SFX Makeup Ideas For Halloween That Don't Require a Professional

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You don't see "easy" and "special-effects makeup" in the same sentence often, because, well, SFX makeup can be pretty complicated. However, there are some exceptions. Some makeup looks are relatively easy to re-create at home with the right equipment, like makeup prosthetics, liquid latex, spirit gum, and more — plus a little Instagram inspiration.

We're not talking about the sliced faces or open wounds you see on TV that take 12 hours to complete. Instead, we mean fangs, wavy brows, sky-high cheekbones, and out-of-the-box lips, to name a few. A quick trip to your local Halloween store — or Amazon — can yield promising results for premade, silicone makeup prosthetics that simply require you to attach them and go.

Types of Makeup Prosthetics

Before you begin creating your SXF makeup look, there are a few supplies you'll need. Liquid latex makeup, otherwise known as body paint, is one of the most important products to have in your kit because of its versatility. It can simulate skin and be used as body paint, to attach prosthetic pieces, in mask making, and more. Two popular choices are the Mehron Makeup Liquid Latex ($10) and the Spooktacular Creations Halloween Liquid Latex ($14).

Spirit Gum, on the other hand, is a liquid adhesive that can be used to adhere a variety of prosthetic pieces such as noses, lips, eyebrows, wigs, and bald caps. The Mehron Makeup Spirit Gum & Remover Combo Kit ($12) is a great option because it comes with the remover.

How to Remove SFX Makeup

Almost as important as the application of SFX makeup is the removal process. Before you commit to anything, you should know how to remove liquid latex and other makeup prosthetics. A trick to make removal easier is to apply lotion to the skin before application. This creates a barrier between your skin and the prosthetic.

Silicone and liquid latex can be peeled away quite easily by simply scraping them off. For prosthetics that are particularly stuck, you can use warm water and soap to loosen the adhesive and then scrape away the product. Many SFX makeup kits contain a product designed for removing the prosthetics, as well.

SFX Makeup Ideas

If you're eager to take your Halloween look to the next level, keep reading for plenty of SFX makeup ideas to use for Halloween and beyond.

SFX Makeup: Prosthetic Forehead and Cheekbones

Get the look: Gills Foam Latex Prosthetic ($37)

SFX Makeup: Prosthetic Ears