Text & Coordination by: Joanna Lee | Edited by: Clara Siew & Lira Jamaluddin
So there’s this Halloween Party you really want to go to, or a costume competition you’d really like to take part in. The thing is, you’re bored of being a witch, or a toilet-paper mummy, or cat woman. Time to get creative with special effects makeup!
SFX makeup artists to check out this Halloween:
Want to dive into special effects makeup but need a helping hand? Check out these 5 super talented makeup artists’ YouTube channels. From simple looks to full-on gory special effects, we’ve got you covered!
She is spunky, outspoken, and gore-geous, with the ability to rock wigs like no one else. Going by the screen-name of Mykie, she is an LA-based, self-taught makeup and SFX artist. Mykie won the 4th NYX Face Awards 2015 thanks to her crazy skills and uniqueness when it comes to creating characters. As her channel name suggests, she explores both glamorous and gory looks – so you get the best of both worlds! Even her gore looks are not that difficult to recreate, as she DIYs a lot of her special effects using household items like cotton and gelatin. You can be Lana or Zombie del Rey, perfect plastic or post-op Barbie; it’s down to whether you want to go Glam or Gore (or both?). Her current series of looks features a Glam & Gore version of Disney Princesses, such as Elsa getting frostbite, or a burnt Belle. Also, if you want to amp up the scare-factor, check out her Exorcist tutorial, it’ll be sure to turn heads (pun intended)!
Alexys Fleming is a certified Aesthetician and a force to be reckoned with when it comes to makeup and body-paint. She is known to recreate looks such as Superman, Wolverine, and characters from American Horror Story – all using body paints and makeup, so you won’t need any crafting, just some brushes and skin-friendly paints. Some of her most popular looks are Spiderman’s Venom, Old Age without Latex and the Sock Monkey, which is the perfect combination of cute and downright creepy. If you want a Halloween look that is minimal in effort but big on results, we make you look at Alexys.
If you really want to challenge and push yourself in terms of not just makeup but SFX makeup this year, look up this Australian beauty Kiana Jones. She is formally trained as a visual artist, but is self-taught when it comes to makeup artistry. Kiana places a lot of emphasis on detail and always aims for highly realistic gory special effects makeup. One of her most popular looks is her Clicker zombie makeup from the hit videogame The Last of Us. If you really want to creep people out with her realistic special effects, we’d definitely go with peeling skin the way she does it. (Note: Tread with caution if you’ve got a weak stomach.)
Maybe you’re not so much of a makeup person – and lean more towards painting instead; Jordan Hanz is your go-to for amazing paint jobs. Using body paints and herself as a canvas, she creates a variety of creative and dynamic looks that can play with your mind. She doesn’t rely on props or special effects products, so you won’t have to whip up a goopy mess that will leave you scraping floors (or ripping your eyebrows off). You’ll be really killing it with optical illusion though!
For the low-key and aesthetic-conscious, you can find inspiration in Klaire De Lys, a creative and mellow soul from the UK. Klaire uses simple methods and DIYs to create beautiful (and some haunting) looks with makeup, so if you don’t want to be too over-the-top but still want to be eye-catching, then peruse her variety of looks. Don’t worry about fancy equipment or materials though, most if not all of them can be found in stationery and art stores. Check out her Zodiac series if you’re an astrology-junkie, as she gives a fresh new take on the Western Horoscope signs.