Day 20: Using modeling wax/nose putty for Halloween
Modeling wax, or nose putty has been used to create special fx for years. Besides being used to cover the eyebrows, you can use it to build up areas like the brow or nose. Or create small scars, cuts, bullet holes and other wounds. You can even create pieces for the ears, if you are feeling adventurous. Wax is great because you can mold the piece directly on the skin. Or wax pieces can be made in advance to save time during application.
There are a lot of brands that make wax, like Kryolan’s Cine-Wax and Nose Putty, or Mehron’s Modeling Wax. Ben Nye’s Nose & Scar Wax comes in Fair, Light-Brown, Brown and Bone Simulation (white). The brown color is nice for darker skin folks like myself, because it is easier to cover it when matching my skin. The white Bone Simulation wax is great when you want to create a piece of bone coming through the skin.
Tips for using wax
- Wax is best if used on areas that don’t move much, like the nose, chin, temples or forehead
- Wax doesn’t hold up well under extreme heat
- Make wax pieces as thin as you can, the less wax you use, the better. Heavier pieces are more likely to fall off or move
- Place a layer of spirit gum in the area wax will be applied to, tap to make it tacky
- Add a very small amount of cotton to the spirit gum. This will help anchor the wax
- Apply wax and mold as usual
- Add texture to wax piece and blend edges in with skin
- Go over edges with Pros-aide with a texture sponge
- Apply sealer like Green Marble SeLr to help prosthetic stay. Let dry
- Powder lightly with colorless powder
- Color piece to match skin
Please feel free to leave comments and let me know what you think. If you have a makeup or special fx website, I would love to hear about it.