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While I’m often known for my no-makeup makeup looks, my love for makeup shines come Halloween time — I’m talking covered in special effects makeup from my head to my décolleté. Sounds intense, but, hey, Halloween is the holiday for makeup enthusiasts and gurus everywhere.
And to pay homage to costumes past and future, here, I’ve gathered gather a list of must-have makeup essentials you’ll need to prep you for the big night (or week or whatever your pals or co-workers have planned). Whether you plan on going as your favourite royal or covered in glitter, or taking the classic zombie route, Amazon’s the ultimate one-stop destination for all your special effects makeup needs.
Super to easy to use, this special solvent is great for creating texture for the illusion of opened wounds and ripped-off skin. For a guide on how to it and to make your prosthetics, follow this tutorial.
Shop it: Amazon, $10
Inherited by drag queens, blocking your eyebrows with a glue stick is a technique used to hide your natural brow hairs. Block your brows to create and draw on a new set of arches (see how YouTuber Patrick Starrr does it) or go completely browless when creating an Elizabethan look.
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As its name insists, this moulding wax is ideal for making pretend scars uber-realistic, but it can also be used to alter features on your skin and face. Here, YouTuber Promise Tamang uses the wax the alter her nose shape to look like Duchess Meghan Markle.
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Going as a creepy clown? Rather than settling for your typical dollar store white face paint, create a seamless canvas with a white full-coverage foundation. A smoother white canvas will not only look more polished, but it will help the other pigments to follow to really pop.
Shop it: Amazon, $18
Last-minute costume? Playing with a masquerade look is a sure-fire way to show off your makeup skills and join in on the Halloween spirit without feeling like too much. Rather than painting on your lace mask by hand, opt for stickers! Lady Gaga’s sparkling Armour Masque Sticker is great for this, and can also be used over and over again.
Shop it: Amazon, $34
Of course, what’s Halloween without fake blood? Amp up the creepiness of any look with coagulated blood. This one by Mehron is best known for creating the illusion of realistic wounds and bloodiest gashes.
Shop it: Amazon, $9 (originally $10)
To replicate the deep hues of bruises, easy to blend and layer, this palette features shades of green and yellow for that extra gnarly effect.
Shop it:Amazon, $33 (originally $35)
Great for beginners, these easy-to-use top-quality zombie transfer can be used on the face, neck and the hands for additional final touches on any creepy look.
Shop it: Amazon, $23
Whether you're going for something spooky or the other end of the spectrum, wow your friends by creating the illusion of melting skin with this flesh-tone thickening solvent, YouTuber Desi Perkins finishes her “dripping glam skull look” with 3D gel for additional depth and texture.
Shop it: Amazon, $15
While you add these makeup picks to your cart, don’t forget to check out Amazon Canada’s annual Halloween store for costumes, movies, candy and decorations.