How to Make Fake Wounds, Bruises & Cuts

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How to Make Fake Wounds, Bruises & Cuts
Add fake wounds, bruises and cuts before painting your face. (1684 image by TMorgan from

Fake wounds, bruises and cuts complete gory character costumes for Halloween or a film project. Amateur make-up artists seeking to create these special effects will find that using simple household items will help them produce such effects easily. These methods are low-cost, require little time and are simple to remove after use.

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Things you need

  • Petroleum jelly
  • 113gr. mixing bowl
  • Red food colouring
  • Toothpick
  • Cocoa powder
  • 1-ply toilet paper
  • Popsicle stick
  • Foundation sponge
  • Powder eyeshadow
  • Eyeliner pencils
  • Red lipstick
  • Fake blood

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    Place 1/2 tsp of petroleum jelly into a 113gr. mixing bowl, and add red food colouring to it. Mix the petroleum jelly and the food colouring together with a toothpick until mixed.

  2. 2

    Add 1/2 tsp of cocoa powder into the jelly mixture. The cocoa powder will darken the mixture to make the wound seem fresh.

  3. 3

    Tear one sqaure of toilet paper into two to four sections, depending on the size of the wound. Place one piece of toilet paper against the skin, and cover it with the red jelly-cocoa mixture using a Popsicle stick.

  4. 4

    Slightly pinch the edges and sides of the paper with the thumb and index fingers to mould the wound. Use the toothpick to slightly lift areas in the centre.

  1. 1

    Create a bruise that is 2 to 3 inches in diameter by patting one light layer of red eyeshadow onto the skin using a foundation sponge. Make an irregular circular shape on the skin's surface for a realistic look.

  2. 2

    Cover the red eyeshadow with one layer of brown eyeshadow. Apply the colour evenly over the painted area, while permitting 1/2 inch of the red eyeshadow to remain on the outer edges.

  3. 3

    Add a layer of purple eyeshadow in the centre of the bruise, 1/2 inch in from the brown eyeshadow. Lightly spread out the purple eyeshadow to the edges, over the brown, with your fingers.

  1. 1

    Wet the end of a black eyeliner pencil, and draw a line across the desired area of the skin.

  2. 2

    Trace over the black eyeliner line with red lipstick. A true red or brick red will work best. Using the tips of your index fingers, spread the lipstick out from the centre to the outer edges.

  3. 3

    Blot one light layer of purple eyeshadow over the red lipstick with a foundation sponge. This will create an "infected" cut look.

  4. 4

    Place fake blood from a costume store down the centre of the cut, if a fresh cut look is desired.

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