Fright Femmes 2023 | Vol 3 | Scary Stories
Updated: Oct 31
In honor of having a Friday the 13th in October, we are upping the creep factor and getting inspiration from Scary Stories we tell in the dark.
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Like many Halloween fans, we are excited to have a Friday the 13th in the month of October this year. We decided we needed to bring in the creep factor and create three chilling looks inspired by the classic children's books Scary Stories You Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz. I remember reading these books in middle school and getting fascinated by the illustrations. They are incredibly haunting and they were the source of many nightmares. Laura, Caro, and I took inspiration from these books to inspire our makeup looks. Viewers beware!
Caro Pozo - Eclipsed Siren
Laura Prado - The Girl with the Green Ribbon
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Caro shares a chilling look based on the iconic cover of the first volume. The thin sketchy quality of the line work, the bits of color, and the messiness of the black splatters pay homage to the illustration of Stephen Gammell. Head over to Caro's blog for details of this look.
Laura Jade Prado
Despair & Decay
Inspired by the haunting stories, Laura created a creepy character of her own. Laura paints an image of a character whose envious demeanor starts to manifest in her appearance. Visit her post for more on this haunting look.
The Red Spot
For this look, I chose to use the story of The Red Spot as my source of inspiration. The story tells of a teenage girl named Ruth (coincidence, I know) who wakes up one day to a sore red dot on her face. Her mother tells her not to touch it. As the days pass, the dot grows larger and larger until one day it bursts and hundreds of tiny spiders spill out from her face.
For this look, I wanted to keep it simple. I added a few details of my own and developed the character further by placing her in the 1950s. Ruth is wearing a white nightgown with a sheer light blue 1950s robe.
Every night before she goes to bed, she walks past the mirror where she notices the spot getting larger and larger.
Since the character is on her way to bed, I kept the makeup fairly simple and focused on the prosthetic. I used highlights and shadows to make the character look tired. For the prosthetics, I used the cotton ball + liquid latex method and built up the wound, painted it a flesh color, and filled the inside of the wound with dark reds and faux blood. I attached tiny plastic spiders with spirit gum and that completes the look.
Foundation | L’Oréal Paris True Match Nude Hyaluronic Tinted Serum Foundation added L.A. Girl Pro Coverage Liquid Foundation, White to create a pale version of my skin tone
Contour with | Smashbox Contour Pallet
Additional cool tone contouring | Colourpop ColourPop OF QUARTZ Eyeshadow Palette Eyeshadow Palette
Cool tone contouring | Colourpop ColourPop OF QUARTZ Eyeshadow Palette Eyeshadow Palette
Lipstick | Besame Cosmetics - Dusty Rose Lipstick
Bruise Paint | Ben Nye Master Bruise Wheel EW-4 to add a bruising color around the wound
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And that is it for this post! I leave you with a smiling post so you know it's 100% fake. I hope you were as creeped out as we were. If you give this look a go, pleeeeese tag us on IG @frightfemmes . We would love to repost!