Archive for the ‘Halloween/SFX’ Category

Hey all,

I’m really bad at this blog thing. I started a new job last fall, and it’s been really time consuming and stressful, and I’m making excuses, but long story short, I now have a lot more time on my hands for the time being, so, here’s a post. I’m just going to throw some pictures of the Halloween shoot I did last fall with my sister and Wayne Tarr. He’s an awesome photographer based out of St. Albans, VT. And my sister is now Miss VT, so she’s crazy busy, but I’m sure she’ll want pictures of her in creepy unflattering makeup all over the place. So here are some of my favorites.

Happy haunting!



Who’s your Mummy?

Posted: September 24, 2013 in Halloween/SFX

Hello minions.

I thought I’d share a Halloween look I did with you guys. There won’t be any step-by-step pictures, but I’ll give you a quick run down of how I achieved it. It’s actually not as hard as it looks. But it is gross. And creepy. So I’m all about it.

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So to acheive this sweet mummy look, you’ll need a few things:

Washable glue stick

Liquid latex (if you’re allergic to latex PLEASE PLEASE don’t use this. Use something that you’re not allergic to that will achieve the same effect)

A cheap paint brush (something you don’t like, you will ruin the brush)

Tissue paper (single ply. I just separated the ply, and only ended up using one sheet)

Brown cream makeup (I used a concealer in a couple different shades, from light brown to dark brown)

Cream makeup to roughly match skin tone (I used a light concealer that was slightly darker than my skin tone)

Black eyeshadow

Black pencil liner

Self adhesive wrap


Once you’ve gathered your materials, just start by moisturizing your face. Sometimes liquid latex dries my skin a bit, and since we’re using a lot, it’s good to have that barrier between your skin and the latex. After moisturizing, I covered my eyebrows in glue stick. If it’s washable, it will come off easy, and it’ll stop the latex from basically ripping out your eyebrows when you take it off. This is a really crucial step if you don’t want to be in for some pain later. So just cover them with the glue stick, I go a couple passes one way, and then a couple passes against my eyebrows the opposite way, and then flatten them so they lay down straight. Then I pat on some translucent powder. Don’t worry about covering them with concealer or anything, it really won’t matter if you have dark eyebrows after we get the tissue paper on.

After my eyebrows were covered, I started by applying small sections of liquid latex with a paint brush and then tissue paper on top. Make sure the tissue paper is a little crinkled. You want it to look bumpy and gross. You’re giving yourself new skin that’s been decaying for thousands of years, after all. After you put a section of tissue paper down, go over it again with the liquid latex to seal it in place. Continue to do this around your whole face. Be careful around the eyes. It might make your eyes water too, don’t worry, you’ll be fine. Again, if you’re allergic to latex, please use something else. Don’t give yourself a trip to the hospital.

Once you have all the latex down, wait for it to dry. You can use a hair dryer on low to make this go a little quicker. It should only take 5 minutes or so with a hair dryer.

Once it’s dry, we can get to the fun part. Right now, you probably look pretty mental. So now we’re going to start by taking a darker brown cream makeup and going over any areas you might contour. Around the edges of the forehead, under the chin, under the cheek bones, down the sides of the nose. You want to look a little sunken in and gaunt. After using the darker brown, go over with the light colored cream makeup. Use this all over the area, blending out the darker brown too. Then you can go in with some other varying shades of brown to make it look dirty and old.

Go over the eye areas with a dark brown cream makeup. This doesn’t have to be neat, at all. Line your upper eyelids messily with the black eyeliner, then go over the top of it with a matte black eyeshadow. This should be messy as well. You’ve been dead for hundreds of years. Your makeup probably isn’t in top shape anymore.

With the darkest brown cream makeup you have, go into the dark areas of your eyes with this. You want to look tired. So in the inner bottom corner where you would normally get dark circles, maybe in the outer corner as well. Go a little overboard with it. You can enhance this with a little of the black eyeshadow, but you don’t want it to look too black.

You can go over any crevices that you want to exaggerate with the black eyeshadow. This will give you some nice shadows, and enhance the rotted look of the tissue paper. Go over the outlines of the eye area with the black as well to make them look darker and sunken in. Add some into the middle of your mouth to bring out any lines.

Now we’re pretty much done with the makeup. Next step is to take the adhesive wrap and wrap it around the entire head and even your neck. Don’t go too tight, you don’t want to strangle yourself. Make it comfortable. You can hide your hair in it if you want. If you have light colored hair, sometimes it looks cool if you leave a few strands sticking out. Since this is probably a pretty stark white wrap, you might want to cover it with your cream makeup. Use your skin tone shade over most of it, you might need to ask someone to help you with the parts you can’t see. Then go in and dirty it up with the darker shades.

Now we can move on to the last step, which is gauze. I ripped it up to make it look jagged, and painted mine with the cream makeup just like I did to the adhesive wrap. Then I used lash glue to glue the ends in random places around my face. To finish off the look I just went a little overboard with a skin toned powder (one that sort of looked like sand) to give me a dusty look.

After that you’re done!

Enjoy your walk on the dark side >;]