How to Use Wax in Halloween Makeup

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When creating your look for Halloween, you sometimes forget the fake nose or scars until the last minute. You don't need to run out to the nearest makeup supply store when this happens, just make it yourself using nose and scar wax. With this wax, you can alter the shape of your nose or even break it as well as apply scars or other wounds.

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Things you need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Putty knife
  • Makeup
  • Mineral oil
  • Cotton swabs
  • Grease paint or other makeup
  • Makeup sponges
  • Face powder
  • Large makeup brush
  • Wax paper
  • Spirit gum or other makeup adhesive
  • Liquid latex

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    Regular Application

  1. 1

    Start with a clean face. Applying any type of makeup requires a clean face that is prepared for the makeup. This includes cleaning and properly moisturizing the face.

  2. 2

    Apply rubbing alcohol to the section that is going to have the wax molded to it.

  3. 3

    Dry the area. The wax needs a dry surface, otherwise it will slide across the skin and will not adhere properly.

  4. 4

    Use a putty knife to scoop out the wax.

  5. 5

    Dip your fingers in mineral oil and remove the wax from the putty knife.

  6. 6

    Begin to mold the wax using your fingers.

  7. 7

    Apply the wax to the skin. Use your fingers to slowly work the mold into the desired shape on the skin.

  8. 8

    Keep working the mold so the wax's edges thin out and adhere to the skin.

  9. 9

    Blend into the skin using fingers and cotton swabs.

  10. 10

    Color the wax shape with grease paint so it matches the skin around it or has the desired color. Bruises and inflamed skin obviously are colored different than older scars. A makeup sponge is effective at applying grease paint.

  11. 11

    Use a large brush to apply powder to the mold to set the makeup. Brush the loose powder off of the area.

    Longer Wear Application

  1. 1

    Repeat steps 1 through 5 in the first section.

  2. 2

    Mold the wax on wax paper using your fingers and cotton swabs to get the desired shape. Many people also add detail to the mold while it is on the wax paper.

  3. 3

    Apply the spirit gum to either the skin or the mold. Wait for the spirit gum to become tacky and the wax mold to the skin area. Other adhesives that are for makeup can also be used. To apply wax to certain areas that are impractical for direct contact, such as eyes, place medical tape over the eyes and use that surface.

  4. 4

    Apply liquid latex over the mold to seal it into place.

  5. 5

    Put on the rest of the makeup.

  6. 6

    Use a large brush to apply powder to the mold to set the makeup and then brush off the loose powder.

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