10.25.2012

Last Minute Halloween Ideas: Gory and Gorgeous! Under $20 and 20 minutes

Ok, so you need some Halloween ideas and fast. These are two basic concepts that can be used as starting points for many ideas. I challenged myself to come up with many ideas and everything had to be under $20 and under 20 minutes. Enjoy!


I'm starting with a a basic scar tutorial that can be used in a variety of ways. It's easy, fast, and using techniques from theatre class.

T O O L S:

  • Clear Liquid Latex (avoid if allergic) $4
  • Lip or Eyeliner
  • Coloring agents, such as lip/eyeliner, lip sticks, shadows, Halloween makeup, fake blood (I make mine with corn syrup and red food coloring)
M E T H O D:
  • Paint face for whatever costume you're creating (see ideas below).
  • Using lip or eyeliner (again, depending on your costume), outline and fill in your scar.
  • Apply several layers of liquid latex and allow to dry--around 5-10 minutes. If allergic, draw the scar or use a scar kit.
  • Your skin will start to pull and the scar effect will begin. Use your coloring agents to add touch ups to complete the look.
  • When you're done for the night (or day!), simply peel away the liquid latex.
I D E A S:
  • The Joker
  • Harry Potter
  • Two-face: 1/2 face scarred, 1/2 face done up with makeup
  • Zombie
  • Witch
  • Broken doll (use black eyeliner)
  • Skull 
  • Jack 'O Lantern
  • Ghost
  • Vampire victim
  • Scary clown
  • Day of the Dead 
Don't underestimate the potential or lace or tulle! I've got lots of ideas that have you, um, covered!

T O O L S:
  • Lace or Tulle--the bigger the holes in the pattern, the better (free to $9 for a full roll)
  • Scissors, tape
  • Makeup sponge
  • Eyelash glue ($3)
  • Face Makeup Kit ($3)
M E T H O D:
  • With lace or tulle (check the wedding section of the craft store) you have lots of options:
    •  First, you can cut the lace. Cut out patterns in the lace and glue to your face using eyelash glue.
    • Cut the lace or tulle into the shape of a mask and adhere to face.
  • Use the lace as a template and cut to size needed. 
  • Tape the edges of the lace onto your face to hold it in place. 
  • Dab makeup onto the lace. When the lace is removed, the pattern of the lace or tulle remains. 
  • Set with makeup setting spray or aerosol hairspray. 
  • Remove with baby wipes and then your regular facial cleanser.
I D E A S:
  • The tulle gives a scaly pattern on the face, so this is great to create a
    • mermaid
    • dragon
    • alien
    • snake
    • alligator
    • lizard
  • The lace can be a mask (cut or stippled) for a
    • Venetian goddess
    • Mardi Gras partier
    • Masquerade ball
    • Butterfly (cut lace into shape of butterfly wings and adhere or stipple pattern)
    • Lace Lashes
    • Pirate
    • Lady Gaga
    • Bride 
    • Jilted bride
    • Spiderwoman (glue fake spiders to the lace!)
    • Black widow
    • Bat
    • Catwoman
    • Ghost
    • Vampire
Here's my 2-faced beauty queen!
Apply makeup as usual for half of face.

I did this for free using what I already owned:
  • I mixed samples of too-light foundation, bb cream, and a sprinkle of baking soda and caked on several layers of foundation.
  • I used 3 layers of eyelash glue (or liquid latex) and torn toilet paper and allowed each layer to dry. I painted over the scar with foundation.
  • I tore open the tissue "wound" carefully with tweezers, and filled in using Coastal Scents 88 palette (red, brown, copper, black). 
  • I added more bruises using brown, grey, black, purple, and blue with a big fluffy blending brush.
  • I dabbed red lipstick, stain, and gloss in/around the wound, and then corn syrup mixed with red food coloring for blood.

Which look would you like me to recreate??

67 comments:

  1. I vote for mermaid. I think it would be a pretty look for you!

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  2. Why didn't you model any of it for us?

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  3. I vote for masquerade ball!
    And yes...tulle for Halloween...it's a must!

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  4. I'd love to see you do a mermaid - you've got the long flowing locks for it!

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  5. I'd like to see you as a Venetian Goddess.

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  6. Great ideas!! I'd love to see you do Lady Gaga!


    xo Rach
    rachiecakes-rachael.blogspot.com

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  7. Super cool ideas! I vote for the Venetian goddess or mermaid!

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  8. Venetian goddess would be fun makeup. I do love a great mask as well so ...
    I hope you have a great weekend.

