Articles for October, 2015

Create a Pirate Outfit

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 Create a pirate outfit

Part eight – Pirate Outfit

The lovable rogue, Captain Jack Sparrow has increased the popularity of pirates for Halloween. The pirate  outfit is versatile and suitable for all ages.


A great look can be created with face paint and a bandana, white shirt, buckle belt and leggings to complete an effective look. A hook, parrot and eye patch make the perfect accessories for your pirate outfit.


Step one

Paint the outline of an eye patch and string with a small brush. Or you could use a real eye patch.

Step two

Fill it in with black paint and also make sure the model has their eyes closed.

 Step three

Paint the outline of a bandana across the forehead and on the opposite side of the face.

Step four

Fill in the bandana using a large brush and red paint.

Step five

Gradually stipple the face with black or brown paint to create stubble.

Step six

Add scars by painting thin lines in red or brown.

Create a Devil Outfit

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 Create a devil outfit

Part seven – Devil Outfit



Whether you’re a cheeky little devil, a sexy devil or simply just a demon, we’ll help you create the perfect devil outfit for Halloween.

Step one

Decide whether to use a base paint on the whole face and neck. If so, choose a red colour.

Step two

Using a very thin brush, paint a line of black over the eyebrow, following the natural shape, but creating an exaggerated arch.

 Step three

Apply plenty of red or black eyeshadow. Using a smoky eye technique will create a sultry temptress look for a sexy devil and creating dark circles will appear demonic. Keep it more natural for children.

Step four

If going for the temptress look, use an ivory foundation and powder to create perfect porcelain skin. Apply blusher with a contouring brush to define the cheekbones.

Step five

Outline your lips in red or black. Apply a dark lipstick, dab off with a tissue and apply powder before reapplying another coat. This will help it last.

Step six

Devil costumes are easy to make or buy in any supermarket or fancy dress shop, or you could even create a look from your own clothing. Accessorize with horns, a cape and a trident.

How to create Cute Witch Face Paint

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 Cute Witch facepaint

Part six – Cute Witch Face paint


Witches can be cute as well as scary, especially for children’s Halloween outfits. They key to having a great cute witch look is to make sure that the face paint isn’t too dramatic and  that the costume has plenty of lacy ruffles.

When using any kind of face paint for children, be aware of any potential skin sensitivities, especially around the delicate eye area.

Step one

Use a base paint on the whole face and neck. White or pale colours give a softer look.

Step two

Paint a thin line of black over the eyebrows with a thin brush. Ask children to close their eyes.

 Step three

Follow the line up and away from the natural shape of the eye to form an exaggerated arch. Extend the line down onto the bridge of the nose.

Step four

Paint the whole eyelid and edge of the nose bridge in a blue or purple toned colour. Use a fine brush to keep the lines sharp.

Step five

Feather the top and bottom of your eye line in small, sharp strokes. Paint black stars, a wart or a crescent on the cheek.

Step six

Follow the curve of the lips and paint in your chosen colour. Pinks are softer and cuter! Dab translucent powder on the lips and reapply to set the pain to last longer.

How to create Hag Witch Face Paint

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 Hag Witch facepaint

Part five – Hag Witch Face paint

You can create many different types of Halloween looks with facepaint, with witches being very popular. These next few guides will focus on hag witches and cute witches, suitable for both adults and children.

A great tip for creating a truly scary hag witch is to build up layers of face paint to create a strong base, which will emphasis the folds of your skin and have the benefit of lasting all night.


Step one

Use a base paint on the whole face and neck. Good colours to use are white, grey and light brown or green.

Step two

Paint along the folds of the cheek to the mouth, in dark colours such as purple or brown.

 Step three

Paint bags under the eyes by following the natural line downwards from the corner. Feather the lines with a brush and cotton bud.

Step four

Follow the same method across the forehead and over the eyebrows and exaggerate all frown lines.

Step five

Paint fine lines for wrinkles all along the mouth. Paint the mouth black, tan or red.

Step six

Shade the cleft of the chin. Blacken one or two teeth with mascara

Day of the Dead Halloween costume

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 Day of the Dead

Part four – Day of the Dead

Dia de los meurtos is a mexican festival on 1st and 2nd Halloween to celebrate the souls of dead relatives. The European version is All Saint’s Day, although not celebrated with quite the festivities of the Mexicans.


Since the 20th century, it’s been a public holiday in Mexico and often celebrated with extravagant street parades.

Step one

Paint the whole face with white face paint to create a base. You could also just paint half the face or leave it out altogether, if you prefer.

