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

by |October 21, 2014
Categories: Makeup Tutorials

Halloween Makeup Effects

Here are three more step-by-step tutorials 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 check out some easy Halloween makeup tutorials for beginners!


1. Basic Scar Makeup

DIY Scar Makeup

This basic scar makeup tutorial only has two steps!


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 to 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         Gangster

Halloween scar makeup can be used with a wide variety of costumes. Here are a few examples.


2. Black Eye makeup

DIY Black Eye Makeup

Check out how to do black eye makeup in four easy steps!


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 at the end of the triangle sponge in preparation for how to make a black eye with makeup.

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 IdeasTough Boxer        Men’s Prisoner Costume

 These are only a few costume ideas for you to pair with your black eye makeup. It pairs well with any characters apt to get into spats, or if you want to be Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad.


Frostbite makeup

Frost Bite Makeup

This frostbite makeup tutorial has a total of six steps.


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 the entire face. Blend down onto the neck (and on hands, if they will be showing!).

STEP TWO: Apply light blue eyeshadow around entire eye socket with a medium makeup brush. Apply the darkest blue on just the eyelid and right below the 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 hairline.

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 eyeshadow around the latex holes you created. Use the smaller makeup brush to fill all the holes in with red eyeshadow.

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


Frost Bite Special FX


How to Create a Frost Bite Effect

Baby, it's cold outside.


Recommended Costumes

Costumes for Frost Bite Makeup

Night’s Watch           Elsa Costume

There are a few costumes you can pair with this frostbite makeup look. If you're on a tight budget, you can always wear a hooded winter jacket and grab a fishing pole or other accessories to go as an ice fisherman or anything else you desire!

MaDonna Flowers
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.

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