Make-up artist’s spook-tacular Halloween tips

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ZOMBIE BITES, wounds of the walking dead and blood-stained bodies are all in a day’s work for make-up artist Pamela Clare.

Pamela – an expert in special effects make-up – has worked in film, television and fashion during her 25-year career, and has even taken on the task of creating 150 zombies for an Alice Cooper gig.

Make-up artist Pamela Clare with some of her zombie creations.

Make-up artist Pamela Clare with some of her zombie creations.

Pamela, 50, from Middlestown near Wakefield, worked as a regular make-up artist before going into special effects.

She said: “I actually like the aspect of my job that means I get to play around with fake blood.

“It’s about creating a look that is a fantasy but making people wonder whether it’s real or not.

“I became fascinated because it was a whole other world of make-up that I had never experienced before.”

She added: “I’ve been a make-up artist for 25 years and I’m still passionate about every aspect of it.”

This time of year is particularly hectic for Pamela, who took time out of her busy schedule to offer YEP readers her top tips for looking especially spooky this Halloween. Pamela, who is also a make-up lecturer at Calderdale College, said: “Costume shops have got lots of good things nowadays, including fake blood.

“But you can make safe, child-friendly blood that will wash out and is cheap and easy.

“Get a tin of golden syrup and pour two bottles of red food colouring into it.

“Add a few drops of black food colouring and mix it all in.

“You can add a bit of drinking chocolate if it needs thickening.

“I use it if I’m doing big crowd scenes in a movie.”

Pamela has worked on zombie films including The Eschatrilogy and The Day after Dark, by Safehouse Pictures.

She has also had training from top make-up professionals, including Thomas E. Surprenant, who has worked on Hollywood blockbusters such as Donnie Darko, X-Men: The Last Stand, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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