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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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Top 5 Makeup Artist Special Effects Tips – How To Create Sweat Using Glycerin

I have experimented with a range of techniques on how to create sweat and I always go back to using glycerin and water. It’s an old technique and I find that as a special effects make up artist in Manchester working on photo shoots, it’s the most effective, here are my top 5 tips!

1. Ensure that you do a patch test on your model as some people find that glycerin can become tingly or cause a skin reaction (redness/numb). Ideally you would do this 24hrs before you were due to apply it.
2. Mix the same amount of water and glycerin together, ie. 1 tablespoon glycerin and 1 tablespoon water.
3. If you are creating the effect of sweat all over the body, you can mix it in a spray bottle. However I like to use a make up sponge as I have more control over where i am applying it

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4. Test the effect of it to get the right consistency, it should be thick enough to look like droplets of rain and when you squeeze the make up sponge it should still be light enough to drip down the face
5. If your model starts to react switch to using baby oil or vaseline as a second best alternative

You can see from the image how the effect can look. For more information on glycerin click here, thanks for reading!

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