Halloween 2017: For scary makeup, here’s the fright stuff

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Costumes ETC's Christine Daily demonstrates some great Halloween makeup techniques that are sure to give a fright!

Cue “Tubular Bells” (the “Exorcist” theme music.)

Halloween is just around the corner and we wanted to get a spookalicious look.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution turned to Christine Daily, a makeup artist at Atlanta’s Costumes Etc. for her style tips, especially for those crafty DIYers.

First she did a skin test to make sure I wasn’t allergic to latex. An allergic reaction usually shows up within minutes. I felt pretty safe, though, since Daily is also a paramedic and paramedics instructor.

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Symptoms - which can sometimes be severe - include hives, itching, stuffy or runny nose, wheezing, difficulty breathing and tightness in the chest.

Once I was cleared, I was ready for my transformation. This is where her paramedic background came in handy. Daily knows the difference in coloring between an old bruise and a new one. A bloody, gaping wound? She’s your girl.

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Daily’s magic toolkit that included various color wheels and latex and waxes to create special effects looks including ready-to-wear boils and wounds.

Daily’s magic toolkit that included various color wheels and latex and waxes to create special effects looks including ready-to-wear boils and wounds.
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Daily’s magic toolkit that included various color wheels and latex and waxes to create special effects looks including ready-to-wear boils and wounds.

Daily’s magic toolkit that included various color wheels and latex and waxes to create special effects looks including ready-to-wear boils and wounds. Among the finishing touches, she squirted a temporary oral coloring to give me that “just finished a little fleshy snack” smirk. This shouldn’t matter to the undead but the coloring she used to stain my teeth is gluten-free and sugar-free.

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If you are a Pennywise, zombie, vampire, voodoo priestess or the Night King wannabes, Daily can probably help you make that transformation.

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Christine Daily knows the difference in coloring between an old bruise and a new one. A bloody, gaping wound? She’s your girl.

Christine Daily knows the difference in coloring between an old bruise and a new one. A bloody, gaping wound? She’s your girl.
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Christine Daily knows the difference in coloring between an old bruise and a new one. A bloody, gaping wound? She’s your girl.

The makeup staff at Costumes Etc. can help walk you through getting that special look, depending on their availability.

“You want to make sure it’s something that can be done,” said Jaye (who doesn’t use a last name), a makeup artist and costume consultant.