HALLOWEEN: Pro make-up hacks for Halloween

30 October 2018

Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get your costumes and make-up in order. Young children may still want to dress up as princesses and pirates but the older ones might want to go for more of a scary and gory, unique look.

Thanks to pro make-up artist, founder and principal agent of The Agency to Makeup Artists Paige Badenoch, you can look Insta-worthy this Halloween with minimal effort, using things you already have around your home.

Having worked on more than 20 film and television series, Ms. Badenoch, a makeup special effects guru and a self-proclaimed lover of all things Halloween with more than two decades of experience as a mainstay in the makeup and hair departments, knows a thing or two about how to use makeup to create a persona or look. “Makeup has the power to transform and you have the power to be however you want to be,” says Ms. Badenoch.

“Social media is a great way to research Halloween looks to find something that you like and from there it’s about creating the look using everyday household items and existing unused makeup items.”

Ms. Badenoch shares her step by step tips on how to perfect your Halloween look.

1. Weeping Wounds

For one of the oldest and easiest looks in the book, the ‘torn apart by a werewolf’ look, a nasty throat gash or to emulate rotting zombie flesh simply:

  • Grab a box of tissues, your lash glue and get busy to create realistic three-dimensional wounds.
  • Layer the tissue paper between fine coats of the eyelash glue to create a texture reminiscent of peeling flesh
  • Once you are happy with the shape of the wound, blend it onto your skin using more eyelash glue
  • Finally, colour the tissue paper using paints, lipsticks and eyeshadows in shades of red and purple.

2. Blood Is the New Black

Unless you are going for a glam look this Halloween, chances are your makeup look will require blood and lots of it. Using food items in your pantry, make this super simple and effective recipe for fake blood.

  • Mix golden syrup, corn flour and water together to get a gooey blood consistency that is easy to apply.
  • To colour the mixture, yellow, red and green make the perfect deep red blood-inspired hue and you can add cocoa powder if you want to make it edible.

3. Sweet Sugar Skulls

Although the popular sugar skulls look doesn’t require any gory special effects, this Halloween look is certainly detailed.

  • Make this look a walk in the park (or cemetery) by making the most of templates available online.
  • Once you have traced the outline onto your face it’s a matter of adding to the details of the pattern with colour and gemstones.

4. Spider Veins

Take your Halloween costume to the next level with creepy veins. Think, bulging red and purple veins protruding from your eye sockets, your neck or even the backs of your hands. This effect is an easily created with wool.

  • Simply separate the strands of the wool depending on your desired thickness and stick to skin using eyelash glue.
  • To add inflammation or an extra dimension to the veins, shade around the wool using eyeshadows.

5. Lip Art

For a simple Halloween look that makes a statement, lip art is the answer. Keep the rest of your makeup simple and sweet to let your lips do the talking. “This is more of a beauty Halloween look but it can be really effective and I love the idea of a metallic silver lip with black spiders,” says Ms. Badenoch.

6. The New Contour

While you may be accustomed to using contour to create a simple, everyday makeup look, the same techniques can be applied to your Halloween makeup.

  • A brown contour shade can be used to change your facial features through the use of shade and highlight. This technique can also be used to create spooky hallowed eyes.
  • Brown eyeshadow can be applied under the eyes and in the frown lines to create contours and an aged appearance.
  • It can also be useful to have references on hand showing how the skin on the face typically ages in order to obtain a realistic sagging appearance.


Ms. Badenoch says the success of the Halloween look is not dependent on a makeup look, hair or costume but the unity of these three components to pull the whole look together.

“The makeup, hair and costume go hand-in-hand when creating a Halloween outfit and it’s a complete package that makes a professional look.”

For more information visit www.theagencytomakeupartists.com.au

Written by

Amardy Baucke / Deputy Editor

Amardy is a Family and Children's Mindset Coach, and Deputy Editor for Kids on the Coast/Kids in the City. Her goal is to inspire people to live a healthy wholesome lifestyle.

Living on the sunny Gold Coast Amardy is a dedicated wife and mother of three beautiful children. amardy.com

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