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June Makeup Challenge

Runs until June 31, 2021

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Each month (most months) we hold a new challenge that is open to everyone. For each challenge we give away a gift certificate code to the lucky winner, and sometimes other prizes as well.

Winner receives a $100 gift card and if there are 10 or more QUALIFIED entries into the contest, we will give out 2nd and 3rd place prizes as well, so if you have friends that you think would enjoy this contest, please tag them in our social media announcements about it, share the post or send them a link to this page ( )


Happy Summer everyone! Here is the challenge you have all been waiting for…

If you are into SFX make-up chances are it’s because you love horror, or you dream of doing movie makeup and making characters and scenes come to life on the big screen...or maybe on stage. In any case, this is a great chance to practice your moulage makeup.


[Moulage (French: casting/moulding) is the art of applying mock injuries for the purpose of training emergency response teams and other medical and military personnel. Moulage may be as simple as applying pre-made rubber or latex "wounds" to a healthy "patient's" limbs, chest, head, etc., or as complex as using makeup and theatre techniques to provide elements of realism (such as blood, vomitus, open fractures, etc.) to the training simulation. The practice dates to at least the Renaissance, when wax figures were used for this purpose.]


This month we are practicing; specifically, on injury makeup. Blood, gore, slashes, bruises, wounds etc. We’d like you to set up a scene in your mind where someone gets injured- whether it’s from an accident or an attack by other humans, animal(s) or made-up creature(s). This can be a scene you made up, a scene from a movie or television, or something that actually happened. What is important here is that you make the injury makeup look as real as possible.


Think carefully about the specifics of how the injury or injuries happened… what was the victim doing when it happened? If it was an accident, how did it occur? If it was an attack, at what angle did the attack come from or what object(s) or body parts were used to do the damage? What kinds of marks would these leave?


Did the victim fall down and get scraped up or bruised in a different area during the incident? Which way would the blood have flowed? Would some of it be dried and some fresh? At what point of the trauma are we seeing the victim? Did it just happen? Have they been crawling and struggling to get help for some time? How much time? Are they deceased from this trauma? For how long?


Write a description (We usually make it 200 words or less, but you can use more this time if needed-just try to keep it brief enough to avoid dragging on, but specific enough that we can understand what has happened) to thoroughly illustrate the scene, how the trauma occurred, what caused it, and if it is a made-up creature that caused it, to describe that creature in detail...specifically its size, claws, teeth, or whatever it used to cause the injuries.

You will be judged on the following criteria:

1) Makeup execution (technique/detail/realism)-This will make up the majority of your score for judging.

2) Description/set-up of scene
3) Presentation (setting or background/lighting/costume)
4) Adherence to theme/following the briefing-
Always a very important part of the judging process.



Create your scene and character/victim and apply makeup and costume.

Describe your scene in detail according to the suggestions above.

Take high resolution photos (see requirements below).

Follow us on Facebook ( or Instagram (@mostlydeaddotcom).

Post photo(s) on your social media page(s), *tag us AND use the hashtags #mostlydeadmakeupchallenge and #moulagemakeup

Submit entry by email on or before midnight eastern time, June 30, 2021 to including:

First and last name

If you are under 18 years of age, please state this fact. 

Social Media ID where you posted your contest photo

 Any other social media ID’s or website names that belong to you, that you would like posted with your photos.

Description of your character or scene. (You won’t be judged on spelling or grammar, but please double check your writing to make sure it’s clear and do a quick spell check.)

Your submission photos (2-4 photos)

State if you believe yourself to be a beginner makeup artist, an intermediate makeup artist or an experienced makeup artist.

Terms and agreement to terms(below)

Winner will be announced- TBD

Winner will receive a $100 Gift certificate for
Only one entry per contestant
If 10 or more qualified entries are received 2nd and 3rd place prizes will also be awarded.



2-4 photos must be submitted by email ( Images must be high resolution (minimum 1000 px on the longest side) No digital editing is allowed! You will be disqualified if there is any evidence of photo alterations!(This means digital editing is not allowed on the SUBJECTS...the background and background ONLY may be edited or manufactured.)

At least one photo should be posted and tagged to Facebook ( or Instagram(@mostlydeaddotcom) with the hashtags #mostlydeadmakeupchallenge and #moulagemakeup

Entries must be submitted before Midnight EST Wednesday, June 30, 2021.


Submission should be sent by email to: and include:

Submission photos

Information from the numbered points listed above.

State "I agree to the terms" AND copy and paste the below Terms into your submission email.


NOTE: Some of you have been submitting the names and social media ID’s of your models and photographers. It’s great that you are crediting everyone involved, and we encourage you to do so on your social media pages, when you post the photos to social media. We always post the social media ID’s of the MUA so people can visit their page and see other credits there, but since this is a makeup contest for makeup artists, we will only be announcing and tagging the names of the makeup artists. There should only be one MUA working on each piece, so there will be one name mentioned for each entry. Your models and photographers absolutely deserve credit for their work, but this is up to you to put on your page. Our announcements will only mention the makeup artist.
Winners will be announced through social media so make sure you are following us on Facebook( or Instagram (@mostlydeaddotcom



Contestants and all involved in the finished photos including but not limited to the makeup artist, model and photographer agree to grant, a Halloween Direct LLC company, its affiliates and assigns the right to use submitted media as deemed fit. This includes distribution digitally, printed media, video and any other media not listed. Contestants warrant that all media submitted is original. Contestants shall assume all liability in regards to and claims of privacy, copyright or intellectual property infringement., a Halloween Direct LLC company, its affiliates and assigns shall not be liable for any claims of damages.