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THE ULTIMATE VAMPIRE COUPLE


All set and ready to go out hunting for dinner!

CONTACTS
Special FX ContactsThe Ultimate Vampire would most certainly have mysterious and strange eyes, and the only way to accomplish this is with a set of special effects contact lenses.

We were not about to trust our precious eye-sight with anyone, and after doing some research, we found FX Eyes. They have fast service and a great selection of FDA approved lenses to choose from. What sets them apart is that they can create custom lenses that will meet your specification if they do not have what you want in stock.

Their lenses are made with the highest quality FDA approved contact lens material. These lenses are specifically designed for theatrical purposes and can be worn up to ten hours. They are the same type you've seen in motion pictures and television like Interview with the Vampire, Lost Boys, Blade, Bram Stoker's Dracula, John Carpenter's Vampires, Practical Magic and many others.

MAKE-UP
Vampire ApplianceWe wanted the make-up for our Vampire Couple to look exactly like the real thing, and since all of our local blood suckers were in Las Vegas at a convention and not available for consultation, we turned to those creepy guys at The ScreamTeam.

Their "Undead" prosthetic appliance looks great and is easy to apply. Made for both men and women, it was the perfect choice for our Vampire Couple, and for only $49.95 each you get their professional foam latex vampire prosthetic and detailed, easy to follow instructions.

 

Makeup KitIn addition to the foam appliance, there are a few other things you'll need to apply and paint the prosthetic. Spirit gum for attaching the appliance, various colors of rubber mask grease paint to paint it, translucent powder to seal it, brushes and cosmetic sponges.

You may already have these in your make-up kit, but if not The ScreamTeam also carries a make-up kit specifically equipped for use on their appliances.

FACIAL APPLIANCE

Applying the ProstheticThe first step is to attach the ScreamTeam appliance to the face using spirit gum. This should be done nose first, you will get a better fit that way. From there your go up to the forehead, and then down to the chin. Use a liberal amount of spirit gum as you go along so it all stays attached.

It will easily come off with spirit gum remover or alcohol when you want it to. Smooth the edges down with liquid latex, you'll need to use a couple layers. Let dry between coats. Using a blow drier on low will help to dry it faster, just be careful that you don't burn the person you are working on!

Applying the makeupWhen it is all attached, apply a base coat of grease paint in the desired color, we used a mixture of white and a touch of flesh. Use a cosmetic sponge to apply to latex then work out to skin. Always pat the makeup in, never rub.

Next you'll want to start adding low lights or shadows, darken all  recessed areas. The latex appliance is great for this, as the creases are in it and that makes shadowing so much easier for a first time user.  Used your finger tip do the eye sockets and add extra shadowing, it works better than a sponge.  Finish it all off with translucent powder to set the make-up, making it smear free.

EAR TIPS

Pointed EarsTo further enhance the sinister look of our vampires, we added pointed ears. For these we chose the Small Space Ears from Cinema Secrets. They are inexpensive, easy to apply and when done properly, look devilishly realistic.

To apply the ear tips you first trim off any excess latex so that the appliance will fit the ear snugly. Next, you apply spirit gum to the ear and carefully place the ear tip over the ear, pressing into place over the spirit gum. Be careful not to get hair stuck in it our you'll have a heck of time!

Pointed EarsThe edges of the appliance are now stippled with a coat of liquid latex to blend the edge with the real ear. Once it is dry, a second coat of liquid latex is applied and allowed to dry. Now the ear is ready have the same grease paint you used on the face be applied. Use a foam wedge to get into the folds of the ear. You might want to darken the color a bit so you won't have to completely cover the ear, it'll bend in.

FANGS
Every vampire needs a good set of fangs! You can buy the inexpensive ones you see sold in little coffin boxes at this time of year but they are hard to fit and messy to work with. Custom fangs are the way to go, if you can afford them. There are quite a few places out there on the internet that make them if you search for them. Just make sure that you give them a call and talk to them before you buy. Fangs are usually a big investment and you want them to be right. Make sure that they use the highest quality dental acrylics.

Find out what their turn-around time is, how long will it take to get your fangs? Make sure they know exactly what you want so you aren't disappointed when they arrive, if you asked for bicuspid fangs that attach to the individual tooth and receive a full set of uppers that don't fit properly and hurt when you put them on, you'll be very disappointed!  We have found that if you check with local dentists in your area, you'll find at least one that is willing to make you a set of fangs in their office. You can get impressions made right there, they can color match your teeth and you'll get exactly what you want.

What would any Vampire be without a great set of choppers?

Custom FangsIf you buy on-line, you'll need to have a dentist make a set of dental impressions made from your teeth. This is a simple process and only takes about fifteen minutes. We found the charge to be around $45.00. These impressions are then sent to the tooth maker so they can cast them to fit your teeth. This way, you won't have to use fixative to hold them in place, they should snap right on your teeth and stay there until you take them off.

Custom FangsWe've gotten fangs from a couple different places over the years. The first place took a while, but they sent us some very nice fangs that were so sharp, you could literally bit through an aluminum can with them on, eat, drink, smoke with them on. The second place took quite a while and sent us a longer set of fangs than we had asked for.

Although they were nicely made, they were hard to wear because of the length. We asked again for shorter ones and after a year long wait, received a full set of uppers that didn't fit correctly and pushed the upper lip out so much that we looked like hillbilly vampires. They weren't what we wanted or had asked for and we were very disappointed.

Now you have the basics down for a vampire. All you need to do is pick out a great costume to go along with the make-up! Check out our selections here.
 

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