Edmonds man specializes in Monsters, Moulage and Mayhem

Realistic makeup just in time for Halloween. (Photo courtesy of Don Warner)

Story from our friends at Shoreline Area News

By Victoria Rhoades, ND

To say that Don Warner of Monsters, Moulage, and Mayhem does “Halloween Consultation,” is an understatement. The Edmonds man can deck someone out for Halloween – and do it really well! He can also do injury simulation for emergency preparedness drills, or do makeup for any kind of costume party or event imaginable. He’s worked with Hollywood makeup artists, and teaches classes in how to do makeup.
I asked Don how he got into this business, and he told me it all started 25 years ago. He was working as a paramedic for the Shoreline Fire District (he still works there), and they were putting on a staged disaster production at Shorecrest High School, to demonstrate the dangers of drinking and driving. This was complete with wrecked cars, police taking away a teenager from the “scene” in handcuffs, and taking away another as a deceased victim. Truly, a horrible scene, intended to demonstrate the awful consequences of driving under the influence.
Don Warner applies wounds to a student for an emergency exercise in Shoreline while other "victims" wait their turns. (Photo by Diane Hettrick)

However, Don was unhappy with the “special effects” – the realism of the damage done wasn’t realistic enough for him. As a paramedic, he knew he could better simulate an actual accident victim. So he started taking classes, first in Carson City, Nevada, then in other locations. Hence, he started off his business with injury simulation, aka “moulage.”

Ten years ago, he expanded from moulage to Halloween makeup, the “monsters” part of his repertoire. And two years ago, he added body painting and airbrushing. He says that the airbrushing technique adds the ability to do subtle shading and adds realism to his more adventurous monster creations. Another thing he feels strongly about is the realism of his blood – it has to have the right consistency and color. For him, this can make or break the look for both moulage, and monsters such as vampires. This eye for detail is evidenced throughout his work. His business vehicle is a redecorated ambulance. He continues his education by going to Halloween conferences and seminars, where makeup and costuming pros share ideas and practice.
Another makeup job perfect for the season. (Photo courtesy of Don Warner)

What sort of clientele does he serve? Many kinds, he works for disaster preparedness exercises, but he also works for individuals putting on parties. Parties can be for anything, from a theme wedding (Goth wedding, anyone?), to an over-the-hill birthday party, to a costume party of any kind, a Christmas production with elves, as well as Halloween. I’m certain he could work to provide makeup and other professional support for a theatrical production as well.

I hear that he does an incredible Halloween party, but he does demand that you come in a costume of some kind. I’m ransacking my closet to see what I can come up with – if I ask nicely, he might invite me. Contact information: Monsters, Moulage, and Mayhem. Don Warner, owner. Phone 206-940-7777, email.

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