Category Archives: Halloween Make Up

Strictly Come Dancing Halloween Makeup Predictions

I’m really looking forward to Strictly Come Dancing’s Halloween show on Saturday 1st November. It’s my favourite episode of the series as the makeup, costumes and performances are always amazing. If you haven’t seen a Strictly Halloween episode then you can watch them again on you tube, well worth a look!

Strictly Come Dancing 2013 saw some truly gruesome costumes and Halloween make up, including:

  • Abbey Clancy – the makeup artist created a white masquerade ball mask and applied red lipstick to compliment it (danced the Rumba to ‘Stay’ with Aljaz)
  • Natalie Gumede – she had red lips and a green shimmery forehead (danced the Viennese Waltz to ‘Devil in Me’ with Artem)
  • Susanna Reid – her smoky eyes had a spooky feel with feather false eye lashes and metallic white eye shadow (danced the Charleston to ‘Bad Moon Rising’ with Kevin)
  • Ashley Taylor-Dawson definitely looked like a monster with a ghostly white face and red eye makeup (he danced the tango to ‘Beautiful Monster’)

As a makeup artist in Manchester I couldn’t help thinking about what the 2014 Strictly Come Dancing contestant’s halloween makeup will look like, so here’s some ideas I’ve come up with (add your suggestions in the comments!):

Mark Wright – Edward Scissorhands

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Caroline Flack – Elphaba from Wicked

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Jake Wood = The Joker

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And my favourite…

Judy Murray as Cruella deville

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We’ll just have to wait and see what the BBC producers come up with, and the Strictly Judges – Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Hall – will choose their favourites. Watch the show and have a frighteningly good Halloween!

By Emmalene Sophia

Emmalene is a professional makeup artist based in Didsbury, South Manchester. She provides makeup for brides, wedding guests, TV, photoshoots and special occasions, you can find her at Google+, Twitter or Facebook. To book Emmalene, click here.

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Morticia Addams Halloween Makeup

Halloween is my favourite time of year, I’ve got a halloween wedding booking this year and I’m ready to transform the bridal party into zombies, witches and corpse brides. As a makeup artist in Manchester I thought I’d go for a different look for myself this year without prosthetics to cut costs. As I’ve got fair skin and long dark hair it made sense to be Morticia Addams.

What You’ll Need To Become Morticia Addams

  1. Eye shadow and face primer to mattify your skin
  2. White watercolour or ultra light Foundation
  3. Black liquid liner and black brow pencil
  4. False eye lashes or lashings of mascara
  5. White, grey and black eye shadow
  6. Red lipliner and plum lipstick
  7. Highlighter and powder
  8. Tools, foundation brush, two eye shadow brushes and a lip brush

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10 Steps To Create The Morticia Addams Look

  1. Apply eye primer and face primer to ensure the make up sticks and lasts all night
  2. I’m going to use a foundation two shades lighter than my skin tone I’ll buff it in with a foundation for full coverage
  3. Use a silver grey eye shadow to create a smokey look and blend it just past your eye socket
  4. Apply black eyeliner to both of your eyes on your lid and below your eye. To add depth use black eye shadow in the outer corner of your eye and blend it out with a clean eye shadow brush
  5. Highlight your cheek bones with a highlighter, such as Benefit ‘High Beam’ and dust grey eye shadow under your cheek bones and down the side of your nose to make it more pointed and defined
  6. Apply black mascara and kohl black liner to your inner and upper water line to finish the dramatic eye
  7. Then go for it with a red lip liner to enhance your cupid bow, apply all over and mix it with a matt plum lipstick on top
  8. Fill in your eyebrows with a brow pencil to create a rounded shape, follow your brow bone and elongate the length
  9. Set with a translucent powder or fixing spray

If you’re not inspired by this, you could go as Wednesday Addams or Frankenstein’s Bride, Happy Halloween!

By Emmalene Sophia

Emmalene is a professional makeup artist based in Didsbury, South Manchester. She provides makeup for brides, wedding guests, TV, photoshoots and special occasions, you can find her at Google+, Twitter or Facebook. To book Emmalene, click here.

