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Halloween costume makeup

Give these transformative looks a try.


Celebrities have long known the transformative powers of makeup (we’re looking at you, Cameron Diaz). Just in time for Halloween, we enlisted Chicago makeup artist Ann Marie Weinert, who teaches at Beauty Parlor Chicago, to help us morph a few local kids into characters from some of the year’s top family movies. Her tricks turned out to be a real treat.

Spider-Man from The Amazing Spider-Man
To create Peter Parker’s alter ego, Weinert used a red latex swim cap and lots of red Ben Nye–brand makeup ($6 at Chicago Costume, 1120 W Fullerton Ave, 773-528-1264). She covered the cap and Bradley’s face and neck, then “webbed out” black lines from his upper nose area. The eyes are really fun to do, too, says Weinert: Draw the black shape on first, then paint in with white. Dust with setting powder and the Spidey transformation is complete: This marvelous Marvel superhero is equally ready for both crime fighting and candy collecting.

Eunice Frankenstein from Hotel Transylvania
Little Angeli’s Mrs. Frankenstein, the updated version of the monster bride (via Hotel Transylvania),was the most labor intensive—but also the most transformative. Weinert blended blue and white for the ghoulish base, then painted cross-hatched blue lines for the cheek scar with a thin makeup brush (blue eyeliner is another option). A black ’60s-style flip wig ($25 at Chicago Costume), teased into a bouffant, was treated with a stripe of Ben Nye Snow White Liquid Hair Color ($6 at Chicago Costume). A swath of purple faux-fur ($20/yard at Chicago Fabric, 208 S Wabash Ave, 312-322-9094), oversized, clip-on hoops ($6 at Chicago Costume) and purple ribbon hand-colored with an animal-print complete the look.

Marty the Zebra from Madagascar 3
To get the look of Madagascar’s Marty the zebra, Weinert first applied white paint to Elena’s face and neck, then colored in black stripes. She blended black and white makeup to create the shadow around her mouth. The look was topped off with a rainbow Afro wig ($50 at Fantasy Costumes, 4065 N Milwaukee Ave, 800-872-9447). making for a quick-and-easy transformation to happy-go-lucky zebra.

The Lorax from The Lorax
Dr. Seuss’s imagination churned out this fuzzy orange environmental crusader back in 1972, but Weinert’s makeup talents recently brought him to life in our office with just a few easy steps. First, she covered model Ben’s head and neck with an orange latex swim cap. She then covered his face and the cap with orange Ben Nye makeup to better blend the disparate orange tones. The makeup was locked into place with a dusting of setting powder ($18–$20 at costume shops or online). Weinert then trimmed a blond novelty beard to serve as the Lorax’s signature walrus-style mustache and used two “Colonel”-style mustaches to create his bushy eyebrows ($18 and $8, respectively, at Chicago Costume). After applying the faux facial hair with some spirit gum—voilà!—we had our speaker for the trees.

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