Day 1 FX Lessons

DAY 1: OVERVIEW OF BASIC AND ADVANCED SUPPLIES

Anybody, anywhere, can get started playing with FX Makeup without having to break the bank on supplies. All of these techniques can be used to create a variety of different bloody or spooky looks. As you progress in your knowledge, you will want to learn other methods and try new materials. Not all FX materials are equal, some things may work fine for a photo-shoot or Halloween, but wouldn't stand up to wearing all night in a haunted house or all day on a movie set . For film with HD cameras, you will want all the makeup to look real close up and move with the actor. Photography is much more forgiving. For haunted houses, you don't want the makeup to wear off despite having actors run around sweaty for hours, you want blood that look wet but actually dries and you don't need as much detail since most haunts are dark. Also, a wound that would be too static and still for film, would work fine for a haunt wherein each guest only sees the actor for a short time. There are an 100s of different techniques and supplies that can be used to achieve the same look and often times starting out, it can be overwhelming. Here's a couple of basics to get you started. In place of latex you can use elmer's glue or mod podge if you're just starting out and have no access to latex. Honestly, these materials won't hold up as well as liquid latex but if all you can get is the cheap latex from the Halloween store, it's not going to hold up any worse, can be used in a pinch and are non-toxic and skin safe. Always test any materials for an allergic reaction on a small patch of skin and wait before starting a larger makeup look. Many people are allergic to liquid latex and everyone's skin is different. Liquid latex and these looks won't hold up as well as using prosthetics or silicones, but those are a little more advanced. When working with liquid latex, always use vaseline over any hair to protect it. You can use a glue stick over eyebrows like we discussed before to cover them. Glue stick won't pull your hair out. Also, always use disposable applicators on latex, because it will ruin your brushes. If you are using other adhesives like spirit gum or prosaid, you will want to use spirit gum remover or a solvent like the one that Telesis sells. These adhesives can be used safely on hair if removed properly.  

THE FOLLOWING VIDEO IS AN EXCELLENT OVERVIEW OF DIFFERENT SUPPLIES AND TOOLS FOR YOUR KIT AND WHAT THESE PRODUCTS DO WHETHER YOU'RE A BEGINNER OR PROFESSIONAL. (Mykie from Glam N' Gore is awesome!):

 

NOT ALL BLOOD IS CREATED EQUAL (This video by MadeuLook by Lex goes over a few different types of blood):

But there are others and different blood is good for different things. No single type of faux blood will work best in all situations. Some types dry. Some stain. Some (like ours) never dry and don't stain and can be washed out of even white fabric. Some like Fleet Street do dry, stay wet looking and are suuuuper long lasting (perfect for haunt makeup) but aren't as easy to wash off of skin as others and can stain. They do sell a soap though that helps take it off of skin.  You also want to take into consideration how real blood interacts in the environment you're trying to emulate. 
And this is some of our blood (we also have a new BLOOODY Gore Ammo Kit on sale limited edition for this year where you can stock up on each type of our blood for less):