Do you have old eye shadow trays kicking around in your makeup kit? Most of us probably have at least a dozen or more partially used eye shadow compacts that we’ve collected over the years. Once the pretty colors in the tray have been used up, we’re left with the icky rusts, puce, yellows, and orange that we hope may some day come back in style.
Fortunately for the frugal minded, that old eye shadow is great for making spooky Halloween faces on the kids. Those ghastly colors left in the trays can be blended and layered to create bruises, sallow checks, sunken eyes, wrinkles and more. Here’s some ideas of how different colors of eye shadow can be used to add a little realism to a Halloween costume.
Browns and other dark colors such as very dark blues or kohl can be used to create shadows on the face.
* Rub the face with splotches of brown to create a dirty or grimy face
* Use the edge of the eye shadow brush to draw in crow’s feet, wrinkles around the lips, wrinkles above the eye, age spots, and other skin blemishes for an aging Halloween witch
* Brown eye shadow can also be used to darken eyebrows or to add facial hair to a Halloween pirate.
Blues and purples are fantastic eye shadow colors for creating bruises and sunken eyes. To add more realism to a bruise, dab purple in the center of your bruise, and add in dabs of yellowish green eye shadow around the edges of the bruise. To create sunken eyes, use the finger tip to smear purplish eye shadow beneath the eyes. Sunken cheeks can be made by applying a thick swathe of purple just below the cheekbones.
An overall blue tint to the face or eye area can be achieved by first powdering the face with white cornstarch or pale face powder, and then using a cosmetic brush to add blue color.
Rust reds, oranges and other sunset colors can be used to create bloodshot eyes, scars, and cuts for a creepy Halloween costume.
* Apply white eye shadow on the eyelids reaching up to to the brow. Use the eye shadow brush to apply the rusty red on the eyelids and just below the lower eyelashes for bloodshot eyes. If you have a steady hand, rim the eye with red lip pencil taking care not to get anything into the eye. For more of a deathly Halloween look, use kohl or dark gray eye shadow instead of the red.
* For scars, use a brown eyebrow pencil or a sharpened brown crayon to draw a thin line on your face or arm. Draw “cross hatches” along the line to resemble stitches. Use dark pink or dark orange eye shadow to overlay the line.
* Reddish eye shadow can also be used to create severely chapped lips which looks great on Halloween witches and crones. You can also apply red to the forehead, the point of the chin, and on the cheeks to create a feverish appearance.
It really doesn’t take much to add a little realism to a Halloween costume. A couple of good brushes, an assortment of ugly eyeshadow colors and your imagination are the secret to creating a spooky face that your kids will enjoy wearing while trick-or-treating this Halloween.