Get your Halloween face

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 October, 2007, 12:00am


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Halloween is just around the corner. Instead of worrying about tearing your costume or losing your fake vampire teeth, why not focus on your face with some creative makeup?

There are three main types of Halloween makeup available: makeup palettes, colour markers and peel-off paint.

Each of them costs about HK$30-HK$80, and can be washed off with soap and warm water.

The makeup palettes have individual jars for each colour. You can also buy a box of several different colours. They can be mixed together to create additional colours.

'The makeup palettes can also be used for body painting,' says Lois Geall, Asia Region Manager of Spotlight, an Australian store which sells everything you need for Halloween.

'Most people prefer to have only their face painted so they don't damage their clothes with paint.

'Alternatively, you could try markers. They are great to use and easy to handle. You can use them on your face, hands and body,' she says.

The third type, peel-off paint, comes in tubes and can be applied to the face with your fingers.

When dry, you can use markers over the paint to add details.

Ghost or skeleton faces are the most popular choice at Halloween, and they are easy to create.

'The main colours of a ghostly face are typically white, black and red. You can black out your teeth and have blood dripping out of your mouth to exaggerate your features,' says Ms Geall.

You can also accesorise your Halloween look.

'Wigs, vampire teeth and pointed ears help the makeup stand out.

'But the best makeup is drawn with creativity and imagination,' and therefore only requires minimal accessories.

When applying the makeup, you should use dark colours before the lighter ones.

Brushes and sponges are useful tools for applying Halloween makeup.

Check that that your brush bristles are of even length and securely fastened to the handle.

'Sponges are the best way to cover up large areas. They are also used to dab around the eyes. You can also use the edge of a sponge to draw lines.

'But we mainly leave that to the brushes,' says Shirley Louie, a makeup artist.

'You can use them to draw drooping eyebrows, eyes and mouth to create sad or angry expressions,'

It is not a good idea to use moisturiser before applying Halloween makeup.

'Usually we wouldn't apply cream or a makeup base, unless the person has sensitive skin,' says Ms Louie.

'This is because the oil from the lotion makes it hard for the makeup to stay put.'

'Makeup kits are generally non-toxic and safe for the skin. But users should still be extra careful when they paint around the eyes,' says Ms Geall.

With 10 days to go until Halloween, it's time to get practising.