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The amazing world of Monster Makeup can really make your head spin while you waffle between amazement and horror. “How did they do that?!” is undoubtedly the number one question that everyone has when they come across special effects makeup creations. The second most popular question is usually “Where do you get your inspiration from?” and the answer can vary greatly.

Everyone gets their inspiration from a different place or places. It could come from a single place or a million places. The key is to look at things differently, to break them down into sections, and to examine these sections. Think about the personality of the character that you’re trying to create. Are they Angry? Happy? Vengeful? Evil? Complicated? Naive? Where does this character come from? Somewhere Hot? Cold? Wet? Dry? Bright? Dark? Colorful? Dreary? Asking yourself a few questions about your character can really help you put together the entire creation.

Monster Makeup

Here are a few ideas that may help you to find inspiration for monster makeup creations or just creatures in general.

Childhood Nightmares 

This is a great place to look for inspiration when in need of a creative boost. What scared you as a child will most likely scare others too. Grown-up nightmares (if you have them) just aren’t the same kind of scary. Usually adults have nightmares about jobs, finances, children, aging, sex, and love. So, use scary stuff from when you were a kid, and not a giant “Past Due” bill… although…

Favorite Movies 

Many people become interested in Special Effects makeup because of a character they saw in a movie. In many ways it gives them inspiration just knowing that someone used their creativity and imagination to make it come to life. Movies will always serve to inspire and tell others that it’s possible to make dreams come true.


Take a look at animals, both at the top of the food chain and at the bottom. They can provide you with amazing inspiration if you take the time to examine how they get on in the world. Each has its own unique characteristics that serve to help them survive, thrive and reproduce. You don’t have to just copy a ferocious animal to create a monster, you can use animals that aren’t dangerous and give them a few tweaks.


Just living in the world with others might be enough to conjure up visions of monsters. Take a look at human nature and how we react to situations and each other. Admirable humans have just as much to offer as those who are despised by most. Both good and bad traits can be exaggerated or reduced to help create something mesmerizing.


Everyone always seems to forget about plants. They are much more interesting than you think if you do a bit of research. Think Little Shop of Horrors and the mutated Venus Fly Trap that feeds on the blood of humans instead of insects. Then there’s The Children of the Corn, although the corn isn’t a true character it still takes on a life of its own.

Special Effects Makeup

Monster Makeup inspiration can come from virtually anywhere; whether it’s a tangible object or not. Use your creativity to see things differently. Change the parts of the whole either in size, shape, color or into a combination of variations. Use your fears and hopes in your work to infuse personality into your creation. Break the boundaries and run free. You are only limited by yourself.

Happy Monstering!!!

ScareLA is the newest West Coast scare festival and is quickly becoming a favorite among haunted fans! Come share in the fun with 10,000+ Halloween and scare fans, 200+ dark delight vendors, 100+ haunt attraction creators and creep through their brand new 100,000+ sq.ft. venue at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Indulge in LA’s scariest faire with hundreds of exclusive attraction unveils, DIY workshops, classes, industry panels, live haunt experiences, screenings and much more. You will see exclusive haunted presentations, industry panels, hands-on workshops, onsite attractions and an exhibitor show floor designed to inspire and promote play.

This is a family friendly event and all children 12 years of age and under can attend ScareLA for free on both days; but they must be accompanied by an adult. There’s even a Kids Area for child-friendly crafts, activities, storytelling, and games.

ScareLA loves to see what creative costumes their guests can come up with and highly encourage you to dress to impress! Because there will be children present, they ask that you to please keep your costumes PG-13, not have anything that will drip off your costume. ABSOLUTELY NO REAL WEAPONS ALLOWED.

Here are just some of the things you, your friends and family can enjoy while at ScareLA:

  • Curated collection of exhibitors showcasing scary goods, services & job opportunities
  • Expert and celebrity panels on the haunt business, horror entertainment and more
  • Presentations of top and upcoming local haunts with sneak peaks and unveils
  • Performances by local horror themed theatre companies and musicians
  • Professional demos of makeup, set building, costume creation, animatronics and more
  • Hands-on workshops taught by top haunt industry professionals for all skill levels and ages
  • Screening room showing premiere attraction walk-throughs and local horror filmmakers
  • Interactive experiences, games, roaming monsters and more!

When: August 8th and 9th, 2015

Time: Saturday 11:00am – 7:00pm,  Sunday 11:00am – 6:00pm

Where: Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101

Cost: Weekend General Admission – $50, Saturday Admission – $35, Sunday Admission – $30

Bloody Ballroom: Saturday Night 9:00pm – 1:00am, $35, 18+

Once again it’s Son of Monsterpalooza time! Come on down to Burbank, California for a great time with Special Exhibits, Presentations, Demonstrations, Vendors and much more. This is a great event for makeup artists, monster enthusiasts and anyone who wants to have a good time.

Son of Monsterpalooza will also has an incredible guest list that includes:
Tony Todd – Candy Man, Night Of The Living Dead,
Star Trek : Next Generation, Wishmaster,
Hatchet, 24,The Crow
David Naughton – American Werewolf In London,
My Sister Sam, Holliston
Udo Kier – Mark Of The Devil, Suspiria,
Flesh For Frankenstein,
Shadow Of The Vampire, Blade
Meg Foster – They Live, Stepfather Ii, 31
Masters Of The Universe
Harvey Stephens – The Omen,
Gauguin The Savage
Leslie Easterbrook – The Devils Rejects, Police Academy,
Halloween 07, Laverne And Shirley
Mick Garris – (Writer, Producer & Director)
Masters Of Horror, Hocus Pocus,
The Stand, Amazing Stories, The Shining
William Forsythe – Once A Time In America, Dick Tracy,
Raising Arizona, The Devils Rejects
James Hong – Big Trouble In Little China,
Blade Runner, Kungfu Panda
Mike Westmore – (Academy Award Winning Makeup Artist)
Mask, Rocky, Raging Bull,
Masters Of The Universe
Star Trek, Along Came A Spider, Face Off
McKenzie Westmore – Face Off Host
Star Trek:Voyager, Star Trek The
Next Generation, Passions
Cherie Currie – Lead Singer Of The Runaways,
Foxes, Parasite, Twilight Zone Movie

In addition to all of the guests, demonstrations, and events you can also compete in the Son of Monsterpalooza Costume Contest. First place will win $600, Second place $400, and Third place $200. This is an amazing opportunity to show off your talent, skills and creativity with a creation based on a media, film or television character or an
original design. The judges will be motion picture and television industry professionals and are looking for mostly handmade costumes and makeup applications.

This year Son of Monsterpalooza is introducing a youth category for children seven to fourteen years of age. There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in this division and each winner will receive a Son of Monsterpalooza trophy. Honorable mentions will receive a certificate. Parents/legal guardians are required to accompany children 14 years and younger during Costume Contest.

Friday, September 18, 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Saturday, September 19, 11:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, September 20, 11:00am – 6:00pm

Friday – $25
Saturday – $30
Sunday – $25
All 3 Days – $70