31 Days of Halloween Makeup – Day 8: Cuts And Various Skin Lacerations

I used wax cuts on the forhead and painted on the cut on the lip

DAY 8:  Cuts And Various Skin Lacerations
Another way to enhance your Halloween makeup look is adding a cut or two. This look is achieved easily with a little red makeup. I like to use Skin Illustrator, bruise wheel and a little good, old fashion, fake blood for cuts. You can also make cuts with gelatin, wax, latex foam latex, silicone and bondo.  I will do a separate post on how to create a wound. For now, here are a few tips on the fine art of fake cuts.

  • Paint on your cut
    You can use the edge of a makeup spatula, toothpick, eyeliner brush, or anything that will make a thin line, to draw a cut on your face. Be sure the taper of the edge for a more realistic look.
  • Wax
    Nose putty or wax is an easy way to create a cut. Once you have your cut molded on your face, blend it in with a little flesh tone makeup. Then layer your reds from dark to a brighter red in the recessed cut. Dragging some out past the edge of the cut. 
  • Gelatin & silicone
    Gelatin and silicone are great for creating cuts because they both have a translucent skin-like quality. While gelatin is relatively inexpensive, silicone is going to be a bit pricier. 
  • Appliances
    Appliances like small foam latex, gelatin, silicone or latex cuts are a quick easy way to add a little pizzazz to your Halloween makeup.  You can quickly glue them down, dab a little paint/makeup to blend them into the skin, add some blood and you are good to go!
  • Tips for coloring cuts
    Layer your blood-red colors in the recess of the cut. Start with a deep bruisey color or even black, then add brighter reds on top, this will give it depth.When the skin is lacerated there will be some trauma to the surrounding tissue so make the skin around the cut look red and a little blotchy. possibly even slightly bruised. Depending on the cut, there may be some blood splatter.


wax cut with bruising

Cuts can make any look a little more sinister and interesting. Have fun with it! All the cuts I posted here are ones I did myself. They are all shown without blood so you can see the detail. One last thing to make the cut look it’s best…. don’t forget the dripping BLOOD

Black Dahlia type gelatin mouth cut

Please feel free to leave comments and let me know what you think.  Also comment if you have tips you want to share with the world and link back to your blog.

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