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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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Gaffer Tape and Costumes

Gaffer Tape and Costumes



Gaffer has been the actors and crews best friend for a long time.

Gaffer tape is a strong glue coated waterproof woven tape that is usually black in colour that you don’t need scissors to use, you just tear it along the cross weave.

You often see crew wearing a utility belt of some kind with a few roles of black gaffer tape hanging off somewhere or another.

It is widely used in theatre, photography, film and television production, and industrial staging work.

Flowing Dress

Gaffer used to anchor the flowing dress

The amount of times I have seen gaffer used to repair, tighten, fix to increase, pull in and keep outfits and costumes on the actors I have lost count!
On one occasion the singer (in a music video) had a dress that had a huge long train and with her facing into a fan, ...

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Washable Blood

Make Washable Blood

There are many types of ‘blood and wound’ effects that can be made up for film.
It depends on what type of wounding or ‘bleeding’ is needed for the scene i.e. cut throat – gushing blood, torn wounded flesh – coagulating blood etc. to what you need to make.
If you are new to this I strongly recommend that you study up on the different visual stages of bleeding, wounds and bruising before getting into making these effects.
Washable Blood
Washable blood is handy to have if your actors have to wear the same costume usually a few times for scenes before the actual ‘bloody scene’. It saves on the wardrobe/costume budget.
If it is for a particularly gory blood spraying scene, you are likely to have to make gallons of the stuff, so be prepared.
The main ingredients are liquid ...

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