How to make scar makeup

Written by megan smith
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Scar make-up is a theatre and movie make-up trick that makes it appear as though large, gruesome scars are stretching across the face, arms, or other parts of the body. Scar make-up is also popular during Halloween, when scars across the face can be a Halloween costume in themselves. You can purchase scar make-up at your local Halloween or make-up store.

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Things you need

  • Bubblegum
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton swab
  • Foundation make-up
  • Spirit gum
  • Powder
  • Needle

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  1. 1

    Chew a piece of bubblegum for several seconds. This will soften the gum to make it more malleable.

  2. 2

    Dab the area where you would like to place the scar with a cotton swab saturated in rubbing alcohol. Allow the area to dry completely before continuing.

  3. 3

    Roll the bubblegum into a long tube shape, the approximate shape and thickness of the desired scar.

  4. 4

    Apply spirit gum to the back of the bubblegum, as well as the skin where you would like the scar to be. Allow the spirit gum to dry for about ten seconds, until it becomes tacky. You can purchase spirit gum at your local make-up store or costume shop.

  5. 5

    Press the spirit gum to the skin, hold for thirty seconds. Using your fingers, gently press the sides of the bubblegum into your skin, leaving the centre of the gum tube as raised as possible. This will give the gum the appearance of a real scar.

  6. 6

    Run a line down the centre of the scar with a needle to give it detail, and stitches along the sides of the scar, if desired.

  7. 7

    Gently apply foundation make-up over the scar to blend it with your skin tone. When the foundation has dried, blot the area with translucent face powder.

Tips and warnings

  • To remove the scar, saturate a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and gently dab at the skin around the scar until the spirit gum dissolves.
  • Keep spirit gum out of the reach of children.

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