Christmas Movie Makeup: The Grinch, Home Alone, Krampus

Christmas Movie Makeup: The Grinch, Home Alone, Krampus

We all have our favourite Christmas movies, the ones we watch every festive season without fail and our favourite characters that come with them. Choosing a character from a Christmas movie for your fancy dress party can help your costume stand out from the seas of Santas, elves, snowmen and reindeer. 

Our amazing affiliates have created plenty of unusual Christmas movie makeup throughout the years, so we have collected them all into one blog to give you inspiration and share their amazing skills. All these Christmas character makeup looks feature our coloured contact lenses to complete the look. 

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One of the most popular Christmas character costumes every holiday season is The Grinch. This mean green character has many iterations on the page and on screen but one of the most famous is Jim Carey’s portrayal in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. You can copy the Grinch’s yellow eyes with a pair of our contact lenses. The most popular choice is the Yellow Avatar Coloured Contacts but we also stock several other colours that look awesome for the Grinch, such as Yellow Angelic Lenses and Yellow UV Lenses. While he is often shown with yellow eyes, some of our affiliates wore the classic White Halloween Lenses to complete their Grinch cosplay. Check out the Grinch blog to see our affiliates creating makeup for this iconic character.

 

One of our more unusual collaborations is this Home Alone makeup series with @rubymediamakeup. Ruby specialises in SFX gore so her amazing talents were perfect for re-creating the Home Alone injuries that the Wet Bandits sustain from Kevin McCallister’s tricks. If you are looking for unique Christmas movie costumes for adults that will test your makeup skills then this is such a fun idea. The clothing can be thrifted or taken from your own wardrobe and you can create makeup for any of the iconic pranks from the Home Alone movies.

 

One of the most traditional Christmas stories is The Nutcracker. It may have started as a book but there are now many versions that you can watch including the classic ballet. In our Nutcracker blog, we share some of the amazing makeup and costumes that our affiliates have created for the characters in the Nutcracker including Clara, The Nutcracker and The Mouse King.

 

Many Christmas movies have a dark twist but The Krampus is a pure horror movie. The Krampus character originates from Bavarian folklore. This terrifying character is said to come on the night before Saint Nicholas to snatch away any evil children while they sleep. This is a far cry from the simple punishment of coal for being on Santa’s naughty list but this dark tale is the perfect premise for a scary Christmas movie. If you want to make a Christmas movie costume DIY then you will need a robe or cloak to wear as the Krampus. In @alemoravoice’s Krampus makeup, he has chosen a classic red Santa suit. His horns protrude from the hood while his clawed hand reaches out. His face is pale and deeply lined and his eyes are dark. The red irises of his eyes are that of a monster. This creepy Christmas costume will test your makeup skills and provide a Gothic alternative to the usual Christmas costumes.

 

Another tale that has a warning to us all is A Christmas Carol. This story does have a happy ending, but first miserly Ebenezer Scrooge must learn some lessons he will never forget. We meet the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Yet To Come; each with an important message for Scrooge.

@hollymurraymakeup has created a series of Christmas movie characters costumes for A Christmas Carol, starting with Scrooge. For your Scrooge costume, you will need a nightshirt, hat, and optionally, a pair of glasses. Alternatively, you can depict him in a Victorian era suit. There are many movie versions of Scrooge so you can base your character off any of these or create your own. For her makeup look, Holly has chosen to add a prosthetic nose and grey hair. This incredibly talented makeup artist has painted on Scrooge’s nightshirt but you can opt for real clothes if you are going out or performing in your costume. 

 

Next in Holly’s series is the Ghost of Christmas Past. This eerie look features the White Blind Coloured Contacts to blank out the iris. This is paired with white clock faces and drips, white eyelashes, and a white headpiece. This spooky version of the Ghost of Christmas Past will test your creative makeup skills. If you are adding the White Blind Lenses to your Christmas movie costumes take note that the lenses will obscure your vision so they are best kept for photoshoots. 

 

Scrooge also meets the Ghost of Christmas Present. Holly has chosen a Christmas colour theme for this makeup look that looks incredible! She has painted on Christmas tree branches with red berries and holly leaves on her shoulders and paired it with a wine red wig and red coloured contact lenses. This movie can provide plenty of amazing characters to dress as whether you are performing A Christmas Carol or wearing fancy dress for the holidays.

 

While many of Tim Burton’s films have festive scenes, Edward Scissorhands is our go-to Tim Burton movie during Christmas. This enchanting yet dark tale is still captivating us. Edward Scissorhands has an unusual appearance thanks to his costume, hair and scissorhands. This is paired with dark eyes, pallid skin, and scars on his face. Several of our affiliates have painted themselves as Edward and have also painted on his costume. These body paint artists are able to achieve astounding realism to the look of the clothing. Check out the blog here to see a range of Edward Scissorhands costumes. 

When is the perfect time of year to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas? Even if you have already watched it for the Halloween season, there’s always time to re-watch it during Christmas. This iconic movie has so many amazing Christmas movie characters to cosplay. See our collection of Nightmare Before Christmas blogs below: 

Do you want to build a snowman? Frozen became one of the biggest Disney films of recent years and is a family favourite during the holidays. @nickiteal decided to create Olaf, one of the most loved characters from the movie, to see what he would look like as a 3D real-life snowman.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We know he isn’t in a Christmas movie but each Aldi Christmas advert is like a mini movie! We hope it won’t be long before Kevin the Carrot gets more screen time in his own Christmas adventure. @nickiteal tried her hand at bringing Kevin to life in her Christmas makeup series. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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To see even more Christmas makeup and costumes, visit our Christmas Gallery to see the most recent festive looks from our affiliates. Each picture also has the lenses tagged so that you can easily find the contact lenses for your Christmas costume.

We hope this has given you plenty of Christmas movie costume ideas for the festive season. Why not start your own holiday makeup series on Instagram or TikTok? Join our community to see the latest in SFX makeup and coloured contact trends.

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