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Halloween 2016 Special FX Makeup

So you want to take your Halloween costume to the next level this year, but you don’t know where to begin. You don’t have to be a professional makeup artist to make an excellent costume. There are plenty of techniques and products which are easy to use no matter your skill level.

Let’s take a look at some products every aspiring makeup artist should keep in their kits:

Body Paint

Body painting videos have become incredibly popular on Youtube in the past couple of years. The best body and face painters can create spooky looks complete with the illusion of volume and dimension, and it is all done with nothing but paint. For inspiration, just look through Youtube for some great tutorials. They offer some fantastic tips and tricks for creating optical illusions with paints.

Body paints come in cakes, which are activated with water and have a bit more staying power than cream paints. Cream paints come in tubes and offer thick coverage with fewer coats. If you want your paint to last more than a couple of hours, it is a good idea to also invest in some no color powder to set the paint. This will keep your body paint from smudging or rubbing off as quickly.

I recommend investing in a good quality body paint such as Wolfe Hydrocolor or Kryolan Aquacolor. These are professional brands which offer a wide variety of colors and they offer the best coverage.

Adhesives

Spirit Gum and Prosaide are two of the most used products in any special FX makeup artist’s kit. These adhesives are useful for applying prosthetics … and just about anything else.

Werewolves are a good example here. Buy some crepe hair from a costume or hobby shop. Crepe hair is normally used to make doll wigs, and comes in a wide variety of colors. Use a little spirit gum around the edges of the face, and allow it the surface to become tacky. Separate your hair into thin flat sections, and then cut stray hairs on one end with a pair of sharp scissors. Starting at the back and working toward the front, lay each section of hair in the tacky spirit gum. Make sure you are laying the crepe hair so it matches the natural direction of your real hair.

This process works with just about any type of hair, fur, or even small objects like rhinestones. To add texture to a wood-elf or nature spirit costume, use spirit gum to attach craft moss or fake leaves directly to the skin.

Be careful of facial hair, body hair or eyebrows. Spirit gum and prosaide will bond with hair, and can make taking off your costume quite painful. The easiest solution to this problem is to shave the area where adhesives will be applied. Some hair, such as eyebrows can be protected with mortician’s wax and school glue.

Latex

For some more advanced looks, add a little volume with latex, gelatin or wax.

Liquid latex is most commonly used, and can be picked up at any makeup or art supply store. It can be applied directly to the skin with a brush or sponge, or combined with cotton balls and tissue paper to build up volume quickly. Stipple the edges of your creation with latex on a makeup sponge to help blend out your edges for a seamless look. Use eyelash glue around sensitive areas such as the eyes, since it contains latex without the strong smell of ammonia.

This technique is commonly used for making one-off prosthetics, and was widely used in film before prosthetic molds were invented. For a good example of this, check out James Whale’s 1931 Frankenstein. This iconic monster look was made from scratch every day with nothing but cotton balls and latex.

Gelatin

An alternative option for anyone with a latex allergy is gelatin. Gelatin prosthetics can be applied directly onto the skin in liquid form, much like how you would use liquid latex. Or, it can also be poured into a mold for making larger prosthetics.

Here is the basic recipe for homemade gelatin prosthetics:
· 1-Part plain powder gelatin
· 1-Part liquid glycerin
· 1-Part water
· (optional) A couple drops of liquid makeup foundation or acrylic paint for color

Combine ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and heat in a microwave for about 20 seconds. Allow mixture to cool slightly before applying to avoid burns.

Another major bonus to using gelatin is that any extra product made is reusable. If your gelatin sets before you can use the whole batch, just put it in the microwave for another 20 seconds and keep going. You can also make a large batch in a sealable container to go and keep it in your makeup kit for later.

Wax

The last option for making homemade prosthetics is to pick up a container of mortician’s wax. This wax can be found at most makeup stores, and comes in a variety of skins tones. As the name would suggest, morticians use this product on corpses to make them presentable for funerals.

