Tutorial – sfx Stitched Scars

What you will need

  • Liquid latex – I used Kryolans (Please Test That you aren’t allergic to liquid latex before using it. Test on a little patch of skin, leave for at least 24hrs) 
  • Nail art spotter – Random one I keep for sfx work.
  • Body paints – The first colour needs to be one or two shades lighter than your skin tone and then the second colour needs to be red. I used my Kryolan Supracolour Palette.
  • Translucent setting powder – I used Kryolans.
  • Small make-up brushes – I use cheaper brushes for SFX work as these can easily get ruined.
  • Palette or cardboard to have your liquid latex on.

To start with make sure the area your working on is clean and dry. Pour a little bit of liquid latex on to your palette or whatever you maybe using as a palette.  Using the nail art dotter, dip it into the liquid latex and start drawing out the scars, let the first layer dry and do one or two extra layers to help raise the scar.

TIP – Keep wiping the dotter as the latex will dry on the end which in turn will make you end up blobbing the liquid latex and ruin the design of your scar.

Next blot with some powder, this will make the scar look matte. Then start adding some depth and definition with your two colours. Firstly start with the light skin tone colour on the actual scar. Only use a little bit at a time and I mean a dot of colour at a time as you can easily go over the top. As you add a dot of colour, blend straight away with your finger using a tapping motion. Next you need to do the same with the red but on the outside of the scar to add trauma and swelling.

In the photo above you can see my second scar has red dots on the outside, I just wanted to show you this as some of the larger dots were just to much, so really keep them small.

Lastly blend the colours well, use a blending brush if you find this easier and then set with some translucent setting powder.

Quick and easy stitched scars. 

I hope you liked this tutorial. If you choose to try this yourself I’d love to see your final results!


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Special FX tutorial – Stepped on a plug arghhh!!

Don’t you just hate it when this happens?!!!

What you will need

  • liner pencil – you can use any but I used my Kryolan white pencil.
  • Collodion, I used Kryolans.
  • Grease or water paints – I used my Kryolan Supracolour Palette.
  • Blood – I used Grimmas blood. 
  • Blood paste – I used Grimmas blood paste.
  • Translucent setting powder.
  • Sponges
  • Brushes – I used my screenface makeup brushes but you can use small art brushes to. 

    First make sure your working on a clean, dry area. I would also make sure your floor is protected as this can be messy. 

    Using your liner pencil outline on the bottom of your foot where the plug pin wounds are going to be. I used a white liner as it’s easy to blend.

    Next I used Collodion, Collodion is a great scaring material. It wrinkles the skin once it’s dry. I used this to give the illusion that there is more depth to the wounds. However this is not an essential step.

    I then outlined the boundary of the would with black (071) from my supracolour palette. Then I filled the wound in with a red (079) from my supracolour palette.

    To set greasepaints you will need to use a translucent setting powder.

    Next you will need to blend the colours Well, try not to blend the black into the middle to much. It’s easier using a window wiper motion with a blending brush around the boundary of the wound to help control the colour blending. 

    The picture above shows how the collodion really can help give the illusion of a more realistic would or scar.

    Now you will need to get your blood paste (maybe get some wipes to as this can get messy!) On each wound put some blood paste but not so much that it overlaps the wound. Then spread the paste in the wound. 

    The wound now has texture.

    Finally you can now finish off with some blood on each wound. I blotted around each wound with a sponge, this was so I didn’t go over the top with the blood. Then find a plug and put some blood on the pins (make sure it’s cleaned well after)

    I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and if you try it yourself, I would love to see the finished result! 

    See you soon guys 


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