SEVERED HAND SPECIAL FX STEP BY STEP GUIDE 

Hello everyone and welcome back to another blog post! This is something I’ve been wanting to do for quite a while now, I have to admit I’m so nervous to post this one as it’s something I’m not 100% confident on but I didn’t want to keep putting it off so I thought, why the hell not?? Halloween is coming up and if you read my last post then you’ll know how much I love it, and special effects make up is definitely something I want to make a career out of. I first started getting into prosthetics back in secondary school when studying media (creative arts) and any way i could include the make up side of things I would. Also a few youtubers I like to watch who post videos on the special effects are Elliemacs, Goldiestarling, GlamAndGore. These girls are insanely talented at what they do I’ll leave the links to their channels and social media down below make sure you check them out. I do also apologize for my fat hands 😂

Okay so we’re going to get into the post but before we do I just want to remind you of the little disclaimer i did put at the start of this post, everything is make up and is FAKE. This is an illusion what makes it look like my fingers are missing from my hand, if you feel uneasy about gore and blood I do advise you skip this post but it’s entirely your choice. I am in no way shape or form a make up artist nor do I consider myself to be great, I’ve got a long way I need to go before I feel confident in my work but this is just a little fun for you guys and see how simple it is to create something gruesome for Halloween. 

Okay so first off you’re going to want to get all your essentials out to create your wound, you will need : 

  1. Liquid Latex 
  2. A foundation in your skin colour 
  3. Cotton wool balls 
  4. Black face paint or eyeshadow 
  5. Red/purple face paint or eyeshadows 
  6. Cotton String or any string you have
  7. Powder (translucent works best)
  8. Fake blood 
  9. Brushes – either small paint brushes which I tend to go for or some eyeshadow brushes.

 

 

STEP 1 PREP : grab some hand cream or any lotion make sure you moisturise those hands so it makes the removal process a bit easier later on. 

STEP 2Liquid Latexnow you can buy liquid latex from just about anywhere at this time of year. You can get it in little kits from ASDA like this one https://direct.asda.com/george/fancy-dress/womens/fx-zombie-make-up-kit/001839461,default,pd.html or your local fancy dress shop.  The one I’m going to be using is from GRIMAS which is a stage and film make up company,LIQUID LATEX IS BASICALLY LIKE SUPERGLUE BUT FOR YOUR SKIN, first you’re going to want to grab a brush from one of your selections. Make a clenched fist with your hand and spread the liquid latex right across your knuckles so it looks like the picture below ⬇️


STEP 3 x MOULDING THE WOUND :  As soon as you have done this, you want to grab some cotton balls and stretch them out so it becomes in the shape of a line so we can place this over the latex. 

When you have stretched it out it should start to look something like this ⬇️

 Then you’re going to want to wait about 5 minutes to let this dry into the latex so it doesn’t move when we get into the next step.

 

STEP 4 x SETTING THE MOULD : Right, now the cotton wool should be secure your gonna go back to the liquid latex you have left and use one of your brushes to apply this around the edges to make sure it’s all stuck down, focus more on the back of your hand as this is where the main focus on blending needs to be. Also apply it over the top of the cotton wool to make a smooth base for us to apply the foundation on the next step. When you’ve completed this you should have something that looks like this ⬇️ (please ignore the red on the cotton wool there was still some cream paint that i couldn’t get off my brush from another make up I did before this one)

20171014_154049.jpg                 again you are going to want to wait around 10 minutes for this to dry. 

 

STEP 5 x MATCHING YOUR SKIN TONE : grab your foundation and pump some out onto a flat surface, you’re going to want to use about 4/5 pumps as this does sink into the cotton. Get your brush and cover the whole cotton area in the foundation also blending it into the back of your hand so there is no harsh lines. You are going to want to do this is small sections so you don’t use more than you need to. Then you should have something like this ⬇️ (also I know this looks orange, this is a random one I keep in my sfx kit because it’s a bit to dark for my day to day pale ass) 

Dust a little bit of powder either translucent or in your shade. Then it should be set and we are now ready to move on to the super fun part!! 

 

STEP 6 x SHADING THE WOUND : okay so for this part you’re going to need a deep red or purple shade and we are going to use this on the back of our hand by the wound so it looks like the skin is irritated, the product I’m going to be using is the Ben Nye Bruise Wheel 

 

I’m going to take the red colour on my brush and blend this around the edges to make it look irritated, after applying with the brush I used my other hand to rub the cream in to give it that more of a realistic look.       

This is what it’s looking like so far, 

You’re also going to want to add this on the front of your hand to create a shadow making the “missing fingers” seem more realistic when we complete the look. When you have done this, start to rip bits of the cotton wool on the front of your hand to give off that ripped skin effect and then go back to your dark red colours and shade in about 3/4 way up your fingers and get right into the wound areas with your brush making sure there is no gaps. 

