so I could make sure I was getting my shapes right before committing to them with my black gel eyeliner.

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The key is to follow the bone structure of your face and try your best to recreate the bones that a skull has - including a jaw separate from the rest of the skull. I shaded my teeth in on one edge of each tooth to help give them a 3d effect.

I'd suggest using browns as well as greys for shading, as skulls are more of a creamy brown colour than white and grey, but of course you need some grey and black to really make those vital shadows really pop.

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Try and get the black of the eye sockets as close to your eyes as possible and in photos it can be quite effective to shut your eyes.

Overall I was really pleased with how this skull look came out and I can't wait to try more elaborate make up like this in the future. If you do want to give it a go, my main suggestions are to:

1 - find some inspiration pictures of make up and real skulls

2 - dedicate significant time to this look; to get some really precise shading and opaque you're going to need a long time unless you're some sort of crazy super make up artist. From start to finish this look took me almost an hour and a half.

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4 comments:

  1. Absolutely stunning makeup! I've seen a lot of these as they seem to be quite a popular halloween costume but this is definitely one of the best I've seen so far.

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  2. omg thats amazing!!!!! love it :)

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