Special effects makeup pro and Face Off star Brea Joseph share with me her Halloween costume tips and video tutorials that can help you recreate top video game looks. Read on!
First off, give me a bit of background about you and the type of work that you do?
I’m the co-owner and makeup artist at KBZ FX, a special effects makeup company. We work with film, television, print, military, law enforcement, and medical agencies on special effects makeup for character and injury simulations, and even make our own prosthetics. I got my start as a commercial actor in the 2000’s and then got my foot in the door as a makeup artist with a production company. I then translated this experience into opening my own business and manage a team that travels across the country working on exciting projects and promoting brands and demoing at tradeshows. In 2012, I was featured on the second season of the SyFy reality show, Face Off.
Where do you find the inspiration for your video tutorials?
The tutorials were based on characters from Sony Online Entertainment’s video games including H1Z1, EverQuest, EverQuest Next and PlanetSide2. I looked at various character images and translated the colors and shapes use makeup, and in some cases, a little bit of prosthetics.
It’s almost Halloween, what are your last-minute Halloween makeup tips? Especially for people like me that have not yet gotten a costume. Is there a way to get a fun costume or makeup idea from home?
Group and buddy costumes that coordinate are a creative and easy way to pull something together last minute. For example, you could do a zombie and corresponding zombie victim, which can be accomplished through simple makeup undead and wounded makeup effects. Most importantly, don’t forget to have fun with it! It’s Halloween, so there are no rules on how you should or shouldn’t look.
What are your tips for removing costume makeup or theatrical makeup at the end of the night?
Baby wipes and just a plain dry cotton ball work wonders for makeup. For more advance removal, such as with prosthetics, I use isopropyl myristate.
If you still need inspiration for your Halloween costume, you too can recreate your favorite SOE video game characters with the power of makeup, including Firiona Vie from EverQuest, a Leopard from DC Universe Online, a Dark Elf from EverQuest Next, a Zombie from H1Z1 and Empires from PlanetSide 2. You can find the prosthetics from the looks on kbzfx.com, and at local stores Buffalo Breath Costumes in Mission Hills and Gypsy Treasure in La Mesa.