“I’m from wherever’s not gonna get me hit” – Ralph Cox, Miracle, 2004
For the past two years, I’ve had to sacrifice one of my favorite holidays for work and I’ve been hella depressed about it.
Not this year.
In my Goal Digger post for October, I mentioned how I wanted to really enjoy the holiday season. Even though I didn’t pick apples or carve a pumpkin, I was bound and determined to still have a spooky time, even if it was a super last minute decision.
A friend had texted me on Friday to ask my plans for the weekend. I was suppose to work a doubleheader of field hockey finals on Sunday in the afternoon, but decided that I still wanted to celebrate Halloweekend, so I quickly made plans to go out to a few bars on Saturday night. I opted to be DD because this way I couldn’t get too rowdy and be miserable all day Sunday in the cold/rain, which ended up being postponed to Monday. (#win)
This left me with less than 24 hours to come up with a costume. No pressure because when in doubt, pull out the puck bunny costume. (For those who aren’t hockey fans, puck bunnies are, well, to put in into generic terms, it’s a fan who sleeps with players. I’m not condoning the action, but it’s a simple last minute costume that I’ve always relied on/suggested to friends in dire need.)
As I started to pull the pieces for the outfit together, I had an epiphany: instead of the puck bunny, why not go full goon? (Again, for those who are not hockey fans, “goons” are your ‘stereotypical’ hockey players: the enforcers, the fighter and depending on how you really look at it, the protector. They’re the guys who drop the gloves and fight.)
Since I’m obsessed with special effects makeup, I really wanted to get my hands on gore-ing up this costume, so off to the halloween supply store I went to stock up on liquid latex and body paint.
I pulled out a Team USA 1980 Olympic jersey, a pair of red Converse-style sneakers and a pair of white knee-high socks with blue and red stripes to portray hockey socks. As a female on Halloween, it’s always suggested to try and make any costume “sexy”, so I opted without pants, which was the best idea ever, because holy liberating.
Being that I’ve never tested out SFX makeup before, I hopped on YouTube to find a tutorial. I’ve watched countless hours of Glam & Gore and Makeyewlook so I had a rough idea of what to do, but needed to really send it home.
I started getting to work with creating a split chin and an open wound on my right eye, which turned out to be my favorite part of the whole costume. Starting with a clean face, I applied a thin layer of liquid latex to the areas I wanted to create gnarly wounds, which were my right cheek and chin.
While it was tacky, I took two-ply facial tissue and detached the two sheets and laid a section of tissue onto the liquid latex. I repeated the steps of liquid latex and tissuing three-four times, getting smaller with each layer.
Once the tissue/latex was dry, I took a translucent powder to set it in place and followed with foundation. I suggest using a shade darker on the area with liquid latex/tissue because the tissue does make the latex white, but if you’re going to make this a bloody mess, then it’s not necessary.
Then, I worked on was giving myself a black eye. (Not literally of course!) I used yellow, purple, blue and red face paint and layered the different colors until I got a nice, sunken shiner on my left eye.
I started with the yellow on my orbital bone, then worked red into the inner corner of my eye. From there, I used purple, blue and red to build up depth and create a swollen, bruised mess. For extra measure, I took left over scab blood on a porous sponge and dabbed it on the orbital bone to make it look like an open wound. (This actually saved my black eye by the end of the night. Halloween supply store makeup is great in a pinch, but it’s greasier than hell, creases like a b!tch and doesn’t stay in anywhere you put it.)
Now was the scary part: splitting the latex to create the wounds. I cut a long incision on the chin using nail scissors and then used tweezers to pull the “skin” open and picked at the cheekbone to create another wound. Please be absolutely careful with this! Even though there’s layers of tissue, there’s still your skin on the bottom, so please don’t cut yourself.
Once the wounds were deep enough to my liking, it was time to make ’em gory. Starting with the chin, I took red and purple face paint to create irritation along the outer part of the latex (There wasn’t a need to use yellow because it’s an open wound, not a bruise.) Once those were blended out, I took red paint and applied it inside the wounds and to make it more of a deep red color, I blended it with a matte brown shadow. (I didn’t want the cuts to look fire engine red, but more of a deep red, as if the blood had coagulated.)
When the wounds were shaded and blended enough, it was time for blood. I took scab blood and applied it in heavy piles to the open chin wound and to the cheek wound, because you can never have too much blood on Halloween. The goal was to make the chin glisten with blood, as if the wound wasn’t healed, so I gooped it heavily in that area.
For extra detailing, I took scab blood onto a porous sponge and dabbed it on the surrounding latex. I also put scab blood to my right nostril for an added effect.
What did you guys dress up as/do for Halloween? Leave a comment!