Friday, October 19, 2012

Bride of Frankenstein Halloween Tutorial

So as you have probably seen on facebook by now (I apologize for the massive photo explosion of our outfit and makeup but it was first time doing special FX makeup and I was pretty darn proud of myself) we dressed up as Frankenstein's Monster (not to be confused with Frankenstein who was the DOCTOR) and Bride of Frankenstein.

There were a few stressful moments in the creation IT'S ALIVE!!!!!!!!!! but all in all the makeup and outfit turned out pretty well for newbie to the blood, stitches, and bruising arena.  So I know I said I would give step by step instruction and I WILL I just don't have pictures to go with each step (boo) since I was a little stressed and had to rush to get ready so I could get to C's house to see his parent's and help him get his shat together I didn't have time to take progress pics.  That and my hands were covered with fake flesh and gel blood ewww...

So first I will start with BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN.  Strangely this was the harder transformation mainly because I wanted to still be semi "pretty."  Conrad on the other hand was just painting basically, easy peasy to make him look like a grotesque monster (jk love).

So I'm never been that fabulous at doing hair. As C and other friends will probably attest to I rarely take the time to brush, much less straighten, curl, or do anything slightly creative with it.  The joy of having it as long as I have it now is that it is so heavy it can no longer achieve FRO status as it did back in the day of curly curly fro hair.  (I have pictures and no you can't see them)

So for the hair I went to Sally's (careful ladies this place is dangerous) and gathered supplies: three hair donuts, teasing brush, crimper, bobby pins (A LOT) and Volumax Freezing Hair Spray!

First I crimped my whole head to give it some texture and that wavy/crimpy Bride of Frankenstein look she had in the movies.

Second I took the three hair donuts and put a wad of hair at the crown of my head through the donuts and bobby pined the donuts together and to my head.  With the hair that is coming out of the donuts you pin them down around the donuts to provide stability. Gotta have everything stable when you are boogieing to the Monster Mash right?

After you have the donuts in place, start closest to the bun and section off a layer of hair to bring up and around the top of the mound and pin the the other side.  REPEAT ALL AROUND YOUR HEAD, leaving the hair in the very front of your head for last so you can leave this relatively smooth and you can see the crimp design.  OH YES GOOD TIP: TEASE AT THE ROOTS CLOSEST TO THE BUN FOR EXTRA SUPPORT. This will suck to get out later but nothing an hour of soaking conditioner won't cure...

Later I also spray painted my hair black to make it a little dark for contrast with the white extensions.  After the black dried I then pinned in white hair extensions (99cent at Party City) and kept pinning them in a "S" shape.

And you are DONE With the MONSTROUS HAIR!

This was the the difficult part for me.... The use of spirit gum and fake flesh (or this could also be called modeling wax/putty).

1. APPLY SPIRIT GUM AND FAKE FLESH In some of the tutuorials I watched they applied the spirit gum and wax/fake flesh onto their skin after their makeup.  But being type A and reading the fake flesh instructions it said "apply on clean dry skin" I decided to do this step prior to doing my foundation and other makeup.  Besides I didn't want to screw up this part and mess up the rest of my makeup TRAVESTY! 

Mark on your face with red eyeliner pencil where you want the cuts to be on your face.  I opted for a cut slashing through the eye shown in the picture to the left.  I would have added more but had time constraints. 

Once you have marked where you would like the cuts apply spirit gum over the red lipstick pencil as well as your eyebrows to smooth them down for later steps, while the spirit gum is drying take out the fake flesh and create a long doughy snake that will go over the area you have marked for your cut/scar (channel your inner 5 year old with playdoh people!) Once the spirit gum is tacky to the touch apply the fake flesh snake over the scar.  Blend in the edges so that the raised "flesh" blends in to you skin on both sides.  Leave the raised middle portion this will be where we will create a cut through the middle with sharp scissors or a knife. 

If you have time to order Modeling Wax/Putty online I would do so... the fake flesh from Party City is a little hard to work with and didn't want to be molded or cut as easily as the good stuff would in my opinion.  Once I had both fleshy wounds on I left them alone. 

Once the spirit gum is tacky on your eyebrows smooth down your eyebrows so they will be easy to cover with concealer   The point of this is so later you can draw on a little more dramatic eyebrows as shown in the photo to the right.  

