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Inspiration for Summer Themed Special FX Make-Up

Summer is finally in full swing and we’re making the most of what it has to offer. Whilst some of us are kicking back and enjoying a barbeque or two and sipping on glasses of fruity Pimm’s, others of us are attending slightly more unique summer events such as themed parties, A Midsummer Night’s Dream ball or summer carnivals.

We’re here to help you with the latter. Although we do love a good BBQ and Pimm’s, unsurprisingly, our passion lies with special FX make-up and the crazy, amazing things you can do with it.

If you’re lucky enough to be attending or hosting a summer themed party this year, we want to help you come up with some inspiration on how you can be in the running for Best Dressed...


A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Shakespeare’s famous comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is full of beautiful, mystical creatures that are the perfect inspiration for a costume. Male or female, the fairies in the play are undoubtably a great option for a fancy dress. Whether you choose to imitate Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth, Mustardseed, Oberon or Titania, we recommend having a browse through our selection of glitters, face and body paint, and hair colours and to really make your fairy costume come to life. Or, you could just whack a donkey mask on of course.

Not a highly original costume idea but incredibly fun and exciting nonetheless! In order to create the perfect Avatar character, you will need (a huge amount) of blue body and face paint, adhesives to keep your artificial face ridges on and hair colour. Getting the shape of an Avatar face is hard, especially due to the alien markings that protrude across their foreheads and cheek bones. To achieve this, we recommend either using wax or putty, special FX 3D gel or just hard plastic that you can cut up into shapes you want and stick onto your face – gems are often good for this.

Gay Pride
Pride fever sweeps the nation over summer in every city in the UK and other parts of the world. This is a fantastic chance to cover yourself in glitter, paint your face every colour of the rainbow, change your hair shade and dress up in any way you please! We have a fantastic selection of rainbow face and body paint, glitter, hair colouring and anything else you could possibly need to be as bright and colourful as you wish, all weekend long.


Similarly to Pride, the carnival spirit is alive all over the world during summer time: Brazil, the Caribbean, London, the US, Tenerife, Venice… Carnivals are the time to go absolutely crazy with your special FX make-up. Depending on the theme of the carnival, be sure to check our glitter ranges, face paint, stick on gems and prosthetics (Venice we’re looking at you). Adorn yourself in the most beautiful make-up to match the occasion.

Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland is a fantastic theme for a party, tea party or wedding! There are so many brilliant and wonderful characters to dress up as, from Alice herself to The Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, Aboslem or even Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee. Depending on which character you choose to channel, your needs for special FX make-up will change. Alice doesn’t require much, other than a good costume and potentially a blonde wig, whereas the Mad Hatter needs you to invest in some good face paint, and coloured contact lenses! The talking animals will need a good amount of prosthetics, hair colouring and a blooming good costume!

Forbidden Forest

With summer comes outdoor themed events and parties. One that we really love the idea of is a Harry Potter Forbidden Forest party. This gives you the opportunity to dress up as one of the hundreds of brilliant mythical Harry Potter creatures. If you’re really brave, you could try being a centaur, using prosthetics and stick on hair to really bring it to life. Alternatively, you could try covering yourself in grey paint and being one of the ghosts, stick on a load of fake eyes to turn yourself into a human spider, or dye your hair a variety of colours, stick a horn on your forehead and become a unicorn… The possibilities are endless!