Day 11: Regan MacNeil

(Or: “What an excellent day for an exorcism”)

The Exorcist scared the crap out of me as a pre-teen. I’m not sure my parents would have let me watch it, but I was able to rent it while visiting my Grandma. I watched a few things at her place that I probably wasn’t old enough for; she just trusted that whatever I picked out must be fine. (Sorry Mom, and sorry Grandma!)

Anyway, I would have been 12 or so when a friend and I went to visit my grandma for the weekend. We were sleeping on the pull-out couch in her living room, and decided that it would be a great idea to watch that late at night. I’m not sure that I slept at all that night, and I distinctly remember staring at this grotesque old lady statue that my grandma kept in her living room (and is now in my parents’ house to further taunt me whenever I visit) and being sure that it was a demon watching me, waiting for me to fall asleep.

I’ve watched it a few more times over the years, and it’s still just as scary to me as it was that first time. I can’t totally put my finger on it… other demonic possession movies don’t bother me nearly as much as The Exorcist. Honestly, even just editing the photos for this post scared me enough that I had to sleep in the living room with the lights on that night.

That said, I’m pretty proud of how they turned out.

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At minimum, you’ll need the following items:

  • pale foundation (this is the last time I have to write that!)
  • translucent powder
  • green and purple eyeshadow
  • at least three eyeshadow brushes (one that’s kept clean for blending)
  • a nightgown

For extra credit, you can add

  • red and purple lipstick (for the cuts on her face)
  • a small detailer brush
  • fake vomit (recipe below)

As I’ve written seemingly 1000 times now, I started off (let’s all say it together) with the pale foundation, making sure to also cover my lips. Next, I used the purple and green shadows to create the illusion of bruising on my forehead and chin, and to deepen the circles around my eyes. I also added a bit of the purple shadow to create lines on my lips, as though they were dehydrated and cracked. Then, I applied a fine layer of the translucent powder to set everything in.

With a small detailer brush, I painted on a mixture of purple and red lipstick to make the cuts that Regan has on her face. I went my hands and ran them through my hair to get it to look matted and messy.

Next came the really fun part: the fake vomit. I created a mixture of 2 parts green juice and one part applesauce to thicken it up. I started out by carefully painting it onto my face with a brush before realizing that wasn’t achieving the right effect. So, I stood in my bathtub and splashed the mixture onto my face and the nightgown. I might never eat applesauce again, but it’s worth it for how effective the fake vomit turned out.

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