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SFX Makeup – DIY: How to a make a fake burn with makeup

This post describes how to create a burn with makeup. This teqniques are great for both Halloween make-up, moulage or short films. A fake burn can be easily made up with blood paste, charcoal make-up, some fake blood and a spatula.

  1. Apply blood paste to the skin were you want the burn to be. Use a spatula to work with the blood paste and shape textures. Let it dry for a few minutes.
  1. Put some charcoal make-up on a cardboard plate or a pallet. Mix the charcoal powder with a little water and apply with a wide flat broom or a sponge by pressing it down on the skin and a little over the blood paste.
  1. Around the burn, you can use a piece of Kleenex or paper towels witht a little bith of water to pull out the charcoal make-up a little. Let it be more and more transparent the further away from the burn you get. Feel free to use some water on the paper.
Picture above: Fake burn made of Skin Sculpt, Grimas red cream makeup, Ben Nye Grime FX Coal and Rob Smith Blood. Makeup: Sander Skarås Pedersen (SPFX.NO)

Insted of blood paste you can use Sculpt Gel, Kryolan Artex, Narrative Cosmetics Silicone Modeling Compound or Mehron 3D Gel. Then you can also remove the wound carefully to reuse it by gluing the burn back on the skin if you remove it correctly.

If you not have charcoal makeup and have som leftover black eyeshadow or cake makeup you can scrape out some product on a palette and thin it out with water. You can also use black watermakeup or face paint.

TIP: You can use black hair spray to create the effect of charred hair. Also remember to wear a suitable costume. You can also use charcoal make-up to distress the costume and hair.

Video: Burn Application Timelapse. The eye are covered with a tiny piece of plastic glued on with pros-aide before application of Sculpt Gel. Makeup FX Artist: Sander Skarås Pedersen. Model: Erle Hofsli-Aune.

TIP: Use reference photos of only real burns when you create fake burns and other types of scars and wounds with SFX makeup. Never use picture of makeups for reference, only as inpiration.

Makeup products to create your own burn makeup
3D effect

Ash and charcoal effects


Post, photos videos and makeup FX artist: Sander Skarås Pedersen (SPFX.NO)

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