The Complete Guide To Costume Makeup That Doesn’t Suck


The experts weigh in

Not much can be worse than pulling together a killer Halloween costume, only to discover that the corresponding beauty look you planned with it falls flat.

The face paints and fake blood you’ll find at your local pop-up Halloween shop just aren’t going to cut it, especially if you’re looking to take home the prize for best costume of the evening. On the other hand, our usual beauty picks aren’t necessarily as powerful or long-lasting as we need when it comes to keeping our face intact while party-hopping all night long.

That’s why we turned to the experts. We chatted with makeup and special effects artists to get the low-down on all the products they swear by when it comes to costume makeup. From no-fail tools for creating fake gashes and scars to sweatproof pigments and the best fake blood, treat the below as your shopping guide to creating a truly show-stopping DIY costume.

Read up on each of their picks, below—and be sure to stock up as Halloween approaches.

Photo courtesy of Danessa Myricks

Danessa Myricks, Colorfix, $18, available at Danessa Myricks.

If you’re looking for the perfect versatile pigment, makeup artist Clara Rae suggests looking no further than Danessa Myricks’ Colorfix. “This 24-hour wear cream makeup comes in three different finishes—matte, metallic, and glaze—goes on super-smooth and opaque, and stays in place amazingly well,” says Rae. “You can use them anywhere on the face and can create tons of looks. They’re great for bold eyeliner, lipstick, for painting a skull or sugar skull on your face, or for colorful mermaid highlights, just to name a few ideas.”

Bonus? “They especially wear well around the mouth and eye area, so you don’t have to worry about half of your makeup falling off as soon as you have a drink.”