DAY 13 BBMA
AN OVERVIEW OF SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKEUP TECHNIQUES AND WHERE TO LEARN MORE: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 .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. These materials won't hold up as well as liquid latex, but 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 or glue, 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.
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!):
SOME SUPER BASIC VIDEOS AHEAD:
LATEX & PAINTING:
LATEX & TISSUE PAPER OR COTTON:
You may have seen similar smiles in movies or tv shows. Originally made famous because of the murder victim Elizabeth Short an American woman who was the victim of a much-publicized murder in 1947. Short acquired the moniker posthumously from newspapers in the habit of nicknaming crimes they found particularly lurid. The "Black Dahlia" nickname may have been derived from a film noir murder mystery, The Blue Dahlia, released in April, 1946. Short was found mutilated, her body sliced in half at the waist, on January 15, 1947, in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California. Short's unsolved murder has been the source of widespread speculation, leading to many suspects, along with several books, television and film adaptations of the story. Short's murder is one of the oldest unsolved murder cases in Los Angeles history. WARNING GRAPHIC PICTURE OF ACTUAL CRIME SCENE PHOTO, DO NOT CLICK UNLESS YOU WANT TO SEE. View a picture of Elizabeth Short and the Crime Scene Shot of her face here. This "smile" actually goes back further than the infamous murder, originally known as a Glasgow smile (also known as a Chelsea smile, or a Glasgow, Chelsea, or Cheshire grin and no Dahlia smile or Black Dahlia smile) is a wound caused by making a cut from the corners of a victim's mouth up to the ears, leaving a scar in the shape of a smile. There are many, many FX makeup techniques that can be used to obtain this look and nearly limitless variations of it.
Supplies Used: -OCCULTISMS by Belladonna's Cupboard -Tissue Paper -Liquid Latex (or Elmer's Glue or Mod Podge) -Q-tips -Foundation -Scab or Gel Blood
ELLI MACS SFX Youtube Channel is one of the best out there to lean a ton of techniques from basic to advanced. *We are not affiliated with ElliMacs, we just love their channel!
Bird Brain FX is a great channel to watch for really creative ideas that mostly involve painting. Her channel is seriously underrated and she does looks specifically for Belladonna's Cupboard and other lines. *we do sponsor BirdBrainFX, but she started out as a customer Even though she doesn't have a huge number of followers, we love her creativity!
Mykie's channel, Glam N' Gore bears another mention because her channel is also filled with many different techniques and unique ideas. Definitely worth subscribing! *we are not affiliated with Mykie, we just love her channel!
Probably the best PAID resource out there ONLINE is Stan Winston School of Character Arts. *we are not affiliated with them in any way, we just have to give props where props are due (pun intended)
Stanley "Stan" Winston (April 7, 1946 – June 15, 2008) was an American television and film special make-up effectscreator. He was best known for his work in the Terminator series, the first three Jurassic Park films, Aliens, the first two Predator films, Inspector Gadget, Iron Man and Edward Scissorhands. He won four Academy Awards for his work. Winston, a frequent collaborator with director James Cameron, owned several effects studios, including Stan Winston Digital. The established areas of expertise for Winston were in makeup, puppets and practical effects, but he had recently expanded his studio to encompass digital effects as well.
A great overview of Special Effects makeup techniques is our FREE 13 days of Basic SFX Lessons by email. Click on the picture to sign up.
1. Overview of basic and advanced supplies and techniques
2. Toilet paper and glue-what it can do, add cotton in the mix
9. Alcohol activated paints vs water activated va cream paints
3. Painting and depth
4. Different ways to achieve burns and wounds
5. Scar wax, necro wax examples
6. Liquid latex & household items (improvising)
7. Creating basic prosthetics
10. Hair & Nails and using them
11. Various ways to make teeth
12. Brief overview of casting and molding that you can do in your kitchen
13. Learn more, get jobs, schools and samples and sign up for other classes & lists we offer