How to Face Paint a Special Effects Scar

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How to Face Paint a Special Effects Scar
The face can be a blank canvas for effects make-up. (face image by Stanisa Martinovic from

The human face is one of the best canvases for special effects make-up. Not only are the effects immediately visible on the face, but they can be smaller and still achieve the same results as larger effects. A scar, whether small and realistic or a large exaggerated trauma effect, is a classic make-up effect. Whatever the desired result, a you can face paint a special effects scar using some special make-up, tools and the right technique.

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Things you need

  • Liquid latex
  • Make-up pads
  • Foundation make-up
  • Make-up brush
  • Pink make-up
  • Red make-up

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  1. 1

    Paint a line of liquid latex on the face in the desired shape of the scar. The key to applying liquid latex is applying in thin layers for faster drying. Thick layers will dry on the outside, but the interior will not be able to dry. Allow the first layer to dry before continuing.

  2. 2

    Apply another layer of liquid latex over the last layer to thicken the scar. Allow the new layer to dry and apply more layers in this fashion until the scar has reached the desired thickness. Allow the final layer to dry before continuing.

  3. 3

    Apply a layer of foundation make-up to the entire face with a make-up pad. This will make the face and the scar the same skin tone.

  4. 4

    Mix a small amount of red and pink make-up and apply a thin layer of the make-up to the scar with a make-up brush. Continue until the scar has the desired amount of pinkness. For faces with darker complexions, use less red and pink make-up.

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