Mortician’s wax can be applied directly to the skin with a palette knife and sculpted to the desired shape. This wax is excellent for creating one-off prosthetics with high levels of detail. However, unlike gelatin or latex, wax does not stretch or bend with the skin. Mortician’s wax is not good for areas which require a lot of movement, such as joins or the brow area.

Use one or all of these tools to create the perfect look for your Halloween costume this year. Don’t be afraid to experiment until you find the best technique for the look you want to create. But most of all, have fun!

13 Nights of REELZ Scary- Horror Movie Marathon

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It’s that time of year again; time to find a horror movie marathon to satisfy our love of being scared. Every channel it seems has their own marathon running, but they seem to be the same films we already own or the same films they show every year. While repetition is fine, sometimes we need to spice it up and find a new channel and a new marathon to catch the scare we really want. REELZ Channel is providing us with that marathon this year with 13 Nights of REELZ Scary which kicked off on October 19th.

We all love Halloween, but REELZ is offering a more non-traditional lineup this Halloween season. Some of the films and shows include;

  • Fame Kills
  • Murder Made Me Famous
  • Ted Bundy
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • The Amityville Horror Murders
  • Psycho
  • The Real Killer Clown

and many more!

That is one killer lineup (no pun intended)! The focus on real-life horror stories makes this marathon just a little more intriguing than the others that are running. There’s nothing scarier than a real madman. As a horror fan that enjoys a wide array of films and documentaries, I am more than excited about 13 Nights of REELZ Scary.

For full program schedule and channel listing, visit reelz.com/reelzscary. For even more from REELZ, like the REELZ Channel Facebook page and follow @ReelzChannel on twitter.

BigtimeTeez Review: Slutty Nurse Costume T-Shirt

Halloween-2014-50-Free-Shipping-990x315Slutty-Nurse-450x450Halloween is just a few days away, and if you’re still looking for a comfortable costume idea, try the Slutty Nurse Costume T-Shirt from BigtimeTeez.

This funny costume t-shirt is simple yet witty. The design is large covering the entire front of the t-shirt. It is soft, so it bends with the shirt instead of bunching and creasing. There are no flaws in the screen printing, no cracks or peeling. It is also holds up to washing and drying, the print does not stick to itself like I have had happen with many other t-shirts that have such a large printed area.

The Slutty Nurse Costume T-Shirt comes in both women’s and men’s sizes. So fellas, if you feel like being a slutty nurse and you don’t want to wear a dress, this is a great alternative for you. The quality of this funny t-shirt is outstanding. The material is soft and breathable yet heavy enough to keep you warm if your Halloween is a bit chillier. It is also preshrunk, and unlike other sites that promise a preshrunk t-shirt, BigtimeTeez is telling theDSCF1252 truth. I have washed and dried this shirt a couple of times now and it is still the same size and shape it was when I received it. There are no weak seams, no holes in the armpit or side seams, so you don’t have to sacrifice quality for a good deal.

Right now, this funny t-shirt and all others are just $9.99! That’s right, the entire stock at BigtimeTeez.com is at the lowest prices they have ever been. $9.99 for a great quality t-shirt is a steal. The economy is a bit rough right now for everyone, so use discount code MISSFIVE (all caps) at checkout for 5% off the already low prices. That is not the end of the savings, right now, if you spend $50 or more, you get free shipping (US orders only).

To purchase the Slutty Nurse Costume T-shirt, CLICK HERE. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the rest of the funny t-shirts from BigtimeTeez.

Be sure to like BigtimeTeez on Facebook and follow them on twitter and Instagram (@bigtimeteez) for more exclusive offers, giveaways and new design alerts.

BigtimeTeez Halloween Review: Zombie Snacks T-Shirt

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Zombie-Snacks-450x450BigtimeTeez offers the best selection of Halloween and zombie themed t-shirts. The Zombie Snack t-shirt is one of the new designs offered this Halloween season.