Now you should have something like this ⬇️

 

 

STEP 7 x EXTRA DETAIL : for this step we are going to take our string and cut off a small amount about 5cm 

And cut it into 4 little pieces like I have in the image shown, this is just going to make it look more as though the fingers have been ripped off. Dot the one end of the string in some left over latex and just place them anywhere on the wound and 1 or 2 under a flap of ‘skin’ what will be ripped up from step 6. When placed on your wound go back to your dark red colours and paint over the string to make it blend in with the look. 

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STEP 8 x BLOOD : Have you heard the term less is more? Keep this in mind as you place the blood along the front of the wound and onto the edges of the part we ripped up earlier on. Then take another brush and smear blood in small sections around the rest of the wound to make it have more affect.  

FINAL LOOK : 

Now we’re here at the end of our creation, you should have something that looks like what I created below, over all this took me about 20 – 30 minutes. If your’s doesn’t look like this don’t worry, you can have your own spin on things and make it your own. I understand that some might not think this is good, compared to what you see online from other artists but like I said earlier I do not consider myself to be a “professional” I’ve never had any training in SFX make up it’s all self-taught, and watching a few tutorials on YouTube. This isn’t something I’m fully confident in yet but I’m aiming to be in the future, as like I said before this is something I want to make a career out of.

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We have now reached the end of this post, I do hope you have enjoyed it and definitely let me know if you create your own of this or even any other Halloween make up if you guys are trying it out! If there is any other special fx make up looks you want to see do let me know and I’ll see what I can do for you guys. I want to say a huge thank you to the people who are following my blog posts, I know I’m a bit all over the place with them and sometimes they’re good and sometimes they’re not but I’m completely new to this whole blogging world but I’ll get there soon. As I promised earlier on I would leave the links to some of my favourite FX artists so definitely check them out here :

https://www.instagram.com/ellimacssfx/

 

 

Make sure you head on over and check out their work, they are insanely talented!  I hope you’re all looking forward to Halloween coming up, whether you’re staying in and watching something spooky or going out to a party I hope you all have an amazing time and stay safe. I’ll see you again just before Halloween but I know most people will be going out celebrating this coming weekend, if you enjoyed this post don’t forget to follow me so you get a notification next time I post.

see you soon 🙂

Meghan x

DHC Q10 Liquid Base Make Up And Face Colour Palette Review.

Hello everyone! welcome back to another blog post. I hope you’re doing well and had a great few days since I last posted, for today’s post I thought I would tell you guys about a couple of products I recently came across from the Japanese skin care brand DHC. Back in July I was very kindly gifted these incredible products by an amazing woman called Faye who is head of the hair and make up department on a TV show  here in the UK, when I was on set chatting with her she kindly gave me these products to bring home and try. When I see new make up and brands I’ve never tried before I’m like a kid in a toy shop…IN HEAVEN!! on the way home I was googling and searching trying to find reviews from other people and I was quite shocked that there was basically nothing came up, which makes me think that not many people have tried this brand? they also have a skin care range which I’m hoping to get my hands on a few things soon to try them out, after the results from the make up I have very high hopes. Anyways let’s get in to this review…

DHC Q10 BASE MAKE-UP ~ £25 20171006_185629.jpg

Now this for me is so far my holy grail product, I’m a huge fan of bare minerals complexion rescue and the Revlon colour stay but since the day I tried this I’ve picked it up every time I’ve gone to do my make up. Being pale skinned always makes me weary when I use new products (especially ones I’ve never heard of) but I use this in the shade Natural Ocher 00 which I’m guessing is the palest shade, and honestly I can say this is the best match I’ve had to my skin colour. Since the day I tried this I’ve never looked back! I can’t even remember the last time I used my other face products. When I searched online for this product I found that it said “To Be Discontinued” my heart literally sunk, so me being the obsessive person I am I went on a huge hunt to find some bottles of this (I haven’t run out yet but you can never be too sure right? 😉 ) and little did I know they have recently brought out a newer updated version of this, how it can be updated I don’t know because this is already I N C R E D I B L E trust me.

