Students Give Special Effects Makeup Demo and Tips for Standout Halloween Looks

October 25, 2016 | Did You Know, More Tips

img_4643When it comes to Halloween costumes, nobody wants to be stuck with an old white bedsheet, cutting two holes in it and calling yourself a ghost. Instead, why not let your creativity and imagination run wild with some costume makeup? One doesn’t have to be working on set of “The Walking Dead” or a production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” to nail down a look that can turn heads.

To prove this point, we enlisted the help of Broward College Visual & Performing Arts students. Kacey Koploff, Maria Leal and Astrid Medina spent a little more than an hour on a recent afternoon transforming themselves into three very unique characters. Koploff went with a candy skull because she wanted something that would pop and was scary, yet approachable. Leal took a different route by choosing a mermaid look. She loved that mermaids are more than Disney’s Ariel and could be left up to interpretation. Medina decided on a mashup between a zombie and Harley Quinn. Her love for the gory and graphic is evident in her finished product.  img_4655As we documented the process from start to finish, the ladies provided some tips for costume makeup. Professor Deborah Kondelik who, after 23 years teaching, is appropriately retiring on Halloween and also lent some words of wisdom.


  • It’s important to moisturize so your makeup doesn’t dry up.
  • Even out your facial complexion and highlight facial features.


  • Come with a plan or even a sketch of what you want to look like. Even if you don’t follow through with entirely what you had planned, it’s good to have a basic idea to reference.
  • It doesn’t have to be perfect. You can set out to do one thing, but within the moment decide to go in another direction. That is what is great about the process: there are no rules.
  • Ben Nye is a recommended makeup brand and can be found online, and Silly Farm is a good place for products off State Rd. 84 in Davie.
  • Go big on Halloween. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
  • Clean your brushes regularly. You don’t want to have blotches or even acne and skin irritation to deal with the next day.
  • Makeup doesn’t have to be expensive. Your basic clown make-up with the main primary colors can provide a wealth of possibilitiesimg_4685.
  • Adding accessories such as beads or a wig can really accentuate your makeup.
  • Have all your supplies in one place. You don’t want to have to keep getting up every minute. It breaks the flow. Plus it can cause you to sweat, which can be detrimental to what you want to accomplish. Keep your foundation, concealer, different size brushes and a towel to clean them handy at all times. Paper towels are also your best friend.
  • Naturo Plasto Wax can create interesting effects including a false nose, wounds or scars.
  • Be careful with the amount of colors you use. The more colors the less intensity.
  • For fake blood, all you need is Hershey’s chocolate liquid and red food coloring. It looks and even tastes good.
  • Finally, no matter what look you are going for, above all else, have fun.

If you want to learn more, a makeup class will be offered next semester. For more information, email Lawrence Bauman:


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