Drag Wednesday has rolled around once more and today we’re talking beauty on a budget. Sort of…
Okay so, I’m finally into the swing of things at college, well, at least I’m able to function like a normal human in front of other humans. We’re doing some special effects make-up. Now, special effects make-up can get quite pricey when you factor in the different bits and pieces you’re going to need.
So if, like me, you’re skint but still want to get into the SFX game, look no further than your kitchen cupboard.
Nose and scar wax is a great addition to your make-up box if you’re wanting to do special effects. It can be used for a wide range of purposes from scarring (which you guessed from the name, right?) to deep wounds, to adding various lumps, bumps and growths on your body/face. It’s around £14 for a tub of Ben Nye nose and scar wax. Which isn’t too bad when you think about how much you’re actually going to need to use if you’re just using it occasionally. Well, it’s £14 that I don’t have spare at the moment, so I searched the vast realms of the internet to find a suitable alternative.
When you hear the words ‘vaseline’ and ‘plain flour’ your first thought might be cookies and lube. A great night in if you’re into that kind of thing lol. But when mixed together in the right quantities, you end up with a product not too dissimilar to nose and scar wax. Various sites had different measurements but upon having a mess around with the quantities, I found that a 1:2 ratio made quite a good consistency but I added a tiny little sprinkle of flour just to dry it up a bit as it was melting slightly in my hands.
Next, blood, now again it’s not the most expensive of products but when going for cheaper alternatives, the quality is going to be terrible. I know this from experience as I bought £1 fake blood today and it was terrible. Red water essentially.
Again, there were so many different recipes with different ingredients so I mixed a few ideas from different recipes and mixed together glycerine and powder food colouring. It was perfect for runny fresh blood but I’d recommend maybe a little drop of blue or purple to the mix to make it a bit more authentic. On top of that, adding some gelatine will thicken the blood up a bit if you’re wanting it to look like it’s starting to coagulate. Works a treat.
If you can’t get your hands on a bruise wheel, lipsticks and eyeshadows in blues, purples, greens, yellows and reds are pretty good to work with as a stopgap.
My wounds in the photos aren’t perfect. I know this so don’t troll me online please lol. The main issue I seem to be having is blending my edges and the problem seems to be patience. Take your time blending your edges, a teaspoon is perfect for dragging the putty out and blend with the skin. I just don’t have the time or patience to do so when I’m trying to do a million other things. Gonna try out some more recipes for next week and see if we can find the time to take it slow and get the injuries up to scratch and get them realistic as possible. Will return next Wednesday with some more SFX recipes, since we’re travelling high speed towards Halloween.
Until next time, don’t forget to slay all day. every day.
x Marianne x