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  9. If we do decide to go out for Halloween this weekend, I'll probably be referring to this post in order to get some ideas :)

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  10. I vote for the broken doll. But I think anything would be great!

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  11. OMG I love all the looks above! whatever you pick will be awesome!

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  12. Very fun with the scars. I'm going to be Penelope Pittstop so I'll wearing loads of hideous pink lippy

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  13. I would love to see the broken doll! Really cool ideas Elle. Have a fantastic weekend!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  14. Such great ideas! M<y vote is for the mermaid!

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  15. halloween FUN!

    xx.M
    www.bellesandrebelles.blogspot.com

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  17. Butterfly! I've always wanted to do makeup like they did on Drew Barrymore in "Ever After." If you could do that, I would LOVE it. :)

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  18. My fave part of Halloween is the gory makeup!

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  19. I'm most defiantly being the joker this Halloween ;)

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  20. Hi Elle, your ideas are so creative, love the idea of broken doll makeup. The last tulle will provide a lovely effect, the venetian goddess/ masquerade sounds cute as well.

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  21. Such great ideas, love! I would love to try the tulle for a mermaid. One day, I'm done with Halloween already this year. Was considering dressing up again but this storm has squashed those plans :)

    Have a great weekend, sweetie! xoxo

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  23. WOW so cool! thanks for sharing!

    Love,
    Ranim
    the.perfect.disease

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  24. This is just great! I wish I looked that good with Haloween makeup. You make an amazing zobie-ish prom queen! :) So pretty!

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  25. Wow that is eerie and awesome at the same time. :)

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  26. haha omg that wound looks so scary and real!! -Rachel (For the Birds)

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  27. Awesome makeup!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a grate Halloween weekend!
    Kisses
    Elena
    http://dcinstyle.com/blog/

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  28. Oh my gosh!! Seriously?? That is so creepy, gross and awesome! WOW!! I can't believe you did that using what you did! Looks AMAZING! So clever! You look like you would make for an awesome dragon so I say DRAGON!

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  29. Elle, this is crazy amazing! I can't believe you did all this with just the stuff you had at home! Nice!

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  30. This is a great DIY guide! I'd love to follow you back :) xo

    365mu.blogspot.co.uk - One girl's attempt at creating 365 different make-up looks in as many days

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  31. AH! This looks so real :) what a great DIY!
    xoxo,
    tiana of l'esthetique

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  32. wow thats incredible! Thanks for sharing!
    -meandmr.com

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  33. wow, this is amazing! great tutorial! :)

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  34. Super cool make-up effects.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog : )

    Bisous
    Suzanne
    http://bisous.typepad.com/bisous/

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  35. oh my goodness!!!!! that is seriously incredible!!

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  36. wow - that looks incredible... you're very talented!!:) xx

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  37. Wow, looks really scary :)) Great ideas :)

    Energiq

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  38. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Im your new gfc friend.
    Abi K
    www.abi-asaturdaymorning.blogspot.com

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  39. That is SO cool! My thirteen year-old daughter was on the fence about going trick or treating this year so we didn't buy her a costume. I told her we could fashion something from home. This would be perfect for her!

    Alison
    www.getyourprettyon.com

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  40. Wow..I am impressed! Love the look...especially the second one. You are really talented Elle. :)

    xx
    Heel in Mint

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  41. Your two faced beauty queen is brilliant. You are so talented, get yourself over to the place they shoot Walking Dead and get to work!

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  42. oh wow! that's really good!

    http://www.counttofour.com

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  43. wow that looks great! and i love the fact that you're a fellow Atlantan or Atl-alien or whatever! lol, but the makeup looks great.

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  44. Oh my gosh that looks unbelievable!! You did an amazing job! I hope you had a great time in Disney and enjoyed your Birthday trip.
    XO,
    Zhanna
    www.lifeandbows.com

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  45. You are so creative! I never would have thought that toilet paper could make such a convincing wound, haha!

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  46. I absolutely LOVE IT!!!!!!! You look killer, girl. ha!

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  47. OMG that makeup is insane! What an awesome costume idea!! P.S. Love the skull nail stickers!

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  48. WOW! I think that is so cool when people know how to do effects makeup like this. My Jason's eldest brother's girlfriend (ugh what a mouth fully that was) has been trained in makeup like this and I find it so cool the work she does.

    Chao
    Poppie
    http://thepoppie.com

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  50. Wow, those are some amazing make-up artistry.
    Super cool.
    Daphne.

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  51. Amazing ideas, Ilove the effect your make up produces, thanks a lot for the inspiration!

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