Category Special Effects Makeup

Horror Fun Makeup – Liquid Latex vs. Silicone

Horror fun makeup is just a little break from all the boring stuff I might be posting in the future!

The Wonders of Liquid Latex and Silicone Rubber

There are two types of liquid latex: Thick – Often used for the more solid negative castings e.g. for soap, severed arms and fingers etc.

The silicone rubber needs a catalyst mixed in to set and contains no ammonia, whereas the other type of rubber latex sets by heat (warm day or hair dryer).

*Liquid latex is perfect for creating special effects like scars, fake skin, wrinkles or can even be used as an adhesive.  Usually the bottle sizes available are 30 ml, 133 ml and 270 ml and can be bought online from Amazon or fancy dress outlets.

*Note:  always test this product first to ensure there is no allergy to latex...

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Special Effects Makeup – Wound Bruise Gash

Special Effects Makeup – Wound Bruise Gash

Need to do a scratch? A gash maybe? Traumatized flesh with bruises and oozing blood?

There are a few items you must have in your special effects make-up kit (my favourite brand is Kryolan) and those are:

Scratch blood – An expensive item but lasts for years, usually comes in a jar, this is an ultra sticky thick corn syrup blood that you can apply using a Popsicle stick or toothpick

Bruise wheel (a container that is sectioned up that has cream make-up colours used for bruising – blue, green, yellow, lake red, brown)

‘Lake red’, ‘white’ and ‘black’ make-up pencils

Collodion/Scarring Liquid 0.125 oz. – A liquid that shrinks the skin when it is painted on the skin in a thin line

Dermawax – Once known as morticians wax which is a skin coloured bees ...

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Old fashioned makeup Trivia/Tricks

Old fashioned makeup Trivia/Tricks

Remember the time when most movies were black and white?

Here’s some old fashioned makeup, trivia and tricks!

For example the 1960’s Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh amongst other great actors of the time.

One of the most memorable scenes was the stabbing in the shower and to this day people use the sound effect to describe a vicious scary attack.

During the filming of that scene the ‘FX’ crew were using different types of ‘blood’ unsuccessfully before they found the right ‘flow’ effect as it was washing down the drain hole.

Finally they discovered that ‘Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup’ gave the perfect seeping, stickiness and blending with the water and because the film was ‘black and white’, hid that the blood was not red.

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