I absolutely love Halloween. Being a make-up artist means I get to be really creative and have great fun creating scary looks.
This week I visited Partica at Centre Court Shopping Centre to see what goodies they had in store. I was so impressed, there was so much to choose from. You can buy your Halloween costume in there, as well as face paints, wigs, masks and much more. The shop assistants were also really helpful, so if you are a bit stuck on what you are going to need to create the look, then definitely ask for help.
These are my top products you will need this Halloween.
Face paint: they have great packs with a selection of colours
Sponges/ Brushes: the tools you will need for applying the face paint
Contact lenses: they are so scary and really finish off the look
Hair spray: so many different colours to chose from
Glitter: because I love glitter, and you can be a bit pretty on Halloween, not just scary
Top tips for face painting:
- Always make sure the skin is clean and dry. No oil, no aftershave! Use a good moisturiser.
- If possible, apply contact lenses before you do the eye area as they made my eyes run (I learnt this the hard way!!).
- Map out the design in a pale colour first as this is easier to correct afterwards.
- Always start with the lighter colours and then dark on top.
- Have lots of baby wipes ready! It will get messy. Also use wipes to clean brushes in-between colours.
- Use sponges for large areas of colour, and do this first. When dry you can use a brush to outline.
- Just go for it! Don’t be scared – if you are worrying it’s not looking perfect don’t give up, keep going, and it will fall into place.
- If areas are patchy, don’t worry, wait for it to dry and add more colour.
- The more water you add the thiner the texture
- If all else fails add glitter!
I used all the above products and techniques to create these looks for my husband and I.
The face paint stayed on really well. But make sure you have straws ready so you don’t ruin your lips and try to avoid touching your face.
If you are not into dressing up, then don’t worry as Centre Court has lots of other treats for you. Make sure you visit The Body Shop for their delicious range of Pumpkin flavoured body butter.
Also Marks and Spencer has lots of spooky treats for the kids including Witches Finger biscuits and Vampire Fangs crisps.