Make a Scar Using Stage Makeup Step by Step
Edited by Jerry Rivers, Eng, Doug Collins
You remember how ghoulish the dancers were in the most famous music video of all time, "Thriller" with Magic Jackson, and how horrific Linda Blair's face appeared so realistically scarred in the movie, The Exorcist . It is remarkable how Hollywood special effects makeup artists create such realistic scars on actors for videos and movies. You may want to scare your friends for your next Halloween party, or for a local theater play. Learn the secret of makeup artists to create natural looking scars and bruises to complement them in the following tutorial. All the supplies for this horror project can be found at the health and beauty section of your local store.
- 1How you can create realistic looking "scarred skin":Advertisement
- First, make sure the area of skin where you want the make-believe scar is clean so that the latex used for the scar will adhere to your skin well.
- Apply the liquid latex to onto your skin. Shape into how you want your scary scar to look.
- To make a deep-looking scar worthy of a horror movie, apply a second layer of liquid latex.
- Take another strip of liquid latex and place it onto a clean flat surface so that you can do your custom work in making a realistic scar.
- Dab a sponge onto the liquid latex strip to create a rough texture. Use a knife to slice along the center of the strip. This will make it appear like a healed deep gash.
- With multiple layers your new "scar" will dry within an hour. To cure it will take up to four hours.
- With spirit gun applied on the edges of your scar, you can blend it all onto your skin with a sponge. It will then appear very realistic, with no edge lines visible.
- Now you are ready to paint the scar area with cream makeup that matches your skin color. You can apply a thin line of red makeup along the "cut" to appear as a wound that hasn't completely healed.
- 2How to create a bruise to compliment your scar:Advertisement
- Where you desire the "bruise", first apply dark red makeup cream, and dab a thick layer onto your skin with a clean sponge for the shape. This will create a foundation for adding more makeup.
- By mixing blue, red, and purple make up onto the foundation, you can create a frightful looking bruise.
- Add the mixed three colors to your first layer of dark red makeup cream with a sponge. Make it interesting and eye-catching by adding various mixed colors onto different locations on your base color.
- For that spooky "Thriller" look, dab a bit of blue-black makeup cream in places within your bruise. This will give it a three-dimensional appearance from the contrast. Blend its edges into the other colors.
- Now, for your last Hollywood color effect. Dab some light brown makeup cream along the edges of the bruise. Then, blend it so that it fades onto your real skin.
- For that finishing touch, use a powder brush and dust your bruise with translucent makeup powder. With this Hollywood makeup artist trick your bruise will hold in place and keep its ghoulish color.
- This will give a natural appearance to your bruise, and is bound to bring some looks of horror and concern from those who see it with your scary looking scar. Tell the startled friends to not call an ambulance, that it is just Hollywood magic.
- Just as the work of any artist seeking realism, you want to blend the colors completely for your scar and bruise. You will be much more successful in making your creations look natural and horrific.
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.