KISS – The Authentic Demon Adult Costume
KISS is an iconic American rock band that was formed in New York City in January 1973 and is well-known for their elaborate face paint and flamboyant stage outfits. Each member of the band takes on a different persona reminiscent of comic book-style characters with the original four persona’s being the most popular :
- The Demon (Gene Simmons)
- The Starchild (Paul Stanley)
- The Spaceman or Space Ace (Ace Frehley)
- The Catman (Peter Criss)
As far as the band KISS is concerned, Halloween doesn’t come just once a year, but rather, it’s more of a year-round state of mind: just ask their legions of fans who appear at KISS concerts in droves with their faces covered in all manner of kabuki-style makeup to mimic their favorite KISS band members’ look.
Of all the KISS makeup styles, the one worn by Gene Simmons is undoubtedly the most recognizable and well-known.
It is said that Gene developed “The Demon” look as a reflection of his cynicism and dark sense of humor, as well as his affection for comic books.
Unfortunately, The Demon makeup look is not all that easy to replicate, especially if you are applying the makeup yourself.
There are a number of tutorial videos on the Internet that purport to show how to achieve The Demon makeup look but most of them over-think the process and they tend to ramp up the difficulty factor making it hard to get the results you want.
However, we did find this how to video by Vi of Sparkling Faces that we think is a great tutorial on The Demon look. Using short brush strokes and face paint, Vi takes the viewer step-by-step through a really simplified technique using short brush strokes.
This video should help anyone wanting to achieve their own variation of The Demon makeup look to do so without too much stress.
And remember to have some fun with it! Gene’s look has evolved over the years so you have a lot of artistic license to make the character your own.
Don’t forget to complete your KISS Gene Simmons “The Demon” makeup look this Halloween with a pair of sky-high platform boots and some fake blood to spew down your chin sometime during the night! (We recommend leaving the pyrotechnics at home, however!) :)
Need a refresher on your KISS moves? Here’s a great video to remind you just how the professionals Rock n Roll All Night and Party Every Day!
KISS – Demon Makeup Kit
KISS – Demon Adult Boots
KISS – Demon Child Costume
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