The perfect addition to your mummy costume? This ancient skin crafted from ingredients found in your kitchen.

Updated June 15, 2020
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A simple way to add that something extra to your mummy Halloween costume is by creating ancient skin. Our easy DIY uses ingredients from your kitchen. A day ahead, dip paper towels in cold coffee; without wringing, let them air-dry. When you're ready to apply the makeup, mix paste: two tablespoons of flour and one tablespoon plus one teaspoon of corn syrup. Then tint with brown cream makeup. You may need to mix more as you work—but the final look is worth the effort. 

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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

A day ahead, dip paper towels in cold coffee; without wringing, let air-dry. When ready to apply makeup, mix a paste made from two tablespoons flour and one tablespoon plus one teaspoon corn syrup; tint with brown cream makeup. You may need to mix more as you work.

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Step 2

Use wooden spatula to spread paste thickly on small area of face.

Step 3

Tear a piece of paper towel and press over paste, tapping and wrinkling the paper. Cover entire face, including ears and eyebrows, overlapping as necessary. Paint brown and black cream makeup around eyes, and on lips and all exposed areas.

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Step 4

Dab makeup on bandages as well, accenting wrinkles and shading hollows of eyes and cheeks; blend.

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Step 5

Set with powder.

Step 6

Wrap head and neck with cheesecloth strips.

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Step 7

Glue loose ends to face with spirit gum.

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Step 8

Using a paintbrush, pat bandages with brown cream makeup for an aged look.

Step 9

Apply earth-toned powder to lend a dusty appearance.

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