How Do I Fake a Burn Scar With Makeup?

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How Do I Fake a Burn Scar With Makeup?
You easily can fake a burn scar with make-up. (Burn Baby Burn! image by Slapper from

Whether you are dressing up for Halloween, starring in your own video or just want to learn about special effects, a burn scar is a fun and easy make-up effect to apply. You only need a few simple materials from the supermarket and costume store to make a realistic burn effect that it will be tough to tell, upon first glance, is only make-up.

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Things you need

  • Unflavored gelatin
  • Vegetable oil
  • Boiling water
  • Latex
  • Blood gel

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  1. 1

    Mix the gelatin in boiling water according to the package instructions. The amount used will depend on how big of a burn you are looking to create. If you run out, simply add more water and gelatin. Mix the gelatin until it takes on a thick consistency resembling cake batter.

  2. 2

    Add a couple of drops of vegetable oil to the mix. This will keep it soft and stop it from solidifying.

  3. 3

    Apply the gelatin to the area of your skin where you want to fake the burn. Wait until it has cooled to the point where it is still hot, but it won't give you a real burn. Spread it smoothly across the intended burn area.

  4. 4

    Dab the surface with a cotton swab to give it a textured look. This lets it appear as a scabbed-over fresh wound, as opposed to a long-standing scar.

  5. 5

    Apply the liquid latex over the entire surface of the "burn." This will make it feel like a real burn wound once it has dried.

  6. 6

    Spread blood gel sparingly throughout the wound. The best place to add it is in crevices created by the latex. This will make your fake burn look fresh and quite horrifying to anyone who sees it.

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