Most people fall into one of two categories when it comes to dressing up for Halloween; either extreme dread or total excitement. I am 100% in the second group. No matter what the theme is, I am game to play. I find the process of conceptualizing a makeup design and trying new techniques incredibly therapeutic. Even if a character doesn’t turn out the way I had planned, it is a creative journey that I am all about.
Naturally, Halloween has become the perfect excuse to try out different looks. But about a year ago, I started questioning why my makeup experimentations had to be confined within the calendar walls of October. Yes, that is the socially acceptable time of year to don creative garb, but who says I can’t have fun with it all year long? With stepping outside the confines of Halloween in mind, I will share some of my favorite looks and tips I’ve learned from makeup over the past year.
For my first look, I got into the festive spirit with my own version of a Mardi Gras mask! I used a piece of plastic lace tablecloth that I had lying around my apartment for the lace appliqué. You’d be amazed how many random household items can turn into intricate details.
Next, I turned Samantha into a dreamy siren. Hobby Lobby is my best friend, and I was able to pick up all of her scales, pearls and even starfish at the craft store. I used Spirit Gum to attach her scales. It is a great special effects product but use it sparingly- a little goes a long way! Make sure to keep either Spirit Gum remover or rubbing alcohol on hand for when you want to turn back into a human.
And finally, we come to Zombie Hannah. I created three zombies that night and Hannah’s was my favorite. My secret weapons when it comes to full-face makeup are primer and a whole lot of setting powder. Because every element builds on each other, you want to make sure everything stays exactly where you put it.
I had a blast creating these looks, and I hope they inspire you to create something that makes you happy! I encourage you to wear a crazy wig to work for Halloween or that fancy dress in the back of your closet that you never have the opportunity to wear. Get out there and do something fun, not for the benefit of others, but for your own entertainment. Let this Halloween be your gateway into exploring other creative outlets throughout the year!
Sarah Doretti has been a Production Coordinator at Mitchell for 2 ½ years. Check out more of her inspiring and creative makeup looks on her blog, http://phaserssetonstunning.com/ or @PhasersSetOnStunning on Instagram.
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