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Published on December 18th, 2017 | by voxx


Applying Special Effects Makeup

My name is Beth and I am currently studying Art and Design and Grimsby Institute. My interest is Special effects makeup as I love how creative it can be, and with no limits it could be a simple look or over the top gore.

Special make-up effects and FX prosthesis is the process of using prosthetic sculpting, moulding and casting techniques to create advanced cosmetic effects.

Some materials that I use include household items such as cotton wool, tissues, gelatine and my everyday makeup. I have also purchaced some items such as liquid latex, fake blood and coloured paints. These items are easy to grab hold of in shops such as Asda and Tesco around Halloween time. Other times of the year I purchase my materials online from places such as Amazon and eBay.

The makeup brand that I tend to use the most is Mehron makeup. It can be quite pricey at times but I believe that it’s worth it.

I first got into SFX makeup three years ago on Halloween. There were lots of YouTube video tutorials being posted and I was very intrigued to try some of the looks. I decided to give it a try and I realised then I had a passion for it. Here is just one example of a fairly straightforward but effective technique.

How to create a simple burned arm look:


- Liquid Latex

- Foundation

- Cotton Wool

- Red/Orange/Brown Eyeshadows or Cremeshadows

First off I applied a layer of liquid latex to my arm, then added cotton wool on top of the latex, dragging it out to create holes and texture in places. Once dried I began to add foundation as a base and then different eyeshadow colours such as red, brown, yellow and orange. In the deeper places I defined them with dark reds and browns. Fake blood could be added to this piece if wanted for extra colour too.

- By Beth Holbrook

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