Halloween: it's the most mysterious, spooky and downright terrifying night of the year. And there's nothing like getting into the spirit of things when the walking dead, goblins, chain-rattling ghosts, and monsters of the woods surface from their darkened lairs. One of the ways of doing that is to get transformed into a bloody, decaying creature of the underworld. It's time for a lesson in turning a girl into a ghoul.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- White makeup
- Fake blood
- Contact lenses
- Black wig
When it comes to makeup, only one colour will work for Halloween: white. Theatrical-grade makeup is recommended, since it is designed to last much longer than regular products, and is less likely to run if the night heats up. Apply it carefully across the entire face and neck to give your dead girl a deeply creepy appearance. Don't use it sparingly: she's a corpse! To really make an impression, apply a smattering of black makeup to the sides of the face to create a sunken cheekbone effect. Then add a tinge of yellow around the eyes to ensure the she-horror has a jaundiced and deadly look.
When you are finished applying the makeup to your girl of the grave, it's time for stage two: a splattering of blood around the mouth and head. While some people might be inclined to go with a bit of red paint and leave it at that, there is a far better, and safer, option. Many outlets that specialise in Halloween costumes and accessories sell blood gel. Unlike other products, it stays constantly wet and, as a result, glistens brightly and eerily when the moon is full. It also doesn't have that ketchup-like colouring. Most gel-based blood products really do look like the genuine red stuff.
Face makeup and bogus blood aside, there are two more essential items for giving life to the ultimate dead girl for Halloween. First, there's the matter of hair. There is, of course, only one colour for the big night: black. The longer and stragglier, the better. There are plenty of good online companies that supply wigs that will make any girl look like a deadly combination of a ferocious zombie and a broomstick-flying witch. Second, there are the eyes. Coloured contact lenses are becoming more and more popular. Red, purple, black, yellow or cat-like: they're all available and guaranteed to turn heads and make hearts jump.
Tips and warnings
- Take your time applying your makeup: appearance is everything. For an eye-catching appearance, contrast a white face with black hair. Make sure the blood is prominent.
- Be careful when inserting contact lenses, particularly if you have never used them before. Avoid using paint as blood, since some paint products contain lead.
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