I found that the newer version of this was only available in the US so I’m going to wait and see if it comes to the UK any time soon. If you want to check out the newer version I’ll leave the link here http://www.dhccare.com/q10-moisture-care-liquid-foundation-ex

whilst searching i finally found a few remaining products on a website here in the uk https://www.escentual.com/dhc/dhc060/?utm_term=1100611741367&utm_content=All%20Products which I am over the moon with!! i know for a foundation you might never have heard of it is a bit pricey but its worth every single penny you spend, not only does it do the job for coverage but this is packed with ingredients to improve your skin such as Collagen, Elastin etc. I’m not too sure how people with oily skin will find this as it is described more for dry skin types. The staying power of this is phenomenal, with me having the anxiety obviously there comes panic attacks which involves sweating so for me when looking for products I need something that claims to be longwearing and I didn’t really see this on the bottle but when I tried it along with my urban decay setting spray this did not move from my face at all, even by my glasses it hadn’t rubbed off and still looked as fresh as it did when I first put it on, which actually came as a shock to me because no matter what every other product seemed to come off where my glasses had been. The coverage is also amazing I suffer from a bit of redness on my cheeks and this covers it no bother and it feels so lightweight and natural and just gives you that fresh glow. if you live here in the UK you can purchase this product on the link up above, the only downside to this is there is only 3 shades which is actually a shame because I feel if there were to be more shades more people would be using this product, so hopefully they com out with more in the future! 

 

DHC FACE COLOUR PALETTE

There isn’t much I can say about a blush, I think everyone knows that it helps give you that pop of colour back into your cheeks and just helps make your skin look more healthier and glowing. this for me isn’t my favourite blusher and unlike the foundation this isn’t something I reach for every day, I feel the colour has to be built up for it to actually look okay but it is great for that every day casual no make up look, and again it’s full of great ingredients for the skin. For me my absolute favourite is the NYX baked blushes which I will probably talk about in another post, but I can’t see myself purchasing this blush in the future. again I could not find this anywhere on sale but I do know they have other blushes available so check them out here https://www.escentual.com/dhc/make-up/face/dhc039/

 

And that’s it for today’s post guys! I hope you have enjoyed it I do apologise for it being short. I’m so glad that I’ve come across this brand because it’s now one of my favourites and hopefully in the future I’ll try out more of their products and skin care range. What makes this brand more interesting for me is the face that everything they create is full of things that help nourish your skin and improve appearance of that natural glow. If you have enjoyed this post please don’t forget to give it a like and follow my blog so you get a notification next time I post, the next few weeks I’m going to be posting Halloween things so make sure you stay tuned! leave a comment below if you have tried any of the DHC products and let me know your thoughts on them.

Also before I do sign out I just want to leave a link here for a friend of mine who recently started YouTube and can I just say he is doing incredible, he uploads daily and it would mean a lot if you guys could go over and check his channel out, subscribe and like to his videos. The link to the channel is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMsFm308dLtAckLainJXA5A and it’s definitely worth subscribing too!

Thank you guys for reading and I’ll see you again soon with another blog post,

Meghan x

 

The Body Shop Favourite’s

Hi everyone welcome back to another blog post, for this weeks post I’m going to talk about some products from one of my favourite shops ever…The Body Shop. This is one of my most favourite places ever to shop at, they’re cruelty free and use all natural products. They also have a manifesto “Enrich Not Exploit” which includes 14 targets for themselves which they want to achieve by 2020, I’ll leave a link below if you would like to read up more about it. I’ve been a huge fan of their products ever since I tried one of their lip balms about 10 years ago! I still remember my 8 year old self walking into a store full of glorious smells and wanting to buy everything in front of me. I did start to write a list of different products I could talk to you guys about but, I realised I had nearly a full page of A4 paper filled and I was nowhere near finished (oops) I guess you could say I’m a little obsessed. Anyways grab yourself a cuppa, sit back and I hope you enjoy this post!

  • Born Lippy Pot Lip Balm – Strawberry  ~ £2.50                       

                                                                                  Now I know this isn’t on the photo of my products above, but I couldn’t not talk about it, after all this little pot is what set off my obsession! I have tried so many balms over the years no matter what I always end up purchasing a lip balm wherever I am, can you really ever have enough?? This pot of joy smells delicious, it smells so good that I could eat it! Even when I have applied it I can be sat smelling the tub for a while after as it smells that good…REALLY!!  These lip balms also come in a variety of flavours such as raspberry, watermelon etc. Check them out here  https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/face/lip-care/c/c00146                                                               

 

  • Coconut Shimmer Body Butter ~ £15 20170926_172649.jpg(?)

Unfortunately I do have reason to believe that this product has been discontinued *boo’s very loudly* but I was very lucky to receive this from a friend as part of a hamper I got given for my birthday. I remember having this a couple years ago and when I went to restock I could not for the life of me find it anywhere, so when I opened my gift and found this little gem I was over the moon. I know you’re probably thinking I must be mad being this excited by a moisturiser, but what makes it that bit more exciting is the shimmer…yes shimmer! (not that tacky shimmer cream you used to buy when you were little) this is gorgeous, it has a pearlescent sheen to it and gives your skin that subtle glow when you use it. It looks especially great in the summer, and the smell is divine. I’m not exactly sure on the price but I know their other large body butter tubs are around the £15 price range, its such a shame its been discontinued hopefully it’ll come back one day!

