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Halloween Prosthetic Makeup Tips

Prosthetic makeup is any kind of makeup that adds some sort of feature to your face or skin such as horns, a bolt, a deep wound or other condition that can’t otherwise by created by simpler makeup. At Halloween Empire, we have prosthetic makeup such as horrific clown faces, a nail through the hand, disfigured zombies and more. You will need to carefully apply the prosthetics to ensure they look realistic and will last the night while you’re at a Halloween party, out treat-or-treating or working at your favorite Haunted House as one of the frightening characters.

Buy Early and Buy Extra

For a few dollars more, it’s worth it to purchase extras of your prosthetic makeup kit so you can do a few “dry runs” before the big day. Practicing your application techniques and playing with where you place the prosthetic features for the best look will make application on the night you need it quicker and easier.

Start with Clean Skin

Do not put any other makeup on before applying your prosthetic makeup. In fact, wash your face, hands and anywhere you’ll be adding prosthetic thoroughly, then dry. Wipe your skin down with rubbing alcohol to get rid of any oiliness, then clean the back of each prosthetic piece with alcohol as well. This removes any grime that might interfere with good adhesion.

Paint Your Prosthetic Before Applying

It’s tempting to put on your latex prosthetics after they are attached to your skin with adhesive, but this is difficult. You’ll end up moving the prosthetic around, having to turn your face and body in a variety of directions and generally disturbing the prosthetic, which can cause it to separate from your skin. Instead, use any provided paints designed for enhancing prosthetics to paint in details like blood, wounds and injuries, then let them dry completely before applying to your skin. You can also add a bit of extra fake blood to your prosthetic makeup for a touch more gore and realism if you like. If possible, do this the day before your event. If not, be sure to do it a few hours in advance so the details won’t smear when applying your prosthetics.

Don’t Overuse the Adhesive

Many novices use too much adhesive the first time they apply prosthetic makeup. The key is proper application, not more adhesive. A thin, even layer works best. Apply to both your skin and the prosthetic, put in place firmly, then hold still until the adhesive dries. Moving too much, too soon will lead to problems with prosthetic makeup. Remember, less is more for the best fit.

Take a Fix Kit With You

If you’ll be partying until dawn or howling at the moon with friends, your prosthetic makeup elements may come loose, be bumped out of place or even get caught in a door. If this happens, you’ll be glad to have a “fix it” kit handy that includes additional adhesive, some cotton balls and cotton swabs (Q-tips) and a bit of alcohol so that you can do a quick fix.

Now go out there and terrify someone!

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