The main trick to this is the spirit gum or you can use a glue stick. There are plenty of tutorials online for this and thank goodness I watched some because this was probably the HARDEST PART. Thanks to my Dad, me and my sis have nice thick eyebrows and hair, so it took a while to tame those suckers down so that they were smoothed out enough to conceal.  I used a white concealer stick from cover girl to conceal my eyebrows.  They weren't completely gone but as you can see in the picture you can use your eyebrows as the new eyelid crease which is supposed to be shadowed dark to blend in and mask your real eyebrows. 

You are going to look strange and don't freak out if the spirit gum/ glue won't complete stay down at the front of the eyebrows because you will start drawing on your eyebrows starting from your real eyebrow at the inner corner. 

AFTER YOU APPLY FOUNDATION all over your face and some light powder... I used black gel eyeliner and small eyeliner brush to create my freaky electrocuted style brows.  Follow your natural eyebrow until you reach about half way where your eyebrow naturally has a arch.  Instead of following your natural brown arch up DRAMATICALLY as shown. 

Now that you have your scars, devlish eyebrows, base foundation/ powder (if you want), it's time for some color, contrasting, and highlighting!! I first started with contrasting... use black or grey matte eyeshadow to brush on places on your face where your face naturally draws in, and use white shimmer eyeshadow to highlight where you face naturally protrudes.  SEE DIAGRAM BELOW I also shadowed in my collarbones to make me look a little more drawn in and made of dead people like.

Make sure to highlight between your real brow and your new drawn in eyebrow as well.  Also don't color over your fake flesh scars where it is raised.   To contour along your scars put a little grey eyeshadow, purple, reds, and a little brown along the base of your scars and blend outward to give it more dimension.  Just play around until you get the look you want and you can use the photos above as inspiration! I also used a little purple and red under my eyes to give the dead/ freaky Bride look but this is up to you. You can add as much or little eyeshadow you like but it will help blend in your natural eyebrows if you color in with a dark color from you eye crease to your natural eyebrow.  

Once you have the color on you can add on eyelashes (OPTIONAL- I used demon maiden from Sally's top and bottom lashes), dramatic eyeliner on your eyes and lining your lips, and add some red lipstick.

You are ALMOST DONE!! The final step is to add some blood into the scars on your face and create the infamous neck stitches that the Bride of Frankenstein is known for. Since the neck is shadowed anyways I chose NOT to use the fake flesh again because of time constraints.  Instead I did followed these steps for hte neck stitches:
  • draw on in red lip-liner where your stitches will be.  If you are having a hard time making it even on either side look face on in the mirror and draw two dots on either side of you neck to connect.  Create one line down the middle of your sternum into your cleavage.
  • next use the same eyeshadows you used on your face for contouring your scars on your neck.  I used darker purples and browns closer to the scar and lighter blended red and purple further away.  Again play with it! 
  • Here comes the fun part gel blood! (You could do this after creating the stitches but I did it afterwards.) I got gel blood from Spirit Halloween, it turns solid once it is dry so that was useful since I didn't want her blood dripping. I'm not a zombie...
  • Take the gel blood and use a cue tip or end of one your eyeshadow brushes to put gel blood into the scars on your face and along the center of your neck wounds
  • After the gel has solidified take your gel eyeliner again and draw tiny Xs over the neck wounds all over.  You can also put a little brown eyeshadow at the ends of the Xs to give it some 3D depth and look like the skin is bruised where the suture was made. 
YOU ARE DONE!!!!!!!!!!! 
Now that you are done with you makeup and hair throw on a sheet or old wedding dress, find yourself a Frankenstein Monster and MONSTER MASH!


  1. ummm, can I just pay YOU to do my makeup? ;-) awesome job! LOL--Debbie wanted you and C to join our Halloween Mountain Bike ride (actually on the 27th--let me know if you are interetested), saying you'd win the costume contest. :-) I'm thinking that you wouldn't want to go through all that just to put a helmet on and sweat your face off!!

  2. Love this tutorial, Gina, and your makeup was FANTASTIC! Maybe we should get some latex, molding wax, fake flesh and have a little horror makeup bash tutorial for the masses! I've always wanted to do scales... haha!

  3. Hey Cuz! I have to dress up as a dead cowgirl at work tonight. I'm totally going to try the neck wound. Great tutorial you have a way with words when it comes to blood and sutures :)