Sunday, 15 January 2012

Special effects make up (SFX)

The use of special effects techniques to enhance physical features to exhibit metaphysical characteristics as well as fantasy make up. The use of prosthetics and plaster casting are also required for projects that entails non-human appearances. Accents such as theatrical blood and ooze (tuplast) are also techniques applicable to this type of make up.

In my theatrical and media make up course we did a large module on SFX make up and i thoroughly enjoyed each part, we covered every aspect from burns to bruises, scars, to character work (which included the use of prosthetic pieces and latex)

The products we used are as follows:

Runny blood used to create realistic wounds

Wax used to create scars and used in conjunction with prosthetics

Latex to create a 'skin' and used in aging effects

Burn wheel to create different stages of burns on the skin

Scratch blood used to create scratchs of blood on the skin, looks realistic

Tuplast used to create scars and ooze effects 

Bruise wheel, used to create different stages of bruises on skin

Scratch sponge, used for creating scratch effects with blood
Stipple sponge, used for aging effects
Gel fix skin which is used to create 3rd degree burns

Here is a small bruise effect i done on my finger, the colours are so close to realistic bruise shades that if blended properly the bruise can mistakenly look REAL.


Realistic bruise effect


  1. Wow these things look interesting! Thanks for sharing Zara :D

  2. This was one of the modules i studied in my course, it really was interesting. I loved it ^^


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