Prep Tips For DIY Halloween Makeup!



When it came to Halloween, the costume was usually the big attraction.

This year however, it’s all about the elaborate face makeup.

If you’re hitting the face paints for the first time this weekend, then there are a few tips that will help you get the best results.

Patch Test


We know this is an obvious tip (and one that so many ignore!) but it’s pretty necessary when it comes to face paints.

Sometimes the pigments in face paint can be quite strong and lead to temporary staining of the skin after it has been removed. If you do a patch test however, you will prevent any nasty surprises from occurring.




In order to help the makeup last as long as possible, usually you would need to prep the skin accordingly. However, the prep you carry out will depend on the type of face paint you are using.

Some face paints last longer when applied to dry, non-moisturised skin. Other face paints work best on skin that has been moisturised and primed. The prep you need to carry out should be stated on the product or the brand’s website.

Choose your tools



A sponge is most commonly used for applying face paint (most face paint artists find that a sponge is quicker to work with), but if you prefer a makeup brush then use one! Just buff out the brush marks with a sponge afterwards.

Regardless of whether you use a sponge or a brush, make sure you have a different brush/sponge for each of the colours. Face paint pigments are quite strong so if you use the one applicator for more than one colour, it’s going to show!

Apply thin layers



When applying the base colour, don’t just lash on a thick layer of the paint. Apply a thin layer, let it dry and then apply another one. Build on the colour gradually and you will be left with a stronger result.

Let the first layer dry!

As mentioned in the point above, once you apply a colour, it is important that you let it dry fully before you apply the next one.

You need to be patient otherwise the colours will blend and smudge.

Special effects 



Think creatively when it comes to enhancing your look with special effects. Fleshy scars can be made from gelatin and there are plenty of tutorials online showing you show to do it.

The scaley lizard effect meanwhile can be created by applying makeup over fishnet tights (as in the pic above!)

A great DIY tip for creating that ghostly pallor is to apply a dusting of baking flour over the makeup once finished!


You shouldn’t sleep in makeup and you DEFINITELY shouldn’t sleep in face paint! Make sure you fully remove the paint before cleansing and moisturising.

Next day 



The following day, gently exfoliate your skin and treat it to a hydrating face mask such as this Star Skin mask, followed by a good quality moisturiser.

This mini pamper session will help with any after-affects such as dryness or subtle staining.



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