Halloween Lion Makeup
This year my friends Greg and Jason did a great job of contacting me over a month before Halloween to ask for some help with their makeup. That was my favorite project in my Stage Makeup class, so I was pretty excited to get started:
Greg and Jason asked for a simpler, color blocked, lighter-on-the-makeup approach. Over the next few weeks I received costume sketches, examples of makeup they liked, and and their pre-bought manes to color match.
These were the sketches I was given:
Jason was the mastermind, coming up with the character designs for each of them.
Greg was to be more prim and proper, with heavier makeup. Jason was to be the scrappy cub with a slightly lighter treatment (which worked great, by the way, with his Scottish freckles! How many Filipino-Scottish people do you know?)
In response, I drew up these face plots:
Notice how the head shapes are different, trying to match Greg and Jason’s unique proportions. I always prefer drawing my own heads to drawing on a template – it’s so hard to translate the same face plot to a million different shapes and sizes of heads!
We were lucky to be able to practice before the big day! That really helped me hash out some details – like what to do on their eyelids. (For the practice round I painted the whole eyelid black without thinking, only to have them look like yellow pandas. Whoops!)
Round two, this time with shaved faces:
- I first used Skin Prep Pro as a base to protect their skin and help the makeup stay put during dancing, sweating, eating, and drinking
- I used Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ paints in White, Black, Yellow, Felou, Dk Brown, and Beach Berry. I started with broad blocks of color and worked in the details later.
- A Mehron Paradise AQ – Detailz in black is a great way to get those finer lines in. It took the boys some practice to keep their eyes still
- The manes are actually dog costumes from ebay in large! How cool is that?! If you wanted to recreate them yourself, their actually just a tube of fur with elastic on one end. So simple!
- I sealed the entire look with Ben Nye Final Seal for makeup that wasn’t going anywere!
Greg and Jason had a blast on their night out, and reported that their costumes were the hit of the Pride they went with. What made this such a fun experience was the ample time we had to do it, and the very doable expectations of the result. Sometimes it’s more fun to master something simple, than to agonize over something complex last-minute!