Step two

Use black paint or eyeliner and a fine brush to draw the outlines for the eye sockets. Outline the tip of the nose, working into a point on the bridge, just below the eyes.

 Step three

Fill in the black areas of the eyes and nose, allowing the paint to dry as you work. Keep cotton buds and tissues nearby to remove any rough edges or spilled paint.

Step four

Draw a line around the top and bottom lips, and short vertical lines across the mouth and cheeks.

Step five

Decide what type of artwork you want, such as spider webs, flowers or spirals. Flowers are said to attract the dead!

Step six

Complete your outfit by wearing hats and elegant suits, or even bridal wear.

Create a Corpse Bride makeup look

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 Corpse bride makeup

Part three – Create a Corpse Bride

Continuing with our theme of zombies and other dead things, another very popular Halloween outfit is that of Emily from the animated horror comedy – Corpse Bride.

Once again, this look is created by using face paint, eyeshadow, or a blend of both.

Tomorrow we’ll finish our dead things theme with a guide on how to create a Dia de los Meurtos (Day of the Dead) look.

Step one

Paint your whole face blue, or add blue eye shadow into your foundation. Use darker shades to counter around your cheekbones and the sides of your nose, with a paler shade on the nose bridge

Step two

Create large circles around your eyes to make them very round and use a black eye liner to draw on false eyelashes. Use a white eyeliner and eye shadow on the upper and lower lids to further enhance the size of the eyes

 Step three

Use a black eyebrow pencil or eye shadow to shape the eyebrow by drawing a strong arch. Optional false eyelashes and white contact lenses will create a more dramatic look

Step four

Paint a blackened cut on your cheekbone and add bits of glue or facemask and peel bits off to look like decaying skin. You could even use our wound technique from yesterday’s guide. Draw or glue on decaying false teeth, as in the image.

Step five

Use a pink lip liner and bright pink lipstick to create a defined ‘dolly’ pout. Using translucent powder between coatings will help your lipstick to stay put all night.

Step six

Complete your outfit with an old wedding dress, a blue bouquet and long blue wig. To create more of an ‘Emily’ look, paint your arm black and draw bones on it.

Create Zombie Bullet Holes

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 Zombie Bullet Holes

Part two – Create Zombie Bullet Holes

The more gruesome your zombie outfit the better. The authentic-looking bullet holes can be created with Derma-wax and is sold by Angels Fancy Dress. This technique can also be adapted to create really gruesome scabs.

Start by creating your zombie face as in part one, and then follow these 6 easy steps.

Tomorrow we’ll show you how to create a corpse bride look.

Step one

Roll a pea-sized piece of derma-wax between your fingers and press into the skin. Make sure it blends. Work as quickly as possible before the wax dries.

Step two

Very lightly colour the skin around the wax with a light pink or natural colour face paint, to make it look inflamed. (You can mix red, white and yellow to get a natural colour). Pick out the centre of the wax with a cocktail stick.

 Step three

Paint the inside of the hole dark red and the edges with black flecks. Keep building up the colour, but allow each layer to dry or else it will flake off the skin.

Step four

When the lump of wax is fully dried, add fake blood or jam into the centre of the wax and allow to ooze out. Repaint the centre of the hole to exaggerate the infection! Keep building up the wax so you get a raised edge. Paint on blood trickles from the wound.

Step five

Add lots of fake blood, black and purple paint or eyeshadow around the bullet hole. Make it very dark and dramatic as it may need to be seen in artificial lighting. Apply fake blood around your eyes, ears and in your hair.

Step six

Make sure your clothes are very dusty and ripped, as though you’ve just walked out of a grave after being in there for a while! Tangle up your hair as much as possible. Walk stiffly.

6 Halloween Zombie Makeup tips

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Halloween is a great time to test your creative abilities with great costumes and makeup. In the run up to Halloween, we’ve giving you some awesome looks over the next 10 days.

Today, we’ll show you the basics of creating a zombie look and tomorrow we’ll show you how to jazz up the look with authentic look bullet holes

Halloween Zombie makeup

Part one – Create a Halloween Zombie look


Use white stage makeup to paint your face white, building up layers so they don’t rub off when you sweat. Seal with translucent powder.

You can find the makeup in any party supplies retailer, such as Angels Fancy Dress. Alternatively, you could improvise with a very pale foundation.

Create dark circles

Use your little finger to rub a purple or grey eyeshadow under the eye to create dark circles.

