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In another life, I was a professional actor. After college, I went to graduate school, where I received classical theatre training. Theatre training sounds stuffy and boring, but it teaches actors how to move, speak, analyze text, and…apply make up! While film and TV thespians rely on makeup artists to transform their faces, theatre actors are on their own.
Stage actors learn how to use color and contour with a set’s lighting to create different effects — like appearing elderly, wounded, disfigured, or fantastical in some way. In fact, most of the make-up tricks that are all the rage today — thanks to the Kardashians, Instagram, and RuPaul’s Drag Race — have their origins in the theatre! Check out these make up tricks and see what Halloween costume ideas you can scare up.
Aging yourself with makeup is super easy, although it might be a little traumatizing to see what your face will look like in thirty years. The trick is to replicate with makeup what time and gravity do to your appearance; for example, wrinkles appear deeper, and skin looks sunken and sagging.
You’re old! You can gray your eyebrows with baby powder or add age spots to look even older. Great costumes to pair with age makeup? A witch (add a hint of green to your powder), Bernie Sanders at the 2021 Inauguration, or your favorite Golden Girl (#TeamDorothy). Keep your contour palettes at the ready with mDesign’s Divided Makeup Organizer.
Mermaid makeup is an easy way to transform into an ethereal amphibian-like character.
Now you’ve got the beginning of any number of cool Halloween costumes. Add eyeliner, lashes, and face jewels for a glamorous mermaid/merman. Let Shakespeare inspire you and use this trick to transform into Caliban from The Tempest or Peaseblossom from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Don a blue bodysuit and, voilà, you’re Mystique from the X-Men movie franchise. You can also use this trick for dragon, snake, and alien costumes. mDesign’s Large Plastic Makeup Caddy lets you create the perfect Halloween transformation station — its compartments are deep enough to hold loose powder eye shadow vials and wide enough for small-to-medium eye shadow palettes.
Horror Movie Person is a great costume if you’re on a budget. All you need to look like you’re being chased by a hockey mask-wearing, machete-wielding maniac are your own clothes and the makeup trick below.
You can add a trickle of fake blood or, if you really want to go all out, flick a toothbrush dipped in fake blood for a spookily realistic blood splatter. Where you place the wound decides the costume. A forehead wound paired with pale makeup gives total zombie vibes; while a gash on the neck and a casual outfit of jeans and a t-shirt is perfect for a classic horror movie victim. Don’t forget to wash your brushes as soon as you’re done, so the glue doesn’t harden. Storing brushes is easy with mDesign’s 3 Section Makeup Brush Holder. It’s compact enough to maximize storage on your vanity or makeup table, but it still has enough room to hold your glue and scissors, too.
Hope these makeup tricks are just the start of a treat-filled Halloween!
Lisa Langford is the Senior Copywriter at mDesign
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