Hump Day Haul: Ye Olde Costume Shoppe

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 Disclaimer:

This is an overview of the products I bought,  with the money I earned, doing things I don't like, for people who don't appreciate it.

Now that we got all that out of the way, let's continue with the haul shall we?

I stopped by the local costume shop to pick up some FX makeup.  This particular costume shop is open all year round (I suspect it regularly services the local theatre) and carries a small variety of FX, theatre and TV makeup.  They carry a lot of Mehron with a small sprinkling of Ben Nye, Kryolan and Wolfe Brothers. When it comes to FX makeup, my first instinct is to start online at Camera Ready Cosmetics and Naimies first, but I like to drop in every so often to see what the costume shop has on hand. They tend to keep a constant stock of water-activated face paints, blood, latex , various cream colors and TV paint sticks. They recently started carrying colored contacts too. Yumm...

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I'm actually waiting for my CRC order to come in and realized that I forgot a few staples I knew the costume shop would have.

Long story short, I just got a few basics today.

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The first basic is Mehron Clown White. This is a very thick and heavy cream color for the face and body, which, I suppose was originally meant for use by clowns but it can obviously be used for whatever you might need white for.

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 I, actually, happen to be using it for a clown look. Stay tuned! 

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If you plan on layering this product with other colors or wearing it for an extended period of time, I would recommend a layer of powder first as this product doesn't set all the way.

 The opacity is ridiculous.  

The opacity is ridiculous.  

It would be a shame if a good makeup job was ruined by a little bit of sweat or rain. Ya know?

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The second item I picked up is Ben Nye Fresh Scab. This is a variety of blood that is considerably thicker in consistency than traditional stage blood and stays in place (more or less) when applied. Essentially it doesn’t drip and it stays shiny. This product looks best when applied to a wound or a cut.

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If you're doing a zombie or a vampire and you're going for that 'freshly bitten into someone tasty' look applying this stuff around the mouth will put your character over the top. If you wanna play a practical joke on your man friend, slather some of this on a spare feminine product and strategically place it where he’ll find it. Too much? Maybe, but no apologies.  

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The last product I picked up was a modeling wax. This product can be used to create scars and wounds without having to rely on a prosthetic. This product is very sticky and can be a pain to work with at times, but is nice if you really want to customize the shape and texture of a wound.

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Last year a purchased some Syn Wax (which is basically the same thing) and sculpted a broken nose inspired by a Goldie Starling tutorial

That’s just an overview of the items I picked up as well as what you might expect to find in a costume shop that also sells makeup. You'll definitely have better luck in a place like this than you would at a Spirit or a Halloween City because these products are professional grade and they run around the same price. Below are some links to some online retailers of FX and Theatre makeup if you’re at all interested.