Want to make a makeup artist giddy? Utter one word — Halloween. Among beauty lovers, All Hallows’ Eve is like Christmas with more blood and guts. It’s the time of year we get to show off our creativity in the extreme. We’ve been known to spend hundreds on body paint and wigs, but this year we’re taking a budget approach. That’s why we’ve gathered 10 gory beauty tricks you can do with things you already own, like toilet tissue, lash glue, and red lipstick.
Halloween Hack #1: How to Make Fake Blood
You could go to your local Halloween superstore and buy bottles of liquid blood, or you could use things already in your makeup kit for DIY gore that’s free.
Shave off a bit of red lipstick. Mix in a creamy black eyeliner and finish with a dollop of thick, clear lip gloss. If you want brighter blood, add more lipstick. For a deeper, dried-blood hue, add in more liner.
Apply the thick blood mixture using the end of your makeup brush, which is easier to wipe clean than the bristles.
For a real American Psycho flourish, splatter the blood with a stiff brush. Dip the ends into “blood,” and run your fingers over the bristles to get a random spray of red.
Costume ideas for fake blood: vampire, zombie
Halloween Hack #2: Freckles That Don’t Look Fake
Freckles have been popping up everywhere recently (and they’re not just on redheads). If your costume requires beauty marks, use a brown, longwear eyebrow or lip pencil to achieve the most natural spots. You want some to be big and some to be small, so they don’t look too cartoonish.
Costume ideas with freckles: Kendall Jenner, Shirley Temple, Annie, Anne of Green Gables, Pippi Longstocking
Halloween Hack #3: Make Manly Stubble
We can predict that male-to-female and female-to-male transformations are going to be superpopular this Halloween. The hardest part of a guy-to-gal gender swap is the facial hair.
An authentic beard is all in the application. Use a mascara wand to apply a longwear gel. Use two separate colors to make it look more like a five o’clock shadow.
Costume ideas for a beard: Drake, Tyga, Kanye West, Joe Manganiello
Halloween Hack #4: Make Your Lips Disappear
Covering up the lips with foundation is a behind-the-scenes trick makeup artists have been using for years to create the illusion of fuller lips. You can draw a completely new lip line over the top. This insider hack also comes in handy when you want to draw a smaller pout for Halloween.
Use a full-coverage foundation or concealer just a touch lighter than your skin tone to cover lips. Apply a translucent powder on top to set the base.
Reshape the new lips and fill in the area with a lip pencil a little darker than the color of your lipstick.
Layer on a high-shine lip gloss. The texture will create contrast and make your matte mouth fade into the background.
Costume ideas for redrawn lips: broken doll, Barbie, marionette puppet, Queen of Hearts
Halloween Hack #5: Get a Gap
Gap teeth are currently en vogue, and getting the look for your costume only requires one product — eyeliner!
First, you want to clean off your teeth with alcohol and suck in a good amount of air to dry off the surface. Apply a black gel eyeliner or a waterproof pencil to the front two teeth.
Costume ideas with gap teeth: hockey player, Uzo Aduba
Halloween Hack #6: Copy the Joker’s Jaws
Slashed jowls is sure to be a hit at any costume party thanks to Jared Leto’s role as the Joker in Suicide Squad. To re-create the look at home, gather up toilet tissue and glue.
Apply the falsie adhesive to the area where you want your cut using a sponge.
Separate a single sheet of toilet tissue into one ply and tear into strips.
Place the strips over the wet glue and paint more glue on top of the tissue with a tapping motion. Pay extra attention to the edges. The tissue should blend into the skin on all sides.
Be careful not to tear the delicate paper, but wrinkling is OK. It gives the mouth a gory texture. Use a blow dryer on cool to express-dry the tissue. It should take about 10 minutes before you can apply makeup on top.
Extend the slit of the lips using a black eyeliner.
Paint on eye shadow and red lipstick until you get the bloody effect you want. Add more foundation around the edges to help cover any tissue that doesn’t blend into the skin.
Costume ideas for a mouth slit: The Joker, Bride of Frankenstein
Halloween Hack #7: Remove Your Brows
Brows make a face; without them, you can look downright creepy. That makes this movie-makeup hack ideal for Halloween. Start by cleaning excess oils from your brows with rubbing alcohol. We don’t recommend doing this look if you just got your brows waxed (it burns)!
Completely cover your arches with glue, applying product in the direction of the hair. You’ll want to apply multiple layers of adhesive; just give each swipe time to dry before putting more on.
Press — don’t swipe — loose powder over the glue. Make sure to use plenty of product so that the puff doesn’t stick to the glue. Dust off any excess with a fluffy makeup brush.
Cover the powder with foundation (still swiping in the direction of the hair growth). Then, set the look with powder.
Costume ideas without brows: an egg, left shark
Halloween Hack #8: 3D Veins That Pop
Oct. 31 is the only day when everyone wants to be infected. To get an authentic sickly look, use yarn to make 3D veins that stand out. First, unravel one strand of yarn into individual fibers. Trim each piece into one- to two-inch sections.
Use a thin liner brush to apply glue in the pattern you want your veins to flow.
Place the yarn directly on top of the glue, and trim the yarn if it’s too long.
Complement the yarn pieces with thinner lines drawn on with black eyeliner. You want the painted veins to be thicker at the top and thinner near the ends.
Add in more details on the neck and forehead.
Costume ideas with 3D veins: infected woman, Bride of Frankenstein