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 :
- Liquid Latex
- A foundation in your skin colour
- Cotton wool balls
- Black face paint or eyeshadow
- Red/purple face paint or eyeshadows
- Cotton String or any string you have
- Powder (translucent works best)
- Fake blood
- Brushes – either small paint brushes which I tend to go for or some eyeshadow brushes.
STEP 1 x 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 2 x Liquid Latex : now 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 ⬇️
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)
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.
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.
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 :
- Ellimacs – http://www.youtube.com/user/macsmoser (YouTube)
- GlamAndGore – http://www.youtube.com/user/GlamAndGoreMakeup
- Goldiestarling – http://www.youtube.com/user/goldiestarling
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 🙂