Halloween make up tips you can do yourself at home

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I used to LOVE face-painting when I was little. I was always a ‘model’ for my cousin pretty much every time we visited and I remember all my younger brothers friends being ‘models’ for me to do the same when I got old enough to do it myself! Although I can’t say I’ve ever done a scary movie inspired look on anyone myself, I would absolutely LOVE and admire the make up in movies so much these days. Here are 6 halloween make up tips you can do yourself at home… on any budget!

Halloween make up tips you can do yourself at home


First off for most scary movie looks you need to grab yourself some wax. Wax is great to make scars or cuts look super real and is so simple to make at home!

All you need is equal parts of white flour and Vaseline and jobs a good ‘un! Mix thoroughly and add some foundation to colour it up a bit. It should turn out like soft putty you can blend into your skin with water. Shade, paint, add some fake blood and it will look awesome!


To create yourself some raw real life burns all you need is some gelatine!

Pick some up the next time you head to the shop, dissolve in warm water, spread on your skin and add colour accordingly (try a little bit of mascara and lipstick). Once it’s dry it will still look a little wet and raw … exactly how a burn would look!

Contact lenses

Contact lenses are a good way of just giving that costume the edge over the one beside you.

Some look genuinely really REALLY scary.. so maybe don’t look at your children when you’ve got them in!


Before kids (when I had time!) I used to LOVE experimenting with my nails and if you’re anything like me you or your wife will have TONS of nail varnish colours!

Coat your nails with a white base, sponge a nude colour on the top (it doesn’t have to be brushed on or neat… far from it!), sponge (or dab on with a cotton bud) a dark purple towards the base of your nails (it doesn’t matter too much if you get it on your skin) and then add a thin darker still (or black) line to the very bottom of the nail bed.

Halloween make up tips you can do yourself at home

To finish it off you need to coat it with a MATT top coat. This is very important.. you want a dead looking nail bed not a glossy pretty manicure (unless you have some blood red looking nail varnish for the very tips!)

Fake blood

You can buy fake blood from the supermarket these says or what we used to call the Joke Shop in town but why buy it when you can make it with what you probably have in your house anyway!

All you need is;

  • Cornflour
  • Water
  • Cocoa powder
  • Red food colouring

Halloween make up tips you can do yourself at home


You can ‘grease up’ your hair by 1) being me and not washing it for a few days (obvs!) or 2) popping some conditioner through it. Eugh just the thought of it makes mine feel greasy!

To make it grey, dead or zombie-like stick some talc on it and brush it through to the ends.

I hope this helps and has given you some halloween make up tips you can do yourself at home this Halloween!

Feel free to share with anyone you may feel would be interested and thanks so much for reading!

Kirsty x



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