Halloween looks

By Kaitlyn Cullen
Staff Writer

It’s that time of year – when creepy is cute and spooky is sought after. So, here are some tips and tricks that are bound to make you look like a treat this Halloween.

If you’re trying out a classic gory look, skip the thrift shops and cheap-branded fake blood and stitches. You can craft your own carnage with a quick trip to the grocery store.

Fake blood can be made easily with the right amount of red food coloring, chocolate and corn syrups.

Red food dye mixed with corn syrup gives the concoction a lower viscosity than real blood, allowing the product to stick better to the desired surface. Fake blood sold in seasonal stores is too bright, so the chocolate syrup adds a more realistic hue to mirror the oxidation blood goes through after having left the body.

The best part about this recipe is that it is completely safe for consumption, making it not only an easy-to-make cosmetic, but a sweet trick for any Halloween treats.

If you’re looking for a more glamorous ware, mermaids are always in style.

By simply stretching an old fishnet stocking over your face before applying skin makeup, you can easily create the illusion of scales – which works for a Gorgon costume, too!

Mermaids come in all colors, but a layer of highlighter over the pigment of your choice can really bring those artificial scales to life.

Fake skin can be made with two simple ingredients – the thin layers of a tissue and liquid latex. If you have a latex allergy, regular spirit gum works, too.

The trick to making this look work is by adding each layer of tissue one at a time, allowing the liquid latex to blur in with your own skin gradually, rather than bulking up.

Cover your masterpiece and the rest of your face with a layer of foundation to really bring the illusion together before doing the rest of your makeup.

If you’re looking for the right makeup brands for full-face makeup, look no further than the mind of a cosplayer.

Ben Nye and Mehron have some of the best affordable makeup for large transformations.

Ben Nye is a well-known brand of stage makeup that lives up to its reputation. This company has an array of colors, ranging from natural skin tones to bright primaries and vivid creams.

Its makeup is on the heavier side, as it is made to withstand hot stage lights, sweaty actors, and long performances.

Mehron has both cream-based and water-based makeup to choose from, making it the better option for consumers with sensitive skin.

From my experience, Mehron cream makeup blends easier than its water counterpart and the Ben Nye alternative when trying to create a more intricate look.

Mehron also has vegan options for face and body paint, special effects makeup, and professional use.

If you’re just looking for a common brand that packs a lot of color, Nyx Cosmetics has a plethora of products that include all the colors of the rainbow.

Nyx eyeshadows are highly pigmented and can be used to contour the base of your Halloween look. They also have bright lipsticks and eyeliners that coordinate with each of their shades, so your look can be consistent.

Whatever your look is this Halloween, make sure you have the right products to really pack a punch and take that best costume award with you at the end of the night!