Oct 05

DIY Halloween Makeup

Halloween Makeup MelbourneAs a creative makeup artist, Halloween is my busiest time of year. I take a lot of bookings from people wanting to look their best, but I also receive a lot of emails from people with small budgets asking me how they can DIY their Halloween makeup. I can’t provide personal advice to everyone, so I thought I’d give you a few starting points if you were thinking of having a go at your own Halloween makeup this year.

Of course, the benefits of hiring a professional makeup artist is that they have the knowledge, skills and experience to achieve any look, as well as the best specialist products and equipment on hand to ensure you look amazing. You also get the convenience of just walking in, and knowing that in an hour your makeup will be done with no effort on your part. If you’re doing your own makeup you will need a lot of time and trial and error to get it right, but if you’re up for the adventure, read on and let’s get started!

Step 1: Figure out what products and tools you’ll need

This is a tricky one, and one where people often waste a lot of money on trial and error. Don’t go for the cheapest stuff you can find at the dollar store – no matter how good you are at application, there’s a reason why it’s cheap. It will look awful and will only get worse as the night wears on. Some cheap products can also be harmful to your skin. It’s a waste of money and you’ll throw it in the bin anyway and have to go out to buy some better stuff.

Skip the heartache! Go straight to a theatrical makeup store or face paint shop and ask their specialist staff what you need. They will have a range of products at different price points for you to choose from. This can get pretty expensive, so buy good quality in small amounts. And don’t forget, you don’t just need the makeup – you’ll need the right tools to apply it, like brushes, sponges, and applicators. The staff in these stores are there to help and know their products, so utilise their expertise.

Step 2: Learn how to apply your look

Pictures and step-by-steps are one thing, but actually seeing your look being applied is way more helpful. YouTube is a great start for tutorials and ideas for where to begin. Poor application is your worst enemy when it comes to achieving your look, so you will need lots of time in advance to practice and work out how to get your makeup looking good. Even a simple white base is one of the hardest things to achieve without looking patchy, streaky, or flakey, so put aside time and practice, practice, practice!

If you’re just not getting it, and you have plenty of time up your sleeve, doing a workshop with a professional makeup artist can be really helpful. You can troubleshoot where you’re going wrong, learn about the best products to use for your look and where to get them, and learn a few new techniques to help you enhance your look. It may seem like a high initial expense, but it’s knowledge you’ll keep with you forever so it’s worth the investment. Check out my upcoming workshops here.

Step 3: Leave plenty of time on the day of your event to apply your makeup

There’s nothing worse than trying to apply your own makeup when you’re running late, stressed, hot and bothered, and your hands are shaking. Give yourself plenty of time on the day to get your application right, so that you don’t miss any vital steps or make big mistakes that will only stress you out further.

And you’re done!

Yep, doing your own Halloween makeup can get pricey and take a lot of effort to get right. It will almost always cost you more in time and money than you anticipated. In fact, it’s often cheaper to go to a professional to get it done. But if doing it yourself seems like a fun challenge, definitely give it a go! It can be stressful and time consuming, but it can also be incredibly rewarding when you get it right.

If it seems like too much expense and effort, just book in with a pro! Honestly, you’ll spend the same amount of money and it will be far more convenient and relaxing. If you decide that DIY is too much hassle for you after all, check out my Halloween makeup packages here.

I hope this helps! Happy Halloween my friends. I hope you have fun!

-Suedy xo

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