Halloween Ideas with Kryolan Professional Makeup

Published in: Just For Fun, Makeup Tips/How To

HalloweenyEvening, ladies. How was your Tuesday? Mine wasn’t bad, except that I spent my whole afternoon stuck in the East Bay with car trouble. I’m finally back home now (a little worse for wear).

The post that follows is a reprint of one of my favorites from last year, and with Halloween approaching it seemed particularly apt. Hmm… Is it too early to start brainstorming costumes for this year?

Every girl deserves a makeover from time to time. My last one was ages ago. I’d been itching to try a new look, so yesterday I made the short trip into San Francisco hoping to find inspiration.


I hit my usual haunts — MAC, Dior and Chanel — but I was in the mood for something, well, kinda different, so I kept looking.

I was almost ready to throw in the towel when a sign on a building caught my eye: Kryolan Professional Makeup. Curious as ever and not wanting to head home defeated, I decided to check it out.

Jake, the Kryolan showroom manager, gave me a tour of the place and described their products and services.

The company offers a full line of professional and consumer beauty products but specializes in theater makeup and makeup education. I was immediately drawn to their Aquacolor wet cake makeup — pans of highly pigmented, glycerin-based face and body makeup available in 250 different shades ($6 each).

Once I spotted their beautiful brushes (high quality, and generally more affordable than department store lines), body paints and, um, fake blood, I knew I was in for a different kind of makeover. Sign my booty up!

Dominic, Kryolan’s director of education, got me ready for my makeover, sitting me down beside a counter covered in Aquacolor pans. I told him to go nuts! I didn’t know what to expect, but I got a little suspicious when he glued a prosthetic cat nose to my face.

That’s when it dawned on me: homie was probably not going to do a simple smokey eye.

After all, Kryolan is known for extreme movie and theater makeup. You’ve probably seen their makeup at work in Hollywood films, and their credits include the makeup for The Chronicles of Narnia, Collateral and Pirates of the Caribbean.

With my new prosthetic cat nose in place, Dominic started layering different colors to develop the look. “The painting process is fun,” he said. “This is the most time consuming part of the whole process.”

The entire Karen-into-cat transformation took about 45 minutes, but here’s the condensed version…

Dominic really knows his stuff. While he can do dramatic transformations, turning girls into cats and whatnot, he spends most of his time teaching makeup application and working with makeup in a more traditional beauty sense.

There is quite a bit of method to the transformation madness.

Step by Step

  1. Dominic began by referring to a photograph of a cat to determine what shades to use.
  2. Next, he applied the prosthetic cat nose with adhesive (spirit gum) and used eyelash adhesive to smooth out the edges.
  3. Using a light color, Dominic covered my entire face to create a neutral canvas upon which to work.
  4. Then, he applied a yellow (slightly darker than the base color) to my cheeks and chin for contour.
  5. He outlined and filled in the shape of my new cat’s eyes with a dark brown using a fine-tip brush.
  6. To add contour to my forehead and to darken my lips, he used progressively darker colors as he went along.
  7. He used a fine-tip brush to paint my whiskers and fur.
  8. With progressively darker colors, Dominic smoothed out all the harsh edges and the outline of my face.
  9. To bring my hair into character, he teased it with a comb and hairspray and then applied two shades of spray-on hair color (a yellow and a brown) to create my feline mane.
  10. Finally, he used a fixing spray to set the makeup, ensuring it would last throughout the afternoon.

I was so pleased with the results!

Happy with my new makeover, it was time for lunch. I turned down several offers from Kryolan staff members for a plate of milk and some kibble and decided instead to fend for myself.

I ended up at a local bakery and learned that one can rather easily cruise the city made up like a cat in the middle of the day without being asked if you’re 1) starring in CATS or 2) just plain nuts.

If you’d like to learn how to do theatrical and extreme makeup, Kryolan offers a two-day theatrical makeup workshop for $490. For more information on classes and reservations, call (415) 863-9684.

Kryolan’s Two-Day Theatrical Makeup Workshop Includes…

  • A continental breakfast
  • Basic knowledge of theatrical makeup and how to transform an actor into a character
  • A theatrical makeup kit (included in the cost of the class)
  • Certificate of completion

Kryolan also publishes a 150-page Makeup Manual ($15), which gives a good overview of extreme makeup. It’s got lots of glossy pictures, too! Call 1-800-KRYOLAN for details.

More about Kryolan…

Founded in 1945, Kryolan has a presence in 80 countries and boasts more than 1,000 professional beauty products. They’re one of the world’s top sellers of makeup and special effects items for theater, film and television.

