How to Make Halloween Costumes and Makeup

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How to Make Halloween Costumes and Makeup
You can make your own make-up when creating a Halloween costume. (halloween 5 image by Nathalie P from Fotolia.com)

Halloween costumes that require make-up can be among the most creative and elaborate ensembles at any holiday gathering. Fortunately, creating your own Halloween costumes and make-up is not only inexpensive, but it entails following just a few basic steps. Homemade Halloween make-up lends itself to scary costumes such as witches, zombies and monsters. You can also use it for children dressing up as puppies, fairies or butterflies.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 4 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tbsp shortening
  • Eyeshadow, assorted colours
  • Food colouring, assorted colours

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Use corn syrup as a base for make-up that resembles blood. Add 2 tablespoons of red food colouring, 1 tablespoon of yellow food colouring, 3 drops of blue food colouring and 2 tablespoons of water to 1 cup of corn syrup. Blend the ingredients together in a bowl using a spoon. Use for a zombie costume or any other costume requiring fake blood.

  2. 2

    Create a make-up base that you can use for a variety of costumes. Mix 4 tablespoons of cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of solid shortening in a bowl. Add different colours of food colouring to this base depending on your costume.

  3. 3

    Add 5 to 10 drops of green food colouring and 2 drops of red or blue food colouring to the base for green make-up. Add more drops of food colouring as desired. Apply to the face for a witch costume or other costumes requiring green make-up such as a frog or a monster.

  4. 4

    Add 5 to 10 drops of yellow food colouring to the base for yellow make-up. Add more drops of food colouring as desired. Apply to the face for costumes such as a fairy, flower or puppy.

  5. 5

    Combine various types of powder eyeshadow for a make-up that resembles bruises. Mix dark blue eyeshadow, grey eyeshadow and dark green eyeshadow in equal parts. Apply to the face for costumes requiring fake bruises, such as a zombie.

Tips and warnings

  • Use your fingers, cotton balls or a make-up brush to apply make-up to the skin.

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