Making Up Your Face

Contributing Writer

Halloween is just over a week away and I’m willing to bet that some of you still don’t know what to be. Lucky for you, we’re here to help.

I challenged makeup artist Matt Goodlett to create four different looks that anyone can wear on Halloween using only one color wheel (Ben Nye Pro F/X Wheel, $18 at Caulfields, 1006 W. Main St.) and basic makeup brushes that most households already have.

Matt Goodlett is a Louisville makeup artist and painter that can be reached at matt.goodlett.mua@gmail.com or via Facebook by searching Matt Goodlett, MUA.

Day of the Dead

“Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is an observance of celebrating the lives of the deceased, not mourning them. Decorated skulls and faces are an extension of celebrating loved ones after their passing.”

  • As long as you have light and dark colors, you can do it.
  • There are a lot of recurring themes; flowers, key holes, spider webs, scallop shells, etc.
  • It is a death makeup but it is meant to be a celebration of life.

The Bloodsucker

“When I think of vampires, I think of good looking monsters. Keep it simple. Keep it attractive. And don’t forget the blood.”

  • Use white to take color out of skin but not make it look like a clown.
  • Darken the eyes and blend them out at the edges to look more natural.
  • Contour the cheek bones with the darkest part being closest to the ears.

Pop Art with Lichtenstein

“Roy Lichtenstein was a pop-artist in the 1960s most known for his comic book style paintings. There are different types of Lichtenstein looks. You can do the classic red dots, you can do blue, you can do just about any color as long as it would have appeared in newsprint. You have to imagine the face as two dimensional and bring it to life by drawing the lines as a comic book artist would draw a face.”

  • Try to make the dots as symmetrical as possible.
  • Anywhere a comic book artist would ink a line to deviate colors, draw a line.
  • Use white marks to focus on where light would hit shiny things like lipstick or tears.

Living Dead Girl

“When you look at zombies in movies they all look different. If you look at Lucio Fulci’s film “Zombi” the undead are yellow, while in George Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead” they were blue. As long as you give them a gaunt look, you should be good to go. It really just depends on how the zombie was created, some are from a virus, some are from outer space, others are from a biblical plague.”

  • Focus on the sunken in eyes and cheeks.
  • Accentuate the ocular bones.
  • Any mistakes you make, just add fake blood.