The design of this funny Halloween t-shirt is medium to large in size, covering almost the entire front of the shirt. The bright green screen printing on the black t-shirt is very eye catching. The screen printing is flawless, there are no signs of peeling or cracking edges.

The t-shirt itself is soft and breathable, making it comfortable for all seasons and occasions. It is also 100% preshrunk. The shirt is also high quality, there are no loose stitches or holes near the DSCF1268armpit or side seams.

BigtimeTeez has also significantly dropped their prices. This funny t-shirt used to sell for $19.99, but now the Zombie Snacks t-shirt as well as the rest of the t-shirts are now only $9.99. If that is still too high, use discount code MISSFIVE (in all caps) for 5% off your entire purchase. Send $50 or more on a US order and receive free shipping.

For more exclusive offers, new design alerts and more, be sure to like BigtimeTeez on Facebook and follow them on twitter and Instagram (@bigtimeteez).

This Year’s Best Halloween Shirts At BigtimeTeez.com

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Fridays-Costume-450x450It’s that time of year again, a horror fan’s Christmas, that’s right Halloween is upon us boys and ghouls. Looking for that perfect Halloween t-shirt to show your love for the holiday? BigtimeTeez.com has the best selection.

Not only can you pick up last year’s hits, but there are a ton of new designs for this Halloween. Not only do they offer their awesome, original designs, but they offer custom pieces as well. If you don’t see a design you like, you can put your very own design on a t-shirt, tank top or hoodie.

Some of the new Halloween t-shirt designs for 2014 include the Glow In The Dark Rib Cage Skeleton T-Shirt, Go Ahead Ask Me How Much I Love Fridays T-Shirt, Go Ahead Ask Me About My Halloween Costume T-Shirt and Zombie Snacks T-Shirt. There are also plenty of costume t-shirts to choose from. Right now at BigtimeTeez.com, all Halloween t-shirts are only $9.99. That’s not where the deals end, they are now offering free shipping on US orders of $50 or more. Check out the full list of their amazing Halloween t-shirts by clicking here.

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To keep up to date on all things BigtimeTeez, click the images below to like and follow them on Facebook, twitter and Instagram.

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I will be reviewing all of the shirts listed and pictured above as well as hosting a giveaway of a “Keep Calm And Kill Zombies” iPhone case (pictured below). Stay tuned!

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Halloween DIY: Creepy Tombstones Under $15

Halloween props and costumes can get pretty pricey, so I have decided o take my love of DIY and Pintrest and put together a new section for you, Halloween/Horror DIY. I will continue to do these past the Halloween season.

The first Halloween DIY project I would like to share with you are “creepy tombstones”. Similar props you would purchase in store can run upwards of over $20, but through Pintrest scouring, I have found a tutorial from Dave Lowe Design that will cost you under $15! The beauty behind this project, besides saving money, you don’t have to be Martha Stewart to make these.

dloweJROtfinish1What you will need:

  • Overnight shipping boxes (FREE at the post office or FedEx store)
  • Name plate (made on your computer at home, $2 or less at Officemax)
  • Foamcore ($3.99 for a large sheet at any craft store)
  • Scotch tape ($1-$2)
  • Paint of your choice
  • Faux Stone spray ($5 at craft store)

As long as the mistakes are to a minimum, you will get more than one tombstone out of these materials (except for the box, but they are free).

For more pictures and a full tutorial, visit Dave Lowe Designs by clicking HERE.

If you are on Pintrest, and would like to follow me, I can be found HERE.

Happy Haunting!

Ohio’s Most Extreme Haunt: Haunted Hoochie

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10702187_816365675062236_2547192267003853005_nThe leaves are falling and the air is getting cooler, for most people that means bonfires, pumpkin spice everything and god awful UGG boots, but for the rest of us it marks the beginning of haunt season. If you’re looking for the perfect place to wet your pants, may I suggest Ohio’s most extreme haunted attraction, Haunted Hoochie.