 

i have put both of these products together as i feel  they work best for me when I use them together. It’s not something great to talk about, but i get quite bad dry skin on my feet and its so annoying to keep on top of.  But ever since I purchased these items and got into the routine of exfoliating and then moisturising, I have to admit my feet are starting to look and feel so much better, I’ve only been using these for a few months so I’m looking forward to seeing if they still do the job in these upcoming winter months.

 

  • Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter ~ £10        

 

 

IMAGE : https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/

when I first heard about cleansing butters I was a little bit sceptical of the whole thing but I have to say when I finally got round to trying one for myself it actually worked really well, I tend to go for products I know won’t irritate my skin and make it all red and blergh! I’m sure you know what I mean, but yeah this is great if you also suffer from sensitive skin. its very soothing and the scent when you open the tin is very refreshing. I use this after I’ve taken off my make up to just help my skin feel better and make sure all of the make up is gone and I have a fresh face, I’ve also heard a few youtubers talk about using this to clean make up brushes so I might have to give it a go, if you’ve tried using it to clean brushes leave a comment below and let me know how it worked out for you! mean while if you’re wanting to purchase this do check it out here https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/range/view-all/camomile-sumptuous-cleansing-butter/p/p000186              

 

  • Virgin Mojito Shower Gel ~ £ (?)           20170926_172515-e15068056467051.jpg   

for some reason I cant find this range anymore on the website anymore so again I think this product may be discontinued? I’m not sure on the price but it think it will be around the £5-£8 range? there’s not much I can really tell you guys about a shower gel but the body shop ones never fail to impress me. They don’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry they’re always moisturising and the scents are to die for!!  

 

 

 

 

This for me is something quick and easy that you can spray on or under make up if you’re running out the door or you forget to moisturise. its really refreshing and hydrating and claims to work on all skin types, I cant say if it does that as I do only suffer from mostly dry skin but it holds up well on my sensitive skin and doesn’t make me itchy or my redness come out so that’s a plus. Also for you *lazy* guys and gals out there its also great for wetting your beauty blender if the bathroom is too far away 😉 if you’d like to check this out here is the link https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/face/moisturisers/vitamin-e-hydrating-face-mist/p/p000149

 

   If you’re pale skinned like myself, this bronzer is exactly what you’re looking for! I first tried this about 2 years ago and there was only 2 shades out then but now I believe they have 5 shades!! yes 5 how crazy is that! the shade I use is 01 but no matter your skin colour you could pull these bronzers off. be sure to check them out  https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/body/body-bronzing/honey-bronze-bronzing-powder/p/p000480

 

 

  • Body Shop Beauty Sponge    20170926_172515-e1506805646705

Once again I do apologise as I couldn’t find this on the website, but I have got a couple of these sponges which I always keep in my make up bag as the shape of them (kind of like a parallelogram) is very handy to set under eye concealer with my RCMA No Colour Loose Powder, I don’t like to use them to blend out concealer and things as they’re a bit to solid if that makes sense like they’re not very flexible.

 

 

 

As I said earlier on The Body Shop have there manifesto “Enrich Not Exploit”  and I did promise to leave a link for you to check it out so I’d give it a read https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/commitment its definitely worth it. They also have a petition currently running which is for Against Animal Testing as you know The Body Shop is all natural which is excellent and I think more brands needs to follow in their footsteps, please make sure to go sign it here https://foreveragainstanimaltesting.com/page/9140/petition/1?utm_source=thebodyshop-uk&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=uk_cta_faat-petition&utm_content=against-animal-testing and comment down below to let me know when you’ve done it. Another thing I need to tell you guys that I love about this shop is they always have great offers on, whether it be spend £50 and get £25 off or a % off its always worth the while as the products are such great quality so make sure you head on over to the website to check out these awesome deals! Another awesome thing is they actually run a membership club where you can earn points, get freebies and other amazing deals The Body Shop claims “For every £1 you spend in store or online, the scheme gives you 10 points. Those 10 points are the equivalent of 10p towards your next voucher. When you have 500 points you’ll receive a £5 voucher!” you also receive a special gift in your birthday month which you can retrieve in any The Body Shop stores! check out their membership club here https://help.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/love-your-body/about-love-your-body

Anyways guys I’m going to bring this post to an end as I’ve rambled on enough now and if I keep writing we will both be here forever! haha, I hope you’ve enjoyed it and if you have don’t forget to give it a like and follow me so you get notified next time I post 🙂 leave me a comment below if you have some of The Body Shop favourites and what you liked best or would like to try. Enjoy the coming week and ill see you all again soon.

Meghan X