Special Effects Makeup Beginner (GRAPHIC)

October 17, 2014 , In: Geek , With: One Comment

The images below are extremely graphic! Don’t look if you are squeamish or don’t like blood (fake or real) !!!

Lately, Luke and I watch the show FaceOff on the SyFy channel almost religiously. As a creative person, SFX makeup is an art form I can really relate to. So, for this Halloween I have decided to try my first Zombie makeup using some techniques I found in YouTube videos. Originally I wanted to be a Steampunk Zombie, but I really didn’t want to either 1. ruin clothes I already use for Steampunk or 2. Buy a whole new Steampunk costume that I CAN destroy ($$$). So I changed my theme to Zombie Hipster.

My Goodwill haul from my shopping trip yesterday includes: Giant sunglasses (will pop out the lenses), t-shirt, flannel shirt, hipter-ish purse, and moccasin-type shoes. I have printable iron on sheets on my shopping list for my next trip to Jo-Ann Fabrics so I can put an ironic slogan on the t-shirt before I cut holes in it and cover it with subtle amounts of blood.

Luke has been awesome as a make-up practice model. So far, I have created a wound on the hand and face. I’m excited to get the makeup I ordered yesterday in the mail so I can practice with shading and depth! Any ideas? Throw them below. I’m only a beginner after all. I’ll take all the tips I can get!


Only photo of my “Envy” Makeup I could find from Stage Makeup Class.

The hand was my first ever SFX makeup (unless you count college Stage Makeup class in 2007-ish of course). I used liquid latex and thin pieces of kleenex to make skin-like layers. When it was dry (or mostly dry…I was impatient), I picked at it to leave a gaping hole in the center. Then I brushed on some makeup (green, black, red, plum, and skin toned eye shadow), rolled red lipstick all over, and blood. The face was much of the same technique, but I ripped more of it to make a flap of latex hanging down. I ripped the latex in several other areas as well for additional gashes.

Luke's face is pretty gross. Sorry, hun!

Luke’s face is pretty gross. Sorry, hun!

Gruesome hand wound.

Gruesome hand wound.














I have now subscribed to many YouTube channels where FX Makeup is the focus or at least highlighted from time to time. Social Media has been a great help and motivator!

Goldie Starling

Freakmo SFX

Bonnie Corbin SFX

And there are more! Let me know if you have a great channel I should follow.


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