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If there’s an antidote to the onslaught of mainstream Christmas cheer, it’s Tim Burton’s classic stop-motion cinematic The Nightmare before Christmas. Starring the residents of Halloweentown, this dark musical is a favourite at Halloween as well as Christmas and is the favourite of those who like to take a break from the traditional carols of the season.
To celebrate this merriest of seasons, we’re helping you get the look that defines this film, so get your black and white make-up at the ready!
The make-up method
Sally may look pretty creepy, but her innocent nature and desire for adventure make her a perfect choice at this time of year. Costume make-up artist Mystique has got the low-down about how to achieve the Sally look.
Despite the complex and precise finished look, it’s clear that this is one kind of fancy dress that’s actually pretty easy to achieve. Blending colours and applying fine detail has never looked easier thanks to Mystique’s relaxed and calm application.
Some of the features, such as the delicate areas around the eye, are best treated with standard eye make-up such as eye shadow and eye liner. However, the main parts of the face require specialised face paint.
As you can see from the video, the face paint requires shades of green, blue and grey, all of which can be found for the make-up used for a ‘ghoul’ costume. White, of course, is the founding colour of the skin make-up and is best used in a liquid form. Finally, shading and definition should come from a light grey and gently applied across the collarbone and neck.
The alternative looks
Putting your own spin on the look is one of the most exciting things about costume make-up and the greatest thing about The Nightmare before Christmas is the huge cast of amazing characters. Whether you choose to be inspired by the characters themselves or perhaps the stunning scenery, there is much to be experimented with using this film.
This eye make-up is ideal for those looking for a slightly more subtle way in which to bring the Tim Burton magic into their Christmas make-up. Including Oogie Boogie and Zero, the design also includes the pivotal hilltop scene between Sally and Jack, resulting in a stunning design.
This second image is incredibly impressive. While the look may not include a huge amount of make-up, combining a steady hand with a very fine brush has resulted in this beautiful design that uses the buildings as the main inspiration. The artist has also paid tribute to Sally with the stitches along the mouth.
Of course, the hero of the story is Jack himself and the artist in this image has helpfully shown us how to create his look using only make-up! This is a little more complicated than the make-up for Sally, but with a steady hand and a pinch of confidence, this is yet another look that would fit right into any Nightmare before Christmas themed celebration.
If you are getting dressed up for Christmas, send in your pictures and we’ll feature them on our Facebook page!