Looks to thrill this Halloween

Posted: 27-10-2017 - 88 view(s)

Need some inspiration when it comes to creating the perfect party look this Halloween?

Whether it is dress up for the kids or something spook-tacular for the grownups, production arts make-up students at Stockton Riverside College say they can help.

A team of 11 students have come together to launch their own small enterprise, delivering a variety of make-up services.

M.U. Angels is one of a number of small enterprises launched by learners at the college as part of the borough-wide Enterprising Stockton initiative.

Production arts make-up student Jordan Croslegh, 18, said: “As a team we all have specialist skills or areas of make-up that we enjoy most. By working together we are able to build on our strengths while also developing business skills that will help in our future careers.”

In preparation for the Halloween festivities the students have put together their top tips for creating two ghoulish looks to inspire…


Day of the dead

Day of the dead

Want a look that is both fiendish and glam? Take inspiration from Mexico’s Day of the Dead. Think colourfully decorated skulls with decadent accessories and you are already on the right lines.
Taylor Norton, 17, of Stockton, offers five simple steps to recreate this stunning look:

1. Remove any existing makeup using a gentle wash or cleanser.

2. Using a black eyeliner or face paint draw an outline around the eye, temple, jaw and half of the nose tip, on the left side of the face. Draw short lines across the lips and up to the cheek to create a skull jaw effect.

3. Colour in the outlined areas using black face paint.

4. Using an eyelash glue, preferably latex free, apply silver plastic gems, in a variety of shapes and sizes, to fill the space on the side of the face, nose and cheek. Plastic gems can be purchased from most stationery stores. (Always carry out a small patch test to the arm 24 hours before applying eyelash glue to the face. Only use glue that is suitable for the cosmetic purposes.)

5. Complete the look by applying soft pretty make-up to the right side of the face. Skeletons have never looked so good.


Wood stained dollWood stained doll

For a look that is simple to create and can be as gruesome as you choose, production arts student Ethan Woodward recommends the wood stained doll.
The 19-year-old from Darlington says fake blood splatters are optional.

1. Remove any existing makeup using a gentle wash or cleanser.

2. To create a base for adults apply a foundation to the face that is a shade or two darker than their own skin tone. For children a base colour would not be required.

3. Create a contour effect around the cheek bones using a darker shade than the base (for a child’s look use a bronze face paint to create contour lines).

4. Darken the eyebrows using a black or dark brown eyebrow pencil. Create the effect of a dropped lower lash line by using a black eye pencil or face paint, applying with a brush. Extend the corner of the mouth with a fine black line.

5. Fill the space between the lower lash line and the natural lower lash line with white face paint taking extra care around the delicate eye area.

6. To create a striking upper lid use a black liquid or pencil eyeliner. Smudge the extended mouth corners down to create a wooden doll’s jaw effect.

7. Use your chosen contour shade to add wood stain detail around the nose forehead and cheeks.

8. Complete the look by giving lips a red tint and create the effect of blood splatters by splashing false blood (available from many supermarkets) sparingly from a brush.


Halloween party mask

If you want to create a quick and easy look that will get you party-ready in minutes, Taylor offers her top tips for recreating this cute but creepy eye mask.

1. Using a sponge create the shape of your mask by applying a base of purple face paint across the bottom half of your forehead, around the eyes and across the bridge of the nose, avoiding the outer eye area and top of the nose.

2. Apply white face paint to the top of the nose, working it up between the eyes, across the top of the eyebrows and back around to the top of the cheekbones, blending to create a magical effect.

3. Take a thin make-up brush and draw a black line from the bridge of the nose up across the top of the eyebrow. Draw three more lines working towards the centre of the forehead. Add in small flecks to join the lines, creating a cobweb effect. Repeat on the other side.

4. Draw small sections of cobweb at the top of the cheeks towards the outer corners of the eyes.

5. Complete the look by drawing some small white stars and a few tiny face gems add that extra touch of magic.

Experiment by applying this mask in a variety of different face paint colours to create dramatically different effects.

Please note: Most face paints are child friendly but we always recommend a patch test 24 hours prior to application, this can be carried out behind the ear or in the crook of the arm. If any irritation occurs remove immediately with warm soapy water and do not use.

Looks to thrill this Halloween

For more details about the production arts courses available at Stockton Riverside College visit: www.stockton.ac.uk/courses/production-arts/