Whether it’s Halloween-time, you’re working on a low budget horror flick, or you simply want to hone your skills in the business of special effects makeup, it can be fun to learn to create scary looks. In fact, if you have a love for creating makeup looks and fanciful costumes you could find yourself with a future career in movies or theater.
You don’t have to currently be working in these fields or even going to school for makeup to get started. You really just need some creativity and the right products.
Invest In Some Special Effects Makeup Items
There are all kinds of special effects makeup items you’ll use if you go into business as a makeup artist in this field. Some things you may create on your own from things in your kitchen or recyclables, while other items (like the proper glue to hold things on) you’ll need to purchase online, at the Halloween store, or at a year-round costume store.
Get Crafty With Normal Makeup
There are many things you can do with plain old makeup you get at the drugstore or at Ulta. With the right pale shade of cover up, the right red lipstick, and the right blue eyeliner you can create someone that looks like they belong on The Walking Dead. It will take some practice, but it can be done.
Being able to create something magnificently scary out of stuff you already may have in your home could put you one step above those that learn how to do this type of makeup and design in schools. It shows that you are creative and inspired.
Buy A Sewing Machine
Buying costumes, for Halloween or fun, at the store is less than inspiring. They use cheap fabric that looks more like pajamas than anything. Don’t buy costumes when you can easily make your own.
You’ll need to invest around one-hundred dollars in a sewing machine, and also purchase a variety of material to make whatever you want to make. You can find costume patterns for sale at craft stores or even online, which will guide you step by step in making the costumes you want in a better quality than what you can buy.
Pick Scary Material
Blacks, reds, things with blood splatter (which you can also create on your own), and even material with spider webs on it. These are things you’ll want to start collecting if you’re really going to get into costume design. Buy lots of tulle too!
Take Lots Of Photos
Make sure that you are taking lots of pictures of your completed projects. If you want to turn this hobby of creating scary faces and costumes into a career in makeup and theatrics, you are going to need to have a portfolio.
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