What is the Haunted Hoochie?

We ARE America’s most EXTREME haunted house. The Haunted Hoochie where we are always working hard to make you sick.10696398_821950044503799_5632657520431859987_n

The Haunted Hoochie is located at 13861 Broad St. SW in Pataskala, Ohio. This haunt is not for the faint of heart, mature audiences only. The Hoochie is open NOW! For a full list of dates, CLICK HERE.

What is the price to get in to the Hoochie, besides your dignity when you wet your pants, only $25 (VIP available for $40). You can purchase tickets online HERE.

1375937_652841181414687_523616676_nTo keep up to date on all Haunted Hoochie news or to plan your trip to Ohio’s top haunt, be sure to like the Haunted Hoochie Facebook page, follow them on twitter and of course visit DeadAcres.com.

Below is one of this year’s promotional videos for the Hoochie:

“Armageddon at the Haunted Hoochie”

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Horror-Shop.com: One Stop Shop For Your Zombie Needs

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With the success of shows like ‘The Walking Dead’ and films such as ‘World War Z’, zombies have become the new love around the world. Whether you are getting ready to shoot your own zombie feature or just getting a jump start on your Halloween costume, you can find all of your zombie costume and zombie make-up needs at Horror-Shop.com.

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In order for any zombie look to be successful, the make-up must be believable. The basis for any great zombie make-up are the wounds and bits of hanging flesh. The easiest way to accomplish these looks on a budget is liquid latex. Zombies are no longer living and you’ll need to cover the liquid latex, so the right color palettes are absolutely necessary. Horror-Shop.com offers a fantastic stock of the most believable zombie make-up. One of my favorite palettes is the MAKEUP STACK EARTH-COLOURED by Famous Don Post Studios. The colors are more believable and would be perfect in achieving a zombie look like you would see on ‘The Walking Dead’. .

If you do not have the patients for a full zombie make-up, then you can opt for a mask or appliance that
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Another key to a successful zombie look are the clothes. Horror-Shop.com offers a large selection of zombie costumes for men, women and childrewalking_dead_zombie_girl_kostuem-the_walking_dead_kinderkostuem_zombie_maedchen_kinderkostuem_kinderkostuem_the_walking_dead-19753n. For the ladies out there that love ‘The Walking Dead’, the “Walking Dead Zombie Girl costume” inspired by the girl walker on the highway in season one is available for a great
price. Zombie versions of the Disney Princesses have become quite popular as well.
Zombie Snow White is available as well. A great zombie costume for the guys is the “Zombie Sheriff Deluxe Costume”.

No matter what your zombie make-up or zombie costume needs may be, you can find it all at Horror-Shop.com.

To keep up to date on new products and deals, be sure to like Horror-Shop.com on Facebook and follow them on twitter.

FEARNET’s Sweet 16 “Monster Madness Bracket

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FEARNET has just launched its “Monster Madness” Facebook Bracket, featuring 16 Classic Genre Icons pitted against Modern Favorites. We thought your readers would enjoy playing along with this sinister sixteen! Who needs basketball, right? We encourage you to check it out, participate and share with your friends. We’ve attached some images you can use as well.

You can play along here: http://on.fearnet.com/1meDuju

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Here’s more about it…. FEARNET is putting a wicked twist on March Madness, unleashing a sinister sixteen “Monster Madness” interactive Facebook bracket to coincide with the NCAA’s Sweet 16. The tournament of terror is refereed by the Crypt Keeper, and will pit a roster of classic genre icons and modern favorites against each other, as fans vote to decide who will make the final cut. First-round matches feature Pumpkinhead vs. Pyramid Head (SILENT HILL); Chucky vs. Leprechaun; Gremlins vs. Critters; Reagan (THE EXORCIST) vs. Mia (EVIL DEAD); Alcide (TRUE BLOOD) vs. David (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON); Bela Lugosi’s Dracula vs. Max Schreck’s Nosferatu; Freddy Krueger vs. Michael Myers; and Jason Voorhees vs. Ghost Face (SCREAM).

