This Saturday, one may witness blood seeping from the fangs of a pale vampire, or a bruised corpse whose green monochromatic eyes reveal its resurrection from a grim death.

Don’t worry, zombie apocalypses still exist only inside the realm of Hollywood— it’s only makeup.

With Halloween approaching, makeup artists and students are dabbing their makeup brushes in the gory easel of black, purple and red hues to recreate their favorite cadaverous looks.

Tiffany Borrego, a sophomore international relations major, began experimenting with Halloween makeup at the age of 14 when she was given the opportunity to assist with special effects makeup at Busch Gardens’ Hal-o-Scream.

Eventually, Borrego established her YouTube channel under the pseudonym Tiffany Geovana, and now has almost 2,000 subscribers.

In her skeleton/skull makeup tutorial, Borrego transforms her naturally peachy face and neck into a black-eyed, boney skeleton revealing veins and decayed facial features.

Christian Herrera, a junior theatre major, who does special effects makeup for theatre productions and drag entertainment, said special effects makeup is all about exaggerating features.

“In the past, I have done the makeup for the cast of House of Horror, which required makeup for all sorts of creatures from zombies, ghost, vampires, clown, demons and more,” he said. “I have had the opportunity to work with airbrush, latex, and a lot of blood.”

Borrego said that though people may be intimidated by some professional special effects make up, it’s not as hard as it looks.


Some of the techniques that Borrego gives to the makeup newbies for deadly looks is to start off with inexpensive brushes and makeup.

In her special effects makeup kit, ELF brushes are a staple because they can be found at any drug store and their prices range from $1 to $6. Borrego also uses tissue paper combined with liquid latex to build masks instead of purchasing them from costume stores.


“I use a lot of liquid latex, which is one of the most important things to have in your kit,” Borrego said. “I buy like a gallon of fake blood. Any makeup and any color you can find is great.”

Borrego advises for beginners to stock up on colors such as red, purple and green to give their death-studded faces the effects of bruising and shadow.


While people can pay to have someone alter their face into some ghoulish creature, Herrera recommends one platform for people to practice their Halloween innovation: YouTube.

“YouTube is your best friend,” he said. “Doing the correct research allows you to learn and inspires you to create your own technique.”


Shanae Hardy is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Email her at

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