Seeing as Halloween is fast approaching, I decided now would be the perfect time to share my current top five special effects makeup channels on YouTube.
SFX makeup is something I’ve only gotten into in the last couple of years, so this list is just comprised of the top five out of the channels I watch. I’m sure there’s many more gems still to be discovered!
1. Emma Pickles
First on my list is the channel that actually got me interested in SFX in the first place: Emma Pickles.
After watching Emma’s Edward Scissorhands tutorial two years ago, I realised that makeup artistry meant much more than just ‘beautifying’ your face. Emma does a mixture of wearable and creative makeup and then some serious fancy dress tutorials.
At the moment, she’s just begun a ‘He to She’ series where she’ll be taking her favourite male characters and creating a female version of them. She has also said she’s got another series coming up later in the year involving other YouTubers, so if you like collabs then keep an eye out for that!
I’ve been watching this channel from the beginning and will continue to do so. Emma Pickles is extremely creative and enjoyable to watch.
Next, I want to mention KlairedelysArt.
Just by scrolling through her video page you can see what an amazing artist she is. It’s filled with imaginative, original looks and also has some tutorials of recognisable faces. Take her ‘Real Life Disney’ series, for example.
Linking back to Emma Pickles, the two recently paired up and did an ‘elf collaboration’.Klaire decided to create a dying elf and Emma a moon elf.
Although you wouldn’t necessarily watch Klaire’s channel for wearable makeup ideas, I still always find myself heading over to her channel just to see what new looks she’s created.
I can’t make this list without Kiana Jones SFX being involved, however I will say I visit her channel a lot less simply because it’s so good it will make your stomach churn.
Despite the fact that there aren’t that many videos on her channel quite yet, the ones that are include a lot of gore.
If you want to do anything with fake blood for Halloween, then it’s definitely worth checking this channel out. Kiana’s videos are ingenious and disgusting.
The only downside to Kiana’s content is that the channel is quite professional, which means if you want to follow a tutorial you’ll most likely need the same equipment as them, which could mean spending some money.
However, if you’re already interested in doing SFX makeup then you probably have some of the stuff already!
My fourth choice for today’s list is also my newest discovery. I was watching the channel this morning, subscribed straight away and then had to include it.
MadeYewLook involves a lot of body paint; making her videos nearly all look colourful, unique and extremely appealing. The first video of hers I clicked on was her ‘Reptile | Lizard Makeup Tutorial’, simply because the use of colours jumped out at me.
I know that I’ll be watching through many of her videos now instead of doing work. Even now, I’ve had to pause her ‘Rayman makeup tutorial’ to finish this article before I go and find out how she pulled off something so good!
Last but not least, I want to mention Pinkstylist.
His channel is filled with wonderfully creepy characters and some hilarious videos where he shares his creations on Omegle!
PinkStylist’s tutorials are informative and descriptive, which is great if you’re actually going to follow one of his videos. If not, you can just skip past some of the talking if you want to shorten the video.
He does so many famous characters and if you’re going to a fancy dress party I would suggest his channel as a go-to for inspiration.
This post was written by Tube Chum’s Online Writer, Kelly-Ann Davies.