Global Colours Halloween How-To’s: Half Face Devil

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by | Sep 15, 2021 | Uncategorised

In this ‘Global Colours Halloween How-To’, I’ve recreated a fan favourite for those of you who just can’t choose! The half ‘n’ half face is always a popular makeup technique among party goers, and I’ve decided to show you how to create a classic: Devil Half-Face! I’ve also included a simple ‘Brow Block’ and how to make DIY horns. Follow along with me step by step and paint your own!

Things You Will Need:

-Global Colours BodyArt Cake Paint in Red

-Global Colours BodyArt Cake Paint in Strong Black

-Global Colours BodyArt Cake Paint in Pearl Red

-Global Colours BodyArt Cake Paint in Pearl Light Blue

-Global Colours Cosmetic Glue

-Global Colours Optillusions FX Palette

-Global Colours Cover FX Palette

-Large Body Painting Springback Artist & BodyArt Paint Brush

-Blending – Small Springback Artist & BodyArt Paint Brush

-Blending – Medium Springback Artist & BodyArt Paint Brush

-Round – # 5, # 4, Springback Artist & BodyArt Paint Brush

-Detail Liner – Small Springback Artist & BodyArt Paint Brush

-Water, Sealer or Mixing liquid to activate your BodyArt Cakes

-Black Kohl Pencil or Eyeliner for the Waterline

-Makeup Pencil (Lip Pencil/ Eyeliner) if you want to draw on your ‘split’ guideline

-Translucent, loose setting powder

-Latex Sponge Wedges ( for sculpting horns, and pressing powder)

-Cotton Tips for glue application

-Disposable mascara wand (or something with small bristles like a toothbrush) for Brow Block

-Tissue (for horn application)


Step 1-Making your Horn

Using a triangular foam latex sponge wedge, carve out your horn shape by cutting off the edges until you reach your desired horn shape. Using our Global Colours Cosmetic glue, add tissue to the outside of the horn to change texture (if you’d like to add any lumps or bumps, otherwise you can leave out this step).

Glue two, single ply’s of tissue to the bottom of the horn and cut into an irregular circular shape ( almost like a little witches hat), this will give you a larger and more stable surface area for glueing on (it is also important because the sponge on its own is absorbent, so the tissue will help stop the sponge from ‘drinking up’ all the glue, and will give you a much firmer attachment)

Step 2- Blocking out eyebrows

Squirt a small amount of Global Colours Cosmetic Glue onto a palette or into a disposable container (I like to use a shot glass or a cupcake paper pan) and leave to thicken up for a few minutes, when the Cosmetic Glue is creamer it will apply a bit more like a paste, which is better for a Brow Block.

Using a disposable mascara wand (or you could use a disposable toothbrush or cotton tips for this step), brush the glue against the grain of the eyebrow hair, and then with the grain, coating the hairs in the glue. Brush the hairs as flat as possible (for most people this means upwards) so that they lay flat and smooth on the skin.

Using a sponge, puff or beauty blender press loose translucent powder onto the brow to take away the stickiness of the glue. This will also identify is there are any gaps that need filling in, and if that it the case, you can go back and repeat the the process with your creamy glue and setting powder until the brows read as smooth.

Step 3- Glue on your horn

Firstly, identify the best placement for your horn/horns, test by raising your eyebrows up and down, try to pick a less mobile part of your forward to minimise movement. Once you’ve selected your spot, (you can either trace on the area with a lip liner or using the horn base as a stencil press loose powder over the top if you need help with identifying the area) apply a thing layer of Global Colours Cosmetic Glue onto the skin (not onto the horn) using a cotton tip.

Once the glue as gone clear, firmly press the base of the horn onto the gluey patch, then using a cotton tip or a sponge wedge, go back over the top of your tissue edges, letting the tissue absorb the glue and adhere the base all the way around to the forehead. If you need to ‘disappear’ the edges, you can stipple a little of the glue of the edge of the tissue, fading the glue edge.

When you are finished with your glueing , use a puff, sponge or beauty blender to set/press translucent loose powder over the gluey bits to set them and make the less tacky to paint/makeup over.

Step 4- Sketch and paint in your base

Sketch in your dividing line using a makeup pencil (nothing too dark, I’ve used a natural coloured lip pencil), I like making the line sketchy and ‘cracked’ but you could make the line whatever shape you wish.

Using a #5 Round Brush and the Global Colours BodyArt Cake in Red ( activate with sealer or water), paint in the details then fill in with the Large Body Painting brush (a brush that covers more surface area will leave less streaks). Bring the paint over the tissue and all the way up to the base of the horn.