Kryolan GmbH
Papierstr. 10 D – 13409 Berlin
Telefon +49 30/499 892-0
Telefax +49 30/491 49 94

Kryolan UK Sales Office
22 Tavistock Street
Covent Garden
London WC2E 7PY
Telephone +44 20/72 57 61 52
Telefax +44 20/73 79 34 10

Kryolan Corp.
132 Ninth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone (415) 863-9684
Fax (415) 863-9059

A big MEOW to all my ladies on this fabulous Saturday! Let me know what you’ve been up to today.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. If you’re new here, thank you for visiting. Makeup and Beauty Blog is a makeup blog with daily product reviews, beauty tips, giveaways and the random shenanigans of a crazy cat lady/makeup enthusiast named Karen (that’s me!). 🙂

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  1. Hafsa says:

    I love how you for real went out and bought a sandwich! Girlfriend at the counter was like whaaa? But you were like yeah i’m hungry, don’t hate 🙂
    .-= Hafsa’s last blog post… Experiments in Editing =-.

  2. amy says:

    I love that you went all out. Did you take a pic of your makeover with Tabs? It was cold and rainy today, I spent most of my day downing hot tea and chocolate just to warm up. It is absolutely not too early to think of Halloween. I was just thinking of makeup and costume ideas myself.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… MAC DSquared Greasepaint Sticks in Black,V, B Swatches and Review =-.

  3. Ashley says:

    Meee-ow! I’ve heard about Kryolan, their make up looks amazing. I see some girls on Youtube using some of Kyrolan’s goodies for everyday use but I don’t think I’d dare to do it unless it was Halloween! I think I’ll go as a Grape this year!

  4. u are one catty lady!! hehe if i got invited to any halloween party, I really dun know what I would go as to be honest!
    .-= Blovet Beauty’s last blog post… Blovet’s Clear Skin Talk Part 1 =-.

  5. Jessica says:

    I love Kryolan makeup. Some of their stuff you can use with everyday stuff. I have used their liquid eyeliners with regular everyday makeup. I found they have really good staying power b/c they are made to be worn on stage or on a set under hot lighting. You could probably mix some of their other stuff into your daily makeup routine as well. I discovered them when I was looking for a red eyeliner, and they were one of the few people that had a decent red eyeliner that was actually red and not orangey.

  6. Rae says:

    I remember this — a year later, it still looks stunning! (And I still love that you went ALL OUT… I never would have been brave enough to run around in that!)

    Man, I always get so excited for halloween =D
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… Fyrinnae haul =-.

  7. Stef says:

    Love this! Are you playing with a feather in the dollar store at the end? So cute. It would have been funny to totally cat spaz out, roll on your back and kick it in the air with your feet, then run down the aisle super fast!

    That would be such a fun class workshop to take.

    I don’t have a costume yet this year, I better get cracking.
    .-= Stef’s last blog post… We heart Illamasqua, a review… =-.

  8. Kelly says:

    I read this last year and so love it. I would love to go there and have them make me a vampire one day!

    I wonder what my cats would think if I came home looking like them? I put on a green alien mask the other day and looked at Sammy. He totally freaked out and ran under the bed!
    .-= Kelly’s last blog post… China Glaze Fortune Teller Swatches and Review =-.

  9. Kristen says:

    Karen, I love this post!! Thanks so much for taking a look at the fun aspect of makeup, and for reminding us all that Halloween isn’t just for the kids.
    .-= Kristen’s last blog post… Bye Bye, Prescriptives…and a brief memoriam for False Eyelashes mascara =-.

  10. Babybubblz says:

    Now that’s a makeover!
    I luv the videos =) Especially being in the bakery! The girl next to you was a little weary haha. You are very brave.

  11. Janet says:

    OMG the second video made my day! You’re hilarious!

  12. Caitin says:

    That is one of the funniest things I’ve seen all day. But thus is NorCal for ya. No one says anything…And that’s pretty awesome that you went out and bought a sandwich in cat makeup. I’m sure you made a lot of people’s days

  13. is that a lululemon bag i spy?
    .-= ines + cha cha’s last blog post… Bored at the Library – Musings on the Tango =-.

  14. Sarah says:

    Hey Karen,

    This is one of my favorite blogs you posted! I love how you went all out. That must of been a really fun experience.
    .-= Sarah’s last blog post… Beautiful Photography by Miles Aldridge =-.

  15. smeegal9 says:

    Was Tabs scared????? Hot Kitty!

  16. styleezta says:

    I love the looks everyone gave you but surprised nobody said anything! LOL
    .-= styleezta’s last blog post… Sunday Morning Without a Warning….. =-.

  17. Megan says:

    This is an amazing post Karen! Thanks so much for sharing the process with us 🙂
    .-= Megan’s last blog post… Brag Monday #2 =-.

  18. Abby says:

    Karen! OMG, that was really great. You are definitely brave for hitting up the sandwich shop in your cat makeup…and the funniest part were the two ppl behind the counter who were totally acting non-chalant as though they *always* help customers with random full-face cat makeup. TOO FUNNY!!

    Thanks for sharing with us, I really loved the run-down of Kryolan. Good job, as usual!

  19. heyhey says:

    I have toyed with being my own cat for Halloween this year. But does that mean I need to dress her up like me?

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