Have a Bloody Good Time This Halloween

Friday the 13th. Nightmare on Elm Street. Halloween.
What is the addiction to a bloody good slasher flick?
The blood, of course!

I’d recently seen a tutorial online, for a gorgeous, yet ghastly, masquerade-style mask done with faux blood. I saved the link, specifically with the intent of blogging about how delicate, yet disturbing it was.
Annnnnd…
One of my social media sites, ate it.
(Not an excuse to forget to follow all our social media sites – shit happens. In fact,I’m blaming it on this last week’s Blood Moon, haha, simply because I think this is the first time I’ve had this problem.)

Here is the still shot, promoting the tutorial. My sincerest apologies to the artist, and if she (or someone who knows where to view the video) would post it in the comments, I'd appreciate it. Its a gorgeous look, but I just can't quite make out her watermark/logo at the bottom, to find the YouTube channel.

Here is the still shot, promoting the tutorial. My sincerest apologies to the artist, and if she (or someone who knows where to view the video) would post it in the comments, I’d appreciate it and would certainly edit to reflect the direct link. Its a gorgeous look, but I just can’t quite make out her watermark/logo at the bottom, to find the YouTube channel.

That concludes the precursor.
However, it got me thinking, and looking, for some cool ideas to make this Halloween, a bloody good one!

Same look, but if it's a bit too much blood for your taste, (no pun, Vlad), check the look in the upper left corner. Similar with the mask, but a bit less bloody - add FX makeup safe blood as you deem fit.

Same look, but if it’s a bit too much blood for your taste, (no pun, Vlad), check the look in the upper left corner. Similar with the mask, but a bit less bloody – add FX makeup-safe blood as you deem fit.

I had stumbled upon this tutorial for a blood choker and earrings , which could be worn alone, or as an accessory to another costume (vampire, or victim, zombie and a bloody tampon all come to mind).
And, before you ask, yes…you can purchase bloody tampon costumes, and I’ve seen a ton of DIY attempts as well.
Dripping French tips would compliment these looks, beautifully without being too dramatic.

Protect the outer lip area and "flick" red pigment or gloss for a natural look (because blood stained lips look so natural!).  Same applies to tights, leggings and shoes - buy white, and either splatter with a brush or spray with a cheap spray bottle, for finer "splatter".

Protect the outer lip area and “flick” red pigment or gloss for a natural look (because blood stained lips look so natural!).Cosmetic wedges or sponges dipped lightly in red lipstick/gloss/pigment will also work, for more control -the larger the pores of the sponge, and the heavier the concentration of color on it, will affect the size and intensity of “splatter”. Same applies to tights, leggings and shoes – buy white, and either splatter with a brush or spray with a cheap spray bottle, for finer “splatter”. I would do it outside, and protect the area with newspapers or old sheets.

Where, exactly, is all this blood going to come from, you might ask?
(The coworker you dislike is not the correct answer.)

Costume, drug and big box stores will all be selling it this season. Or, you can try one of these 13 ways to make it yourself.
Just remember, anything you plan to put in your mouth, like a DIY blood capsule, should be edible (light corn syrup and red food coloring – I prefer and recommend the paste food coloring as opposed to liquid – is the easiest way), and that anything red greatly increases the chance of you having a “stain” for a day or two after. Exfoliating, after washing it off can help, as can a light green concealer (if you have to work or have another, less sinister obligation, the day after a party).
Red dye is also notorious for irritating the eye area! Please purchase (or make) products and do a test run BEFORE, in the event you would need to wash it off quickly, and read packaging, instructions, etc., to make sure it’s eye area safe if you plan to use it within half an inch, or so, of the eye area. Remember, heavy makeup (and costuming) tends to sweat, something (Goddess-forbid) could happen and cause you to cry, or even something as simple as an innocent bump on the shoulder could cause a drink to splash in your face. Using an eye safe product is a big deal. That’s your vision, not something to take lightly.

Working with a student, teaching FX makeup. Not just blood application, but the finer art of working with gums, putties and other makeup for realistic wounds.

Working with a student, teaching FX makeup. Not just blood application, but the finer art of working with gums, putties and other makeup for realistic wounds.

If you follow the blog here at Glitter Fantasy, you’re probably aware of my obsession with Bloody Marys, but these cupcakes with sugar glass and edible blood, or one of these blood red Halloween cocktails might add to your costume, as well as your plasma-gasm.

The bloody wine glasses can usually be found at costume shops or online - they contain a thick, plastic outer wall, and an oil-like liquid mixed with water, sandwiched between a thinner, inner wall. Even if you're just drinking water or a clear soda, it looks fiendish!

The bloody wine glasses can usually be found at costume shops or online – they contain a thick, plastic outer wall, and an oil-like, red liquid mixed with “water”, sandwiched between a thinner, inner wall. Even if you’re just drinking water or a clear soda, it looks fiendish!

More plas-tastic ideas! Make Jello syringes (find out how in our blog), spay red food coloring onto drinks and napkins with a fine mist spray bottle (look in the travel section or at a beauty supply for the airline approved baby spray bottles...they usually give a finer mist and allow you more control over where it goes), add a dash of red liqueur or grenadine to cocktails and pour in clear mixer (like club soda, water or Sprite) carefully so they don't mix. Black licorice sticks make a fabulous garnish!

More plas-tastic ideas! Make Jello syringes (find out how in our blog In The Spirit), spray red food coloring onto drinks and napkins with a fine mist spray bottle (look in the travel section or at a beauty supply for the airline approved, baby spray bottles…they usually give a finer mist and allow you more control over where it goes), add a dash of red liqueur or grenadine to cocktails, stick it in the freezer briefly and pour in clear mixer (like club soda, water or Sprite) carefully so they don’t mix too much. Black licorice sticks and cherries make a fabulous garnish!

While all these ideas would make for a spooktacular look at any Halloween bash, this is one event, where your efforts may all be in “vein”.
(See what I did there?)

This Halloween Blood Rave aims to spray attendees with gallons of real blood – ‘Carrie’, style. Can’t say it would be my idea of a good time (being vegetarian, and all), but these things do exsist. I’m sure the effects could be replicated, with artificial blood, for smaller spooks and home haunts. Just let guests know so you’re not on the business end of a nasty lawsuit for vandalizing someone’s Vuitton.

Check out even more bloody good Halloween blogs from Glitter Fantasy!

Halloween Haunting On Any Budget

Spooktacular Halloween Beauty

Hair Raising Halloween

Ghostly glamour runs the gambit.

Ghostly glamour runs the gambit.

And, of course, our continuing #FreakyFriday series!
(I haven’t decided on this Friday’s frightening feature yet – I will say, I’m still collecting for our batty blog (since bats are my personal favorite) and it’s going to be huge.

Children Of The Corn

The Great Pumpkin

Won’t You Be My BOO?

Oh The Tangled Webs We Weave

The good news is, you get your choice of "flavor".

The good news is, you get your choice of “flavor”.

Please also, if you haven’t, check out The Teal Pumpkin Project and Scary Mary, Quite Contrary, which is a must read for you, and your family’s, safety during Halloween.

Images: sheknows, gessato, pinterest, ebay, visitlondon, personal, (some listed in linked blogs).

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