Interview with Collin Major of Crimson Mask Studios

I am a firm believer in supporting great indie artists.  I had the opportunity arose to interview Collin Major of Crimson Mask Studios, I had to take it.  Collin creates some of the most incredible Jason masks I have ever seen.

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LBoH: What inspired you to start making masks?

Major: A few things have really inspired me throughout my life. I remember the first time I watched Friday The 13th part IV. The IMG_18072488714009character of Tommy Jarvis had all these bad assistance monster masks he made and for some reason that always stuck with me. I also remember ready a few kids worked on Evil Dead II (one of my all time favorite films) and eventually started there own company KNB Effects. I just always just wanted to make monsters is some g or another. My other inspiration comes from my beast friend Shaun Luu who sadly passed away from brain cancer at the age of 22. He was a huge horror fan and we used to spend countless hours together watching and discussing our favorite horror films. His death really effected me, it kind of gave me the push to leave the comfort of my hometown Syracuse N.Y. and venture off the Pittsburgh to attend Tom Savini’s Makeup Effects School.

LBoH: How did you come up with the name “Crimson Mask Studios”?

Major: I am a huge pro-wrestling fan. The term “Crimson Mask” is wrestling slang for when a wrestler has cut or bladed his forehead and is bleeding all over his face. Hence, he’s wearing a crimson mask. It’s my way of sneaking my love of wrestling into my mask company.

LBoH: How long have you been making masks?

Major: I have only been making masks for a few years but I have been making monsters my whole life. Be it art, or sculptures, makeup, movies and even short stories. I’ve always been a very creative person. Id go crazy if I couldn’t create.

LBoH: What was your first creation?

Major: My first real creation was an animatronic prop from the film Hellboy. Its the mummy from the graveyard scene in the film. I sculpted it, made a foam latex skin that I painted and I even made and fabricated all of the animatronic servos inside. In the end it could talk, blink, move his eyebrows, and cough dust. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever made but extremely rewarding.

LBoH: What materials are your masks typically made of?

Major: All my masks are made of super deluxe latex. And my Jason masks are made of resign or fiberglass. Fiberglass is better buy more expensive because it takes forever to make.

LBoH: Which mask takes the longest for you to produce?

 Major: My Frankenstein mask is huge and it takes allot of latex to make.

LBoH: How many custom orders do you get a month?

IMG_7466970718393Major: I get asked to do a ton of custom orders but rarely do no get to make them. People don’t understand that for me to make a custom mask it costs allot. I have to sculpt it from scratch, mold it and make one copy. I have to spend allot of money to produce one mask. The reason I can keep my retail price so low is that I can make multiple masks and they eventually pay off the initial cost.

LBoH: What are your standard rates for a custom piece?

Major: They all usually start at between 175$ to 350$. It all depends on the size and design.

LBoH: Have you ever taken your work to a horror convention?

 Major: I have only once.  The Syracuse Horror and Scifi Garage sale in Upstate NY. I have big plans to start traveling to conventions.

LBoH: What are your future plans for Crimson Mask Studios?

Major: Our future plans are to first start attending more conventions. Possible hore an intern. Were a onenman operation and its been getting busy in the studio haha I would also like to produce allot more latex masks this year. 2013 we only made 2 and in 2014 we want to triple that. I also have plans to make Jason mask that I’ve never seen made before. I’m most excited about that, I have a feeling once we release that to the public it’d going yo change everything for us in a really positive way.

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To order a pre-made or one of a kind piece from Crimson Mask Studios, CLICK HERE.

 Be sure to like Crimson Mask Studios on Facebook and follow them on Instagram for more info.