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by Fiona Kay October 19, 2018

Last week we took a whistle-stop tour of some of the best tips and tricks for beginners wanting to recreate their favourite spooky Halloween makeup look. This week we are exploring the special FX side of Halloween with our go-to tips for easy and effective special FX looks.

Halloween makeup goes hand in hand with special FX, which can distort the face and alter dimensions to transform you into whatever your ghoulish heart desires. The best bit is you don’t have to be an industry professional to create some truly terrifying looks, so stick around this month for our industry top-tips!

Halloween Special FX For Beginners 

Like we said, even the most novice special FX artists can create some incredibly lifelike looks with just a few products and some patience. So if you are heading off to a Halloween party, or just want to practice your skills, you’ve come to the right place!

From oozing cuts and battle scars through to transforming into a creature of nightmares, let’s take you through some of our favourite looks that can be easily created using some of the best products on the market!

Special FX Makeup Kits

One of our favourite things about Halloween is that you can create anything you want, whether it’s a recreation of your favourite horror movie hero, or something you’ve made up! If you are brand new to the industry, you may feel more confident starting off with something easy to follow, which is where special FX makeup kits really come in handy!

From zombies and skeletons to your bog-standard mummy, we provide a range of professional special FX kits that include everything you need to get your desired look. These are ideal for those practicing their skills that might be looking to upgrade soon to something a little more creative and complex!

For those who are ready to take the leap into professional special FX makeup, we sell both basic and professional special FX makeup kits, including everything from body paint, foundations and blood to brushes, wax and latex.

Red Carpet FX Top Three Special FX Looks For Beginners

If you can’t get enough of the gore and want to create your own look this Halloween, here are our top three ways for getting effective and truly creepy special fx looks!

Cuts and Gashes

If you’re a lover of Halloween then you will be familiar with the gruesome wounds that are seen across the October month. You can recreate an open bloody wound with ease following our guide, and scare your friends and family with a realistic cut or gash!

What You Will Need:

  • A wound prosthetic – these can be bought in a wide variety of styles from cuts and open wounds to bite marks!
  • A suitable adhesive
  • Cotton bud
  • Liquid Latex
  • Fake Blood

How To Get The Look:

  • The first step is to ensure that the desired area is clean. Using an alcoholic wipe to remove dirt and moisture from the skin, go over the area where you want the wound to go.
  • Once clean and dry, use an adhesive to apply to your skin, and also to the back of your prosthetic in a thin and even layer.
  • Wait for the adhesive to dry.
  • Once the adhesive is dry, go in with your prosthetic being careful to avoid any air becoming trapped as this can prevent full bonding. We recommend starting from the middle, and working your way out to the edges to avoid trapped air bubbles.
  • Hold in place until you are confident that it has fully bonded to the skin.
  • Depending on your desired look, you can use a blender with a cotton bud to go around the edges, or liquid latex to create a realistic edging to your wound.
  • Apply setting powder over the entire wound, remembering to brush off any excess powder.
  • Lastly, apply a healthy measure of fake blood for the ultimate realistic wound.

Burns

Creating a burnt skin effect can be easier than you think, and it always goes down a storm with horror lovers everywhere!

What You Will Need:

  • Tissue paper
  • Liquid latex
  • Burn Gel
  • Face & Body Paint
  • Makeup sponge
  • Foundation

How To Get The Look:

  • Start by using thin layers of tissue and liquid latex. Apply each layer onto the effected area to create a layered and bumpy base, reminiscent of burnt skin.
  • Use a makeup sponge to cover tissue with a thic coat of latex, ensuring the edges are smooth to blend naturally with your own skin.
  • Use a tool to play around with the positioning and texture of your liquid latex finished look.
  • Allow the area to fully dry
  • Using foundation that matches your skin, go over and around to ensure the burn will look natural against your skin tone.
  • Once happy with how your burn is looking, go in with some cream makeup such as the Kryolan Cream Colour Circle in Burn & Injury to create a realistic bloodied and charred effect.
  • For something extra disgusting, go in with a burn gel such as the Glynn Mckay gel to create a fresh and raw burn

Prosthetic Ears/Horns

So you know how to create the bloodiest wounds and burns, now all that’s left is to get your ideal character! Making use of prosthetics can really take your finished Halloween look to the next level, and a great way to do that is by adding prosthetic ears, and/or horns!

At Red Carpet FX, we LOVE the Woochie range of latex prosthetics, and they have a huge range that can help you create anything from a space alien to an evil devil! No matter what look you’re aiming for, the application method is pretty easy, check out our guide!

What You’ll Need:

  • Your choice of latex prosthetic ears or horns
  • Liquid Latex
  • Your choice of makeup
  • Fake blood (optional) 

How To Get The Look:

  • Applying prosthetics of this kind is super straight forward, and perfect for beginners who are still learning the ropes!
  • Simply ensure your skin is clean and dry, and then apply your liquid latex to the skin and to the base of the prosthetic in a thin layer.
  • Once dry, apply the prosthetic and hold in place until secure.
  • Go in with your choice of makeup, face paints and blood to create your perfect finished look.

Red Carpet FX Next Halloween Instalment

If you love the run up to Halloween as much as we are, then stick around for part three of our Halloween installments! Next time we are going to be creating the most hideous gruesome special FX looks for those who love serious gore!

Fiona Kay
Fiona Kay


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