3 DIY Halloween Makeup Effects: Basic Scar, Black Eye, and Frost Bite

Halloween Makeup Effects


Here are three more step-by-steps on how to create some basic makeup effects for Halloween. Just a few simple techniques can really transform your costume from an outfit out of a bag into a completely memorable look. All the makeup and products used for these looks come from our Mehron brand Special Effects Complete Makeup Kit, unless otherwise noted. For each effect, the difficulty is rated out of five, with one being the easiest and five being pretty tricky. Let’s go!


1. Basic Scar Makeup

DIY Scar Makeup


Difficulty Level: 1 of 5

Supplies Needed:

  • Rigid Collodion
  • Small Makeup Brush
  • Spirit Gum Remover


Stipling Makeup Sponge


STEP ONE: Use the makeup brush to apply the scar liquid onto your desired area of skin. Let dry and repaint over the scar a few more times for a deeper, more severe effect.

STEP TWO: That’s it. To remove, use spirit gum remover and a cotton ball.


Scar Makeup Tutorial


Recommended Costumes

Costumes for Scar Makeup

Crazy Cat Lady         Sons of Anarchy         Gangster


2. Black Eye makeup

DIY Black Eye Makeup


Difficulty Level: 2 of 5

Supplies Needed:

  • Bruise ColorRing
  • Medium Makeup Brush
  • Triangle Makeup Sponge
  • 5-Color Clown Palette from the Clown Costume Makeup Kit
  • Scissors or Seam Ripper


Makeup for Black Eye FX


STEP ONE: Use scissors or seam ripper to tear holes in the end of the triangle sponge.

STEP TWO: Use the triangle sponge to stipple yellow and green around the outside of your eye, from the inside of the nose, right above the eyebrow, towards the temple, and below the eye socket.

STEP THREE: Load the triangle sponge up with a little more red and stipple that color on in a smaller circle around the eye.

STEP FOUR: With the clown palette, mix the red and the blue until you get a dark, grape-like purple. Use the medium makeup brush to cover the entire eyelid from the lash line to the crease. Add a tiny bit of black to the purple mixture and use the same brush to color in underneath the eye to get a swollen effect.


Bruise Makeup


Recommended Costumes

Black Eye Costume Ideas

Whac-a-Mole Costume        Boxer Girl        Men’s Prisoner Costume


Frost Bite makeup

Frost Bite Makeup


Difficulty Level: 3 of 5

Supplies Needed:

  • White Cream Makeup
  • Liquid Latex
  • Eye Shadow (3 shades) in Blue, Black, and Red – any brand
  • Blue Lipstick
  • Hair White
  • Triangle Sponge
  • Seam Ripper or Tweezers
  • Small and Medium Makeup Brushes


Special Effects Makeup


STEP ONE: Use the triangle sponge to apply white cream makeup to entire face. Blend down onto neck (and on hands, if they will be showing!).

STEP TWO: Apply light blue eye shadow around entire eye socket with medium makeup brush. Apply the darkest blue on just the eyelid and right below bottom lash line. Apply blue lipstick.

STEP THREE: Choose where you want the actual frost burns on the face. These usually should go on the extremities, so we chose the tip of the nose, the chin, and up by the hair line.

STEP FOUR: Let the liquid latex dry completely. Once it is set, use the seam ripper to tear holes in the latex. It will look like peeled skin!


How to Do Frost Bite Makeup


STEP FIVE: Use the medium makeup brush to brush some black and medium blue eye shadow around the latex holes ou created. Use the smaller makeup brush to fill all the holes in with red eye shadow.

STEP SIX: Rat hair and add hair white for a snowy look.


Frost Bite Special FX


How to Create a Frost Bite Effect


Recommended Costumes

Costumes for Frost Bite Makeup

Sexy Inuit           Night’s Watch           Elsa Costume

MaDonna Flowers

MaDonna is a Brand Specialist at HalloweenCostumes.com and has dressed up as a cat well over a dozen times in her life for the holiday. Last year, she dressed as her favorite skeleton, Jaunty.