How to get the perfect Halloween look, with lessons from five talented make-up artists

If you want to stand out from the crowd this Halloween, here are some step-by-step make-up tutorials to guide you through the process, with clever tips on how to use paint, make-up and household items to bring out your inner beast

PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 October, 2017, 5:48pm
UPDATED : Friday, 27 October, 2017, 5:48pm

Running out of Halloween costume ideas? We found five talented special effects artists whose make-up transformations will amaze you


Lex’s creative interpretations of well known film and video games characters attract more than two million subscribers to her YouTube channel Madeyewlook.

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Go old school with Edward Scissorhands or the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland or pick more recent characters such as Wonder Woman or Pennywise, the clown from Stephen King’s It.


It will take some practice to get to Lex’s level. So if you don’t have such steady hands and sophisticated painting skills, start with the basics. Los Angeles-based artist Mykie gives a step-by-step guide to body painting. Tip number one? You don’t have to be amazing at drawing to be an amazing artist. How encouraging.

Ellimacs SFX

The Ellimacs SFX make-up YouTube channel (, run by 21-year-old make-up artist Ellinor Rosander, has it all – from complete character transformations to special effects such as glass shards and stitches to props like DIY fake heads.

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The best part is that she makes use of stuff you can find at home, saving you time and money.

Charlie Short

This toothy look by Charlie Short, who specialises in theatrical make-up, will surely scare your friends to death and is not that difficult to recreate. Hongkongers who need props to complete the character, can get them at Pottinger Street in Central or Fuk Wing Street in Sham Shui Po.


This giant-mouthed monster by French/Belgian artist Ophelie went viral earlier this month. Given the impressive tutorial videos on her channel Simple Symphony, it is hard to believe she started doing make-up a year ago. The dialogue is in French, but the tutorials are easy to follow visually.

She uses many ingenious methods, such as covering her head with a fishnet stocking then painting over it to give the effect of fish scales for her mermaid look.