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Halloween serie: 5 Halloween Makeup tips!

Oli aka “Smiling Skeleton” with his makeup I did for Halloween 2007

I’ve been facepainting for over 9 years (Yipes!) , so I thought it would only be fair to share some basics makeup tips for this Halloween.


1) Use water-based makeup only for facepainting.

It’s very important for your makeup to be water-based so it will be easy to take off.
The last thing you want to do after a huge Halloween night is to struggle to take your makeup off (and wake up in the morning with still some on! )

You may use a water-based brand like Snazaroo which you can find in your local art & craft store.

The only reason why you’d go for an oil-based product is because you want it to stay for a very long time and you already bought a good cleanser to take it off.


2) Use a makeup brush and sponges.

As funny as it sounds, it is much easier to use brushes instead of crayons. You can’t make small details with crayons and the lines always looks hard and uneaven.

Use the sponges if you have large areas to cover. You know, like white or green. 😉  It’s a lot faster!


3) Use cosmetic-safe glitters only.

It may look useful to use your craft glitters on your makeup, but please don’t! Theses glitters can irritate your skin and damage your precious eyes.

Cosmetic-safe glitters can be found at cosmetic counters or your local specialized makeup shop.They are very fine compared to regular craft glitters.

4)Practice before Halloween!

Don’t wait to try your material on October 31st, take some time to practice as well. Listen to a tutorial or look at pictures of the desired makeup and practice.

There are many good Halloween makeup tutorials on You Tube.

Yours truly facepainting on Halloween a couple of years ago.

5) If everything fails, hire a makeup artist!

You’ll be giving a job to a local artist AND your makeup is sure to be safe and awesome!

Look for a local makeup specialty shop in your town, they usually this service on Halloween. Or ask makeup cosmetic counters if they offer this. Usually with a minimum makeup purchase, they’ll do your makeup.

Or tell your friends on a social media site that you’re looking for a makeup artist. (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) You never know who knows who!

Halloween serie: Montreal costume shops

Hey, local Montrealers! Only two weeks lefts before Halloween!
 I figured some of you may need some help to find a costume.

Depending of your budget, here’s my best addresses:

Joseph Ponton Costumes–>Costume rentals
Probably one of the most well-known and oldest place in Montreal for costume rentals. Opened since 1865, if you have a costume idea, they certainly have it. Rentals start around 50$ depending of your needs.

Johnny Brown–> Costume & makeup purchases & rentals
Thanks to Kim, she told me I forgot the amazing Johnny Brown shop! They have over 2000 costumes to sale and 1500 in rentals. It’s certainly worth the visit!
They also specialize in dance costumes and accessories. Just so you dance freak knows. 😉

Malabar–> Costume & makeup purchases & rentals
Opened since 1905, the second oldest costume and makeup shop in Montreal. They not only have new costumes but also some vintage that you can buy from. It’s been a little while since I’ve been there, but I do know they have a great selection.

Image In –>Costumes and makeup, no rentals.
Imagine has a great selection of new costumes, accessories and quality makeup. They have everything on one roof and you’re always sure to find something that you’ll like.

If you’re in recession mode, here’s your most interesting options:

Value Village/ Village des valeurs–> New and used costumes.
Value Village (Or Village des valeurs as it is known in Quebec) always have a great selection of vintage costumes at a very good price for Halloween.
Last year, I found an amazing 8$ old wedding dress for my dead vampire bride costume.

And if you haven’t seen this yet, Blair from Wise Craft did some awesome crafts tutorials for them.

Eva B. –> Thrift/vintage store & costume rental
Eva B. is a must if you’re looking for vintage clothing of all kind. It’s best to go when you have some time because the place is packed. It may be a little too much for some, but it’s a treasure for others.
Take note that their costume rental is on their second floor and they sometimes have coupons for a location.

You’re welcome! 😉

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My name is Fanie and I’m a Montreal based illustrator & graphic designer. You may know me from drawing The Crafty Life comic in CLM. I ♥ comics, vegan food & ghost stories.

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