How to Make Frankenstein's Scars

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How to Make Frankenstein's Scars
Alternatives fo face paint are washable, non-toxic marking pens. (Cute Frankenstein image by Infs from

Kids and adults alike, enjoy dressing up like Frankenstein on Halloween. Frankenstein is a familiar sight on the trick-or-treat circuit, and at Halloween parties. The costume, however, is not complete without the classic "Frankenstein scar". Although you can purchase ready-to-wear masks, they lack authenticity, and a mask can obstruct the view of a child when he is out collecting his treats. You can make your own scary looking Frankenstein scar that will compliment and complete your costume in no time.

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Things you need

  • Face paint
  • Thin bristled make-up brushes
  • Make-up sponge

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  1. 1

    Create your base. Before you can fashion your Frankenstein scar, you will need to give your complexion a sickening overhaul. Apply light green face paint to your face and neck using your make-up sponges. Pour the paint in a bowl and dip your sponge in it. Next, with your sponge, apply the face paint by gently blotting it on your skin. If you press too hard, the paint will look uneven and splotchy.

  2. 2

    Draw a black line. With your black face paint and a thin bristled make-up brush, paint a 3 inch line on your cheek, ensuring that the line is straight and dark.

  3. 3

    Make cross lines. After your 3 inch line has dried, apply thin cross lines across it to make it look like the scar has been closed with sutures. Make sure your original line has completely dried before you add the cross lines, because if you do not, the paint will smear.

  4. 4

    Apply red face paint. After your scar has dried, outline a few of the black lines with red face paint. This will give your Frankenstein scar a more authentic and "fresh" look to it.

  5. 5

    Draw fake blood drops. After your scar has dried, draw small red drops with red face paint, just below the scar using a thin make-up brush. This will make your scar look like it's bleeding.

Tips and warnings

  • Use waterproof face paints so if you sweat, or your face gets wet, your artwork won't run.
  • Use hypoallergenic face paint if you have allergies or are sensitive to cosmetics. If you experience redness, facial swelling or itching, wash your face, and call your doctor.

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