A few years ago, I worked as a professional make-up artist. My passion was for special effects, and every once in a while I get to play with the skills I learned in those days. This year, I was too busy to plan a Halloween costume. Originally I wanted to dress as Pris from Blade Runner, then realized that Hot Topic no longer sells micro-mesh tops and didn’t have enough time to investigate further. Fail. However, since I was going out to the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval, I had to do something, fast.
So, I busted out my Sugarpill eye shadows and created a super-quick look I can only call “Fashionably Bruised”, because the rest of my make-up remained intact and I didn’t add any puffiness or much redness. Far more work is needed for real-deal Beat-up Face, which I’ll try to remember to show you guys in the future. For now, here’s how we get fashionably Bruised!
- Medium eye shadow brush, and these Sugarpill eye shadows:
- Poison Plum
- Ben Nye stage blood – this is the best blood for this look, because it dries and crusts up just like the real thing.
- Decide where you want to have been battered
- Using the medium brush, contour with Poison Plum. Don’t overload the brush, you won’t need much
- Add some low-lights using Midori
- To add an irritated, fresh look, very lightly add the tiniest bit of Love+, and blend. I wanted to look like a drunk businessman wandering in after a 48-hour bender, so my bruises are meant to look slightly older. Once the blood dried it looked nice and crusty, too.
- Highlight with Buttercupcake and the slightest hint of Tako. The more yellow you use, the older your bruises will look!
- For a realistic-looking bloody nose, use a cotton swab and be sure to coat the inside of your nostril. Your challenge is to avoid picking at it for the duration of your outing.
- For added realism, add a bit of red and purple to your knuckles!