Witch Halloween Makeup – Coloring the Prosthetics

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional makeup artist Roger Riggle shows how to create witch makeup for Halloween including coloring the latex prosthetics.

    Roger Bennett Riggle: My name is Roger Bennett Riggle. Today, we are showing you the witch transformation. Next we will show you how to color the prosthetics. Okay, we are treating the prosthetics and now that we have got the castor sealer all over the prosthetics avoiding the edges, now we are going to color them and this is the sallow green that we are going to use for the witch's skin coloring. So dont forget we are going to use to treat this just like skin. So I am going to take my non latex sponge and I swizzle it in, a good three, four, five times. And again, I am going to hold the hollow insides of the prosthetic and I am going to just pat the make-up all over the prosthetic to try and get it to be that sallow green skin tone. And always pick up more and you want to get a nice even coating on the prosthetic and you do the chin exactly as you do the nose, good. Now we kind of have a sallow green coloring on our prosthetics. So the next thing that we are going to do is to turn to our color liner palette and if you remember, we had chosen highlights as a yellow color and for the shadow color we had chosen the dark forest green. So lets go ahead and preliminarily color these prosthetics before they go on the face because that makes our job easier as we go along because these do collapse when they are on the face. See, when they are on the face and you are trying to work with them, they collapse. So you want to try to get pretty close to what you want before you glue them on. And so I am going to take the forest green color and wherever there is an indentation in this prosthetic, I can paint a shadow in there with this synthetic brush and I usually want it a little darker in the middle and then I fade it out toward the edges and you can see where we can get this to look very three dimensional. This is actually the bottom of the chin and you can see all the wrinkles already folded into the prosthetic and you want it dark at the deepest ridges and then you just want to fade and feather it out as you go away from the deep ridges.

    Good, lets take another brush and you always want to use two brushes when you use colors and so lets add in highlights. Highlight is where the light would naturally hit a prosthetic so if I am looking at the light coming in on this, I am going to see a ridge of light and of course, its going to be light there at the tip of the chin. This is the chin piece, I might add a little bit along the sides to make it look a little bit longer and when you add highlight against the shadow you get a more three dimensional effect and you can see where the ridges swell up here, we would want highlights on the top of those so that the piece doesnt look like one flat plainular piece, but that in fact it has some three dimensional aspects to it. You can see where we are getting a little real as I am going in here as far as light hitting the upper surfaces and shadow falling into the ridges and you can start to blend those colors in together to actually make a third color.

    So I think blending is the secret to doing make-up quite a bit of the time. You are actually using forest green and you are using yellow and then when you mix them together then you are actually making a third color and you can see that piece starting to come alive. Additionally, what I want to do here is take another brush and I am going to go into a very dark brown color, this is called beard stipple and we can put this on people to make beard growth happen and these are the warts and so I want them to be really dark and ugly. So I am going to go ahead and paint them in with a dark brown color called beard stipple and this makes them extremely three dimensional.

    Use the same technique for the nose. The final step in preparation for the witch prosthetics, now that we have colored them is to set that color into place. We want the color to hold on these prosthetics, so I am going to take a little bit of the Neutral Set Powder. You can see where it looks white, but it is colorless and we are going to take a Velour powder puff and I sprinkle out a thin layer of the powder and I push the puff into the powder and I actually squeeze the powder into the puff and I tap it. I dont want too much powder on here, just enough to adhere to the creamy surface and I actually just pat this powder on like so to stick to the creamy make-up and that helps hold the make-up in place. Here is the nose, a little powder on that, I don't want too much powder on there and at the end of the make-up after I have powdered her whole face I can always take a brush and remove the excess. But a nice layer of powder on this creamy surface will help me hold the color on while I apply the prosthetics. Coming up next we are going to show you how to apply the witch prosthetics to our model, Vanessa Strickland.