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Dragon's Den employee Anatasia Brobst before and after Louis Sanchez worked his magic with an airbrush.
According to legend, Halloween marks the day when the veil between the living and dead is the thinnest and spirits walk the Earth.

During this ghostly time, the living must protect themselves with disguise. Some use masks and costumes. Others use makeup as protection from wandering ghosts.

In addition to providing protection from ghosts and goblins, makeup can also be an inexpensive option to masks, Louis Sanchez from Dragon’s Den costume shop said. Along with a little creativity, there are many household items that can be used in creating the perfect Halloween costume.

“There’s a bunch of things you can do with toilet paper,” he said.

But before you get into creating a look, you have to decide what monster you want to unleash.

“Basically you have to start off with a pallet” of colors, Sanchez said, adding makeup comes in several different varieties like water-based, cream-based and oil-based types.

Hypoallergenic makeup can also be made at home with flour, water and food coloring, he said.

“Make a flour and water paste for skin effects,” he said, using food-coloring dyes or diluted temper paint to tint to the desired shade. The most important part of using homemade makeup is drying it with a hairdryer, he said.

Once you have your makeup ready, you can use toilet paper to create different prosthetics, like warts, chins, noses, and even gaping wounds.

“When it’s wet, toilet paper becomes like papier-mâché,” Sanchez said.

You can also use liquid latex with the toilet paper to make prosthetics or just use the latex with soft clay to form new facial features.

“Just apply the clay to your face and mold around until you change the surface,” he said, but don’t forget to put petroleum jelly on the clay so the latex will release. Then apply thin layers of liquid latex, drying with a hairdryer until you get the desired thickness.

“If you apply three or four layers of latex, you can attach it with spirit gum,” Sanchez said.

If you don’t have time to make a new nose, the Dragon’s Den has pre-made prosthetics or Sanchez can make custom attachments, he said.

“We have appliances that are ready to go,” he said, noting the store carries noses, chins and half masks by Cinema Secrets that can be blended with skin using makeup.

For scars and wounds, use toilet paper and liquid latex to create a false skin, he said.

Just layer single-ply toilet paper and thin coats of latex until the scar is formed. Another effect with latex is to cover an area with a thin coating, allow to dry, and gently pull back to give the impression of dead, rotting skin.

Sanchez recommends using spirit gum to attach spare parts, but said a mixture of sugar and water about the consistency of corn syrup makes a good skin glue.

“But it dries very sticky,” he said, adding you may want to avoid picnics as it may attract pests.

If you’re looking for a more professional-looking ghoul, Sanchez specializes in special effects airbrush makeup.

“It’s pretty versatile piece of equipment …” he said, noting he can do any kind of makeup with the airbrush. “It creates the perfect skin.”

And to keep the perfect skin perfect, remember to dry the makeup with a hairdryer and set it with baby powder.

Setting the makeup will keep it from running during a night of tricking and treating.

Once your perfectly ghoulish look is completed, no one, not even the dead, will be able to distinguish you from the real thing when the veil is lifted.

Michelle Willard can be contacted at 615-869-0816 or mwillard@murfreesboropost.com.

Homemade Makeup
Face Paint
• 1Tsp cornstarch
• 1/2 Tsp cold cream
• 1/2 Tsp water
• 1-2 drops food coloring

Face Makeup
• 3 Tsp cornstarch
• 1 Tsp flour
• 3/4 C light corn syrup
• 1/4 C water
• food coloring, as desired
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