Step 5- Add shading

Using the Small and Medium Blending Brushes, place the ‘Dark Charcoal’ pigment from the Global Colours Optillusion Palette, down the centre split, around the horn base, the temples, under the cheekbones, under the jawbones and under the lower lashline to create depth (I like to use the Small Blending Brush for heavier placement and the Medium Blending Brush for blending out).

Step 6- Add in your highlights

Using my #4 Round Brush and Pearl Red BodyArt cake, highlight the areas you would like to reflect the light, I normally will apply to the top of the cheekbone, cupids bow and along parts of the divide line to make it ‘pop’.

Step 7- Add your black definition and detail

Use a black Kohl pencil or eyeliner to line the waterline.

Paint in your details using the BodyArt Cake in ‘Strong Black’ and the Detail Liner Brush. Paint on your cat eye (I put the line above the eye crease when the eye is open), then fill in the lid, paint on your lip shape and new shifty eyebrow.

Step 8- Add in further black rendering detail

Add further black detail to the look. Paint the detail onto your divide line, paint ‘crack’ marks onto your horn base and horn, paint on a hairline ( I have chosen to paint on a classic Devil widows peak and curly side burn. To really add a dark frame to your look, brush the paint through your hair using a bristle brush, tooth brush or mascara wand.

Using the Small Blending Brush, place a little ‘Dark Charcoal pigment’ pigment over the eye lid to help with creasing, soften the cat eye line and blacken the socket.

Step 9- Colour your horn/horns

Using the Small and Medium Blending Brushes, colour your horn with the Optillusions FX pigments ( I have used Bright Yellow, Sepia and Pale Peach). It is important to use pigments for this step rather than paints, as the horn is made from sponge, if you use paints the horn will simply drink up the water becoming soggy and heavy.

Be careful when tinting your horn that you don’t knock it off its base, this will be a good test to see if you have glued it down correctly.

Step 10- Base the other side of the face

I have chosen to do an ‘Angel’ look for the other side of my face, so I will start by laying down a full coverage base using the Global Colours Cover FX palette (I mixed shades ‘Vanilla’ and ‘Honey’ for my base).

Step 11- Add contour

Regardless of your chosen look for the other side of the face, it is important to strongly contour, to meet the same level and context of the shading that we have added to the ‘Devil’ side. I have used ‘Pale Grey’ from the Optillsuions FX palette in the temples, around the forehead, under the cheekbone and under the jaw.

Step 12- Deepen your ‘split’ detail

Using the ‘Rose’ and ‘Deep Magenta’ from the Optillusion FX palette, add further depth to your contour. Also we want to further render our divide line by leaving a few millimetres of skin showing through for natural highlight and then add the shadowing by placing and blending the pigment outward with the Small Blending Brush.

Step 13- Add your eye and lip colour

For my ‘ Angel’ look, I’ve decided to give my look a contrasting pearly baby blue eye and lip. I have used the ‘Pearl Light Blue’ from the ‘All you Need Grande’ palette, and one a slightly damp (not wet) Medium Blending Brush to gently buff on the paint, over the lid, under the lashline and over the lips.

At this stage you are basically done! Add any other special details to finish off the look-I’ve added some glitter, lashes, FX lenses a beauty spot, some symbols to the neck, hair accessories and hair pieces hair.

A half ‘n’ half look is always super fun and great for the person who just can’t make up their mind! It’s really popular to just do a normal beauty makeup on the other side for people who don’t want to look too creepy. You could also try this ok as a full Devil with two horns! The Brow Block using our Global Colour Cosmetic Glue is a great trick to practice also, as it will make your FX looks just a little bit more polished- so try it out with any of our other Halloween How-To Looks for practice!

Excited to see what you guys create, make sure to tag #globalcolours or @globalcolours on Instagram so we can check our all of your amazing work.

Happy Spooky Season!

Emma & Global Colours

By Emma Court

By Emma Court

Emma-Lee Court is a Sydney-based makeup artist & body painter who has owned and operated The Makeup Wardrobe for 9 years. With over 18 years experience creating looks for individuals, events, brands, theatre, fashion, film, TV, media and print publications, Emma can help your makeup dream become reality! Amongst a galaxy of performers, photographers, productions and individuals who come to Emma to help create their vision, Emma is also a fully-qualified makeup educator, with over 7 years experience teaching students makeup, hair, special FX & body painting.


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