What are Special Effects Makeup Tips?

Halloween, costume parties, theater productions, fun dances and other such occasions call for special makeup effects. You know what effect you want to achieve, but may not have a clue how to get it. There are a few tricks that you can practice to get that professional look you desire. Many of the supplies you need are things you have around the house.

Halloween Makeup Tips

Scary Halloween effects can be made with ingredients from your pantry.

Make sure your face is clean and dry first. To make scary effects, paint your face using a mixture of one teaspoon of cornstarch, a half teaspoon of water, a half teaspoon of cold cream and some food coloring. Use your fingertips for large areas and a paint brush for making specific designs. It is easily removable and can be washed off with soap and water. Use your imagination. You can make fake injuries, bruises and blood. To make bruises, apply deep blue powder eye shadow using a dampened makeup brush. Add blots of charcoal gray and blue shadows for a realistic effect. Touch up the edges with olive green and then smudge the edges. To make blood, pour a half bottle of light corn syrup into a bowl and add hot water while stirring until you have the right consistency. Add a little liquid soap to make it easy to wash off. Drop in red food color as desired. If you want darker blood color, you can use a drop or two of blue or green food color into the mixture.

Beautiful Makeup Tips

Smokey eye effects are very popular and easy to get.

For a festive look for a dance or party, you can create a smokey eye effect. First cover your eyelids with nude shimmery eye shadow. Then, use glittery gray eye shadow from just above your eyelashes to the crease in the eyelid. Using a wet q-tip or eyeliner, place a line just above the top lash line and extend it out a little beyond the corner. Add white eye shadow right below the eyebrow and also in the corner of your eye. Make sure to blend the makeup so there are not hard lines. You may add any other color above the gray eye shadow and then blend them together. Finish the effect by curling your eyelashes and using mascara to make them stand out. For luscious lips, apply foundation over lips when you apply it to your face. Line your lips with lip liner (you can also make them fuller when you draw them on). Apply your lipstick with a brush from outside to inside. Tissue off the extra and then color them again. Coat your lips with lip gloss and add sparkle if desired. Add a bit of matching blush under cheekbones, a little on the forehead and under the chin.

Theater Makeup Tips

Special makeup effects are used often in the theater.

Theater makeup is usually heavier than what you wear every day, so the audience can see the character rather than you. Use brighter colors, more shading with blush to create contours, and finish it off with powder so it will not melt under the stage lights. It is also suggested that you use a foundation that is darker than your own skin so you will not look washed out under the lights. When applying eyeliner, try to get as close to the lashes as possible and angle the pencil for a heavier look. Use a sponge to apply makeup base. Cold cream or baby oil can be used to remove the heavy makeup. Use circular motions with your fingertips to loosen the makeup. Do not use paper products as they have abrasive qualities.