Define your eyebrows

Define your eyebrows and eyelashes with a black mascara to add extra definition. You can also fill in the eyebrows with dark eyeshadow.

 Use a dark lip colour

Use a dark eyeshadow, such as grey or purple on your lips, as a base before adding a red lipstick. Define with lip liner

Define the cheeks

Using a grey or light purple shadow on the cheeks will create a gaunt look

Don’t forget blood!

Add some trickles of blood down the face and neck. Concentrating on the cheeks adds impact.

Have a bad hair day

The dirtier and messier the better. Backcomb to add extra tangles.

Easy Hairstyles for Parties and Weddings

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One of the most time-consuming tasks on your wedding day is getting that perfect hairstyle. It should look fantastic for your wedding ceremony and equally fabulous when you’ve changed into your evening wear – easy when you know how. We’ve compiled a weekly, seven-part easy guide for you to create your own elegant looks, which are suitable for all occasions.

This week, we give you tips on creating healthy shiny hair, and next week we’ll show you how to create a classic Audrey Hepburn chignon.


Create healthy and shiny hair

Part one – Get your hair into tip-top condition

In order to create stunning hairstyles, your hair should be in the best possible condition, and it’s best to start this process several months before your wedding or party.

The following top tips will make sure your hair is as healthy and shiny as possible.

Environment factors

Whatever your hair type or hairstyles you’re planning, Sun, sand and sea can take its toll on hair, so make sure you use a conditioning mask and double wash. Applying a leave-in conditioner or hair oil, will help stop the hair from drying out, and will also stop frizz in humid weather.

If you can’t wash your hair, don’t worry, just use a dry shampoo to remove the excess oil.

 Understand your hair type

It’s important to know your hair type and to use the right products. There are three main types of hair – fine, medium and thick

Massage your hair

Gently massage your scalp to loosen the grime. Build up a good lather and rinse your hair in warm water.

 Use a hair mask

Use a hair mask on a weekly basis. After applying, leave for 10 minutes and over with cling film

Use a heat protector

Always use a heat protector when blow drying your hair or using tongs and straighteners.

Have frequent hair cuts

Having frequent hair cuts will help prevent split ends. Aim for every 6 weeks for short hair and every 3 months for long hair

Have a healthy diet

Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables and drinking plenty of water is as good for your hair as it is for your body

Ghosts, Lanterns and Punkie Kings

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Many religious festivals change dates each year according to the phases of the moon, but Hallowe’en (or ‘All Hallows Eve’) is always celebrated on 31st October, the day before All Saints Day, a Catholic celebration to honour the saints. However, this wasn’t always the case, and it was once celebrated on 12th May, before it was moved by Pope Gregory III in the 9th century.


Nobody is sure why the date was changed, although some experts think it may have been to coincide with the Celtic celebration of Samhain, which was thought to honour the spirits of the dead at the end of the year, and is also known as Summer’s End.

We even have a little-known name for Halloween in Cornwall, called Allan Day. To this day, local Cornish children are given a present of an Allan apple on Hallowe’en, as a symbol of protection.  Apples have always been considered magical by the Celts, who believed that eating them kept the gods young and beautiful. Did you know that, if an apple is cut crossways, you can see a perfect five-point star?

The Romans also has a similar festival at the end of October, called ‘Pomona Day’, which merged with Samhain after the Romans came to Britain around AD 43. This festival was dedicated to Pomona, the goddess of fruit and trees.

Using fire-lit lanterns at Hallowe’en stems from a Celtic tradition to both keep away bad spirits and keep bad spirits warm, well as honouring the sun to give it strength to survive through the harsh winter. The use of pumpkins for these lanterns, instead of flaming torches, is thought to originate from Ireland, where they actually used turnips. It was the Americans who brought pumpkins to the UK.

In the village of Hinton St. George in Somerset, there is a tradition called ‘Punkie Night’, where children make a lantern out of a pumpkin or other similar mangel-wurzel vegetables. Faces are carved into them and children sing the ‘Punkie song’ whilst collecting money for charity, and threaten to trick people if they don’t donate. The boy and girl who collect the most money are elected Punkie King and Queen.

Punkie night is celebrated on the last Thursday in October, so doesn’t always follow on Halloween.

Halloween Lantern Today, we’ve retained a lot of the ancient traditions, but celebrate in a fun-filled spooky setting, as opposed to keeping bad spirits away.Our Halloween theme page gives lots of ideas of how to celebrate Hallowe’en, along with links to retailers for your supplies and gifts.


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