Happy October beauty bugs,
I recently just began building my own special effects makeup kit and purchased everything a beginner could need off of Amazon, at my local craft store as well as my local dollar store- and I can attest it was probably less than $75 to build a beginner kit! I’ve been super interested in SFX makeup since last year, when a few of my favorite YouTubers started posting their own SFX attempts for Halloween. My favorite look last year was Holly Boon’s half-burnt face tutorial and I actually recreated this on my boyfriend and myself for a Halloween party. It came out so creepy and gorey I had to do something like it again this year.
I wanted to do something special leading up to Halloween on this blog and I’ve decided to start a SFX series here that I can continue throughout my blogging years. It’s a new passion I’ve found and I’m so excited to share some of my gorey, grungy looks with you all!
Anyway, this week I recreated a look inspired by YouTuber Karolina Maria– a bloody slit throat look. It took me less than a half hour to achieve and I’m going to share with you step-by-step how I created it and also share things I would do differently next time so you don’t make the same mistakes as I did. Keep on reading 🙂
YOU WILL NEED: liquid latex, tissue paper, face paint, fake blood, scar blood, scissors, foundation that matches your neck, brown eye shadow, reddish brown blush
This is optional, but I first applied some Vaseline to the area I’d be adhering the wound to on my skin. I can attest to the fact that liquid latex hurts like a WITCH 😉 when taking it off. It’ll make you aware of baby hairs you never knew you had. The vaseline helped provide more of a barrier between the latex and my skin.
Apply a layer of liquid latex using either a beauty wedge, a spoon, anything you have around you that you can either toss when you’re done using it or wash!
Lay tissue paper over the liquid latex. (I used paper towel. I don’t recommend using it. It is very textured and also absorbs a lot of the paint and blood you’ll be applying on it later, making it look not as realistic and also wasting a lot of your product.) Cover this layer with latex and repeat for about 4 or 5 layers. Wait for this to dry before doing the next step- use a blow dryer if you have little to no patience like me.
VERY CAREFULLY!! Use a smaller pair of scissors to make an incision on one end of the wound. Please be careful! It is so easy to actually cut yourself doing this. Take it slow. After you have successfully made the first incision, begin cutting across the wound until you reach the other side, so your actual neck shows through the cut. Eww, now it looks like you have a skin flap!
Take your favorite shade of foundation and apply it all over the tissue paper so it blends in with your neck. You can also use a brown eye shadow to create a little more dimension here or take a reddish brown blush and apply it around the incision to make it appear irritated.
Take your red face paint and begin to paint on your neck inside the incision you made. You can add a little brown or black to the red to make it appear even darker.
Take some scab blood (I used Graftobian’s- Ben Nye has one as well. It’s basically a thick consistency compared to other fake bloods) and put it on top of the cut you just painted. Make it look nasty!
Get your fake blood (not the scab blood) and begin applying it EVERYWHERE! I used a dropper bottle to create the drops of blood coming from the cut, and used my fingers and a sponge to apply it around the cut, on my chest and shoulders! Even apply some on your clothes or face if you would like.
AND YOU’RE DONE!
Stay tuned for another post this week on what exactly you need for a beginner’s SFX kit.
Until next time,
stay spooky beauty bugs!