Creating your own horrifying look can go beyond simply buying a mask from Spirit Halloween store. With a little bit of practice, you can skip the cliche costumes and masks and go straight for the horror SFX makeup to turn your face into your version of a ghoul, ghost, or zombie. To help you on your horror makeup journey, Angie, otherwise known as @agnisgore, gave us her tips on how to create your own spooky look at home without breaking the bank. Read on for Angie’s advice on where to start, no matter what your skill level may be!
A key component to most of @AgnisGore’s looks is wax. You can either buy your wax at the store or for a more budget-friendly option you can make it yourself with just two easy ingredients; flour and vaseline. “A lot of people make their own and prefer it over store-bought. I have made my own, sometimes it blends a little better. Flour and vaseline, most people have that in their home. And you can make your own consistency and color.”
Another item on this list that can either be bought in the store or made right at home with simple ingredients is fake blood. Corn syrup and food coloring are all you’ll need to complete your gory look. “Again these are things a lot of people have in their homes and if not it’s very easy to buy.” Another fake blood alternative is actually a delicious one: cake frosting! Angie uses this technique when she wants to achieve darker, thicker blood. “Pro-tip, the ‘Great Value’ brand stained all of my clothes, so I would buy the more expensive, nongeneric brand.” A brand @AgnisGore uses to avoid staining is Mehron Makeup. The shop sells everything you need for your next pro look.
One thing Angie would recommend that you purchase is latex. The product allows artists to create various skin effects and prosthetic appliance possibilities. “I use Ben Nye latex, it’s more gentle and only a little more expensive than generic brands. I like the color and it’s ammonia-free. The cheaper ones from amazon do have Ammonia.” It’s always important to take care of your skin. Be careful if you plan on working with this often, overuse may cause skin irritation.
When it comes to achieving the perfect creepy look, contact lenses have the ability to take it to a whole different level. Angie uses contact lenses with many of her looks and has tried multiple different styles and brands. TTDeye is a brand that she uses now because they have such a big variety, are comfortable, and offer prescription lenses. “I have also ordered from Honey Color and Contact Lens Hub. And then the sclera contacts, because TTDeye does not have these ones, I order those from sclera-lenses.com.”
Something Angie loves to use in her looks is Gelatin. All you need to achieve this skin-like consistency is unflavored gelatin mixed with water and glycerin. “Gelatin is one of my favorite things to use. I don’t use it often because you have to use it in a certain way. My half-face mask from my viral video is made out of gelatin. I think it looks so realistic to skin texture, that’s jello.”
As you can see, most of these products can easily be made at home with things you may already have laying around the house. You don’t have to buy big name brand products to start with. An artist that really inspires Angie is @roligore because most of her looks are just wax and blood. She does full-face SFX which can be made at home for cheap. “You really can get away with not spending a lot and coming up with some really good looks.”