Day 13 – Make Your Own Costume

It’s important to plan ahead if you are making your own costume, don’t wait until the day of Halloween to start making your costume because you’ll always have some unforeseen problems that you probably could have avoided with a little bit of advanced planning. It’s best to plan early, and then double check all your supplies early on in the day so you can make a quick last minute trip to the store if you need to.

Decide if you should put your makeup on before or after getting in costume. If your costume is one that can easily be put on without touching your face and messing up your makeup, go ahead and do your makeup first. It’s easier to put makeup on when you are not in costume because you don’t have to worry about messing up your costume. HOWEVER, if your costume is going to be difficult to put on, go ahead and get into it before putting on your makeup. Simply drape a towel around your neck to protect your costume from makeup splatters and drips. This way you can do a great job on your makeup and not accidentally mess it up while putting on your costume.

Get your hair out of the way. Now that you are ready to begin with the makeup, secure a scarf around your head so that all your hair is covered. This will keep your face makeup out of your hair, prevent your hair from messing up your makeup and will give you a clear view of your whole face.

Be thoughtful. Use a couple of mirrors (one on either side) to study your face. Take a moment to imagine the makeup on your face before applying it. Taking a little time to mentally plan how you’re going to put on your makeup can help prevent frustrating mistakes and may give you some new ideas.

Have fun! Nothing is too strange for Halloween, so be creative! If you decide at the last minute that you want to try something wild, go for it! If it doesn’t work out, you’ve (hopefully) started early and will have time to clean up and go back to the original plan.

Here are some Recipes for you to make your own Halloween Makeup

Corn Syrup Blood

16 oz. White corn syrup
1 oz. red food coloring
1 oz. Liquid soap
1 oz. water
A drop of blue food coloring

Mix the ingredients together and voila – blood. Remove the washing up liquid if you want to make edible blood.  Adding condensed milk makes it less transparent and more like real blood. The blood is extremely sticky and can stain skin and clothes so makes sure its washed off quickly. Use a stain remover on clothes.

Face Paint Recipe

1 tsp corn starch
1/2 tsp water
1/2 tsp cold cream
2 drops food coloring as desired

Mix ingredients and apply.

Clown Make-up

2 tsp white shortening
5 tsp corn starch
1 tsp white all purpose flour
glycerin as directed
Food coloring as desired

Mix together the shortening, corn starch and flour. Add 3 to 4 drops of glycerin to make the mixture creamier. Apply.

Homemade Bruises

Deep blue powder eyeshadow

Charcoal or smoke grey powder eyeshadow

Shimmery green powder eyeshadow

Using a blot of deep blue powder eye shadow, apply with a wet make up brush. Use your fingertips to add blots of charcoal gray and blue shadows. Touch up the edges with a shimmery olive green. Smudge the bruise to complete.

Some More Horrible Makeup Tips:

Mortician’s wax can be used to hold on any funky attachments. Mortician’s wax can be purchased at any costuming store. It was also useful as the “starting point” for bleeding wounds such as bullet wounds, impaled objects, and lacerations, in addition to open fractures.

Turkey and chicken bones applied with Mortician’s wax for extruding bones look creepy.

Vaseline with white tissues over them simulate blisters.

Ground rouge and then ground charcoal over the top of Vaseline for third degree burns, tissue (either Kleenex or toilet tissue) over the Vaseline and rouge, then possibly torn and lifted up for the blister.

For a rough five-o-clock shadow cover your chin with Vaseline and then pat on dry coffee grounds – works great for a hobo costume.

Some Costume Ideas

Old As The Hills – When trying to look old, don’t just draw dark lines on your skin to look like wrinkles. First cover the skin in a lighter than normal color using baby powder or white blemish cover stick. Then draw the dark lines and slightly blend them to the surrounding area with your finger. Then add baby powder to give the skin that old, dry look. You can also use the baby powder in your hair to get that gray look.

Which is Witch? – To look like a witch, cover the face in green or white powder makeup or white blemish cover stick. With a black makeup stick, draw lines in a “V” in the middle of the forehead and create some lines around the mouth. Draw lines on the hands with an eyeliner pen; almost follow the veins to make the hands look old. Tease and spray hair with a super stick hairspray. Place in a few plastic bugs.

So… You Lost A Fight? – To get that recently punched look you will need to defiantly plan in advance and you will need some not entirely easy to find tools. Modeling Wax and Spirit Gum are required to undertake this look. Place a thin layer of the Spirit Gum on the area of your face to appear bruised. Then take the Modeling Wax and shaped it into the desired size and apply to the Spirit Gum. Blend the edges into your skin until they are flat and the wax appears to be part of your skin. Once the edges are blended, clear your face of excess wax and gum using your finger tips and a tiny bit of cleansing cream. Next, use a base or makeup foundation to blend your new bruise into your skin color or with a purplish color to make it more realistic. If you’d like to kick it up a notch, carve a small circle into your bruise and apply fake blood or a gooey green substance so it can fester.

The Skull
A full or half-face skeleton is very easy to do. You will need white and black for a full face. Having a bit of red, blue or green is good for the half face. You will also want a picture of a skull to help guide you. The whole face is covered with a white base to start. Then to accentuate bone structure, you use black to shadow your temples, hollow around the eyes and color the tip of your nose. The area around the mouth and hollows under the cheekbones also get blacked out to form the lower jaw. You can either carefully paint and leave bits of white to be the teeth, or you can paint white on top of the black again to make them afterwards. For skeleton costumes ideas you might like to take an idea from the movie The Corpse Bride.

For the half face skull, it helps to draw an irregular line down the center of the face before you start your white base using a black eye pencil. The detailing is the same as the full skull only you leave one side of your face clean. Adding a thin edge of red to the skull side of the center line makes it look more like the skin was torn off. A touch of blue or green on the �flesh� side of the line suggests rotting.

The Vampire
Again this is an easy one and only requires black and white makeup for the most basic version. Fangs can be 50 cent plastic ones from the Halloween store, or expensive ones cast to fit precisely over your own teeth. Lipstick in red or black is a nice addition and for those who wish to be more gory, a bit of fake blood can be added.

A pale face can be done with either white base makeup, or just white face powder. Don�t forget to extend the makeup down onto your neck and over your ears for the best effect. Vampires are known for their dramatic gazes, and you can simply lines the eyes with a bit of black, or make deep sunken circles. A touch of shading under the cheekbones calls more attention to the eyes as well. If you wish, you can slick back your hair and shade a “widow’s peak” at your hairline on your forehead. If you shade your hands pale to match your face, it adds to the vampire look.

Depending on what sort of vampire you feel like, you can leave your lips deathly pale, color them blood red, or darken them to midnight black. Vampires who have been on a rampage may wish to have fake blood on their lips or dripping slightly down their chins.

The Living Dead
Zombies offer a wide interpretation for what it means to be the living dead. Blue, green, red, black and white makeup can be used to make a fine zombie. A tint of green, blue or white is a good base color for being one of the living dead. Dark circles around the eyes, shadowed temples, sunken cheeks and bruises are good accents to add next. The variations are almost endless depending on how decayed you want to be.

*Lego Block Costume at the top was made by cutting arm and head holes in a large box, gluing on plastic disposable cups and spray-painting the entire costume! EASY!

Here are some awesome Halloween Costume Ideas


  1. brittani on September 29, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    i wanted to make a oviestar costume for skool tommorow

  2. brittani on September 29, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    the skull is cool hahah

  3. Vilde on October 28, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Thank you so much for those Halloween costume ideas!
    Im gonna try that skull make up xD