It’s October guys, and that can only mean one thing…HALLOWEEN! I adore this time of year. I love horror movies and dressing up, I love carving pumpkins and scrunching my way through fallen leaves, and I love the change in the weather, as it cools down, the air filling with the sweet smell of peat fires. What’s not to love?
To celebrate all things Halloween, I will be collaborating with a very talented make up artist and dear friend of mine, Rachel Henry. Rachel has had a life long obsession with make up, and recently decided to turn that passion into a business. She completed the foundation makeup course at Ciara Daly’s school, and is currently completing a VTCT level 3 in fashion and photographic make up…in other words, she knows her stuff! You can check out more of her work on her Instagram. She plans on doing special effects makeup down the line, so she jumped at the chance to collaborate with me on this project.
Each week in October, we will be bringing you a different makeup look, in the style of your favourite literary horror characters! And because we love you guys so much, we will include a step by step guide, so you can recreate the looks at home! So dig those costumes out of storage, and get ready to scare your friends!
There are so many great Horror books, and scary literary characters to choose from, it’s hard to choose which ones to do! But our first choice was easy. Stephen King is a staple of literary Horror. His books, and the subsequent movie adaptations, are a must at Halloween and are enjoyed by people of all ages and all backgrounds. The most recent adaptation to screen was of course the smash hit ‘IT’ (which I really enjoyed by the way). The clown is an iconic image, and is one which plays on all of our childhood fears. It is also a look which can be easily recreated at home, by even the most novice make up artist! Rachel made sure to use things readily available and cheap, so anyone can create this look, so why not give it a try?
We wanted to hide my own eyebrows and also create some big arch style brows for IT, similar to the new movie adaptation. But how did we do that I hear you ask? Well, this is going to sound crazy, but we used cotton pads and water soluble PVA glue. I know what you’re thinking…putting glue on my face? Are you insane? But as long as you use the water soluble stuff, you will be fine. Once it’s dry it peels right off, and it didn’t hurt in any way or remove any hairs, it just came off. Remember when you were a little kid, and you were given a pot of glue to craft with, but instead you painted it all over your hand and peeled it off again…it’s the same thing! We cut a round cotton pad in half, the kind you take your makeup off with, and used the glue to attach it over my brows. Once it was wet with the glue, Rachel was able to mould it into the shape we wanted. For something so simple and cheap, we think it looks great!
Next, using the ordinary white face paints you can buy in stores, paint your face entirely. We needed two layers of the paint to get it as white as we wanted. Just be careful when painting around your eyes.
Once the white paint was dry, Rachel used ordinary black eyeshadow and eyeliner to paint around my eyes, and create that dead eyed stare IT you have seen glaring from the movie posters. At this point, you resemble a B movie zombie, but trust us!
Rachel also used black eyeliner pencil to draw some ‘cracks’ along my forehead, which she then blended slightly, before using a brush to put a light dust of the same black eyeshadow on certain points on my face…think where you would normally contour, like under the cheekbones and at either side of your nose. Using the same eyeliner pencil, she drew on my new eyebrows, first tracing it lightly to get the shape she wanted, before thickening it up and blending it slightly to soften the edges.
Finally, it was time for the best part, and IT’s signature…the red paint.
Rachel just used red lipstick and a lip brush to paint my lips and nose. IT’s lips are quite large, so she over-exagerated the size of mine, painting above and below my natural lip line. She used a red lip liner pencil to trace out the red lines from my lips, and ‘through’ my eyes, before filling them in with the same lipstick. Once you reach this stage, you can go ahead and keep adding any little touches you like. Rachel, for example, used a black eyeliner to outline my lips lightly, to really emphasise their shape, and also lightly dusted the cotton pads with black powder so it got into the cracks and really emphasised those brows.
Finally, I didn’t want to purchase an expensive costume and wig. The whole point of this was to make it cheap and easy to create, so I bought a cheap red wig from a local store. Believe it or not, the wig was a long straight one with a fringe…not very clown like, but Rachel back brushed it and pinned it into the shape you see using bobby pins. The only clown wigs I could find cheap, were those comedy, curly style ones, and let’s face it, those are not even slightly scary and would definitely have ruined the image. I bought some red ribbon from a haberdashery and we just tied it around my neck and then made bow after bow after bow, to create this ‘ruff’ look. We pinned the edges up using more bobby pins.
And voila! I think the finished look is really effective and instantly recognisable…perfect for any Halloween party, or if you just feel like terrifying your neighbours and friends!
I would just like to thank Rachel for collaborating with me on this project! You are super talented! If you guys feel inspired by this and end up recreating any of our looks, I would love it if you tagged us so we can see the results!