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Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Costume Tips: How to Paint Your Face Like a Rock Star

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 10:28 AM

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Photos by Erik Hess

tUnE-yArDs
It might be difficult to type tUnE-yArDs, but it's easy to get the group's painted faces. Fill in some dots and circles of various sizes on your cheeks, draw a line from cheek to cheek across your nose, or go for the crazy look in the "Bizness" video. Just like capitalization, anything goes in the realm of tUnE-yArDs' face paint as long as you have fun with it.

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Applause cover (left), photo by Tony Nelson (right)

Lady Gaga
Get all the applause at your Halloween party for Gaga's cover look for "Applause" with a canvas-white foundation. Apply lots of light blue to your top lid and dark blue underneath your eyes. Take your fingertips and drag them from that navy blue toward your chin -- think Edvard Munch's "The Scream." Next, dab some yellow and orange on the corner of your mouth and smear it around on your cheek -- kind of like you got some mustard on your face while eating a hot dog. Tip: Make your eyes really pop with metallic face paint or eyeshadow.

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via Stitches' Facebook

Stitches
St. Louis might not be ready for Stitches (or, more appropriately given his no-show, he might not be ready for us), but that doesn't mean you can't go out on the town for a night as Stitches 2.0. For Stitches' half-Jack Skellington-half-Glasgow-smile look, you just need some black eyeliner. Extend your "smile" up your cheek at both corners of your mouth, and draw some equidistant, faux stitches until you get back to your maw. Then, draw some vertical lines above and below your lips (not on your lips though!). Feel free to add the rest of Stitches' various tatts -- from the star below his left eye to the lipstick kiss on his neck -- to complete the look. Pro tip: Don't throw blow around when you're out and about.

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Screengrabs from music video

Walk the Moon
Walk the Moon might've just started painting their faces willy-nilly, but now it's a bona fide thing among the group's fans to one-up each other at the shows. Channel the "Anna Sun" look with a line of dots down your nose, a zigzag on one cheek and a few stripes on the other...or just get a friend to smear random paint all over your face. That works, too.

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Some People Have Real Problems cover (left), screengrab from Jimmy Kimmel (right)

Sia
Even though it's been a while since we've seen her perform facing an audience, Sia's back into full-face paint -- and even her dancing surrogates are getting in on the blonde-bob-colorful-faced look. Like Gotye's look, there's a lot of paint -- but this time it's bold, contrasting colors that you'll want to combine.

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The Essential Adam Ant cover (left), Prince Charming cover (right)

Adam Ant
The most important part of retro Adam Ant? Fabulous eyeliner. Once you've got your perfect cat eyes down pat (you can even line those brows, too), then you can experiment with face paint. Whether you just brush a line of white paint across your nose, a heart on your temple, or a coupl'a red stripes on your cheek, go for minimalist impact.

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Time After Time cover (left), "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" cover (right)

Cyndi Lauper
You know all those cliches about big, bold hair and makeup in the '80s? Cyndi Lauper was, without a doubt, a walking, singing embodiment of the '80s. Channeling Cyndi means you'll have to get vibrant with your makeup. Whether you go with straight eyeshadow all over your eyelids or you put a few random shapes and lines of face paint on your lids, the more the merrier. Get friendly with your blush brush and make your cheeks ultra rosy. Add a quintessentially '80s wig (i.e., huge), and you've become a veritable blast from the past for Halloween.


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