Halloween Makeup Tutorial Videos: my own attempt and a selection of GOOD ones.

So what are you going to be for Halloween? What’s your excuse for dressing up?

This year, we’re doing Halloween on a very small, intimate, and CHEAP scale. (We’re saving money for our eventual relocation to North Carolina.) As far as I know, I don’t have any parties to attend, and I won’t be working on Halloween night.

I suppose I could skip the costume thing, but I know I won’t really do that. If nothing else, on Halloween night, I’ll be out roaming the streets, looking for houses that deserve to be recognized as Halloween Heroes.

And I’ll be wearing something spooky to do it. For me, that probably means a simple black dress, maybe a veil or a hat (or both,) and — most importantly — makeup. If I don’t get the chance to pull out my kit and turn myself into a monster, it’s not Halloween.

A couple of years ago, I made an EXTREMELY AMATEURISH tutorial video of me applying zombie-style wounds. The filming was fun, even if the editing was a bit of a nightmare. Have a look if you like, but there’s better to come in this post.

Zombie Wound

eyes through powder tray fixed

So. yeah. Let’s move along, shall we?


After some internet spelunking, I’ve found some GOOD makeup tutorials to share with you. I’m interested in affordable looks, useful techniques AND interesting voices / personalities. Here are my personal picks:

Petrilude – 

Who’s Your Da.. Mummy?


Here’s his YouTube channel and here’s his Halloween-specific list.


Mirium Luso –

The Devil Look

Here’s her YouTube Channel and here’s her Halloween-specific list.


ExtremeSFX.com – Very professional use of prosthetics, by a supplier. Spendy, but gorgeous.

Dark Vampire

Diabolical Clown

Here’s the YouTube channel.


Goldie Starling –

This one grosses me out, but I still want to try it: Hot Wax

And the imagination here, is amazing: Vincent Van Gogh

Here’s her YouTube channel and here’s her Halloween / Fantasy list and here’s her special FX series.


Shonagh Scott –

Iron Man

Here’s her YouTube channel.


Siobhán of LetzMakeup.com

It’s a joy to listen to the lilt in this artist’s voice as she explains her Halloween Clasic … Skull/Skeleton makeup:

And I love this Haunted Victorian / Gothic Doll

Here’s her YouTube channel and here’s her Halloween-specific list.


Check out Eva Halloween’s collection of videos here: The Year of Halloween – Makeup Tutorials

Scary Clown, above, was featured in her post A Stranger in the Looking Glass: Top 5 Tutorials of 2012


Don’t be intimidated by the artists you just watched. For $20-30, you can pick up enough items to make a  versatile kit. Add some time and patience, and you can learn how to transform yourself (and your friends.) Remember, this – like all Halloween activities – is supposed to be fun. Relax. Have a good time.  Just play.



Halloween Index