Halloween Half Mermaid SFX Makeup

I’m a huge mermaid fan but they’re not very Halloween-y, are they? I prefer to make my Haloween looks a bit scarier, so opted for a half mermaid look with facepaint and an SFX wound. Taking my inspiration from here, read on to find out how I created this.


I started off by priming my face before the first SFX step creating the scar. I sketched out where I wanted the split to go with a nude pencil and then took my liquid latex. I rolled up thin pieces of tissue into long sausage shapes and soaked in the latex before placing it along the line I drew. This took about three pieces to complete and then I continued to cover in liquid latex using a cheap cosmetic wedge sponge and small pieces of tissue to fill in any gaps until I was happy with the shape.

Once the scar was complete, I left it to dry and did my eyebrows as normal before covering the scar and the normal side of my face in foundation and powder.


For the mermaid side, I took my face paint and applied carefully with a damp sponge between the edges of the scar up to my hairline, using a brush to build up colour where needed. I set this with a matte blue eyeshadow.

I used a blue liquid eyeshadow on my lid and a glitter liner in the crease before moving onto the mermaid pattern. I hand drew the scales with a black eyeliner around the hairline and temple and then used a dot of pale blue liner to give them some depth. For added sparkle, I mixed some bright blue glitter with the NYX mixing medium and applied this loosely over the scales.

To finish the wound off, I first traced the inside edge with a dark red pencil liner, building this up as I went before adding fake blood with a small detail brush and smudging around the outside of the wound with a sponge to make it look less neat.


With the mermaid side complete, I basically did the rest of my makeup as normal, keeping it quite soft and natural with the Soft Glam palette and a nude lip.

Products used:

Freedom (Revolution) Liquid Latex & Fake Blood, NYX Faux Blacks Eyeliner in Ox Blood, Snazaroo Blue Face Paint, Revolution Pro Mischief Mattes Palette, Avon Glimmerstick Liner in Blackest Black, YSL Waterproof Eye Pencil shade 12, Blue glitter, NYX Mixing Medium, BH Cosmetics Eyelights in Gnarly, Collection Glam Crystals Liner in Glitzy

Mua Pro Base Primer, Charlotte Tilbury the Magic Foundation shade 3, Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette, Clinique Lash Primer, L’Oreal Paradise Mascara, Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder, Freedom Duo Brow Powder, Essence Make me Brow, Soap & Glory Supercat Liner, The Body Shop Honey Bronzer shade 03, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Opal, Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach Blusher, Tarte Buttery Lipstick in Nude


I’m still learning a lot when it comes to SFX makeup so it’s certainly not perfect but I was happy with the results and this is the first look I’ve done like this that I’ve worn out to a Halloween party.


Happy Halloween!

Amber x

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