I used to watch YouTubers who did special effects Halloween makeup with complete awe and fascination, thinking ‘my god that is talent’. Now don’t get me wrong, they (mostly) are crazy talented and obvs my skillz ain’t got nothing on theirs. But I was very pleasantly surprised to discover SFX gory stuff (like cuts) are easier to execute (terrible word to use when discussing this lel) than you think. Check out my attempt at a slit throat below, I think I did a pretty ok job! Paired with a glam face (and better hair), it’s a great Halloween idea and will make everyone think you’re super skilled and should basically be working in the costume department for LOTR.
What you’ll need:
- Liquid latex
- Coagulated blood
- Stage blood
- Colours for bruising
- Red face/body paint
- Tissues or cotton pads (separated so they’re thin layers)
Obvs you’ll probs already have the bottom 2 items but I easily found the top items for pretty cheap at my local costume shop.
To begin your special effects Halloween makeup, apply a layer of liquid latex onto clean skin. FYI, the hairier your skin is (like my hairy beast arms), the more it will hurt when you’re ripping it off.
Add pieces of tissue or cotton to the wet latex.
Apply another layer of liquid latex over the tissue/cotton and let it dry. Use a hair dryer if you want to speed up the process.
Repeat this process another 3-4 times (or however many you want really), until gunky looking and dry.
Set liquid latex with powder and THEN apply foundation (yes weird ordering but you want a barrier between the latex and foundation) over the entire area and the normal skin so it’s all the same shade.
Start creating ‘bruises’ in varying degree of shade and intensity with a smaller buffing brush. Make sure there are no harsh lines.
Create a slit in the latex by digging down with scissors to make a small incision and then cutting across. Pull at the sides so it’s not a perfect cut because we want our special effects Halloween makeup to be REALISTIC amirite!?
Use red paint to colour in the natural skin under the sliced latex.
Use the coagulated blood to fill in the cut, making sure it’s thickly applied.
Drop as much stage blood (which is runnier) into the cut and move the area around to create a dripping effect. Wipe and smudge some for a more realistic look.
Let your horrible wound dry and start freaking people out! Even if you don’t scare anyone, they’ll be in awe of your special effects Halloween makeup #skillllzzz.
Makeup products used on my mug listed below:
- Pixi – Even Skin Flawless Beauty Primer – I would 100% leave the house with just this on, it’s BEAUTIFUL!
- SMASHBOX Photo Finish Lid Primer – I don’t know if this is the best lid primer cos’ I haven’t used many but it does a good enough job.
- Zoeva All Night Long Palette – I’ve never met a Zoeva product I didn’t like, these shades are gorg and creamy AF.
- Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette – This is limited-edition which is super annoying as it’s perfect for weekends away when you’ve got shitty space in your carry-on. The shades are hawt.
- Maybelline Superstay 24HR Foundation in ’28 Soft Beige – SUCH A GOOD DRUGSTORE FOUNDATION Y’ALL. The coverage is INSANE without being cakey.
- Sephora Concealer
- Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Contour Palette – All the face shades a betch could want. This palette is a cult prod for a reason.
- Dermacol – Magnum Maximum Volume Mascara
- Nu Skin Powerlips Fluid in ‘Promotion’ – I wanted something really subtle and this colour is super close to my actual lips.
- Jeffree Star Cosmetics 24 Karat Pro Palette – I’ve been using this highlighter palette for MONTHS and I don’t plan on stopping soon. I used a touch of the pinky shade on my cheeks as a slight blush too.
Skincare note: Does the special effects Halloween makeup look hard to remove? I used the new Medik8 Cleansing Oil with the Mini MakeUp Eraser and it all legit came off SO easily. Both prodz are fab at removing makeup and cleansing your skin solo, but this amount of gunk required heavy-duty removal.
What other Halloween looks do you want to see this year? Comment below your suggestions!
Gore creator - Kelly McCarren.