Michael Myers is the menacing, masked slasher from the Halloween film series, introduced in 1978. The costume may look terrifyingly brutal but creating this monster for Halloween just involves a few simple steps. Many professional makeup and party shops stock Michael Myers masks, which also come with a wig attached, just like the one he wore in the films. Alternatively you can use theatrical makeup to create the effect of the sinister mask, saving some cash in the process.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Navy boiler suit or overalls
- Black utility boots
- Plastic toy slasher knife
- Michael Myers mask with wig attached (optional)
- White greasepaint makeup
- Black greasepaint makeup
- Makeup sponge
- Medium sized makeup or acrylic painting brush
- Translucent loose powder
- Velour powder puff
- Fine tooth comb
- Hair grips (optional)
Buy a heavy duty boiler suit in navy blue. This should have a fastening at the front, with long sleeves and a short collar. You can usually buy these in work wear shops, online or even in charity shops if creating your costume on a budget. Myers’ overalls were often a bit dank looking, so don’t worry if these have a few paint stains or dust on them. Wear the collar sitting up.
Wear heavy black utility boots.
Carry a giant plastic slasher knife, ready to pounce.
Pull on a Michael Myers mask, with attached disheveled wig. Scoop up long hair and secure with grips before this, if necessary. Alternatively, create the mask look with makeup.
Apply white greasepaint all over the face and down the neck, using a makeup sponge to get a smooth mask-like finish. Cover ears but stop in a clean line around the hairline, eyes and at mid-throat level. This clean edge gives the effect of a mask.
Rim around the eye area with black greasepaint, using the brush to create the look of clean, oval eye holes.
Paint on two stark black eyebrows with the same greasepaint and brush.
Mix a little black greasepaint in to some white, to form a medium grey. Dab a tiny amount of this on to lips, with a finger. This gives Myers' defined but monochrome lip.
Fix the makeup by rolling on translucent loose powder with a velour puff.
Backcomb hair into a messy, swept back style, using the comb to fluff up the roots. Comb hair the wrong way, in tiny strokes at root level, and fix with a spritz of hairspray as you go. This creates volume. Shape the style by scooping and pulling it back from the face as you comb it. Fix with plenty of strong hold hairspray.
Face and hair
Tips and warnings
- With eleven films between 1978 and 2011, later incarnations of Myers’ mask were looking careworn, with cracks and gashes. If you can’t find an accurate mask but want to create this modern look, use latex prosthetic pieces available from professional makeup shops. Choose gashes or cracks, and attach these to skin following the enclosed instructions. Then follow with the white mask makeup.
- Colour hair red by using temporary spray-in colour from a makeup or party shop. This also gives the matted effect of Myers’ tufted mop.
- Professional makeup and prosthetic pieces often contain potentially allergenic ingredients, such as latex. These are only suitable for adult skin, and you must do a patch test the day before using a new product to make sure you will not suffer a potentially serious allergic reaction.
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