Happy Halloween! Well, okay, it’s the 28th, but because the 31st falls on a Monday this year, everyone will be celebrating this weekend instead! Need a unique idea for make-up? How about trying my personal favourite, that I like to call… “The Creeper“! Why that name, you ask? Well, as you can see from the photos, the big black-veined eyes and wide grimacing grin are just… well, creepy. “The Creeper” is brilliantly versatile and can accompany many a costume, whether you’re a zombie, witch, banshee, ghost or anything inbetween. It’s also pretty simple to apply, when you know how! So without further ado, here’s how to get the look…
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
– White, Black, Burgundy and Red Greasepaint. My product of choice: Kryolan Professional Greasepaint Palette
– Transparent Loose Setting Powder. My product of choice: Kryolan Anti-Shine Powder
– Black Powder/Eyeshadow. My product of choice: Ben Nye Charcoal Powder
– Blood Products. My products of choice: Kryolan Woundfiller (dark) and Kryolan F/X Blood (light)
– Small fine-pointed eyeliner/lip brush
– Medium pointed face-paint brush
– Foundation brush
– Powder brush
– Flat concealer brush
– Eyeshadow brush
– Rubber pore sponge/Stipple fine-pore sponge
– Powder puff
STEP ONE: PREPARATION
Start by preparing your face. If you have sensitive skin like myself and not used to wearing heavier/layered make-up, you may like to apply a barrier cream. If you have dry skin, apply some moisturiser.
The first step of this look is to darken your eye area. Using a flat concealer brush, apply black greasepaint on your eyelids and just underneath your bottom lash line. To set in the greasepaint, apply transparent powder to set, then apply charcoal black powder/eyeshadow over the top using an eyeshadow brush. Blend the edges so they blur.
STEP TWO: COMPLETE YOUR BASE
Once your eyes are blackened, it’s time to pale up your skin! I use clown white greasepaint, but alternatively you can just use foundation quite a few shades lighter than your natural skin tone. Thoroughly apply product to your whole face, neck, and wherever else will be visible. Make sure you blend the white with the black around your eyes (you can use a flat brush or cotton buds to help you, alternatively just pick up your already used eyeshadow brush and just sweep over the edges of your eye area to soften the look). Set in with setting powder. Use your powder brush to dust away any excess powder.
STEP THREE: “YOU’RE SO VEIN”
Now comes the fun part; time to vein up! Using a small fine-pointed eyeliner brush and black greasepaint, start paint on your veins. I like to start from the inner eye corner and work my way around clockwise/anti-clockwise. Start by extending out single lines at a time, then add little branches onto them.
Once your eyes are complete, move onto your mouth. Take your medium pointed brush and apply black greasepaint along your mouth, extending the lines beyond your natural corners and into a wide “smile”. Once again, take your small pointed brush and paint on veins extending around the mouth, exactly how you “vein-ed up” your eyes.
I also paint on smaller veins around my nose, as well as on my neck. When you’re happy with all your vein work, set everything with transparent powder.
STEP FOUR: TIME FOR BLOODSHED!
What’s a Halloween make-up without a little blood? Heavy emphasis on the “little” though; be sure not to cover your face with too much blood as you want your vein details you added to remain on show. To add blood, stipple a mixture or red and burgundy-coloured greasepaint onto select areas. I’ve applied it to my forehead above one of my brows, my nose, along my mouth, my chin, and subtly on my cheeks. Use the rubber pore sponge to create denser areas and the stipple fine-pore for a more “splatter” effect. When you’re happy with your placements, once again set the greasepaint with transparent powder.
I use a mixture of two professional blood products: F/X Blood, which is liquid substance, and Woundfiller, which is a “jelly-like” substance. Using a small/medium-sized brush of your choice, gather some F/X blood onto the brush and dab it onto the areas of your face you’ve added the red/burgundy greasepaint to make it sticky/glossy. Then, taking your rubber pore sponge, apply Woundfiller over the top, make the areas look more messy, wounded, and generally more delightfully gory. Once you’re happy with the amount of both products you’ve applied… You’re all done! Have fun jumping out of dark corners and freaking out innocent bystanders. At least, that’s what I do…
If you’d like to try this look out for yourself and not sure where to find the products, all items I’ve used in this tutorial are available to purchase at my Make-Up & Body Artistry Studio. Click here for my business links! Also, if you need any further help or advice, feel free to comment below. I hope you have a terrific weekend, and have lots of frightful fun!