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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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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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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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