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Jigsaw Halloween Make Up Tips

Halloween is just around the corner, get ready to be artistic and become gory or frighening. There are plenty of zombies, witches and corpse brides around this time of year. As a makeup artist in Manchester I thought I’d go for a different look without prosthetics this year to reduce the expense.

Here’s What You’ll Need For The Jigsaw Look

  1. Eyeshadow and face primer
  2. White watercolour
  3. Black kohl liner
  4. Black liquid liner
  5. Red, white, black and grey eye shadow
  6. Red lipliner and lipstick
  7. Powder or body paint fixer
  8. Tools, sponge, two eyeshadow brushes and a lip brush

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10 Steps To Help You Create This Look

  1. Apply eye primer and face primer to ensure the make up sticks and lasts all night
  2. Use a damp sponge to apply your white water colour, layer it until it’s opague and fill in any patches
  3. Apply black water colour or black eyeliner to both of your eyes on your lid and below your eye. To add depth use black eyeshadow and blend it out with a clean eyeshadow brush
  4. Highlight your brow bone with a white eye shadow
  5. If you have a red eyeshadow blend it on the edges of the black eyshadow and blend a grey shadow down your nose
  6. Apply black mascara and the kohl black liner to your inner and upper water line
  7. To create the swirls first smile in a mirror use the same grey eye shadow to trace a faint line
  8. Then go over it with a red lipliner, you can make it bold as you get more confident, elongate at the outer corner
  9. Draw a black line using a thin liquid liner brush from the corner of your mouth to meet your chin
  10. Set with a translucent powder or fixing spray

If you’re not inspired by this, you could go as a dead doll or Cruella de Ville is one of my favourites, Happy Halloween!

By Emmalene Sophia

Emmalene is a professional makeup artist based in Didsbury, South Manchester. She provides makeup for brides, wedding guests, TV, photoshoots and special occasions, you can find her at Google+, Twitter or Facebook. To book Emmalene, click here.

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How To Create Realistic Gory Scar Wounds This Halloween!

If you fancy doing something different and going all out with your halloween make up looks this year. One of the best ways is to create scar wounds.

The most cost effective method is to use liquid latex, which is made of rubber, ammonia and water. It comes in a wide range of colours. It’s been around for years and as a makeup artist in Manchester I’ve used it many times, ensure that you don’t use it if you think you might be allergic to latex. If you’ve never bought it before, you should be able to get hold of it in most fancy dress shops or online. There are various types of scars I’ve put togeher a few hints and tips on how to create a quick indented scar, which can occur as a result of acne or chicken poxs.

5 Easy Steps To Create An Indented Halloween Scar

  1. Decide where you want your scar to be, i usually paint some latex onto the skin on my clients cheek with a cotton bud
  2. Allow the latex to dry, depending on the room temperature it should dry within 2 minutes
  3. Pinch the skin together, allowing the latex to stick to itself and form a scar.
  4. Next apply loose translucent power
  5. Finally add a darker shade of foundation to your skin tone and a few drops of red food colouring for the full effect

You can find more information here, in the mean time have a frightful halloween!

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Top 5 Make Up Tips To Transform Yourself Into A Corpse Bride This Halloween!

Halloween is coming up and apart from during wedding season it’s the best time to be a make up artist in Manchester. I love creating gastly ghosts, gruesome ghouls and weird witchy make up looks for my clients. The corpse bride is my favourite character, it’s reasonable cheap to create, so here’s my top 5 tips to transform yourself!

  1. First use a face primer to smooth out your skin, this will ensure your make up stays on all evening
  2. You will need a white face paint, apply it with a damp sponge starting from the nose, work outwards
  3. Go for it with dramatic eye make up using a black eye shadow, sweep across your eyelid, blend up to your socket and lower lash line with a clean brush using circular motions. Apply two coats of mascara or false eyelashes if you prefer
  4. It’s fun to make fake blood using smooth peanut butter, corn syrup and two drops of red food colouring. Mix until it looks congealed and drip it around your mouth or if you don’t have time apply a bold red lipstick
  5. Finally define your brows with a dark eye shadow using short movements to fill in any gaps and enhance the shape. Dust translucent powder all over your face/neck to matify and create longevity
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    Happy Haunting! x

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