Halloween makeup transformations: 3 looks to try this year
You only have to follow one millennial on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat to know that this is indeed the Selfie Generation.
Full body mirror shots? So 2008.
An arm-length headshot with a filter. Yes, please!
So instead of donning an entire costume this year, why not just focus on your makeup game? Picking out just the right outfit for the end of October — that awkward time of year where it feels like Death Valley during the day and Antarctica’s frozen tundra at night — is an unnecessary headache anyway.
We called local artist and airbrush connoisseur Shawn Palek and asked him transform our two models into three hot Halloween looks. Check out the instructions below and try to DIY your own costume at home.
This is the year, folks: It's time to ditch the costume and embrace the face!
Tips from our artist
Shawn Palek, the artist behind these eye-popping transformations, is an airbrush specialist. Considering not everyone has an airbrush machine laying around, we asked him to provide some tips for those using store-bought makeup.
- Keep it light. Piling on makeup doesn't mean it will look better.
- Don't put anything on or near your lips and eyes that isn't made to be on or near your lips and eyes.
- Clean your face. Paint adheres better to fresh skin.
- Print out reference photos.
- Pick a place, any place, on your face to act as the point your imaginary light source will hit. Use that as a guide when adding shadows or creating the illusion of depth to wounds or gashes.
- Don't get frustrated! It's just makeup; it washes off.
Chandra Brill, 29
A Des Moines native, Brill runs a small farm in the metro area.
Jon Eddins, 33
A South Sider, Eddins now lives in Woodward and makes his living as an equity specialist at Wells Fargo.
Look 1: The Hidden Statue
Make yourself look like a statue breaking its shell and coming to life.
- Make a plan. Think about where you want your skin to show through, make note of those places and paint the other areas of your face white.
- Outline the white areas with a thick line of silver or grey. Make sure to give the outlines some depth by blending in thinner lines of lighter, less vibrant hues of silver and grey. (Do some research on eye shadow blending if you’re confused.)
- Decorate the white swaths of your face with some large grey streaks.
- Add dark, tree branch-like cracks around the portions of the face where skin peeks out.
Shawn Palek paints Jon Eddins in the studio Monday, Oct. 12, 2015.
Look 2: Zombie
Because “Walking Dead.”
- Draw and fill in dark black circles around both eyes.
- Outline in black where you want the “flesh wounds” to be on your cheeks. Add the outline of teeth if you want those peeking out one of your wounds.
- Blacken an area that will be the main "head wound" on top of your forehead.
- Add a layer of purple to the dark eye circles and the head wound.
- Layer green all over the face. Be heavy-handed with the color on all the as-of-yet uncolored skin, but make it splotchy. Remember zombies were human, so some flesh color peeking out is fine.
- Add red to the outlined flesh wounds and the main head wound.
- Draw some blood dripping down from the head wound and put some red around the mouth. (Think little kid eating spaghetti.)
- Fill in the teeth with white.
- Accent the look with overall splotches and streaks of darker green and black.
Look 3: Pop Art person
Comic con might be in August, but you can wear your geek all Halloween long.
- Paint white dots all over the face. Create the dots in varying sizes to show depth and dimension.
- Color the lips with bright pink or red.
- Add blue pools under the eyes to show crying. (Because aren’t people in comics always crying?)
- Draw the word “Pow!” on the chest and outline the word with dark black paint.
- Outline everything with black: the lips, the pools under the eyes and the eyes in general.
- Fill in your eyebrows.
- Draw a line from your right eyebrow along the side of your nose down to the tip.
- On the left side, draw a line from your ear to your chin.
Shawn Palek paints Chandra Brill, 29, in the studio Monday, Oct. 12, 2015.