Monday, 26 March 2018
Day Of The Dead costume - a quick, easy and cheap make!
DOTD makeup - Time to apply approx 1 hour. Suitable for enthusiastic beginner. Specialist tools required/advised theatrical/sfx face paints, black khol eyeliner, artist brushes.
ZIP FACE costume - own clothes used, no additional cost and no specialist tools required.
ZIP FACE makeup - Time to make approx 30mins. Suitable for enthusiastic beginner. Specialist tools required Zip face sfx kit or own zip plus sfx skin glue, red face paint, fake bloods
These costumes are from back in 2014, the first Halloween party we held in my nephews new house. I've created fancy dress costumes before this, but sadly have no photos to share and my DOTD outfit was the first time I'd taken step by step photos of a 'make'. I never intended to use them as tutorials but glad I have them so I can now share with you...and I'm now mindful to do this with most of my costume makes. It was a last minute thing, literally told about the party a day before, and as we were both working had to think of something very quick to put together within a few hours.
I decided the makeup was to be the priority look, and the costumes would comprise of what we'd already got in our wardrobes with a few adds-ons from my then little craft 'bits 'n bobs' box (now a much larger Hallows Supplies box) and items from a last minute visit to a pound shop (our UK version of Dollar Stores, and which sells many useful cheap items for the festive and holiday seasons).
(Visits to the pound shops and supermarkets have now become a regular thing for me, either on the day (31st October) if possible, or straight after when the items are reduced dramatically for quick clearout off the shelves. I've found many small items and props that can be broken down and reused for future costumes, often sold for pennies in the sales and have helped me build up a good stash of materials for little monetary outlay).
So, to start off (sorry no pictures on these pieces) I made a flowered headdress, which is quite a traditional part of the costumes worn by woman in Día de Muertos festivities. I removed the skulls from the headband and used a hot glue gun to attach the various artificial flowers and foilage, the feathers, and one of the net table cloths as a veil. I made a corsage by gluing more flowers onto a large safety pin, then I cut off the fingers of the gloves to make them fingerless and made some bracelets, threading the little plastic bone and skull beads onto elastic thread (from my sewing kit).
Next thing to do was create the costume....
I started off using Snazaroo products because they were readily available from a local shop and, because they are marketed for kids use, they are very good if you have sensitive skin (like me). For the price, they provide quite a decent amount of paint and will last you a very long time. Easy to apply (water based) using just sponges and brushes and very easy to remove (soap and water) they come in a very wide range of colours that are also blendable. I've added to my makeup kits with various other products now but Snazaroo are certainly worth considering if you're just starting out with and doing the basic face paintings.
Two relatively simple looks, but effective considering so little money was spent and we made up most of it using our own clothes...job done!
SUPPLIES LINKS -
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SNAZAROO - Homepage
SNAZAROO - Face paints
SNAZAROO - Other accessories
MEHRON - Home page
MEHRON - SFX products incl fake bloods
Fun World Zipper sfx Kit - example of supliers
YOUTUBE VIDEO - Snazaroo Beginners Sugar Skull Face Painting Tutorial
YOUTUBE VIDEO - basic zipper sfx kit application (by Lewis Painter Media)