DIY Adult Costume Makeup

I love Halloween! Cute or gory, it’s all fun! A few great tricks for adult makeup effects that I’ve discovered:

– Use eyelash glue anywhere on your face to adhere stuff…like gemstones around the eyes, or extra fuzz from a wig to create hairy eyebrows:

– Use petroleum jelly and coffee grounds to create stubble on your face. The gals in the office I worked with a few years back actually did this – we were hunters for Halloween (the one male in our room was the ill-fated deer) so we dressed in orange and spread coffee grounds on our chins and cheeks. Worked like a charm as long as we didn’t itch it!

– Spread a glue stick across your eyebrows to glue them down. Smooth and let it dry, then cover with makeup. Then you can draw eyebrows wherever or however you want them.

My real eyebrows are much lower!

– For some gore, use a mix of toilet paper or paper towel, with Elmer’s glue and latex (you can purchase that at a costume shop) to create an effect of skin falling off. Some friends used this effect for a zombie crawl this year:

This year I get to be Poison Ivy, so I’m pumped to figure out my makeup:

These are some of my favorite (both beautiful and gory) costume makeup tutorials – click the picture to view the video or text tutorial!

 The Pretty:

Betty Boop – Or Vintage Doll:

Doll eyes:

Avengers-Inspired Makeup:

Marilyn/50’s Star makeup:



Mad Hatter:

Jack Sparrow:

The Gory:

Zombie Makeup:

More Zombie effects:

Creepy Doll:

Unzipped? Ewwww!:


Victorian Goth:

Edward Scissorhands:

And if you want TONS of makeup effect tutorials, visit these sites:

Cosplay Tutorials

Kandee Johnson Makeup Artist Tutorials


Next Post (stay tuned!): Children’s Costume Makeup

Do you have some favorite costume makeup tricks or tips?

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  3. Our family LOVES halloween and frequently coordinates “group” costumes. This year we have begun plans for a Batman theme…. not the new ones! My 7 year old twins (boy/girl) would like to be catwoman and two face. Michelle pfiefer and Tommy Lee Jones style. HELP! the two face make up is out of my league!

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