Special effects makeup isn’t reserved only for the Halloween lovers. Although, it’s this time of year that really gets us excited about the creative, endless possibilities in the world of SFX makeup.

Whether you’re curious to know what the professionals are using, building your own SFX makeup kit, or simply have no idea what any of the special effects talk is all about, take a peek at our best SFX makeup products for Halloween.


10 Best SFX Makeup Products for Halloween:

These bestsellers consistently make the list year after year, and for good reason – they’re best in class for their respective product categories. Add a few (or all) to your SFX makeup kit or at-home makeup collection, and be sure to tag us in your Halloween makeup creations on Instagram and Facebook! 

  1. Skin Illustrator On Set FX Palette
  2. Graftobian Stipple Sponge
  3. SUVA Beauty Hydra Liners
  4. Pros-Aide “Original” Adhesive
  5. Mehron Rigid Collodion
  6. Kryolan Professional Make-Up Eye Blood
  7. Ben Nye Clown White
  8. Ben Nye Fresh Scab
  9. Bdellium Tools SFX Brushes

1. Read all the way through to see our #1 bestselling SFX Halloween makeup product!

10: Skin Illustrator On Set FX Palette, $55

This compact, pocket-sized palette contains 10 of the most popular Halloween SFX makeup colors from Skin Illustrator’s line of pigments. Designed to mimic just about any injury or illness imaginable, this palette simulates burns, cuts, scrapes, scabs, bruises, and more. Each color must be activated with 99% alcohol. Spray or dab the solvent onto the desired color, swirl for 30 seconds, and apply with a brush, sponge, or mascara wand. 

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9: Graftobian Stipple Sponge, starting at $0.99

Meet one of the best SFX makeup tools there ever was! Graftobian’s classic stipple sponge is used for a variety of SFX makeup looks, like the five o’clock shadow and broken blood vessels. The charcoal-colored web matrix sponge allows for uneven, splotchy makeup application that’s so common in Halloween makeup creations, like demons, old-age, monsters, and more. Also available in a pack of 12 for cost savings.

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8: SUVA Beauty Hydra Liners, $14

These water-activated pigments by SUVA Beauty are smudge-proof and transfer-resistant once dry. Incredible for face or body art of any kind, especially Halloween SFX makeup looks, Hydra Liners deliver intense color that will not fade. The opaque formula is not waterproof, so you must use a water-resistant setting spray to ensure long-lasting wear in conditions near water, humidity, or moisture.


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7: Pros-Aide "Original" Adhesive, $14.85

If you’re looking for a non-irritating, heavy-duty adhesive for prosthetic application or other Halloween makeup needs, Pros-Aide stands out as one of our best SFX makeup staples. This water-based formula is often used for medical prosthetic applications, as well as by makeup artists for adhering appliances and other makeup components to the skin. It is safe to use on sensitive areas and boasts water-resistant, non-toxic properties.

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6: Mehron Rigid Collodion (Scarring Liquid), $7.95

Develop realistic scar makeup effects with ease. Mehron’s clear solution wrinkles the skin as it dries to quickly develop a scarred look. Build dimension and deepen scars by building thin layers until you’ve reached the desired scar makeup effect. Because this product is so easy to use, it’s recommended for both seasoned artists and those new to SFX makeup. To remove the scar makeup, simply peel off.

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"Original" Adhesive

Rigid Collodion

Eye Blood

5: Kryolan Eye Blood, $26.50

Cry tears of *fake* blood! This gel-like formula delivers life-like bloody eyes and tears without impairing vision or irritating the eye. This Halloween SFX makeup is safe for use on sensitive eyes and for those who wear contact lenses. Discard product one month after first opening.

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4: Ben Nye Clown White, starting at $6

The preferred choice by artists worldwide, Clown White boasts an ultra-creamy texture and brilliant white finish for any drag, cosplay, or Halloween SFX makeup needs. The formula goes on smooth and opaque, so you don’t need a ton of product to achieve the desired look. For best results, apply a setting powder on top of the product to eliminate transfer and lock makeup in place.

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3: Ben Nye Fresh Scab, starting at $10

Create natural-looking scabbed over wounds with ease! Fresh Scab by Ben Nye maintains a jelly-like consistency for realistic blood clotting effects. The naturally tinted, corn-syrup-based formula is peppermint flavored and safe to use in and around the mouth. This fake blood easily washes out of most fabrics and surfaces.

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2: Bdellium Tools SFX Brushes, starting at $10

These high-quality, eco-friendly SFX makeup brushes by Bdellium Tools were specifically manufactured to withstand strong dyes, solvents, and brush-cleaning solutions. Each brush is fabricated with sustainable bamboo handles and vegan synthetic bristles shaped in a variety of styles for flawless, reality-defying Halloween makeup looks.

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1: Ben Nye Nose & Scar Wax, starting at $7

Coming in at #1, our best SFX makeup can help you manipulate the appearance of real skin distortions – broken nose, witch’s chin, bullet holes, and more. The moldable yet firm scar makeup wax comes in three flesh-tone shades with a translucent finish. For best SFX makeup results, apply on top of a thin film of spirit gum adhesive and seal in place with a durable liquid latex.

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Which of these best SFX makeup products are you loving for Halloween makeup looks? Comment below with your favorites. 

Need something specific to create your Halloween makeup looks? Shop Camera Ready’s extensive collection of the best SFX makeup brands.

Don’t see the SFX makeup you’re looking for? Contact our Customer Experience Team for a comparable alternative or to see if we can order the exact product you need.

About Camera Ready Cosmetics

Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson. She dreamed of having a pro makeup showroom where artists could play with professional-grade products without the typical makeup store attitude.

Today, our team of beauty industry veterans works together to curate the best quality products on the market. We partner with brands who respect the industry and formulate products for true working artists. You won’t find CRC in high-end malls, and we don't wear matching brush belts.

If you want to play with products for a few hours and buy nothing, that's okay ... come in and play! Our store is your playground. 

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