Halloween: Facial Wounds Makeup Tutorial

The Finished Product

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 2.19.21 PM

(1) The first step in the process is to make sure your model has clean, dry skin, and of course, make sure there are no allergies. Take a wedge cosmetic sponge and apply a thin layer of liquid latex. Take small pieces of tissue paper (1 ply) and place it right over the latex before it has a chance to dry. Build a couple of layers.  As the latex dries, it will draw the skin and give a wrinkled effect. Be sure to let the layers of latex and tissue dry in between.

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 2.36.07 PM

(2) Once the latex/tissue layers are dry, take a pair of tweezers and or cuticle scissors and pick away at the layers to give the appearance of holes in the skin.

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 2.40.59 PM

(3) Take a wedge cosmetic sponge and pick pieces off of the end to give it a textured surface. Use this sponge to apply makeup to the face and neck. I chose to use a yellow (to give a sallow/sick look) as well as a few different shades of purple. Dab the sponge into the makeup and onto the skin constantly moving and turning the sponge to give an uneven texture.

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 2.42.31 PM

(4) I used a 2 part silicone product to create the bite mark and the gashes across the forehead. Kryolan’s Artex or 3rd Degree are a couple of options. Once the products are mixed together, you have about 5 minutes to work before it cures. I lay the product on the skin and leave one side thick while tapering the other side flush with the skin. This creates the allusion of depth in the wound. The great thing about these products is that they adhere to themselves, so you can keep building layer on top of layer until you get the desired depth.

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 2.45.23 PM

(5) Now you are ready to paint! This is where you get to be creative. Ask yourself if you want the wounds to be fresh (choose pinks and reds) or if you want the wounds to be old (maybe choose dark reds, brown, yellows). You could also use greens, greys, and black for more of a zombie effect. The sky is the limit. Have fun!

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 2.48.15 PM