Halloween Makeup: Junji Ito's Curse Of The Spiral

This will totally freak everyone out.
Publish date:
October 23, 2014
halloween, Make Up For Ever, Ben Nye, manga, xohalloween, liquid latex, uzumaki

It's no secret how much I love Halloween. It's the perfect time to transform yourself into whatever your heart desires, which for me, usually means something gory. The bloodier, the better!

Today I'm combining my love of Halloween (and gore) with my love of horror manga artist Junji Ito. I already did a Tomie tutorial, which is definitely suitable for every day, but this look, inspired by Ito's Uzumaki (or “Spiral”) series, probably isn't one you'd want to wear to the grocery store.

Uzumaki is about a town that gets cursed by evil, evil spirals. Though Azami, whose look I'm recreating (above), is a minor character, she's pretty unforgettable. She attracts boys everywhere because of her scar, but slowly turns into a giant spiral.

She eventually disintegrates into the spiral herself, but not before enveloping and eating an unsuspecting suitor. Intense.

Let's get started!


I started out with a ping-pong-esque eyeball from the dollar store and attached it to an eye patch. You can also just draw an iris and pupil on a regular ping-pong ball.

These eyeballs needed adjusting to look more Uzumaki-esque. I used a Liquid Paper pen to draw in all the eye spirals.

Then I sewed the eyeball a little closer to the socket (the eye patch), so it was still hanging down, but not ridiculously so.


As much as I love playing around with sculpting flesh and liquid latex, sometimes having a nice prosthetic is a lot easier. It's better for cleanup, too. I like Sculpey clay because it's lightweight and very pliable. Go to town creating those evil spirals that are ready to kill.

I made the center of the spiral by twisting the Sculpey into a long worm shape and then coiling it.

Work on tissue, as this will be the base for your new "eye patch."

After making your rough shape, start adding the details. Ito uses loads of scratches in his drawings, so follow accordingly. I used a seam ripper, but you can use anything sharp.

Begin to glue the clay onto the tissue with liquid latex. I used Ben Nye's Clear Latex. Coat the top with liquid latex. too. (We're not oven-baking the clay because the eye will probably melt.)

Wait for it to dry, then cut around the edges of the tissue paper.

Now you're going to paint the tissue. I used black and red oil paints.

You'll be left with something like this. Put it aside to dry.

Since I'm currently blonde, I used a bobbed wig to be truly legit.


The focus here is on the eye. We're gonna make it flirty and sweet, but also terrifying and unnerving: mine and Azami's modus operandi.

I started with white eye shadow.

Next, I drew in a crease using a dark gray shadow and used liquid liner to create a cat-eye, smudging the gray along my lower lash line.

Here's where it gets weird. Using Make Up For Ever's Artificial Sculpting Flesh, I added some skin to the bottom of my eye. Then I used gray eye shadow and Ben Nye Creme Color in Fire Red to create a black and blue, bloodied effect.

Finishing Touches

Next comes the fun part. Your SPIRAL EYE. Glue it on with liquid latex.

If you're into it, leave it. This is the most accurate to the manga version anyway. But if you really want to freak people out, apply Artificial Sculpting Flesh all around the prosthetic.

Then squirt fake blood all over the eyeball. Done!

Here are a couple of gifs to give you nightmares.

Whether or not you're a fan of the of the horror manga series, this costume will undoubtedly scare the heck out of trick-or-treaters.

  • When's the last time you were legit scared by a person in costume?
  • Have I convinced you to check out the Uzumaki series?